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I tweeted this last evening:

Marc Campos @MarcCommentary • 5h 5 hours ago
Dave Wilson is at it again. Look what he wants to put on November’s ballot. #KHOUTV #HouNews pic.twitter.com/SaA3CHl83M
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I saw this story last evening on KHOU-TV Channel 11. Dave Wilson is gathering signatures on petitions called “Protect a Woman’s Right to Privacy in a Bathroom.” I have not seen the actual petition language but he wants to have it on the November ballot. In an earlier story Wilson said the ballot item would impact turnout in the upcoming Mayoral election. I don’t know about that.

This has the potential to really backfire in Wilson’s face. I think the response from voters will be on the “you gotta be kidding” level. Here is from the Channel 11 story:

The battle over Mayor Parker’s efforts to protect gay and transgender Houstonians is roaring back to life. A petition is making the rounds saying, sign if you agree gender is assigned at birth. The man behind it says he has enough signatures to take it to a city-wide vote.

“Whatever you’re born with you have to live with, that’s what this is basically saying,” said Dave Wilson, a HCC Trustee.

He wants to take it to the voters. Wilson’s been busy mailing out petitions, but not all the feedback is positive.

And:

Wilson’s new petition would put the controversy on the ballot, during an election season when the mayor’s spot is also up for grabs.

“What I’m talking about doing is a charter amendment change, which permanently codifies into the city charter the fact that men cannot use the women’s bathroom,” said Wilson.

He plans to take these petitions to city hall next week. Then, officials would have to verify the signatures, before it goes on the ballot this November.

Here is the entire Channel 11 story: http://www.khou.com/story/news/politics/2015/04/01/anti-gay-activists-petition-drive-could-affect-mayors-race/70803492/.

I don’t know how City Hall is going to react when Wilson delivers the petitions but I can pretty well guess how H-Town voters will react to a vote on this ballot item – you gotta be kidding!

How much will Jon Singleton be getting paid this year for playing Triple A ball?

Now this is cool! This is what H-Town would want. I am talking about a Presidential or Vice-Presidential debate in H-Town next year. We had one here for the VP candidates in 1976 with Sen. Walter Mondale and Sen. Bob Dole at the Alley Theater. Here is from the Trib:

Three locations in Texas have applied to host a presidential or vice presidential debate in 2016, organizers announced Wednesday.

Under consideration are the city of McAllen, Houston Community College and Texas A&M University. They are among 16 sites across the country vying for the opportunity to hold a debate during the general election.

Prospective hosts faced a Tuesday deadline to file an application with the Commission on Presidential Debates, the group Democrats and Republicans have entrusted to organize the debates. Applicants expect to hear back this fall about whether they have been selected to host one of the four debates up for grabs in 2016 — three for the presidential candidates and one for their running mates.

Texas A&M, which had been expected to apply, is focusing its bid on the opportunities for civic engagement a debate could offer a state with historically low voter turnout.

Houston Community College is specifically offering the commission its Central College in Houston’s Midtown district.

“As one of the largest and most diverse community colleges in the nation, HCC is well positioned geographically in a city that is prepared for events of this magnitude,” Houston Community College Chancellor Cesar Maldonado said Wednesday in a statement.

Omar Rodriguez, McAllen’s director of convention facilities, said the city has been “at the epicenter of national attention for several years now” given its proximity to the Texas-Mexico border. Last year, neighboring Edinburg was the site of the first gubernatorial debate ever held in the Rio Grande Valley.

“We may be small, but we’ve seen a lot of folks come through here and pay a lot of attention,” Rodriguez said. “We think it’s a very good canvas for a presidential debate.”

The other applicants:
• Belmont University in Nashville
• City of Birmingham, Ala.
• Dominican University of California in San Rafael, Calif.
• Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Ky.
• George College & State University in Milledgeville, Ga.
• Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.
• Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Fla.
• Longwood University in Farmville, Va.
• State University of New York Rockland Community College in Suffern, N.Y.
• University of Nevada in Las Vegas
• Washington University in St. Louis
• West Virginia University and West Virginia State University in Charleston, W.Va.
• Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.

H-Town can make the case for a debate by highlighting our growing Latino population, our diversity, and our energy industry. We need to support this effort. If it does happen, it will be a hot ticket for sure so I am going to be extra nice to my client, HCC Trustee Adriana Tamez, so she can snag me a ticket.

Jon Signleton will be getting $2 mil this year for starting in Triple A of course. Hey, the ‘Stros agreed to the big bucks!

Commentary will be attending the union (that is what it said on the invitation) of Celeste and Kyle this evening over at The Bell Tower. I am thinking that union is the same as getting hitched or married – I think. I wonder who made it to Kyle’s universe.

The team is back in Texas – in Corpus Christi tonight.

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