Archive for October, 2012

Commentary did a pre-debate commentary this morning over at Fox 26 News.  My GOP pal Chris Begala also provided a commentary.   We will be on the air tomorrow morning with our post debate scorecards.

Commentary thinks Paul Sadler easily kicked Ted Cruz’s arse last night.  Full disclosure – I’m a biased unapologetic liberal Dem.

Sadler sort of called Cruz a troll last night and then sort of apologized for using the word troll.  I kind of wish Sadler hadn’t apologized.  I would have waited to see if the American Trolls for Democratic Action, the United Troll Front, or the Troll PAC put out a statement condemning Sadler.

Sadler called out Cruz on the Affordable Health Care Act on giving away certain benefits. He called him out on immigration reform and The DREAM Act – Cruz said something about e-verify.

He called him out for not supporting Sen. Cornyn.  Sadler also called Cruz a liar.

Sadler ripped his Tea Party opponent.  I can understand why Cruz doesn’t want to do six debates with Sadler.  Sadler did what Cruz’s GOP primary opponents couldn’t do. 

Burkablog and a columnist for the SA Express News didn’t like last night’s debate.  I did.

We will know this evening if Miguel Cabrera wins the Triple Crown.  In 1967 when Carl Yastrzemski won the Triple Crown he also won the AL MVP Award.  Who was the AL MVP Award runner-up in 1967?

The Texas Lyceum has a poll showing Romney leading The President 58-39 in the Lone Star State.  I don’t know about that.

Kuffer has a good take on the poll here.

Last night Commentary attended the Westside Blue State Special sponsored by the Cy-Fair Area Democrats.  There were about 250 or so Dems in attendance at the Cypress Saloon on Telge.  That part of Harris County is where we need to be growing the Dem vote.  I think I’ve said that before.

Traci Jensen was there and a few people came up to her and wrote her checks right on the spot – cool.

As of yesterday in Harris County, 60,553 have requested mail ballots with 24,266 generated by the GOP and 19,236 by Dems. 

The Chron E-Board endorsed in constable races here.

The Chron E-Board endorsed in a JP race here.

Hall of Fame great Harmon Killebrew of the Twins of course was the AL MVP Award runner-up in 1967.

We’re still sitting at 106 and our last game is this afternoon at Wrigley as the playoff teams have been set but we just don’t know who will be playing where – got it!


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From Traci’s Press Release:

Traci Jensen, candidate for State Board of Education (SBOE), District 6, was endorsed yesterday by the Texas Freedom Network (TFN).  In a letter to Jensen informing her of their endorsement, TFN said “thank you again for your support for religious freedom, civil liberties and strong public schools.”

In a letter to TFN members and supporters, TFN said:

“We hope our endorsements not only help you to make informed decisions at the ballot box, but also inspire you to help the campaigns of those candidates for office who truly support the ideals we all share: a commitment to religious freedom, individual liberties and strong public schools.”

“I am grateful to receive the support of the Texas Freedom Network,” said Jensen.  “For the past seventeen years, TFN has led the effort to take on a politically-motivated SBOE who continue to abuse their power. The language arts, science and social studies curricula are examples of the board’s dismissal of educators and experts’ judgments in order to propel their own right wing ideology” added Jensen.

“TFN’s endorsement is highly valued in that it expands our growing campaign as we work to bring respectability to Texas education, end divisive rhetoric and put ALL Texas school children ahead of politics and ideology,” continued Jensen.

See Traci Jensen’s TFN Voter Guide Responses Here.

The DREAMers continue to play a role in the campaign for Prez as Romney told a Colorado news outlet yesterday that he’s kind of changing his tune when it comes to undoing The President’s deferred actions.  Way to go DREAMers for getting Romney to flop and flip!

A study was released yesterday detailing the positive impact to the U.S. and Texas economies by DREAMers.  Check out this from the Texas Tribune:

Granting legal status and paving the way to citizenship for an estimated 2.1 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. would generate approximately $329 billion in economic impact by 2030, according to a report released Monday. The study also says that Texas itself would see an impact of $66 billion.

The report, a joint effort by the progressive Center for American Progress and the Partnership for a New American Economy, estimates that passing the DREAM Act, which would allow certain undocumented immigrants brought to the country at a young age to work and apply for residency, would generate that revenue total through a combination of wages, tax contribution and increased spending.

Check out the entire Tribune story here.

It has been 45 years since Carl Yastrzemski won the Triple Crown with the Red Sox.  With two games remaining in the regular season, Tiger Miguel Cabrera is in the driver’s seat to win the Triple Crown. He leads in batting average with .329, in dingers with 44, and in RBIs with 137.  Name the players that trail him in each category?

I don’t know if I agree with H-Town City Attorney Feldman on CM Helena Brown’s city purchased magnets as being political advertising.  Where do you draw the line?  Here is a bit from the Chron:

The magnets include a photograph of Brown and her office phone number, email address and postal address.

What makes the magnets political advertising in Feldman’s opinion, is the inclusion of "language declaring, in demonstrative print and exclamation, her dedication and priorities as an office holder," he wrote to Brown’s attorney.

The magnets tout Brown’s "DEDICATION to… 1. Timely Constituent Response! Our #1 priority; 2. Responsible City Spending! 3. Standing up for residents, businesses, and for what is right and just!"

Here is the entire Chron piece.

CM Brown has asked for an opinion from the Texas Ethics Commission.  The City Attorney should have just left it alone instead of risking opening a can of worms.

The H-Town Texans go to New Jersey next Monday night to face the Jets.  Here is from a story yesterday on Bloomberg.com:

New York Jets owner Woody Johnson said seeing Mitt Romney win the U.S. presidential election is a higher priority than his team finishing the National Football League season with a winning record.

Johnson, New York chairman for the Romney campaign, said in an interview with Bloomberg Television’s “Market Makers” that if forced to choose between the two, he’d pick a win by the Republican challenger over President Barack Obama on Nov. 6.

What else is Woody going to say?  The Texans are 7 ½ point favorites this Monday night and his Jets don’t have a QB this season. 

If you ask diehard H-Town Texans fans today if forced to choose if they would rather have the Texans win the Super Bowl this year or Mitt Romney win The White House, we will all be wearing steel blue state jerseys on Election Night!  Go Texans! 

BTW:  Hall of Fame QB great John Elway endorsed Romney yesterday in Colorado.  Elway now runs the Broncos – yes, the same Broncos that got beat by the Texans last week.

The Harris County Clerk put out a press release yesterday announcing that Clear Channel had donated 40 billboards reminding folks to vote early.  Harris County Commissioner Steve Radack participated in the photo-op unveiling the billboards.   I wonder why they didn’t ask a Dem official to participate in the photo-op.   Here is part of the press release:

Today, Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart and Harris County Commissioner Steve Radack in partnership with Clear Channel VP Lee Vela, unveiled a countywide billboard campaign promoting early voting among the 1.95 million registered voters in the nation’s third largest voting jurisdiction. The initiative is scheduled to run for 30 days, leading up to and beyond the beginning of the early voting period.

The mail ballot application folks read Commentary because as of yesterday in Harris County, 58,750 have requested mail ballots with 23,929 generated by the GOP and 8,698 by Dems. 

Angel Mike Trout’s .325 AL batting average and Ranger Josh Hamilton’s 43 dingers and 127 RBIs of course trail Cabrera in Triple Crown categories.

The ‘Stros stay at 106 losses and personally welcomed the Cubbies to the 100 L Club!


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Early Voting in Person begins in three weeks and then we will start getting a picture of sorts on turnout.

Yesterday the Chron had a piece on how the Harris County countywide judicial races will fare.  My pal Robert Miller had this to day in the piece:

"I do not see a partisan sweep either way.  Strong Democrats such as (Sheriff) Adrian Garcia will win, as will strong Republicans such as (district attorney candidate) Mike Anderson."

I’ll wait and see if Robert puts forward a thoughtful and analytical piece on countywide races in the next few weeks or so.  

Here is the piece.

Kuffer has a take on countywide turnout and the Chron article.

Check it out here.

B’More clinched a playoff spot yesterday. The last time they made the playoffs was in 1997.  How did they fare in their 1997 playoff run?

Commentary attended the Community Voices for Public Education meeting this past Saturday in the Heights.  Around 50 folks showed up.  Four outstanding Democrats running for positions that have a major impact on public education spoke to the group and answered questions – Traci Jensen, Ann Johnson, Diane Trautman, and Erica Lee.   HISD Trustee Anna Eastman was there to lead a breakout pod on the HISD bonds.  There were also breakout pods on the post card campaign on reducing the over-emphasis on high-stakes standardize testing and one on the Chicago teachers strike.  It was a good gathering of folks concerned about public education.

Yesterday the Chron E-Board endorsed GOP candidate Mike Anderson for Harris County DA.  That was definitely an easy call for them.   Here is what they said about the Dem nominee:

The Democratic hopeful, Lloyd Wayne Oliver, has admitted that he files for office mostly to get his name before the public in order to drum up law business. That attitude is beyond shameful.

The E-Board didn’t say if they interviewed Oliver.

Check out the endorsement here.

Commentary watched the Schwarzenegger interview last night on “60 Minutes.”  He is an arsehole for sure.

Commentary put out this last week:

In 2008 in Harris County, 76,187 requested mail ballots and 67,612 (88.7%) were returned and counted.  In 2010 in Harris County, 69,991 requested mail ballots and 55,560 (79.4%) were returned and counted.

As of Friday in Harris County, 55,464 have requested mail ballots with 23,114 generated by the GOP and 17,778 by Dems.  I hope things aren’t slowing down.  Somebody better make a push.  We have some catching up to do.

Thanks to the Houston Texans, the Sports Section of Monday’s hard copy of the Chron is thicker than the rest of the paper.

In 1997, B’More won the AL East and went on to beat the Mariners in four in the ALDS then lost to the Tribe in six in the ALCS of course.

The ‘Stros and Rockets launch their own network this afternoon.  Comcast SportsNet Houston signs on at 5 pm today on Comcast 639.  It is not on U-Verse or DirectTV yet.  Check it out if you feel like having more ‘Stros misery.

We knocked the Brewers out of contention yesterday.  We’re sitting on 106 losses and now have three opportunities to put the Cubbies in the 100 loss column. 


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