Archive for October 3rd, 2014

Latinos are watching closely for any White House signal on immigration. With the election 32 days away last night they may have gotten a positive glimpse of what is in store. This may keep Latinos from staying home or dropping support for Dem candidates. Here is from a story that came out this morning:

With frustration mounting, President Barack Obama sought Thursday to quell doubts he’ll use his presidential powers to act on immigration, telling Hispanics and immigration activists it’s “not a question of if but when.”

At the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s annual gala, Obama warned activists that his eventual actions will spark intense political opposition that could threaten the durability of what he does. In a partisan pitch a month before Election Day, he urged Hispanics across the U.S. to use their votes to improve prospects in the future for a legislative fix.

“The moment I act — and it will be taking place between the November election and the end of the year — opponents of reform will roll out the same old scare tactics,” Obama said. “When opponents are out there saying who knows what, I’m going to need you to have my back.”

If he wants us to watch his back then you have to figure that he is really going to do something significant that will pi__-off the Tea Party bunch. Here is more:

Once hailed as a champion for Hispanic rights, Obama’s relationship with the Hispanic community has become strained since he decided last month to abandon his earlier pledge to act quickly after summer’s end to help some immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally. Instead, he said he’d wait until after the Nov. 4 elections, exasperating immigration activists who accused the president of putting politics ahead of their families and said they had waited far too long already.

With the elections nearing, Obama sought to parlay impatience into motivation for Hispanic voters to elect politicians who will enact more sweeping reforms to fix the U.S. immigration system. Arguing that no executive action on immigration could be as comprehensive as what Congress could do, he urged Hispanics at the black-tie dinner to go into their communities to ensure voters don’t stay home.

“Yes we can — if we vote,” he said, first in Spanish and then in English, in a twist on his 2008 campaign slogan.

Stay positive and stay tuned!

I want to wish my nephew David Andrew Lafuente a Happy 40th Birthday today – WOW! Dave is a great dad, a great son, a great grandson, a great nephew, a great Godfather to Dante, and a great ‘Stros fan! Happy Birthday Dave!

The Royals beat the Angels in 11 innings last night, 3-2. Everybody is talking about that this is their first playoff appearance since 1985. When was their first ever playoff appearance?

Do you think the AG Abbott – Team Davis race is tightening up? Burkablog does. Check what he has to say:

I’m not surprised that the race for governor has tightened according to the recent Lyceum Poll. This is a contest between two candidates who have the support of large constituencies that stretch far beyond Texas. Abbott is among the state’s most prominent attorneys and is no stranger to the U.S. Supreme Court. Davis staked her claim to fame with her memorable filibuster of HB 2. Republicans have the advantage in numbers, this being Texas, but Democrats seem to be somewhat resurgent, and Davis gave them a shot in the arm with her strong performance in the final debate. Abbott has to be the favorite, but this is not a particularly strong Republican ticket, and the full force of the Texas Enterprise Fund scandal has yet to be felt. It’s going to be closer than people think.

I am starting to think so. Of course if it has, then it also has to be good news for Harris County Dem candidates.

The Chron E-Board endorsed in more local judicial races. Two Dems and two GOPers got endorsed today. Here they are: http://www.chron.com/opinion/recommendations/article/Criminal-courts-5797625.php.

Yesterday morning I was watching NBC News’ Dr. Nancy Snyderman report live from Liberia. I thought then that I hoped she and her crew were taking the proper precautions. It was announced last night that her cameraman now has Ebola. Dr. Nancy and her crew will now put themselves in isolation. WOW! Dr. Nancy is one of their high profile reporters!

In 1976 of course, the AL West Champions Royals lost the ALCS to the Yankees in five.

The first two MLB playoff games today will be played in B’More and D.C. The next two will be played in LA and Anaheim. Now that is cool.

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