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Latino Effort

Sorry for the delay.  I was watching the FBI Director announce his findings on the email mess.  No prosecution but plenty of talking points given to the GOP though.  We are going to be hearing a lot about being “extremely careless.”

How many of the ‘Stros who have started on Opening Day are in the Baseball Hall of Fame?

To commemorate The Fourth of July at The Yard yesterday, I figured to grub on something Americana style. Peanuts, popcorn, Cracker Jack, ice cream, hamburger? I settled on the foot long hot dog.  Here is what I tweeted:

Marc Campos ‏@MarcCommentary 3h3 hours ago

NOPE! Sorry, @astros. Not how you sell a foot long dog. #FourthofJuly #Astros

I guess they had run out of the foot long buns so they stuck the foot long wiener on two regular size buns. To top that off, the wiener was not fully cooked – bummer.

Check out this front page story in today’s Chron on the Latino vote in Texas:

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/us/article/Efforts-to-boost-Latino-voting-rest-on-more-than-8340478.php.

Here is how the story starts out:

Voter registrations among Latinos are well ahead of 2012 along the Texas border and in the state’s largest counties – likely fueled in part by Donald Trump’s incendiary comments about people of Mexican heritage – despite a lag in funding to nonpartisan groups signing up voters.

Bexar County last week reported crossing the 1 million mark of registered voters for the first time, an additional 30,000 people this year and 80,000 more than in the 2012 presidential election.

“That’s the size of a small town we’ve registered this year,” said Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacquelyn Callanen.

She attributed the expanding electorate to population growth and to an election season she termed “non-conventional.”

Harris County already has posted a 150,000 increase since 2012, thanks in part to the addition of between 1,200 and 1,500 newly naturalized citizens added each month to the voter rolls, Harris County Voter Registrar Mike Sullivan said.

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Trump’s remarks, combined with proposals for mass deportation, a border wall and curbs on remittances immigrants send back to Mexico have seeded what Latinos hope and expect to be explosive growth in their election-year influence.

And:

Many Latino leaders can cite the date Trump emerged – June 16, 2015 – with his “drugs … crime … rapists” allegations, providing more than a year for anger in immigrant populations to take root.

Nonetheless, groups devoted to mobilizing Latinos contend that despite the many newly registered voters, they see complacency by donors and Democratic Party leaders.

“Don’t count on Donald Trump being the guy who’s going to get people out to vote in November,” said Ben Monterroso, executive director of California-based Mi Familia Vota.

Commentary has kind of said this before. I am just not picking up the vibe of a Dem effort.   Are you?

I have said it before. The environment is there for Dems locally. I am having a hard time trying to understand this complacency thing. For goodness sakes! The Koch Brothers led effort appears to be doing more.

For starters, how about printing up a few bilingual anti-Trump signs  and strategically putting them up in predominantly Latino neighborhoods. Oh, well.

I have to hand it to the Trump campaign. They are doing their best to win over and increase the white supremacist vote. They make the effort in broad daylight but just deny. Scary, but unfortunately it is working.

I kind of figured gymnast Simone Biles would pull off something cool for the first pitch yesterday at The Yard and I was right. Check this: http://m.astros.mlb.com/news/article/187883194/simone-biles-throws-out-first-pitch-in-houston.

Best first pitch ever in my book.

Craig Biggio, Nellie Fox, Joe Morgan, Robin Roberts and Nolan Ryan of course are ‘Stros Opening Day starters who are in the Hall of Fame.

You can feel the excitement at The Yard these days. The crowds are bigger. Lot of folks wearing Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and George Springer gear. Longer lines at the grub stands. Plus, the team is playing good baseball including a 2-3-1 double play yesterday. We are now 7 ½ out.

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