Archive for October 1st, 2014

On The Debate


With the first open-seat governor’s race since 1990, the 2014 Texas elections are drawing both statewide and national attention. Among likely voters (666 respondents, margin of error +/-3.8%), the Republican, Attorney General Greg Abbott, leads the Democrat, State Senator Wendy Davis, by 9 points, 49 percent to 40 percent. Davis holds the lead among Democrats (86 percent to 6 percent), blacks (83 percent to 3 percent), and Hispanics (62 percent to 26 percent). Abbott leads among independents (38 percent to 32 percent), women (46 percent to 44 percent), men (52 percent to 35 percent), whites (62 percent to 27 percent), and Republicans (85 percent to 5 percent).

I’d like to hear today’s spin on this – 9 points is interesting for sure.

Commentary watched the lively debate last night and tweeted along the way. Remember, I don’t do talking points or tow the party line. Here is the first one before it got started:

What is the over/under on how many times @GregAbbott_TX says Obama/Obamacare during tonight’s #debate? #Election2014 #TexasDebates

I think I counted three times.

Didn’t they ever coach @WendyDavisTexas to look into the camera when she speaks? #TexasDebates #Election2014

Right after this tweet she started looking at the camera – good.

@GregAbbott_TX says a #TEF letter is the equivalent of an application – @aflacduck say huh! #TexasDebates #Election2014


Sorry @GregAbbott_TX but @WendyDavisTexas just ran all over your arse on #TEF. #TexasDebates #Election2014

She clearly dominated on this issue and just about called him a liar for his accusations on her making money off of the Cabela’s deal. He was clearly on the defensive on his role, err non role with the TEF.

This was an easy call. @WendyDavisTexas owned the evening. #TexasDebates #Election2014

Right off the bat, AG Abbott rambled on the Ebola question. She on the other hand said folks need to be calm and we need to follow protocols.

He didn’t sound definitive on driver’s licenses for paperless folks. She was and backed it up with the insurance argument.

She had the best line by calling him California’s best friend for not supporting Medicaid expansion.

She was the clear winner in my book.

Meanwhile, I finally saw the negative ads AG Abbott is running against Team Davis. I have seen two this morning.

AG Abbott is running a Spanish language ad featuring a Latina at different times of her future life. Here is from the Chron a few days ago:

Titled “Educacion,” the commercial shows a character named Miranda becoming a doctor in reverse, with flashbacks to her accepting a diploma during a graduation ceremony, pouring a beaker in science class, working on a computer with a teacher and reading a book surrounded by Abbott and other children. The rest of the ad features clips of Abbott with young students as it emphasizes his proposals target pre-K through third grade.

The same ad with the same Latina is also running on English speaking TV. I don’t know, maybe they figure they got the Anglo vote wrapped up so now they are going after Latinos that don’t watch Univision or Telemundo. The Lyceum Poll only has him with 26% Latino support.

New Skipper A.J. Hinch will wear the numero 14. Name the first player to ever wear the 14 in our franchise history?

I stayed up past midnight to catch the great Wild Card game between the Royals and A’s. I feel a little sad for the A’s because their season is now over. I feel good for the Royals because they are back in the playoffs after a 29-year layoff.

Bob Aspromonte of course first put on the numero 14 in 1962.

Here is from the ‘Stros website:

Astros pitcher Collin McHugh has been named American League Rookie of the Month for September.

McHugh is just the fifth Astros player ever to win a Rookie of the Month Award, and the second this season, joining outfielder George Springer (May 2014), outfielder Hunter Pence (May 2007), right-hander Kirk Saarloos (July 2002) and right-hander Roy Oswalt (August 2001). Pence, Saarloos and Oswalt all won NL Rookie of the Month awards.

McHugh went 4-0 in four September starts with a 1.59 ERA, 25 strikeouts and one walk. He led all Major League rookies in ERA, opponents’ average (.150), WHIP (0.56) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (25), while ranking tied for first in wins.

McHugh’s ERA in September marked the third-lowest in Astros history for a rookie during the month, behind Mark Lemongello (1.29 ERA in 1977) and Ken Forsch (1.24 ERA in 1971). His strikeout-to-walk ratio of 25 was the highest produced by any Astros pitcher during a single month in club history (minimum 28 innings).

This season, McHugh made led all Major League rookies with a 2.73 ERA while ranking second among MLB rookies in wins above replacement (4.2), behind only Jose Abreu (5.5). McHugh’s ERA was the second-lowest recorded by an Astros rookie in club history (Forsch, 2.53 ERA in 1971).

McHugh also led all Major League rookies in opponents’ batting average (.208), while ranking second among AL rookies in strikeouts-per-nine innings (9.14), third in strikeouts (157) and tied for fourth in wins (11). He closed out the year on a seven-game winning streak, becoming the first Houston pitcher to do so in a single season since Andy Pettitte in 2005.

Not bad at all!

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