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Mike Snyder of the Chron has a column today about the potential of the Latino vote in Pasadena. Commentary has said before that the local Dem Party needs to focus on areas like Pasadena. That is where our future is. Here is how the Snyder column begins:

When Oscar Del Toro tries to persuade his fellow Pasadena Latinos to vote, he appeals to them on practical and emotional levels.

Practical: If you and your neighbors get the voting numbers up in your precinct, elected officials will start paying attention to your neighborhood even if your candidate doesn’t win.

Emotional: You’ll feel better about yourself if you participate in your community. Del Toro’s parents came to Pasadena from Monterrey, Mexico, and became U.S. citizens years before he did, but they never voted until he took them to the polls.

It is a darn good column so check it out here: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/columnists/greater-houston/article/In-Pasadena-effort-to-awaken-sleeping-giant-8379174.php?cmpid=btfpm.

Commentary will skip the MLB question again because of another tragedy.

The Harris County Toll Road Authority is going all EZ TAG. No more tossing coins into a bucket or paying the toll person. What if you don’t have a credit card? Or does everybody have a credit card these days? Here is the Chron story: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/transportation/article/Hardy-Toll-Road-closing-this-weekend-for-cashless-8378708.php?cmpid=btfpm

The GOP convention next week will be must see TV with me. It will be four days of Trump TV. I still love the following from Politico:

Millions of dollars short and running out of time, organizers of the Republican National Convention have written an urgent request for $6 million to Las Vegas billionaire couple Sheldon and Miriam Adelson to cover the bills for next week’s festivities. 

In a letter to the Adelsons, obtained by POLITICO, the Cleveland 2016 Host Committee revealed the names of more than two dozen prominent corporations and individuals who have reneged on a collective $8.1 million in pledged donations. 

The letter represents the most public acknowledgment to date that Donald Trump has directly cost convention organizers millions of fundraising dollars. 

“Over the past couple months, negative publicity around our potential nominee resulted in a considerable number of pledges backing out from their commitments,” the letter says.

In the old days, after a TV special news bulletin on a tragedy, the announcer would say “we now return to your regular programming.”

Sadly, these days, the “regular programming” is now the special news bulletins. Stay safe this weekend and I mean it.

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