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Prop 6

Commentary doesn’t hunt or fish. I don’t look forward to the first day for white-winged dove or the first day of dear season. My thing is Opening Day at The Yard and I try to get to as many of the 83 homies as I can. I don’t sit in deer blinds, I sit in Field Box.

The state of Texas issues around 2.5 million hunting and fishing licenses each year. Hunting and fishing is a huge industry in Texas. It is serious business for a lot of folks. That’s why when you go vote in the next few weeks and read the proposed constitutional amendments, Prop 6 will read as follows:

“The constitutional amendment recognizing the right of the people to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife subject to laws that promote wildlife conservation.”

Go here to get an objective take on why this is on the ballot: http://ballotpedia.org/Texas_Right_to_Hunt,_Fish_and_Harvest_Amendment,_Proposition_6_(2015).

Well, I am thinking that some of the 2.5 million license holders are registered voters. How many of them are in H-Town and are they being engaged to come out and vote for Prop 6? What are their voting histories – GOPers, Dems, or casual voters? Who do they like in the race for H-Town Mayor and what do they think of the HERO.

There are seven proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot this year. A couple deal with ad valorem taxes and one deals with funding for roads and highways. Prop 6 is by far the most interesting to me. I wonder why these folks think they need this right?

I am thinking voter turnout here in H-Town might be a bit unusual.

There is an H-Town City Council District H candidate forum this evening at Hogg Middle School.

As of today, five MLB clubs have more wins than they did in all of 2014 – name the clubs.

Mike Morris of the Chron has a story today on the City of H-Town’s fiscal woes. It has a bit of finger pointing and whining. We know we have a problem. We know how we got here. It is going to be up to the next mayor to take the lead on this. Here is the Morris piece:
http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Reports-warn-of-finance-trouble-6489701.php?cmpid=btfpm.

Here is from a NY Times story yesterday:

Republicans are growing increasingly concerned that Donald J. Trump’s inflammatory language is damaging the party, fearing that his remarks are hardening the tone of other candidates on racial issues in ways that could repel the voters they need to take back the White House.

Some party leaders worry that the favorable response Mr. Trump has received from the Republican electorate is luring other candidates to adopt or echo his remarks. It is a pattern, they say, that could tarnish the party’s image among minority voters.

Here is the entire piece: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/08/us/politics/republicans-fear-donald-trump-is-hardening-partys-tone-on-race.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0.

In all fairness to Trump, he is just piling on what was already in motion. The GOP knew at the end of 2012 that they had a problem, but instead of toning down the anti-immigrant rhetoric, they ramped it up in 2014 and Trump is just cashing in.

Saturday night at The Yard, a bunch of folks started hitting their iphone flashes. It looked like the old cigarette lighters from the old concert days. What was up with that?

The Cubbies, 79 wins today, 73 in 2014, the ‘Stros 75 to 70, the Rangers, 72 to 67, the Twins, 71 to 70, and the D-Backs, 66 to 64, all have won more games this season than in all of 2014 of course.

Our lead is back down to 2.

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