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Coming to Texas

It looks like after this evening, we could be seeing some Democratic presidential campaigning here in Texas. It looks like a lot of the local Dem elected officials are for Secretary Hillary Clinton. Here is from the Trib today:

With less than a month until the March 1 primary, (Sen. Bernie) Sanders supporters are sounding optimistic, buoyed by his momentum in the first round of early voting contests as well as an already active organization in Texas. 

“I think he’s going to win Texas,” said former Texas Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower, who has been campaigning for Sanders in early voting states. “One, you’ve got to enthuse people, and two, you’ve got to them out on election day. And they’ve got both the organization and the enthusiasm.”

Here is the entire Trib piece: http://www.texastribune.org/2016/02/09/democrats-eye-increasingly-competitive-texas-2016/.

That is a bold prediction from Whole Hog. Who knows? The local elected officials could be on one side and a ton of progressive activists on the other side. From what I can see, the Sanders folks are way better organized than the Hillary folks.

Speaking of number 18 again, who currently wears the number 18 for the ‘Stros?

Adrian Garcia got a couple of key endorsements yesterday. Check this:

Houston, Texas – Two of the most prominent civil rights leaders in Houston endorsed Adrian Garcia for Congress today, calling for a change in TX-29, with the poor conditions in the district constituting a “social justice crisis.” 

“Gun violence is a problem in both the African American Community and the Mexican American Community. Gene Green has not been a supporter of trying to reduce the gun violence that takes place in our community. I’m also here to support Adrian Garcia because this district was created with the expectation that we would have some Mexican American representation in Washington. Adrian Garcia needs to represent this district,” said Dr. James M. Douglas. “[Regarding] Mexican American elected officials who are not supporting Adrian. My mind immediately went to the beginning of the campaign of President Barack Obama. There were a lot of African American Elected Officials who didn’t come forward in the beginning to support President Barack Obama. Just because some people make mistakes doesn’t mean that everyone ought to make a mistake and I think it’s a mistake for anybody not to support Adrian Garcia for the next representative of this congressional district.” 

“I’ve known Adrian Garcia since he was at city council. I’ve seen Adrian Garcia represent this community in so many ways. He has shown that he can give leadership to the people at the bottom.” said Reverend Bill Lawson. “You know I hate to say this but it is a true story. Everyone in America recognizes race. So even though they may have the same last name, believe me, the voters know the difference between Ron Green, Al Green and Gene Green.” 

“This is a district suffering from neglect, and it is a district in crisis.  It is a crisis caused by poor leadership, and it is a crisis it will take new leadership to solve. We are confronted by a social justice crisis on three levels,” said Adrian Garcia. “First, our district has some of the worst educational outcomes in America. Second, the Environmental Protection Agency ranks our district as one of the worst in Texas in terms of cancers caused by airborne pollution. We have cancer clusters, increased incidence of respiratory disease, and areas in our district with “boil water” advisories.  It’s outrageous. As I have said, our community cannot become Flint. Third, we need to do something about gun violence in our community, and in America overall.  We have had more Americans die from gun violence in the past 50 years than the sum of all combat deaths in US military history.”  

“For me, each of these struggles falls into a simple framework.  As your former Sheriff and as a police officer for 23 years, I have always believed no one is above the law. I also believe no one is beneath the law’s protection,” said Garcia. 

“The simple truth is we need change because Gene Green won’t fix any of these problems. When Gene Green was confronted on education, he responded, “Our district is never going to be River Oaks,” said Garcia. “He has taken 1.3 million dollars from oil, gas and chemical companies while voting 133 times against clean air, clean water, and renewable energy.  And lastly, on guns Gene Green has a received an A- grade from the NRA for nine out his ten terms, and has been endorsed by the NRA seven times for Congress.  He’s voted against child safety locks when guns are the second leading cause of accidental death for children in Harris County.  He’s repeatedly voted against background checks when guns are the leading cause of domestic violence deaths in the United States.  He’s even voted for cop-killer bullets.”

Then this tweet:

Greg Groogan ‏@GrooganFox26 21h21 hours ago

Civil Rights leader Bill Lawson backs in 29th Dist. Cong race says Hispanic should have seat

I guess this is kind of why Whole Hog makes his prediction. The following is never a sign that things are going well. Here is from Politico:

Hillary and Bill Clinton are so dissatisfied with their campaign’s messaging and digital operations they are considering staffing and strategy changes after what’s expected to be a loss in Tuesday’s primary in New Hampshire, according to a half-dozen people with direct knowledge of the situation.

Here is the entire Politico piece: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/02/hillary-clinton-staff-shakeup-218955?lo=ap_c1.

A CNN talking head pointed out last night that you could not change the candidate. Clinton could very well be our nominee but her campaign has had a lot of issues.

I still have not seen a Hillary yard sign in my ‘hood.

I’ll be watching New Hampshire tonight.

Luis Valbuena of course wears the number 18.

Again, nothing from The Yard today.




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