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Where is Lamar?

A couple of respected local political players asked me yesterday how come the HISD school name changing deciders had not put Lamar High on the list. They both told me that Lamar was a bad actor. The fella believed in the total elimination of Native Americans and he also was involved in the slave business. I hope leaving Lamar off the list is not political. A number of big time H-Town folks attended Lamar if you know what I mean.

Hey, don’t worry! They want to change the name, not the fact that you went there.

Carlos Correa won the June AL Rookie of the Month Award. Who was the last ‘Stro to win AL Rookie of the Month Award?

I really don’t want the Texas AG investigation to get partisan.

In today’s Chron, the AG’s mouthpiece says the investigation is political and kind of goes after the special prosecutors. That is expected. Here is the article:
http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/texas/article/Paxton-spokesman-special-prosecutors-spar-over-6364088.php.

Here is the response from the special prosecutors:

STATEMENT OF KENT SCHAFFER & BRIAN WICE, SPECIAL PROSECUTORS

The statement made by Mr. Paxton’s spokesman recycles the usual sound bites, culled from the play book of any public official whose conduct places them in the cross-hairs of a grand jury investigation.

Neither the TSSB, nor the Dallas and Travis County District Attorney’s Offices, have looked at the matters which we have been tasked with investigating through the same prism as we have, or with the benefit of the evidence being assembled by the Texas Rangers, that none of these agencies had before them.

Indeed, both the Dallas and Travis County District Attorney’s Offices declined to “pursue a criminal action” precisely because they concluded that neither office had jurisdiction over the conduct giving rise to this investigation.

While Mr. Paxton implies that being from Houston is a reason why our investigation is politically-motivated, his silence as to why our hometown comes within a time zone of relevance speaks volumes.

We were brought in from Houston to ensure that an investigation that could have easily been driven by partisan politics and political agendas would not. While Mr. Paxton would seem to prefer that this investigation be conducted by experienced prosecutors from North Texas, no one who is the subject of a grand jury investigation, least of all one of the top public officials in Texas, gets to make that call.

Tellingly, Mr. Paxton feels that a Dallas address or a career spent as a prosecutor somehow trumps our over seven decades of trial and appellate experience as two of Texas’s most respected criminal lawyers. The facts, which Mr. Paxton would rather ignore than acknowledge, are, as Churchill said, stubborn things. And that’s exactly what we will provide the grand jury with: the facts. Our investigation will continue to be informed by what our oaths as special prosecutors commands: to do justice. And sound bites and personal attacks won’t change that.

It is interesting that the AG’s mouthpiece doesn’t attack the Texas Rangers.

Here is what we don’t need. The Lone Star Project fella should just stay out of it. He is just giving the Paxton side some ammo. Check this:

What do Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick have to say about their political ally and our state’s attorney general facing potential first degree felony charges?

Ken Paxton followed Greg Abbott as state attorney general. They are political allies and if Paxton is forced to leave office early, Abbott will have to appoint his successor. As attorney general, Greg Abbott condemned the type of crimes that Paxton had admitted committing. When questioned about the Paxton scandal, Abbott pleads ignorance on the charges, but “coddles” Paxton with praise and support. Texans deserve to hear specifically what their Governor thinks about the facts of the case and what his intentions would be if Paxton is forced to leave office.

Similarly, Dan Patrick and Paxton are ideological soul-mates who both came to power by vilifying primary opponents and appealing to tea party Republicans. Just last week, in a clear play to stir up tea party activists, Patrick and Paxton coordinated the request and delivery of an advisory opinion on marriage equality. Texans deserve to know if Dan Patrick will stand behind Ken Paxton. Does he plan to initiate any oversight within the state Senate on the Attorney General’s office? Will he continue to seek legal advice from an embattled attorney general who may soon face indictment?

We really don’t need this partisan piling on. Don’t give them any ammo.

The Hackbirds fired one of their hackers and the fired hacker is blaming the ‘Stros.

Well SpringerDinger is dinged up and will sit out six weeks or so – BUMMER!

That’s the last thing we need, but that is baseball.

At the halfway point I have to admit that I am already scoreboard watching. I also think Correa has the lead for Rookie of the Year and the Skipper for Skipper of the Year.

Pitcher Collin McHugh of course won the AL Rookie of the Month Award last September.

We are in Fenway for three this holiday weekend and Commentary hopes you enjoy watching the fireworks, going to parades, watching the hot dog eating contest, and maybe talking a little politics as you celebrate the Fourth of July! Be nice and be careful!

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