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Who would have thought that in 2014 we would witness the humanization of Sen. Dan Patrick? Way to go Lite Guv and Jerry Patterson. The front page of today’s Chron has another positive story on Sen. Patrick.

Why do they schedule the runoff Election Day the day after Memorial Day?

It looks liked Burkablog is saying it is all over next Tuesday. We may as well forget about the statewide general election. Forget about haggling over how many debates will be held. Burkablog has no respect whatsoever for the Lone Star State Dem effort. Here is Burkablog:

This is the worst election campaign season in my memory. Everything has been organized to elect the most radical candidates on the ballot, those who are the farthest to the right. The result will be the triumph of the know-nothings. Vast sums of dark money are pouring into the state to influence the election. Michael Quinn Sullivan and the tea parties are running the show. We’re on the verge of electing an attorney general in Ken Paxton who has violated the Texas Securities Act repeatedly. But if Paxton gets enough votes to become attorney general, can he serve as A.G. despite having felony violations on his record? Can he be disbarred?

It only gets worse from there. Dan Patrick for lieutenant governor? Sid Miller as the commissioner of agriculture? Glenn Hegar as comptroller? The tea party is running the state. This is not an election about issues. This is an election about our side versus their side, “our” Republicans versus “their” Republicans. In other words, it’s the Republican civil war. It’s a proxy fight for the next election, which will determine whether Joe Straus survives to serve another term as speaker.

It’s scary to contemplate the likely agenda for the 2015 legislative session. Open carry. Sanctuary cities. Arizona-style immigration laws. Cutting property taxes, thereby leaving local governments without the resources to improve their schools or pave their streets. It’s coming, folks. The triumph of the know-nothings.

Now that’s not very comforting. I wonder if that’s the official position of Texas Monthly. If other media in the state start talking this way and if national pundits do the same, we’re in deep doodoo. Dem base voters will buy into this and will stay home. I hope we got a plan.

The ‘Stros are in Seattle for four. Name the Mariners player who holds the record for most dingers in a season?

Here is what I tweeted last night:

On the 3rd day of #EarlyVoting in #HarrisCounty 1,116 Dems voted in person and 222 by mail – 7,451 GOPers in person and 748 by mail. #Vote

10,420 Dems have voted early in Harris County. 37,704 GOPers have voted early.

Ken Griffey, Jr. of course had 56 dingers for the Mariners in 1997 and 1998.

The team lost another last night in a 2-1 close game.

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