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In Harris County

The Trib has a story on the election in Harris County and gives Latino voters some nice run. I told folks a couple or so months ago that this election was about us and so we did our part here in Harris County. Here is from the Trib:

Despite little overall change in areas of the state with large Hispanic populations, it appears Hispanic voters were, in part, behind Democrats’ victories in Harris County.

About 17 percent of in-person early voters in Harris County had a Hispanic-sounding surname — up from 11 percent in 2012, according to Hector de Leon, director of communications and voter outreach for the county clerk.

Election Day voting numbers are still being crunched, but if turnout among Hispanic voters remained unchanged from the last election — and there’s little reason to believe it worsened — it may have increased by about 34 percent on Tuesday, de Leon said.

“My sense is that they did outperform their Election Day turnout [in 2012], or they at least matched it,” de Leon said, “and if they matched it, there would be an increase.”

And:

“Demographics have an impact on elections,” de Leon said. “Harris County is an example of that.”

Republicans saw some success on Tuesday night, holding onto a second Texas House seat Democrats had targeted. And they maintained control of their seats on the county commissioner’s court. But in the days following the election, they’ve conceded they took a beating in Harris County.

In emails to supporters, prominent local conservatives called it “the worst defeat for Republicans” in the 71-year history of the county’s Republican party. Citing losses in Dallas and Houston, Abbott in a Thursday email to supporters said “the threats to the Lone Star State remain very real.” And discussing a need to focus on down-ballot races after tough losses, Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, whose son lost his judgeship in Harris, said Republicans must continue reaching out to Hispanic voters.

Here is the entire Trib piece: https://www.texastribune.org/2016/11/11/harris-county-turned-blue/.

I agree with Hector. As for Lt. Gov. Patrick, he needs to take some lessons on learning the difference between reaching out and attacking. Si se puede happened here in Harris County!

How many Silver Slugger Awards did Craig Biggio win in his career?

Now this is absolutely stupid! Why do we do this? Why do we get a member of congress to run the Democratic National Committee? We just did that and it didn’t work out. He has to represent his congressional district first. We need a full-time chair who is not an elected official.

Am I the only Dem in America who thinks this is a dumb idea? I said a day or so ago that if we let the DC Dem elites pick out next chair, we are in trouble. Am I the only Dem in America who is going to say this is a bad idea? Check this from Politico:

SIREN — SCHUMER BACKS ELLISON FOR DNC CHAIR — Soon-to-be Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is backing Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison to be the next head of the Democratic National Committee, a big boost for the Minnesota Democrat as the party searches for a new leader. Schumer spoke with Ellison Thursday afternoon and “supports him for chair,” according to a source close to Schumer, who added: “Without a Democratic White House, Schumer’s view is the DNC is where grassroots organizing in sync with leg battles should be organized.” Schumer’s nod comes as others like former DNC Chair Howard Dean have launched their own campaigns to run the embattled organization. Ellison, co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, hasn’t officially thrown his hat in the ring, though he has said he’ll make an announcement on Monday.

Dumb idea for sure.   Dumb, dumb, dumb! Come on, Dems!

This is another dumb idea. See this tweet:

Howard Dean ‏@GovHowardDean 35m35 minutes ago

The dems need organization and focus on the young. Need a fifty State strategy and tech rehab. I am in for chairman again.

Drain the swamp? Here is from Politico:

One Republican lobbyist told POLITICO that the president-elect has no choice but to turn to GOP veterans with government experience to launch a new administration.

“Who else are you going to go to?” the lobbyist said. “Unless you get some used car salesman from Dubuque, Iowa, you go to policy people.”

I am sure Dubuque voters who supported Trump appreciate this quote.

I am not ready to say that Trump played his supporters. We will see if he follows through on all his bombast like the wall. I read where some GOP insiders were suggesting that Trump let Speaker Ryan handle policy. I am sure that makes the faithful feel good.

Speaking of, if Trump picks Steve Bannon as his chief of staff he will be saying thank you white nationalists. Just saying.

Commentary got some run in the Chron today on the Pasadena city council lawsuit. Check this:

“With Trump, you’re certainly not going to have a Justice Department we can go to if you see some (voting) irregularities,” said longtime Houston political consultant Marc Campos. “They’re certainly not going to be a friend we can count on in future litigation.”

Here is the article: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/columnists/greater-houston/article/Pasadena-trial-to-begin-amid-uncertainty-about-10607299.php?cmpid=btfpm.

Criag Biggio won 5 Silver Slugger Awards of course.

Here is from the ‘Stros:

Louisville Slugger announced tonight that Houston Astros All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve has won his third consecutive Silver Slugger Award as the top offensive second baseman in the American League. Altuve is now the first player in franchise history to win three straight Silver Slugger Awards and is just the third Astro to win at least three in a career, joining Craig Biggio (1989, 1994-95, 1997-98) and Jeff Bagwell (1994, 1997, 1999).

Altuve won the AL batting title with a .338 (216×640) average in 2016, while posting 108 runs scored, 42 doubles, 24 home runs, 96 RBI, 60 walks, 30 stolen bases, a .396 on-base percentage, a .531 slugging percentage and a .928 OPS. In addition to leading all American League players in batting average, he also led the circuit in hits, while ranking tied for second in stolen bases, third in WAR (7.6), tied for third in doubles, fourth in OBP, fourth in total bases (340) and fifth in OPS. On top of his well-rounded season, Altuve took home two AL awards in 2016, the AL Player of the Month for June and the AL Player of the Week for the week of April 11-17.

Nice.

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