Archive for October 17th, 2014

BREAKING NEWS!!! The following tweets just came in. Is this a joke?

Mike Sullivan ‏@CMMikeSullivan 39m39 minutes ago
Mayor Annise Parker just told this audience “I will bring a term limits change to city council agenda. I want to be mayor longer”.

Justin Concepcion ‏@JVConcep 31m31 minutes ago
Myr @anniseparker announces she’ll tackle term limits (abolish or change)- she’s wants to be mayor longer!! Woah?! What’s next, zoning????

It has to be a joke – right?

I have tried to stay away from the Ebola issue because that is not my field. Yesterday on CNN I caught parts of a congressional hearing on Ebola and watched a few members of congress bang on the director of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Rep. Garnet Coleman is probably the state’s leading Dem on health care issues, so what he has to say about Ebola needs our attention. Here is from Chron.com:

It is the State of Texas, not the federal government, that deserves the blame for any problems with the handling of the country’s first Ebola patient, a longtime Houston lawmaker said Thursday.

State Rep. Garnet Coleman, a Democrat who has served on the House Public Health Committee longer than any other legislator, said the infection of two Dallas health workers may signal serious problems with the state’s public health system that will have to be addressed in next year’s session. He added that focusing on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many state politicians have done, misses the point.

“The immediate responsibility for containing emergency health situations is the state, not the CDC. That’s how the system works,” Coleman said. “The reality is, if there was a slow or poor response, it’s the state’s fault.”

“I appreciate the Obama administration’s apology,” he said later, “but have we heard anybody from the State of Texas say they’re sorry?”

Coleman said he believes state health commissioner David Lakey is working hard but has been hamstrung by budget cuts in recent years. Lawmakers have cut money and staff in state public health programs, as well as funding for county programs, he said earlier this week.

“At the end of the day, it’s the counties that have to lead the response to infectious disease outbreaks,” Coleman said, adding his concern was not specifically about Ebola but future viruses that prove more contagious.

Coleman said he has scheduled a discussion on preparedness for Monday in the House County Affairs Committee that he chairs.

Now that ought to get a response or two.

As of yesterday (Oct. 16) here in Harris County, 85,836 mail ballot applications have been submitted. 38,287 of the applications have been generated by the Democratic Party or Democratic candidate campaigns and 36,567 by the GOP and GOP candidate campaigns.

Are we ready for Monday?

Yesterday Alyson Footer from MLB.com put out a nice piece on the 2004 NLCS between the ‘Stros and San Luis. Who handled most of the catching duties for San Luis during that seven game series?

Chris Bell is the only potential H-Town mayoral candidate who has put out a take on the Amen Subpoenas. Here is what he tweeted:

Chris Bell @AlisonsHusband • 23h 23 hours ago
Good to see Mayor and City Atty back away from sermon subpoenas. Many of us who support HERO see the tactic doing much more harm than good.

The Chron E-Board today endorsed three GOPers for the Supreme Court here: http://www.chron.com/opinion/recommendations/article/For-Supreme-Court-5828067.php.

The E-Board today endorsed a GOPer for the Court of Criminal Appeals here: http://www.chron.com/opinion/recommendations/article/For-criminal-appeals-5828054.php.

In races for Congress, yesterday the E-Board endorsed five GOPers and two Dems here: http://www.chron.com/opinion/recommendations/article/For-Congress-5825437.php.

Current San Luis Skipper Mike Matheny of course started six games out of seven at catcher for San Luis during the 2004 NLCS.

It’s the Giants versus KC in the 2014 World Serious that gets underway next Tuesday!

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