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As a Chron subscriber I entered a drawing for a couple of the GOP Lite Guv race debate tickets tonight and they told me I was selected. Lucky me! I think they told me 30 were picked. No more than 100 folks plus media, handlers, and station staff will be on hand over at the studio on the UH campus. I am anxious to go see the Lite Guv and Sen. Patrick duke it out and slam each other. It is better than going to tonight’s ‘Stros and Mariners game. Maybe they will let me shoot out a few tweets.

Only one MLB club has been to the World Serious four times and they won twice and lost twice. Name the club?

The local Dems’ favorite Chron columnist Lisa Falkenberg has a piece out today calling a State Dem website attacking the Lite Guv as “disingenuous”. Here is a part of her column:

Texas Democratic Party spokesman Manny Garcia defended the website and disagreed with my contention that it’s disingenuous.

And:

However much it cost was probably a waste of resources, said Rice University political science professor Mark Jones.

“Given all of the pressing challenges facing Texas Democrats, one would think they would have better ways to spend their time and money than on a website attacking a candidate who absent divine intervention will not be the GOP LG (lieutenant governor) candidate in the fall,” Jones wrote me in an email.

The futility of kicking a candidate who’s down only increases when you consider that few Repub-lican primary runoff voters would be influenced by a Democratic ad anyway.

“Democrats have surrendered the moral high ground in campaign ethics but gained absolutely nothing at all in return,” Jones said. “The website isn’t going to change the outcome of the Republican LG primary, and in four weeks will have no value whatsoever.”

I have to agree with Ms. Falkenberg and Professor Jones and I would add it is a little silly and makes me think that the folks running the Dem Party have a lot of time on their hands. What, me worry?

The GM of the Texans know who they will pick with the first pick but are still willing to make a trade. You know, I am not impressed with this fella.

The Chron E-Board put a spanking on the City of H-Town for bidding on the Downtown Post Office. They want private developers to take charge of the site. Hey, they are entitled to their opinion but do they have a suggestion where a criminal justice complex should be built? Here is their take:

With the news that the U.S. Postal Service is selling its 16-acre downtown site, developers have lined up to purchase that prime piece of downtown real estate along Buffalo Bayou.

The folks working in the mayor’s office should be ecstatic. This sale provides an opportunity for the sort of mixed-use urban development that the multimillion dollar Downtown Living Initiative is supposed to spark.

“One of the most, if not the most, important development site along the bayou,” is how Anne Olson, president of the Buffalo Bayou Partnership, described it to the Chronicle editorial board. “The catalyst site for future development.”

For years, developers and planners have viewed that post office site as the first domino for developing east along Buffalo Bayou. In fact, that location was the focus of the 2012 Urban Land Institute Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition. But instead of encouraging a dynamic intersection of park space, infrastructure, residential and commercial, City Hall is talking about taking the waterfront property off the market and turning it into a new criminal justice center. It would be just another soulless government building to join the others that line Buffalo Bayou in downtown. Houston doesn’t need another addition to the concrete blockade that keeps the surprisingly verdant waters out of sight, out of mind.

For too long, Houstonians have turned their backs to our local waterway, its banks lined with jails, dilapidated buildings and arboreal overgrowth. But after decades of treating our bayou like an open sewer, we are relearning the value that the Allen brothers once saw in the slow waters. A slice of nature is exactly what our city needs – not for trade routes or fresh water supplies, but as a refuge away from our concrete-lined cityscape.

We’re not the first to learn this lesson. Other cities across the nation are rushing to reclaim their once-industrialized, and heavily polluted, waterways. In Pittsburgh, Pa., redevelopment along the city’s three rivers has transformed steel mills into mixed used development, bringing new life to the Rust Belt city.

We know that Mayor Annise Parker recognizes the value in our bayous – she is often their chief advocate. So it makes no sense that she would allow a plan to add another 9-to-5 building to the bayou banks, instead of working to tear down the imposing structures that keep one of our city’s greatest assets from being used to its full potential. Not to mention the potential tax revenue that would bolster the city’s coffers.

But the mayor’s office would apparently rather double down on these government-funded fortifications, all while spending millions to encourage development where we don’t need it.

The conflicting agendas out of City Hall are exactly what folks should expect from a city that lacks a general plan.

If Parker is serious about downtown, then she needs to put an end to the city’s bid for this spot.

The Mets of course won the World Serious in 1969 and 1986 and lost in 1973 and 2000.

Tha Mariners are in town this weekend and I am also not impressed with the ‘Stros’ owner, the GM, and the Skipper – zilch confidence.

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