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Dems and Them

Texas Monthly put out a lengthy piece on the future of Battleground Texas. It is different from the Texas Observer take of a couple of months ago. Here it is: http://www.texasmonthly.com/story/future-battleground-texas.

I don’t know those fellas. I know they want Dems to win here in Texas. I mentioned the other day that Dems really don’t have state leaders. Nobody is really in charge of the Dem effort in Texas and there is no Dem strategy so the Battleground folks for now are filling a void, but they are not accountable to Dem elected officials or grass roots Dems. They are accountable to the folks that give them money to operate.

In the foreseeable future, nothing is really going to happen on a statewide level. Change has to come locally. So local Dem folks still have a say. Check out the Texas Monthly read.

Governor Abbott came to town yesterday to speak to the Greater Houston Partnership and he was met by immigration reform protesters – a lot of young kids – who are not too happy with the Governor and his position on the President’s immigration moves. Here is from a Channel 11 story:

“When he ran for office, he said he was all for families and he brought out his mother-in-law, who’s Latina,” said Mary Moreno, one of the protesters. “And then he turns around and he does this, right? He’s hurting Latino families.”

And this:

“That is not within the constitutional power of the president,” Abbott said. “That is why I filed the lawsuit. The lawsuit really doesn’t have anything to do with immigration. It has everything to do with an abuse of executive power.”

Doesn’t have anything to do with immigration? Are you kidding me? Sounds like a bunch of young Latino kids got to you! Keep the heat on!

And this is from the GOP bunch that worship at the altar of border security. From an internet story yesterday:

Numerous House Republicans say it’s preferable to let the Homeland Security Department go unfunded for a few days, at least, if that’s the cost of undoing a White House immigration policy they consider unlawful. These lawmakers say the impact on national security would be minimal, as would the political risks.

“Shutting down” the agency known as DHS “is a set of words that don’t really have the meaning that people attribute to it,” said Republican Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama. “There was hardly any effect whatsoever on the Department of Homeland Security from the last shutdown, and I would anticipate a similar effect this time.”

Brooks was referring to the 2013 partial federal government shutdown that Americans blamed mostly on Republicans, and which many GOP leaders have vowed not to repeat.

I am so sorry! You can’t be screaming for border security and then let Homeland Security close. You just can’t!

Name the MLBer who is currently still pitching with the most all-time career saves for a pitcher born in Texas?

Commentary mentioned the other day that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker would not be president. Yesterday he compared ISIS to labor unions. Looks like he is not ready for prime time.

Next time I run into Harris County Tax Assessor Collector Mike Sullivan, I am going to ask him why he didn’t place his mug on the educational billboards promoting the switchover to the new single-sticker system for vehicle registrations and inspections. I saw one of his billboards off of I-45 and North Main.

I have seen Hunker Down on billboards in the past. I have seen the Harris County Sheriff on promotions. On the I-45/North Main billboard only Tax Assessor Collector Sullivan’s name is displayed. Maybe the ad funders stipulated that photos of elected officials were not allowed. Oh, well!

Joe Nathan of course was born in H-Town and has 376 saves to lead all closers born in Texas.

The AL Champs Royals will visit The Yard five weeks from today to wrap up Spring Training.

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