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The Latino vote, again! Yesterday’s front page of the Chron had a story on the Lone Star State GOP’s new Latino outreach strategy – the “Quinceanera Strategy”. For the rest of the 2014 campaign season the GOP will be taking their brand to Latino festivals, gatherings, parades, celebrations, weddings, quinceaneras, First Communions – you get the picture. I guess they think that will get them more Latino votes by showing up.

It was a pretty lengthy piece and best I can tell only one Latino was interviewed – a GOP consultant. I guess Dem Latino political operatives were not available to talk about the Latino vote. I get it. The Chron writer is a Latino but you still have to talk to a Latino Dem operative, don’t you? In 2014? If it is a front page story?

It is difficult for me to give GOP credit for making the effort when a lot of their leadership continues to bash Latino immigrants utilizing inflammatory rhetoric. In the article, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn says they want to “start a conversation” with the Latino community. Huh! Sen. Cornyn was a district judge in San Antonio during the ’90s. He was elected AG in 1998. He was elected U.S. Senator in 2002 and now he wants to start a conversation with the Latino community? Muchas Gracias, Senador! We didn’t just show up. This sounds a bit cynical if you ask me.

I still think it comes down to issues and Latino voter engagement. The GOP is on the wrong side of the issues – access to health care, full funding for public education, and immigration reform. The Dems have a lousy history of Latino voter engagement and investing in Latino GOTV efforts.

The GOP putting on a sombrero and showing up at quinceaneras isn’t going to cut it. Your move, Dems!

If you watched the ‘Stros this weekend then you know the answer to the following. Name the two players on rosters at The Yard this past weekend that played in the 2005 World Serious?

I didn’t think it was possible, I am talking about folks feeling bad for State Sen. Dan Patrick and coming to his defense on his depression issues. You talk about one of the all-time political blunders by the Lite Guv and Jerry Patterson camps. They actually made Patrick look like a human being. Way to go guys!

For local Dems who care, Early Voting starts today.

Paul Konerko of the White Sox and Chad Qualls of the ‘Stros of course played in the 2005 World Serious.

I have to hand it to the ‘Stros for playing better and smarter baseball these days. Their starting pitching has been strong. Altuve, Matty D, Springer, and Dexter Fowler have been hitting better. If Jason Castro can start coming around at the plate that will help. The bullpen has been steady. What about that Chris Carter moon shot yesterday – wow! We had a nice home stand – winning 4 out of 6. Now it is on the road for ten.

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