Archive for October 28th, 2016

DA in Trouble

Through yesterday, Harris County has a 16.8% voter turnout rate. Just saying.

Here is the Chron story on Mrs. Gallegos: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Olga-Gallegos-Mexican-American-politician-who-10418817.php.

Today is October 28, 2016 and realclearpolitics.com still has Texas as a toss-up state.

Commentary is thinking that the incumbent GOP Harris County DA Devon Anderson is in trouble in her reelection bid. Why else would she pull the “lesbian” card on Kim Ogg? Here is from the Chron:

Thursday afternoon also saw the release of an open letter to Anderson from well-known attorney Randy Schaffer about a comment she made earlier this month about Ogg’s sexual orientation in an interview with conservative podcaster Vlad Davidiuk.

The comment came after Anderson was asked about criticism she has received from fellow Republicans for her actions in a well-publicized case involving Planned Parenthood. Those charges were eventually dismissed.

“We filed over 116,000 cases last year. That’s about how many we file every year. They have a problem with me on one, maybe two cases,” she said. “When they get a liberal, pro-choice, lesbian district attorney, I wonder how many cases they’ll have a problems with, with her?”

In his open letter, Schaffer wrote that Anderson’s decision to “play the sexual preference card” demonstrates that she is not qualified to be district attorney.

“How can the community have confidence that the Harris County District Attorney’s Office does not discriminate on the basis of sexual preference when you suggest that a lesbian is less qualified to be the district attorney?” he wrote. “If your opponent were African-American or Jewish, would you have referred to her race and religion?”

The letter asks if Anderson believes prosecutors or judges who are gays or lesbians are not qualified for public service.

“You insulted every gay prosecutor and member of your staff, not to mention our courthouse community, when you suggested that a person is less qualified for public office because of sexual preference,” he said.

When the interview surfaced last week, Anderson said the “feigned outrage” was not newsworthy.

“I was making a point about how conservative, pro-life, Republicans would feel about how Kim Ogg might address the approximately 116,000 cases this office handles on an annual basis,” she said. “I have described myself as being conservative and pro-life. The description is factual. I said she was a liberal, pro-choice, lesbian. She has proudly described herself as such in the past.”

Ogg called the statement homophobic.

“It is not surprising that a district attorney who jails rape victims would resort to homophobic attacks on me and my family in the closing days before voting begins,” Ogg said. “It is further evidence of her poor judgment.”

Maybe the DA’s campaign team think they can score anti-Lesbian points in places like Baytown, Pasadena, Crosby – you get the picture. I think most folks are more interested in your political party affiliation. To the ticket splitters, I really don’t think that sexual orientation matters, regardless of your Harris County address.

Here is the entire story on the DA’s race: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/DA-s-race-heats-up-with-allegations-of-misleading-10418584.php.

To me, this is a no-brainer. I am talking about voting yes on HISD Proposition One. The local commercial property owners think voting no on the proposition is a bad idea. Check this from the Chron:

A local trade association for commercial property owners has come out in favor of a controversial vote that would send millions of local tax dollars to the state to be distributed among poorer school districts.

The local chapter of the Building Owners & Managers Association warned this week that rejecting the so-called recapture measure could saddle some of the city’s premier commercial properties with higher tax bills and make them less competitive. BOMA’s local head says there are simply too many unknowns.

“It’s a huge concern for commercial real estate,” chapter CEO Tammy Betancourt said.


On Nov. 8, voters will be asked to authorize the coming recapture payment. But Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has called on voters to reject the measure in hope lawmakers will make meaningful changes to the school funding system during next year’s legislative session.

That’s a gamble Betancourt does not want to take. If the recapture is turned down, the most valuable properties within HISD’s boundaries would be reassigned to another, as-yet-undetermined district for property tax purposes. Depending on the rates in the recipient district, owners could see their already soaring tax bills rise even more.

That could affect scores of high-profile properties, including downtown’s Houston Center, Pennzoil Place and Chase Tower. Betancourt said some owners could face an unfair competitive advantage if they are paying a different tax rate than their neighbor.

“It puts the whole market into question,” she said.

Here is the entire article: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/real-estate/article/Commercial-property-group-supports-recapture-vote-10415824.php.

They are the ones that are going to take a financial hit.  Like I said, a no-brainer.

Commentary sure hopes Sen. Ted Cruz gets a primary opponent and get his arse kicked.   He doesn’t care about the country or his state. He only cares about himself. His latest take on the Supreme Court is all about him.

There will be no MLB question today.

Congrats to Jose Altuve for being named Sporting News MLB Player of the Year. MLB players are the voters for this award. Nice.

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