Archive for February 6th, 2015

Not the Issues

Over a quarter of a million jobs were added to the rolls in January and the do-nothing GOP still refuses to give the President an ounce of credit! Talk about a lame shame!

He was arguably the greatest to ever play the game and a member of the inaugural class of the MLB Hall of Fame. He was also born 120 years ago today. Who am I talking about?

Kuffer put out some more of what he wants to see the Mayoral candidates talking about this year. Today Kuffer touches on quality of life. Here is how he ends his take today:

I could go on, but I think that will do for now. I realize this is a long campaign, and I realize the average voter is assumed to have the attention span of a gnat. I also realize that some of these candidates don’t have fully fleshed-out positions on everything yet, though let’s be honest here – most of the declared candidates – three of whom so far are repeat customers – have been running for Mayor for many years now. They’ve just made it official now that they can raise money. They’ve all got advisers and consultants and political directors and what have you out the wazoo. Let’s put some of that brainpower to the test. Anyone can be against potholes. I want to know what these guys are for, and it’s neither unfair nor too early to start asking where they stand, at least in general, on these issues. I hope you’ll join me on that, and will do the same for the issues that are important to you.

Here is all of today’s Kuffer: http://offthekuff.com/wp/?p=65299.

Look, folks know where Commentary stands. I can also say that Bill King has certainly written extensively on a number of H-Town issues. All you have to do is look them up or go purchase his book. So you really can’t stick Bill in with the rest of the bunch who have not staked out positions. Kind of the same for Council Member Stephen Costello who has put out a number of issue newsletters.

Meanwhile, Chris Bell and State Rep. Sylvester Turner are sniping at each other on fundraising – certainly not an issue that is of concern to most H-Town voters. Check these tweets from yesterday:

Teddy Schleifer ‏@teddyschleifer 2h2 hours ago
NEW: @ChrisBell2015 files complaint to Houston ethics board to not allow @SylvesterTurner to transfer his $$$. | http://blog.chron.com/houstonpolitics/2015/02/mayoral-fight-continues-as-bell-files-complaint-to-ethics-board/

Teddy Schleifer ‏@teddyschleifer 2h2 hours ago
Last month: “We do serve our citizens, whether they happen to be state representatives or not.” #hounews | http://blog.chron.com/houstonpolitics/2015/02/mayoral-fight-continues-as-bell-files-complaint-to-ethics-board/


Kris Banks retweeted
Sue Davis ‏@suedavis1974 15m15 minutes ago
Already @ChrisBell2015 breaks promise to spend time campaigning instead of trying to win w/lawsuits & complaints. #frivolous legal action

While Bill King tweeted this yesterday:

Bill King @BillKingForHou • 21h 21 hours ago
City of Houston has 3,667 open work orders for #potholes and asphalt repair; another 952 calls through the city’s 311 line.

Bill King @BillKingForHou • 22h 22 hours ago
“…we have not put the $ into maintenance that we…would have liked…because of budget cuts…” #HoustonPotholes http://bit.ly/1Cy9qrK

Oh, well! Who is talking to who on the issues?

It looks like former Council Member Jew Don boney will run for City Controller. That makes two prominent African American candidates in this race. I am sure this doesn’t sit well with HCC Trustee Carroll Robinson.

The great Babe Ruth of course was born 120 years ago today in B’More.

Here is from today’s Chron Sports Section:

It has been 10 years since the city of Houston saw postseason baseball at Minute Maid Park. Heck, the Astros haven’t even finished above .500 since 2008. Yet owner Jim Crane is shooting for a playoff berth this year.

Crane didn’t backtrack Thursday night after declaring he expects the Astros to reach the playoffs this year for the first time since they played in the 2005 World Series.

“Well, we eventually want to win championships,” Crane said. “I think this team has an opportunity to get to the playoffs. That’s our goal, and that’s what we’re working for, and we’re expecting them to get there.”

Today is February 6. Opening Day is April 6 – in 2 months!

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