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Tonight Commentary will be at the Channel 13 studios from 8 pm to 10 pm talking about the election results. I will be there with a bunch of other folks. You can watch online so go to their website for the latest with a local flavor.

Burkablog put it on Battleground Texas yesterday. Check it out here:

Battleground Texas, the organization chosen by the Obama White House to “turn Texas blue,” proved to have been nothing more than a mirage. In fact, Battleground did more to sabotage the Democratic effort — unintentionally — than to support it, thanks to Jeremy Bird, Battleground’s leader. Bird produced a memo claiming major gains by Democrats, which he published. Unfortunately for Bird, his numbers were erroneous, allowing Republicans to enjoy a big laugh at Battleground’s expense.

I’m not surprised, because the major activity of Battleground was to issue press releases taking credit for X direct contacts with voters and Y phone calls. In the end, Battleground has little to show for its efforts. Democratic sources now acknowledge that Battleground provided nothing useful to the Davis campaign. The result is that the state Democratic party suffered another blow to its credibility.

Here is another Robert Miller tweet:

Robert D. Miller ‏@Robert_Miller 2h2 hours ago
In my opinion, over/under on @GregAbbott_TX margin of victory against @WendyDavisTexas is 19 points. I will take the over. #txlege #tx2014

Teddy Schleifer of the Chron asked the following about the local campaigns:

Have social conservatives been energized?

Some Republicans have expressed worry that voters may stay home given Greg Abbott’s lead in recent polls, which have put him ahead of Wendy Davis in the governor’s race by more than 15 points. Republicans locally may have found the antidote to complacency: Mayor Annise Parker’s subpoenas of area pastors opposed to Houston’s new Equal Rights Ordinance.

Local Republicans have launched a late campaign to mobilize their social conservative base by making the election as much about Parker, who is not on the ballot, as about the local Democratic candidates.

The Harris County Republican Party is running a radio spot criticizing the mayor and encouraging a straight-ticket Republican ballot, and recent direct mail has featured Parker’s face and a tweet of hers calling the subpoenas “fair game.” That energy reached its political crescendo Sunday night at Grace Community Church, where thousands of the pastors’ allies heard speakers urge them to make their voices heard on Election Day.

Which way is Harris County headed?

The big question is whether Harris County, which voted for Barack Obama – barely – in 2012, will join Travis, Dallas and Bexar as reliably Democratic counties that constitute the Democratic base over the next decade. Harris has remained solidly purple – partly because the unincorporated parts of the county continue to serve as Republican strongholds – and this midterm election will see if the county is headed in a leftward direction.

If Republicans, with a new party chairman, can win big in Harris County and sweep in down-ballot races, Democrats may face a long slog in making the state as a whole more politically competitive.

Here is from the Chron about my friend former Constable Victor Trevino:

“It’s just sad,” said Marc Campos, a political consultant who ran Trevino’s first campaign in 1988. “He’s been a very popular guy since he took office in 1989.”

He noted that Trevino was re-elected in 2012 after the allegations had surfaced.

“He had overwhelming support,” Campos said. “People liked him, liked what he was doing.”

He said it was disappointing to see someone with a distinguished career in law enforcement end his tenure by admitting he took money from his charity.

But Trevino, the longest continually serving constable in Harris County, was one of the first to turn his office into a crime prevention entity, Campos said.

His campaign in 1988 was certainly one of the most exciting that our community ever experienced. It literally came down to the last precinct reporting.

Here is also from today’s Chron:

After four failed attempts, City Council finally came up with a definition of the city’s core services Monday, selecting “public safety, water and wastewater, streets and drainage and solid waste management” as the primary responsibilities to taxpayers.

I guess libraries, parks, and golf courses are not.

I am skipping the MLB question today and the roof at The Yard is getting a tune-up.

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