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The Chron E-Board today mentions a rumor that Guv Dude may resign after the special to prepare for another run for Prez.  The E-Board take isn’t online yet.  I find it hard to believe that Dude would quit.  I find it harder to believe that he would run for Prez. 

This time it’s Lisa Falkenberg from the Chron putting a spanking on the Lite Guv.  He deserves it.  You can only read it if you are a subscriber or have a hard copy.  Here are parts:

The Houston businessman, a Republican who has led the Senate for more than a decade, has been flailing about ever since (actually, long before) he got whipped by then-unknown primary opponent Ted Cruz for U.S. Senate.

His failures in the past legislative session have taken him to new lows in trying to revive his sagging political prospects by pandering to the tea party faction that snubbed him.

"I think he’s running scared now," says Southern Methodist University political science professor Cal Jillson.

And:

"It doesn’t speak well for the lieutenant governor," Rice political science professor Mark Jones said of Dewhurst’s predicament. "… The only reason I could see him running for re-election now is not to end his career on a low note."

Commentary has said before that I am not an expert on GOP politics but I can say this, I don’t think the GOP base thinks the Lite Guv is a genuine rabid red meat right winger.  He tries to act like he is but his base ain’t buying it.  He just doesn’t come across as really believing all that stuff that is coming out of his piehole these days.  That’s why he got his arse handed to him last year by his party.  He’ll never be a Ted Cruz, a Guv Dude, or a Dan Patrick.  I even think his own base sees his recent act as pandering.  Stay tuned!

Nolan Ryan’s jersey was retired by the Angels a while back.  What was his Angels numero?

Now this is interesting from Ericka Mellon of the Chron on the company that is being investigated by the FBI.  Check this:

A Fort Bend construction company accused in a federal bribery lawsuit of conspiring with HISD trustee Larry Marshall now is suing the Houston school district, claiming the firm is owed $9.8 million for renovation work it performed.

Fort Bend Mechanical filed the suit Thursday in Harris County against the Houston Independent School District, alleging that HISD has "refused to pay" the company for numerous campus renovation projects.

The six-page filing does not mention that Fort Bend Mechanical is entangled in a federal civil lawsuit on the same side as HISD. In that ongoing case, a competing construction contractor accuses Fort Bend Mechanical, HISD, Marshall, his business associate and another company RHJ-JOC of conspiring in a bribery and kickback scheme.

Here is Ericka’s piece.

Maybe they think a good offense is a good defense.

Nolan Ryan wore the numero 30 as an Angel of course.

Here is from MLB.com:

Senior scouting officials from the Astros met recently with University of Oklahoma pitcher Jonathan Gray, a source told MLB.com on Thursday. The right-hander is a potential target for the Astros with the No. 1 overall pick in next week’s First-Year Player Draft.

The meeting took place at the Big 12 Tournament in Oklahoma City, where the Sooners won the conference title. Gray, who pitched a shutout in OU’s opening game of the tournament against Baylor, was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament.

Gray is 9-2 with a 1.55 ERA and 127 strikeouts in 110 innings heading into the NCAA regionals. It’s not uncommon for clubs to meet with potential Draft picks, and the Astros did that on occasion last year before taking 17-year-old Puerto Rican shortstop Carlos Correa with the top pick. Gray is among a handful of players the Astros are considering with the first pick, including Stanford pitcher Mark Appel, and college hitters Kris Bryant (San Diego) and Colin Moran (North Carolina). High schoolers Clint Frazier and Austin Meadows have also been on their radar.

The ‘Stros swept the two game series at Coors last night so things are looking better.  J.D. Martinez is stepping up.  Let’s see how they do in Anaheim this weekend.  Get your tickets for B’More.

 

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