Archive for October 19th, 2016

Commentary watches CNN election coverage but man it gets frustrating and annoying and irritating watching the Donald Trump surrogate talking heads try to defend their guy. Sometimes I walk out of the room because of their BS. Media Matters has a great take on the CNN surrogates on twitter at @mmfa that is a must watch.   I am hoping that CNN will take this to heart and improve guidelines on the whole surrogate process. It is a joke!  I can only take about 20 more days of this – PLEASE, CNN!

Thank you, Media Matters!

It would not surprise me if Trump goes nuclear and all out toxic tonight.

The Dodgers have a 2-1 lead in the NLCS. The last time the Dodgers played in the World Serious was in 1988 when they beat the A’s in 5. Who was the 1988 World Serious MVP?

Commentary really doesn’t know what to make of the polls being close in Texas. UH put out a poll yesterday saying Secretary Hillary Clinton was 3 points down then this from the Statesman on a Washington Post poll here:

A Washington Post poll out Tuesday shows Donald Trump’s lead at 2 percentage points in Texas, labeling the Lone Star state as a battleground, along with Ohio, Florida and Arizona.

In a four-way race, Trump, the Republican candidate for president, garnered 44 percent; Democrat Hillary Clinton 42 percent; Libertarian Gary Johnson 8 percent; and Green Party candidate Jill Stein 2 percent, with 3 percent having no opinion.

The poll was conducted Oct. 8 through Sunday, after the release of a 2005 tape of Trump speaking in vulgar terms about sexually assaulting women, something he has repeatedly denied doing.

A Democratic presidential candidate hasn’t carried the Lone Star State since Jimmy Carter narrowly defeated Gerald Ford in 1976 and few, in any, political observers considered Texas a toss-up as the general election campaign got underway this summer. But several polls this fall show Trump with just a single digit lead. One poll last week showed Trump’s Texas lead within the margin of error.

If it ends up being this close then folks like Sen. Ted Cruz, Gov. Greg Abbott, and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick are going to have egg on their faces and a lot of ‘splaining to do. There is no way they will be able to spin their way out of this.

Wow! Then check this from Politico:

Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by 5 percentage points in Arizona, according to an Arizona Republic/Morrison/Cronkite News poll released Wednesday. 

Clinton tops Trump in Arizona, 39 percent to 34 percent. Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson garners 6 percent support, and Green Party candidate Jill Stein registers at 1 percent. Twenty-one percent, however, are undecided.

Arizona?  You are kidding, right?

Oh, well! Let’s not forget this from Ericka Mellon today:

The six-year-old civil lawsuit accusing former Houston school board member Larry Marshall of bribery remains on track for trial this month, after federal Judge Keith Ellison on Tuesday denied last-minute motions.

The jury trial is expected to start Oct. 24 and last at least two weeks, said Houston attorney Chad Dunn, who is representing the Gil Ramirez Group, a local construction firm that sued Marshall in December 2010.

“We’ll stay with it as long as it takes,” U.S. District Judge Ellison said in court Tuesday.

The lawsuit claimed the Gil Ramirez Group lost out on lucrative construction work in the Houston Independent School District because it did not participate in an alleged bribery and kickback scheme that supposedly enriched Marshall. He served on the HISD board from 1998 to 2013.

The lawsuit alleged the scheme involved Marshall, his business partner and political campaign treasurer Joyce Moss-Clay, and two construction companies, RHJ-JOC and Fort Bend Mechanical. Each of the parties has denied wrongdoing. Marshall’s attorney, Rick Morris, who has taken the lead on the case, declined comment after the hearing Tuesday.

Brooks Harrison, an attorney for Fort Bend Mechanical executive Pete Medford, told Ellison that Medford plans to exercise his Fifth Amendment right and not answer some questions in Marshall’s trial because he has a deal with the U.S. Justice Department. Harrison referred in court Tuesday to an unspecified federal investigation and offered no details.

Here is the entire story: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/education/article/Marshall-trial-9981974.php.

It is going to be interesting for sure.

Orel Hershiser of course was the 1988 World Serious MVP.

I have not heard anything from The Yard.


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