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Jeff Bagwell was our Opening Day starting first baseman from 1991-2005. Who was our Opening Day starting first baseman in 1990?

Well the gloves are off in the CD 29 race. Here is from the Chron:

Rep. Luis Gutierrez of (D-Ill.), however, criticized (Adrian) Garcia for his role as sheriff in a federal jail screening program that resulted in the deportation of thousands of immigrants living in the United States illegally.  

“We cannot elect someone to Congress who is willing to work with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and DHS (Department of Homeland Security) to deport people who have simply been pulled over for a speeding ticket or other minor traffic violations. Those are not the Hispanic community’s values,” Gutierrez said in a statement calling Garcia a “deporter-in-chief.” “Gene is on the right side of history by supporting comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship. His opponent is not.”

Here is from an Adrian Garcia press release yesterday:

“Gene Green is the NRA’s favorite Democrat in Congress. He’s part of the reason our President has had to use Executive Action to protect our people. When House Democrats reclaim a majority, the NRA will still have Gene Green in their pocket to block progressive gun safety measures. He is their insurance policy,” states Sheriff Garcia. 

“It’s no wonder the Congressman has a lifetime A rating from the NRA: He signed on to a letter with Texas Republicans to prevent the restriction of armor-piercing bullets. He voted against the Brady Bill, he’s voted against child safety locks, and later voted for the assault weapons ban repeal. He also voted for keeping the gun show loophole*,” added Garcia.

Here is from an online story on the President’s proposal to close the gun show loophole on background checks:

Support for the measures crosses party lines, with 67% of those asked saying they favor the changes. Some 85% of Democrats, 65% of independents and 51% of Republicans support the President’s moves.

Here is what the President said the other day on his proposals:

“So all of us need to demand a Congress brave enough to stand up to the gun lobby’s lies.  All of us need to stand up and protect its citizens.  All of us need to demand governors and legislatures and businesses do their part to make our communities safer.  We need the wide majority of responsible gun owners who grieve with us every time this happens and feel like your views are not being properly represented to join with us to demand something better.  (Applause.) 

And we need voters who want safer gun laws, and who are disappointed in leaders who stand in their way, to remember come election time.  (Applause.)”

And here is from last night’s CNN town hall meeting with Anderson Cooper:

COOPER: You wrote an op-ed that just got published.

OBAMA: Yes.

COOPER: A lot of people probably have not read it yet. One of the things you say in it is that you are not going to campaign for, vote for any candidate, regardless of what party they are in, if they do not support commonsense gun reform.

(APPLAUSE)

OBAMA: Yes. I meant what I said. And the reason — the reason I said that is this. The majority of people in this country are a lot more sensible than what you see in Washington. And the reason that Washington doesn’t work well in part is because the loudest, shrillest voices, the least compromising, the most powerful, or those with the most money have the most influence.

And the way Washington changes is when people vote. And the way we break the deadlock on this issue is when Congress does not have just a stranglehold on this debate — or, excuse me, the NRA does not have a stranglehold on Congress in this debate…

(APPLAUSE)

… but it is balanced by a whole bunch of folks, gun-owners, law enforcement, the majority of the American people, when their voices are heard, then things get done.

The proposals that we’ve put forward are a version — a lawful, more narrow version of what was proposed by Joe Manchin and Senator Toomey of Pennsylvania, a Republican and a Democrat, both of whom get straight A scores from the NRA. And somehow after Newtown that did not pass the Senate. The majority of senators wanted it, but 90 percent of Republicans voted against it. And I’ll be honest with you. Ninety percent of those senators didn’t disagree with the proposal, but they were fearful that it was going to affect them during the election.

So all I’m saying is, is that this debate will not change and get balanced out so that lawful gun-owners and their Second Amendment rights are protected, but we’re also creating a pathway towards a safer set of communities, it’s not going to change until those who are concerned about violence are not as focused and disciplined during election time as those who are.

And, you know, I’m going to throw my shoulders behind folks who want to actually solve problems instead of just, you know, getting a high score from an interest group.

And from an AP story in today’s Chron:

Ahead of the town hall, Obama put political candidates on notice that he would refuse to support or campaign for anyone who “does not support common-sense gun reform” — including Democrats.

Interesting. So I am thinking the President won’t get involved in the DC 29 race. If he endorses Cong. Green, he is going too kind of lose a ton of credibility on this issue and those tears he shed the other day are going to really be ridiculed.

Stay tuned on this.

Glenn Davis of course was our starting first baseman on Opening Day of 1990.

Nothing from The Yard today.

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