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At an event last week, a question was asked about Latino voter turnout this November. Would Donald Trump’s incendiary language toward immigrants bring more Latinos to the polls? Commentary responded that it would be foolhardy to rely solely on Trump’s mouth to drive Latino voter turnout. It has to be worked. There has to be an organized campaign on the grassroots and paid media levels.

That being said, check this from yesterday’s Chron E-Board take on Trump:

Americans have to take him seriously. If, for example, the words of this demagogue don’t rile up Hispanic Americans and send them streaming to the polls in November, we don’t know what will. It would be foolish not to take him at his word when he promises to deport 11-plus million men, women and children or when he promises to build a multi-billion-dollar border wall. All the “others” that he’s identified must assume that he means what he says.

In light of the Trump threat, it’s hard to imagine what Bernie Sanders supporters are thinking when they insist that their candidate continue his futile effort against the presumptive Democratic nominee. They may not like Hillary Clinton, but it’s hard to see what they gain from a Naderesque rear-guard action that weakens her candidacy.

We salute principled Republicans like Kagan, and like the columnists George Will, David Brooks and Michael Gerson and perhaps House Speaker Paul Ryan, as well as die-hard Cruz supporters. Their disdain for Clinton is even deeper than that of the true-blue Bernie supporters, but they are unwilling to surrender their party to a man who is a potential threat to our democracy. It will be painful, but they’ll stay home or vote third-party, choosing for the good of the nation and for the party of Lincoln to “wait ’til next year” (2020).

Here is the entire E-Board take: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Political-threat-7879455.php.

I sure hope Dems are already putting together the game plan for dramatically increasing Latino voter turnout this November. This is a challenge that can  definitely be met. Just think of the possibilities!

Jose Altuve has the team’s highest batting average this season at .328. Who has the second highest batting average?

I kind of have to agree with some of this. Dems really can’t go after the Texas AG or Ag Commish if we can’t take care of our own business. Sorry, we just can’t. Check this from the Chron today:

It’s been a rough few months for state Rep. Ron Reynolds.

A jury convicted the Missouri City Democrat of illegally soliciting clients for his law practice, and a state board suspended his license. A judge also ordered him to pay $504,000 in damages for failing to give a grieving mother her share of settlement money from a 2010 lawsuit.

Yet Reynolds is heading into Tuesday’s primary runoff in House District 27 with the backing of several local Democratic officials, including Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and U.S. Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee and Al Green.

Reynolds’ stubborn popularity illustrates the power of incumbency. But political observers say it also opens Democrats to charges of hypocrisy as they rail against a couple of Republicans with legal and ethical problems of their own – Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller and Attorney General Ken Paxton.

“It’s a important symbolic race for Texas Democrats,” said Mark Jones, professor of political science at Rice University. “The outcome won’t change the balance of power in Austin, but it could be a public relations embarrassment for the party.”

And:

Reynolds had not filed a finance report as of 5 p.m. Friday, four days after the deadline set by the Texas Ethics Commission. It’s the 10th time he has failed to file on time, a pattern that has led to $30,000 in fines.

Reynolds had raised $38,615 through Feb. 20, the last finance report he filed. He said campaign treasurer missed the most recent deadline because he was out of town but would file the report before the runoff.

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Despite-controversies-Reynolds-heads-to-runoffs-7939010.php.

Like I said, Dems can’t claim the high ground and that is too bad.

Brian Smith put it on the ‘Stros owner today. Check this:

Welcome back to the bottom, Jim Crane.

You own the fourth-worst team in Major League Baseball. You’re dead last in the still-weak American League West. Your 17-28 ballclub is a staggering 10 games out of first place just past the season’s quarter mark, 11 below .500, and unable to hit a thing.

We’d give you a tombstone on May 23. But you get what you pay for. And the 2016 Astros have barely been worth a thing.

And:

Six of Sunday’s position players were hitting below .244 after a 9-2 shellacking by the Rangers, who are a perfect 6-0 against a supposed World Series contender and keep coming and taking it from Houston’s local crew.

Considering the most disappointing team in the sport has scored five runs in its last 36 innings, it’s no wonder the Astros’ frazzled fans are wondering such crazy things as why Crane still hasn’t spent any real money on his club or when general manager Jeff Luhnow is going to construct an everyday lineup that backs the year-plus hype.

And:

Combined batting average at third base entering Sunday: a lifeless .176. Center field: .184. Catcher: .193. First base: a whopping .232.

I know BA is a little outdated in the new millennium. But if you can’t hit, you can’t hit. And a team that still refuses to spend cash like it plays in the fourth-largest city in the country – the Astros are about $145 million off the Dodgers’ MLB-leading pace – still hasn’t learned how to earn a living chopping wood.

And:

At its heart, this is still a cheap roster with little up-front investment.

Here is the entire Brian Smith take: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/astros/article/At-the-plate-Astros-giving-Crane-what-he-paid-for-7939102.php?cmpid=btfpm.

It is hard to argue with Brian Smith. They jacked up the prices of Saint Arnold and other goodies at The Yard this season. What are they doing with the extra dough?

This isn’t a very good team today. Yesterday was kind of embarrassing.

They had great crowds this weekend thanks to Rangers fans. I don’t expect many to show up this week for B’More or for the D-backs and A’s in a couple of weeks. Not the way the team is playing. You get what you pay for I guess.

George Springer is batting .254 for the second highest batting average on the team of course.

Commentary snagged a foul ball Friday evening and gave it to my Mom for her BD.  It was hard hit and that’s my second of the year.

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