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San Jacinto Day

If you have lived in the H-Town area for a while, I hope you have taken the time to visit the San Jacinto Battleground and just kind of imagine what happened there 180 years ago today. Commentary has said before that I grew up just across the river from the battleground. Back then our school district had the elementary schools named after the Texas Revolution heroes like Davy Crockett, James Bowie, William Barrett Travis, Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston, Lorenzo DeZavala, and others. So I kind of knew we were growing up by a special place in Texas history.

We are 5-10. What was our record last season at the end of April?

In the last couple of days there have been a few articles and Op-Eds about the cause of flooding here in the H-Town area. There is one today in the Houston Press that blames the flooding in Meyerland on development in Fort Bend County. The Mayor said he would be appointing a flood czar. That sounds good but here is the problem. This isn’t just a Houston issue. It is a regional issue and I don’t think the region’s leadership collectively has the political will to start working on tough measures to minimize flooding. What good does it do to come up with a Houston plan if adjoining communities and unincorporated areas don’t buy in?

What do you think is going to be built next to the Grand Parkway? Commentary hates to say this, but the 100-year flood event is now the new norm. Get used to it or move.

It is way too early to start talking about this. I am talking about a Star Telegram article today about how a Trump GOP ticket could help Dems in Texas.  Check this:

With Donald Trump now the prohibitive Republican frontrunner after winning this week’s New York primary, Democrats in Texas are more hopeful than ever that the billionaire’s emergence will help them in November.

Republicans say it’s just wishful thinking, but Democrats are hoping that Trump’s controversial comments will make some GOP voters stay home in protest and boost the number of Democrats going to the polls to vote against him if he becomes one of the presidential nominees. If that happens, it could help Democrats down the ballot.

And:

“The image of Republican candidates in down-ballot races would be tarnished in the eyes of some regular Republican voters due to their indirect association with Trump as their party’s presidential standard bearer,” said Mark P. Jones, a political science professor at Rice University in Houston.

“Trump’s anti-Latino rhetoric would be utilized by Democrats to ramp up Latino turnout and to drive a wedge between Latinos and the Republican Party,” he said. “Since Latinos in Texas tend to lean Democratic, higher Latino turnout alone will benefit Democrats, let alone if formerly Republican leaning Latinos switch their support to Democratic candidates as a result of Trump’s candidacy.”

Here is the entire article: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/politics-government/election/article72916332.html.

I agree with Mark that there could be a higher Latino voter turnout. I have also said that Trump could also bring out folks that have not been voting before so it could all be a wash.

At end of April of last year, we were 15-7 of course.

What can you say about the 5-10 ‘Stros? How about where is the clutch hitting?

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