Archive for April 26th, 2016

In this case, I am talking about a wall that is keeping the GOP out of the Latino community. This does not surprise me one bit. I have been talking about this for a while. The GOP has certainly worked for this.

Here is part of a Lomi Kriel piece in today’s front page of the Chron:

A majority of Harris County residents lean Democratic for the first time ever, propelled by plummeting support for Republicans among Latinos, according to a survey released Monday by Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.

The findings, in the midst of a particularly divisive presidential campaign, could signal an important shift in the county, which narrowly went to President Barack Obama in 2012 by only 970 votes. It might also portend that the long-sleeping giant of Latino voters is, finally, perhaps, being roused from slumber in an election that has featured decidedly anti-Latino and anti-immigrant rhetoric, particularly from billionaire Republican contender Donald Trump.

According to the survey, which was conducted between January and March, 52 percent of Harris County residents said they identified more with the Democratic Party compared to 46 percent in 2012. Only 30 percent of residents leaned Republican this spring, about the same as in 2012, meaning that it is the share of undecided and new potential voters whom have swung largely Democratic.


But among Latinos there has been a sea change.

From about 2000 to 2008, about 40 percent of the county’s Hispanic residents identified as Democratic compared to fewer than 30 percent who felt Republican, Klineberg said. That began to change starting around 2009 when their support for Democrats increased to nearly 50 percent and the share of those leaning Republican dropped to 25 percent.

The gap began to widen around the 2012 presidential election. This spring, Harris County’s Hispanic residents registered the lowest amount of support ever for Republicans — only 18 percent — compared to 68 percent of Latinos who said they lean Democrat.

“It’s a powerful message to the Republican party, reach out to these Latino voters, don’t push them away,” Klineberg said. “And for the Democrats, get out the vote.”

Like I’ve said, this has been building – pardon the pun. When GOPers talk about self-deportations, no to DACA and DAPA, throw in rapists and murderers, and building the wall, you know what happens. Well, all that has been used to build a wall around the Latino community to keep out the GOP because Latinos feel GOP hostility.

Here us the entire article: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/article/Rice-survey-A-majority-of-Harris-County-7330219.php?t=97c138f66f438d9cbb&cmpid=twitter-premium.

Of course, this means absolutely nothing on Election Day unless the Latino Dem leadership and the local Dem Party gets serious about a Latino voter engagement effort and there is no evidence at this point that there will be.

Baseball can at times be perplexing. The ‘Stros are 6-14. Remember Chris Carter? Last season he batted .199 and we got rid of him. You know what he is batting today with the Brewers?

This story in the Houston Press cracked me up. An HISD Trustee called out some middle school students on the school name changing issue and the parents of the kids fought back and now the HISD Trustee is hiding behind an LA PR agency. Here is how the story ends:

We could be wrong, but we believe this is the first time a Houston ISD trustee has been represented by a Los Angeles talent agency to help sort out a controversy involving a Houston middle school. Just when you think there’s nothing new under the sun, life just keeps on surprising.

You need to go check out the story here: http://www.houstonpress.com/news/lanier-parents-want-jolanda-jones-to-apologize-to-middle-school-students-8352681.

Good for the parents. Oh, well!

This past Saturday, Dante and I boarded the light rail North Line at Moody Park to head to The Yard. We knew a lot of folks would be heading to the game for a 3 pm start with the Red Sox and parking would probably be a problem unless you wanted to walk about 8 to 10 blocks or shell out $60 bucks or so. You make a transfer Downtown and you get dropped off two short blocks from The Yard. It ended up costing us $5.

There were a number of folks that took this option. I would recommend it to folks if it made sense. I hope that in the future when a huge crowd is expected at The Yard, Metro, the ‘Stros, and Downtown folks use social media to promote this option. Same thing for those day games during the work week when a lot of the parking spaces are being used.

Chris Carter of course is batting .295, yes .295 and has 5 dingers and 15 RBIs.

How in the heck do we win the first three AL Player of the Week awards and have one of the lousiest record in MLB? I really don’t know if we will pull out of our funk. This is pitiful if you ask me.

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