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Archive for July 23rd, 2013

Commentary was impressed with H-Town District D candidate Dwight Boykins’ campaign fundraising report that was turned in eight days ago.  He hauled in over $150,000. He’s going to need every dollar.  Someone sent out an email blast yesterday about Boykins giving a lot of dough to GOP elected officials.  He’s given a lot of money to the likes of Guv Dude, the Lite Guv, Senate Minority Leader McConnell, Sens. Cornyn , Grassley, and Hutch, and U.S. Reps  Culberson, Granger, Olson, Poe, and Weber.  He’s going to need that $150,000 to ‘splain this.

Commentary has said before that H-Town City Council races are non-partisan but they really are not.  Just about every Democratic related or affiliated organization I am aware of will not take too kindly to so-called Democratic candidates contributing to GOP elected officials these days.     In Washington the GOP has an agenda to demonize President Obama and his administration’s policies.  We’re seeing right now what the GOP is doing in Austin.  So I would be interested to hear Dwight’s reasons for giving to GOP elected officials like Minority Leader McConnell who publicly stated a few years ago that his goal was to make President Obama a one term president.

Same thing goes for District I candidate Ben Mendez.  Why in the world would any credible Democratic leader in H-Town support Mendez, who gave McCain $1,000 in 2008, also gave to the Republican National Committee, and headed up Hispanic Democrats for McCain in Texas in 2008.  How do you explain to Democratic organizations, Latino organizations, and rank and file Democrats that you supported a GOP candidate who opposed the DREAM Act and campaigned on bashing Latino immigrants who are seeking a pathway to citizenship? 

Have Boykins and Mendez bought in to some of the GOP mantra or do they just like hanging around with them?  Are they tone deaf to the current political climate.  Maybe they both just don’t know better.  Maybe they just don’t share the values of the Democratic Party.

You can’t be playing grabarse with the GOP and at the same time ask Democrats to support your bid for city council.  There is way too much at stake.

Former State Rep. Aaron Pena got a taste of his own GOP policy on increased border security.  According to the Texas Tribune, Pena was stopped by Robstown police and ICE agents and questioned thoroughly.  He had expired plates on his truck.  Pena said he felt he was being treated like a drug dealer. 

You ask for increased border security and you get increased border security.

Here is the Tribune article.

The ‘Stros have 72 fielding errors, second highest in MLB.  Name the team with the fewest errors?

Twelve years ago and back in 2001, on the H-Town city ballot, Proposition Two read as follows:

SHALL THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF HOUSTON BE AMENDED TO DENY HEALTH CARE AND OTHER EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS TO SAME SEX DOMESTIC PARTNERS OF CITY EMPLOYEES AND TO ADDRESS OTHER MATTERS OF CITY EMPLOYMENT AND CONTRACTING PRACTTICES BASED ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION?

On election night of Tuesday, November 6, 2001, the scoreboard read FOR 130,310 (51%) and AGAINST 123,592 (49%).

Dave Wilson and crew got the measure on the ballot and prevailed.

According to the Chron’s quickie analysis, the following neighborhoods supported the ban:

Acres Home (50.9%), Cana/Navigation/Magnolia (51.1%), Clear Lake (59.6%), Denver Harbor (56.7%), Fifth Ward (53.5%), Hobby/Glenbrook Valley (52.2%), Kingwood (68.6%), Memorial Westchester (65.6%), Outer Westheimer (61.9%), Sagemont (64%), Spring Branch (61.8%), Tanglewood/River Oaks (57.2%), and Westbury (50.45).

The following neighborhoods opposed the ban:

Astrodome/OST (59.9%), Clark/South Main/ Windsor Village (56.3%), Garden Oaks/Oak Forest (52.6%), Heights (66.9%), Kashmere/Scenic Woods/ Settegast (52%), Meyerland (56.1%), Montrose (77.4%), Near North Side (51.4%), Rice/Braeswood (61.3%), Riverside/MacGregor (59%), Sunnyside/MLK (56.5%), and Third Ward (56.3%).

The Chron also did a quickie analysis by group:

For the ban: Low-income Anglo/Hispanic (55.8%), Upper-income Anglo (51.2%), and Mexican-American (51.5%).

Against the ban:  Middle-income Anglo (52.2%), Low-income Black (51.7%), and Middle-income Black (59.5%).

I mention this because I have had my ear to the ground if you know what I mean.  The electorate has changed somewhat over the past twelve years.  You have to think we have become a little more forward thinking these days.

What else can you say about Ryan Broid getting suspended for the rest of the year?   Who’s next?

B’More has the fewest fielding errors with 31 of course.

In his first at-bat Jonathan Villar whiffed.  At 7:39 pm in the second inning he turned his first double play.  At 8:05 pm in the third inning he bunted for his first base hit.  At 8:07 pm he stole his first base and at 8:15 pm he scored his first run.  At 8:42 pm in the fourth inning he hit into his first double play.  We lost again.

 

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