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Archive for February 19th, 2013

Early Voting in Person in the SD6 Special starts tomorrow and runs through next Tuesday.  Be there!

HISD Board President Anna Eastman sort of kicks off her campaign reelection with a reception this Thursday.  Here is what Anna sent out:

Dear Friends,

Just a friendly reminder about Thursday’s event.  Thank you in advance if you have already RSVP’d or contributed.  If you can’t attend, but would like to contribute you may do so via paypal on my Website at  www.annaeastmanforhisd.com  or send a check to Anna Eastman Campaign, 816 Ralfallen, Houston, TX 77008.  I appreciate your support!

Sincerely, Anna

The reception is from 5:30 to 7:30 pm Thursday, February 21 at 205 Bayland.  Remember, HISD has new rules on donating to HISD Trustees.  I hope you know the new rules!

If you think about this question, you should figure out the answer easily.  Name the former ‘Stro pitcher with the most thrown wild pitches all time as a ‘Stro?

Traci Jensen is speaking this evening to the Katy Area Democrats on state/national education issues in preparation to going to the SaveTXSchools rally in Austin this Saturday.  Please try to drop by.

I am not going to talk much about the Chron story yesterday about HISD shelling out $900,000 in legal fees for a trustee on an ethics lawsuit.  Here is part of the story that is only available to subscribers like Commentary:

It’s alarming and the public ought to take note that HISD is spending enormous funds defending Larry Marshall," said attorney Chad Dunn, representing the Gil Ramirez Group, the company that filed the lawsuit. "But what is more troubling is that after the disclosure of Mr. Marshall’s activities, HISD has still not undertaken a serious investigation of this matter."

Documents uncovered in the case and deposition testimony have revealed that Marshall’s longtime business associate gave him a cut of the consulting contracts she had with several HISD vendors, earning Marshall tens of thousands of dollars.

The lawsuit alleges that the payments to Marshall, as well as a free Super Bowl trip and a $25,000 campaign contribution that went unreported, amounted to bribes that helped certain companies land contracts with HISD.

Marshall’s attorney, Jarvis Hollingsworth, said the case has not produced evidence that Marshall broke the law or violated HISD’s policies.

"Larry Marshall is having to defend his long and highly respected reputation as an HISD trustee against these unfounded claims," Hollingsworth said. "I’m sure the public would not want HISD or Larry Marshall to just pay public dollars to Gil Ramirez if he’s not deserving of them, and his case has no merit."

That is kind of why we have some new rules on campaign donations.  The Chron didn’t say if the $900,000 was a record for defending a trustee on anything.  That’s a lot of money if you ask me.  I wonder how many crayons you can get for $900,000.  Oh, well!

Knuckleballer Joe Niekro of course holds the ‘Stros record with 128 wild pitches.

Nothing from The Yard today.

 

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