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Latinos for Bill King

Key Latino leaders who supported and campaigned for Adrian Garcia will endorse Bill King for mayor this morning. Among the key supporters endorsing King is Garcia campaign treasurer Massey Villarreal.

Yesterday, a number of Latino elected officials endorsed State Rep. Sylvester Turner.

I just hope the Turner attack squad doesn’t say something like the Latinos supporting Bill all look like Ted Cruz or something like that.

So who wins the Latino vote? Stay tuned!

Yesterday, Jose Altuve won the AL Gold Glove for a second baseman. How many times did Craig Biggio win the NL Gold Glove as a second baseman?

The Chron E-Board weighs in on the new term limits at H-Town City Hall:

The job of city councilman may technically be part-time, but changes at City Hall threaten to transform our elected officials into full-time fundraisers.

On Election Day, voters expanded term limits from two to four years by passing Proposition 2. This will give elected officials more time to study and implement long-term plans that Houston needs to balance the budget, fix roads and keep our city growing. It also gives incumbent politicians an unabated four years to raise campaign funds.

Before this year’s election cycle, expanding term limits wouldn’t have had any major impact on campaign fundraising. Houston voters passed an anti-corruption measure back in 1992 that only permitted soliciting contributions from the February before an election until a few months after it concluded. Whether politicians served two years or four, the fundraising timeline would have been the same.

However, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the 2010 Citizens’ United case has rendered unconstitutional campaign finance laws in cities and states across the nation. Houston is no exception: Our blackout period on fundraising was knocked down by a federal court at the beginning of the year.

Now City Hall faces the unexplored consequences of mixing full-time fundraising with extended terms, threatening to give incumbent politicos an unprecedented upper hand over challengers.

In this post-Citizens United legal landscape, how can voters maintain control over the democratic process?

For one, they can head to the voting booth.

Here is the entire take: http://www.chron.com/opinion/editorials/article/Fundraising-boost-6623416.php.

I think it will work out.

Craig Biggio won four Gold Gloves of course as a second baseman.

And this from the ‘Stros website:

Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel was just as happy for teammate Jose Altuve to take home his first Rawlings Gold Glove on Tuesday night as he was to learn he had won his second.

Keuchel, who’s already won the Players Choice Award as Outstanding Pitcher in the American League and is a finalist for the AL Cy Young Award, took home his second consecutive Gold Glove. Altuve, a former batting champion, added a Gold Glove to his resume by topping the field at second base.

“I’m extremely excited,” Keuchel said of Altuve. “I just texted him. He deserves everything he gets. He’s a tremendous worker. He’s one of those guys who’s had to work for everything, like myself, so I think we have a common bond there. We know the competitive end one another shares, and I can’t be more happy for that guy.”

Nice.

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