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An Exercise

David Wilson will attend his first HCC Board of Trustees meeting today and nobody is going to stop him. Here is from today’s Chron:

A judge Wednesday declined to prohibit small businessman and anti-gay activist Dave Wilson from taking his seat at the first meeting of the board of the Houston Community College on Thursday.

State District Judge Brent Gamble turned back efforts by the Harris County Attorney’s Office to get a new temporary restraining order to keep Wilson from taking the dais as questions about his residency are litigated.

Once he gets in the door, it is going to be difficult to disqualify him. Somebody needs to do a better job of ‘splaining this whole exercise to Commentary and others. Somebody is not looking too good if you ask me. The fella won on Election Day and to some folks that is all that matters.

The Big Puma is a free agent and I don’t know if he will be in a uniform this year. What is the Big Puma’s career batting average?

The Chron E-Board spanked the far right types yesterday for being silent on the David Wilson voter registration hijinks. Check this:

King Street Patriots, have we got a case for you! True The Vote, come on down! Hey Greg Abbott! After all the debates about voter shenanigans, we’ve found a case so obvious that folks were ratted out by their own father.

As Chronicle columnist Lisa Falkenberg wrote, “Dave Wilson’s ‘home’ doesn’t look like one” (Page B3, Wednesday) , recently elected member of the Houston Community College Board of Trustees Dave Wilson listed his residence as a warehouse apartment so austere that it fails city inspection. Questioning Wilson’s residency, County Attorney Vince Ryan even tried to block Wilson from taking his oath of office.

But that’s not the story. After all, candidate residency has been a slippery beast for election cycles going back decades – City Council members who supposedly live at their work offices, members of U.S. Congress who live in Washington D.C., candidates for mayor of Houston who had to move from Piney Point Village.

Despite all the attention, Wilson isn’t doing anything new. The real meat is that his two grown children listed the W. 34th Street apartment as their residence, as well.

Did they live there? That’s not what their dad says. As Wilson told Falkenberg, they registered at the warehouse “so they could vote for their dad.”

Kids should love their parents, but not so much as to register where they don’t actually live. Sometimes folks accidentally fill out their registration form incorrectly or submit multiple registrations. But this doesn’t look like an accident. So where’s the call for investigation?
Where are our state representatives who rammed through a once-rejected voter ID law after the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act? Where are the tea party activists who cheered at a 2010 tax assessor-collector press conference about flawed registration forms? Where is Texas’ attorney general, who proudly touts his record of fighting election antics?

Maybe they think that HCC isn’t that important (it is important). Maybe some folks are unwilling to go after political allies. Or maybe many of these activists and politicians don’t actually care about voter accuracy, but only support regulations as a cudgel to suppress minority turnout.

Ryan is no saint, either. It is awfully convenient for Ryan (a Democrat) to go after Wilson (a Republican), and Wilson alone, in his residency crusade. But sometimes the nail that sticks out gets hammered, and Wilson has certainly been conspicuous in his gleeful chicanery.

For all this hoopla, registration fraud doesn’t appear to be some massive threat to Harris County’s elections. As for HCC, this spat is the least of its current problems. The real lesson is that voter ID rules can make it difficult for rural and poor citizens to cast their votes – 600,000 Texans, as the U.S. Department of Justice estimates – but do little to stop the questionable cases reported in your daily newspaper. And the usual voter ID supporters could not care less.

Silence is not golden if you ask me.

The Big Puma has a .293 career batting average of course.

The team only has four weekday day games this season – whew!

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