Archive for June 28th, 2016

Governor Greg Abbott, AG Ken Paxton, and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick got their arses handed to them yesterday by the Supremes.

The Governor tweeted this:

My statement #SCOTUS decision. We will redouble our efforts to protect innocent life & mothers’ health.

Shut up. The Supremes saw this as a sham.

Here is from the Chron E-Board today:

Wendy Davis may have lost the filibuster battle, but she won the legal war.

The Supreme Court held in a 5-3 decision Monday that key provisions in Texas’ House Bill 2 were unconstitutional restrictions on a woman’s right to an abortion. That 2013 bill was the subject of Davis’ famous 13-hour filibuster and thrust the North Texas state senator into the national limelight – and an ill-fated campaign for governor.

Davis has left the political arena, but she can rest in private life knowing that she was ultimately vindicated in her opposition to the bill’s mandates that doctors providing abortions have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and that abortion facilities meet surgical center requirements.

The bill’s supporters claimed that those two restrictions were necessary to protect women’s health. Unlike in the Texas Legislature, however, the Supreme Court requires advocates to prove that point. As Justice Stephen Breyer wrote for the court, Texas couldn’t identify a “single instance” when the admitting privileges requirement “would have helped even one woman obtain better treatment.” 

Or as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote in her concurring opinion, “it is beyond rational belief that H.B. 2 could genuinely protect the health of women.”

You can say that again.

The MLB All Star Game voting is ongoing. Here are some tweets from yesterday:

Brian McTaggart ‏@brianmctaggart 18h18 hours ago

Altuve with huge lead over Cano at 2B


Brian McTaggart ‏@brianmctaggart 18h18 hours ago

The only other Astros player receiving votes is Correa, who is fifth among shortstop


Brian McTaggart Retweeted

Ernest Moreno ‏@astromo1977 18h18 hours ago

Ernest Moreno Retweeted Brian McTaggart

An absolute travesty for Springer


Some fans are wondering why George Springer isn’t among the vote leaders for starting outfielder. Commentary could talk about how the ‘Stros could turn out more votes for Springer but I don’t one of my fans to suggest all I want is a gig from the ‘Stros if you know what I mean.

In August of 1999, the Chron Sports Section came out with the All Time ‘Stros Team. Who did they name as the All Time Third Baseman?

I had to make a run to Baytown yesterday because my Dad was getting a new recliner. While waiting for the delivery, my parents and I watched Sen. Elizabeth Warren campaign with Secretary Hillary Clinton. Sen. Warren was on fire.

After the rally, the talking heads were discussing the possibility of Sen. Warren being Hillary’s running mate. I asked my parents what they thought of an all female Dem ticket. My Dad said “we’ve had two men.” My Mom said she liked Sen. Warren.

Over the last couple of days, the talking heads have been focusing on Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia and Sen. Warren as the leading contenders for the Veep slot. Let me say that I am going to be cool with whomever Hillary picks. That being said, Sen. Kaine said Sunday that he is boring. Boring can be turned into an asset plus the guy has strengths

I definitely see the upside with a Sen. Clinton and Secretary Julian Castro or Secretary Tom Perez ticket.

What is more exciting? A Clinton and Latino ticket or an all female ticket? Let me think about this one. I will say that of the four: Warren, Kaine, Perez and Castro, Warren is the most exciting so far on the campaign trail. Plus, she is the best at getting under Donald Trump’s thin skin if that means anything.

Doug Rader of course was named by the Chron’s Sports Section back in 1999 as the All Time Third Baseman.

Simone Biles will throw out the first pitch at The Yard on the Fourth of July.

Here is from Tags on last night’s game:

Jose Altuve extended his Major League-best on-base streak to a career-high 30 games and Carlos Correa drove home the winning run as the Astros beat the Angels, 4-2, in a comeback victory on Monday night.

Correa, who had the bases loaded with one out in the ninth inning against reliever Fernando Salas, knocked a sacrifice fly to right to bring in the go-ahead run, and steady Astros reliever Will Harris pitched his way out of a bases-loaded, no-outs jam in the bottom of the frame to seal the win. Houston has now won seven of its last eight games.

A 1-2-3 DP to end the game. Cool!

We are 40-37.

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