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Sen. Rand Paul is getting out of the presidential race. Who is next?

I forgot to congratulate Secretary Hillary Clinton for being the first woman to ever win the Iowa caucuses.

Congrats also go out to Sen. Ted Cruz for being the first Latino to ever win a presidential caucus – I think.

I kind of agree with Stace’s latest take. Here is how it starts:

It didn’t take long for the other side of Bernie (Hillary) to come out telling us that as the states get browner, their candidate will win more. Talk about taking voters for granted!

These are the same kind of Democrats who’ve wanted to rely on demographics to win elections. And when nominated, it’s all about, “Yeah, let’s move to the right on certain issues, they’ll be with us anyway, right?” It’s the sort of mentality that has kept turnout rates low and mediocre candidates on our ballots.

Go check out the rest of Stace here: http://doscentavos.net/.

Yeah, it is kind of dismissive to hear the talking heads say the “demographics” favor Hillary in Nevada (more Latinos) and South Carolina (more African Americans) as if Sen. Bernie Sanders doesn’t know anything about these communities. Oh, well.

You have to hand it to Texas Monthly’s Ericka Grieder for her coverage and analysis of Ted Cruz. Go to Burkablog and check her out.

Among qualifiers, name the MLB catcher with the highest batting average last season?

The Houston GLBT Political Caucus will hold their endorsement meeting tonight.

Speaking of, the Chron E-Board endorsed Kimberly Willis in the State House District 139 race. Here it is:

This election will be the first time since 1988 that Sylvester Turner’s name does not appear on the list of candidates for this seat. The largely black and Hispanic district, which covers northwest Houston and parts of the unincorporated Harris County north to FM 1960, has come to expect the skills and experience of a man who always kept one foot in Acres Homes even as he became an institution in Austin. But that longtime representative, voters should remember, began as a young attorney.

We encourage Democratic Party voters to look for a candidate who will emulate Turner’s successful model of connecting constituents’ interests with the levers of state power in Austin. We believe that Kimberly Willis will be that candidate.

Willis’ experience as a former staffer in the Legislature and as a social worker in Houston gives her a comprehensive view of the ways in which government programs can impact neighborhoods.

“I understand what good public policy does for a community,” she told the Houston Chronicle editorial board.

Willis, 31, places specific focus on criminal justice issues, especially juvenile justice. As a behavioral specialist with the Harris County juvenile probation department, her expertise would be a fine addition to a legislature that looks ready to tackle criminal justice reform. She was also the only candidate willing to address Houston’s pension problems head-on.

Willis received her undergraduate degree from Baylor University, a master’s degree in forensic psychology from Prairie View A&M and a master’s in social work from the University of Houston.

Also running for the position are Randy Bates, 66, a former Lone Star College trustee; Jerry Ford Jr., 23, a student activist; and Jarvis Johnson, 44, a former member of Houston City Council.

Ford has an impressive passion and said he is running to spark a movement of youth involvement in politics, but he could use a little more experience. Bates and Johnson both have that experience as elected officials. However, Bates relied too much on vagaries when he talked with the editorial board. Johnson faced allegations of unethical and illegal behavior while on City Council, including allegations of trying to direct city contracts and being charged with evading arrest. He was never indicted or convicted, but too many questions still remain about Johnson’s political ethics.

Of all the candidates, Willis has the best balance of on-the-ground knowledge and legislative experience. After more than a quarter-century with Sylvester Turner, voters should send another young, ambitious product of Acres Homes up to Austin.

Buster Posey of course of the Giants had the highest batting average for a catcher last season hitting a solid.318.

Pitchers and catchers report to ‘Stros spring training two weeks from tomorrow.

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