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Lost Cred

The ‘Stros have signed Wandy Rodriguez to a minor league deal and he will be at spring training camp next month. So that makes Wandy and Chad Qualls as the only ‘Stros players from the 2005 World Serious still playing in MLB. Who saw more action in the 2005 Serious – Qualls or Wandy?

The Chron E-Board took on the gun issue a week or so ago and said this:

The gun group and its lapdog lawmakers may not realize it yet, but they’re living on borrowed time. With polls showing broad support, even among gun owners, for sensible gun measures, with state and local officials at last standing up to the bullies – although not in Texas, of course – and with grass-roots groups organizing around the country, the nation is beginning to realize that the Second Amendment absolutists are not all-powerful.

Gene Green has an A Rating from the NRA and the Chron endorsed him today. They’ve lost all gun cred with this subscriber. From now on, if I see one of their E-Board takes on guns, I am not even going to bother to read.

They could have made a statement but instead they took the chicken route and continue to empower the gun lobby. They lost cred on this so talk about something else please.

Here is the E-Board take:

Green for the 29th

After 23 years, Gene Green is still the right fit for this key, mostly east Houston district.

Copyright 2016: Houston Chronicle

January 21, 2016

Former Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia can point to 23 years on the Houston police force, six years on City Council, where he served as mayor pro tem, and six years as sheriff of Harris County, the third-largest sheriff’s department in the country. Despite long-festering problems in the Harris County Jail he ultimately was unable to resolve, his is a stellar record of public service.

Now he wants to extend it. In the wake of his unsuccessful run for mayor, the 55-year-old native Houstonian announced that he would challenge veteran congressman Gene Green, a fellow Democrat and family friend, in a bid to represent the 29th Congressional District. Also running is political neophyte Dominique Garcia.

Why? That’s the question local political junkies are asking about the former sheriff. Why now and why this seat? That’s also the question district voters will have to ponder as they decide whether to replace an experienced elected official with a solid record of service and a well-earned reputation for responding to his constituents’ needs.

The district was crafted in 1991 as a Hispanic opportunity district, which means that its line are drawn so that Hispanics are able to choose their representative, who may or may not be Hispanic. Green, a 68-year-old former state legislator who grew up in the district, in the now largely Hispanic Lindale neighborhood, defeated a prominent Hispanic candidate in 1992 and has not faced a primary opponent since 1996.

This “hard-working, blue-collar district” (Green’s description) covers mostly east Houston, including Galena Park and South Houston and a portion of Pasadena, as well as parts of north Houston. The Hispanic share of the district’s population has grown to more than 76 percent, higher than all but four congressional districts nationwide, according to the Pew Research Center. Hispanics make up about 61 percent of eligible voters.

Garcia contends that it’s time for the district to elect an Hispanic, particularly in the face of mounting insults and attacks on Hispanics from the likes of Donald Trump. He also insists that the incumbent has been too cozy with the National Rife Association. In addition to gun safety, his priorities include boosting educational opportunity, reforming immigration procedures, dealing with traffic congestion and growing the economy.

We’re glad that both challengers are running; in principle, the process works best when incumbents have to respond to challenges, particularly when they’ve been in office for a long time. This particular district, though, has been well served by the incumbent.

Green is familiar with the need for jobs, educational opportunity and health care in a district where roughly 24 percent of the residents struggle to get by on incomes below the poverty level. He’s worked over the years on air-quality issues affecting neighborhoods that abut one of the most industrialized areas in the nation, a district where children grow up in the shadow of refinery towers and petrochemical plants. He’s also responsive to the concerns of those very same economic mainstays.

Green pays close attention to his constituents, hosting clinics to give children free vaccinations, job fairs and workshops to help immigrants applying for citizenship. In Washington, he wields what power and influence he can in a calcified Congress controlled by Republicans, serving as a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and as the ranking Democrat on the Subcommittee on Health.

We respect Adrian Garcia’s record of service to the community, service that we expect will continue in one form or another, but we see no need at this time to make a change in the 29th Congressional District. Along with the financial arm of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and a number of local Hispanic organizations, we endorse Gene Green.

Feb. 1 is the last day to register for the March 1 primary election. Early voting is Feb. 16-26.

Again:

We respect Adrian Garcia’s record of service to the community, service that we expect will continue in one form or another, but we see no need at this time to make a change in the 29th Congressional District.

That sounds a little patronizing.  Thanks for the pat on Adrian’s head. Let us know when you will support him for which position.

State Sen. Rodney Ellis is asking the Dem precinct chairs to make him the Precinct 1 Commissioner nominee. Sen. Ellis is also on the ballot. So if he gets the Precinct 1 nod, he will have to give up his Senate District 13 slot and the SD 13 Dem precinct chairs get to pick the SD 13 nominee.  Got it?

And this from CNN:

Donald Trump holds a commanding lead in Iowa as Sen. Bernie Sanders takes control of the Democratic race in the critical first-in-the-nation voting state, according to a new CNN/ORC poll released Thursday.

Trump leads Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who is in second place in the GOP race, among likely Republican caucus-goers, 37% to 26%. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, is in third at 14%, the only other Republican in double digits. Ben Carson failed to register half of Rubio’s support and is in fourth place at 6%.

Sanders, meanwhile, has opened up an eight-point lead over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, leading her in Iowa 51% to 43% among likely Democratic presidential caucus-goers.

Some folks are starting say this is looking like 2008 again for Hillary. It certainly is not looking good for Hillary as she is in attack mode and Bernie has them all coming to look for America.

The Chron’s Ericka Mellon has a piece today on HISD Board Trustee attendance. Here is how it starts:

The attendance record of HISD trustees at meetings came under increased scrutiny this month after the board voted to give outgoing Superintendent Terry Grier a bonus with barely a quorum present.

Trustee Anna Eastman, who has complained repeatedly about her colleagues’ attendance, reiterated her concerns Jan. 11 after that 3-2 vote to pay Grier another $75,420. Trustee Jolanda Jones, in her first meeting Jan. 14, called out those who don’t “show up.”

“I wasn’t on the board when they voted for a bonus for the superintendent. I’m certain I would have voted against it. But I wasn’t on the board, and that’s fine. I understand that,” Jones said. “But I find it curious: There’s a lot of talk in the media about the number of people that weren’t there and how did they vote without the people being there. I’ll say this: The world is run by those who show up. It was a meeting. So if people weren’t there, that’s on them. No disrespect intended.

“But I’m going to say it one more time: The world is run by those who show up. We were elected to show up.”

Here is the entire Mellon article: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/education/article/Some-HISD-trustees-rack-up-absences-6774653.php?t=33f4992666438d9cbb&cmpid=twitter-premium.

Chad Qualls made three appearances in the 2005 World Serious and pitched 5 1/3 innings and Wandy Rodriguez made two appearances and pitched 3 2/3 innings of course.

Fan Fest is this weekend at The Yard but I am not going.

 

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