Archive for September 15th, 2014

Hello Empower

A conservative PAC will be setting up shop in H-Town this week. Welcome to H-Town Empower Texans! I guess they will focus on City of H-Town stuff. Are they going to organize, endorse candidates, and get out their voters? Are they going to put out position papers and studies? Are they going to lobby at City Hall and engage members of City Council? Or are they just going to make noise? We will see! Here is the Chron story by Theodore Schleifer:

Empower Texans said Sunday it will open a political outpost in Houston, a signal that the conservative political action committee may emerge as a player in upcoming municipal elections.

Charles Blain, currently a field organizer for Greg Abbott’s campaign in Montgomery County, will lead Empower’s second permanent operation, the organization told supporters Sunday. A public announcement is expected Monday.

Empower opens its Houston office more than a year after starting its Dallas-area office that focuses on local issues and elections. While the Austin-based umbrella organization focuses on statewide lobbying and elections, the Metroplex office has endorsed area candidates in school board and municipal elections.

On Friday, Empower’s fiscal policy analyst Christopher Paxton criticized Houston’s elected officials for complaining about having to rein in government spending.

“Too many Houston politicians have decided the real problem is the limit on government growth, not endlessly growing government,” Paxton said in a blog post. “It is high time that Houstonians held their elected officials accountable and demand that the council address major fiscal challenges without raising taxes or complaints.”

That “high time” may come next year, when Houston voters will elect a new mayor and 16 city council members. Several Republicans are expected to run for the city’s top job – meaning Empower’s endorsement could help a candidate advance to the runoff in a crowded field.

Jose Altuve now has 206 base hits. Name the player that trails him?

Team Davis put out a new attack ad this morning. Here is from the Chron:

State Sen. Wendy Davis’ campaign for governor released a TV ad Monday accusing opponent Greg Abbott of looking the other way as attorney general when his office learned of sexual assault allegations at a state-run school nearly a decade ago.

Titled “Time Went By,” the 30-second commercial draws attention to an investigation into claims of rape and sexual abuse starting in 2005 at West Texas State School in Pyote. A Texas Ranger asked Abbott to get involved, raising concerns about whether local authorities could handle the growing scandal involving the Texas Youth Commission, which operated the juvenile detention facility.

“Abbott does nothing,” a narrator says over somber music as shadowy cutouts of newspaper headlines appear on the screen. In the 11 months following the ranger’s request for Abbott’s help, 16 more cases of “abuse, neglect or violations” were confirmed at the school, according to the Davis campaign, which cites state records.

“But Abbott didn’t pursue the case,” the narrator repeats, reviving an attack from the Davis’ first two TV ads: “What insider was Greg Abbott covering up for this time?”

Abbott eventually stepped in, helping with the prosecution of two top officials at the facility. More allegations surfaced in the following years, and the school closed in 2010.

The commercial is Davis’ fourth for the general election. Davis spokeswoman Rebecca Acuna said the ad is running in “targeted markets throughout the state.” Davis’ campaign did not immediately say when the spot went on the air.

Abbott’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the ad.

Here is a link to the ad: http://blog.chron.com/texaspolitics/2014/09/davis-commercial-abbott-ignored-rape-claims-at-state-run-school/

I am trying think – has AG Abbott’s campaign gone negative with ads yet?

Cleveland’s Michael Brantley trails Altuve with 180 base hits.

For those who care and not many do, the ‘Stros’ last homie begins tonight with four against Cleveland who have faint hopes of making the playoffs and then a three game weekend series with the Mariners who have a very good chance of advancing. You can also watch Jose Altuve who is leading the MLB in batting by eight points. The ‘Stros won yesterday and took the roadie 5-4.

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