Archive for November 18th, 2016


Hunker Down will be running for reelection in 2018.   Some thought he might not.

Here is from the Chron:

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett said Thursday that he plans to seek re-election when his current term is up in 2018, ending speculation that he might step aside after more than a decade at the helm of the nation’s third most-populous county.

Emmett, a Republican known for his pragmatic, steady approach, said he made the decision Wednesday night after conferring with family and friends.

“I’m in kind of a unique position to bring people together at a time when it’s needed more than any other,” the 67-year-old Emmett said. “Harris County is a big, diverse place with lots of problems. Those problems don’t have simple answers.”

Emmett’s decision follows a Democratic sweep of countywide races on the ballot earlier this month, a rout attributed to the county’s changing demographics and turnout against Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Gerrymandering has kept the GOP in the majority on the county’s governing body, the commissioners court.


Former Houston Mayor Annise Parker said Friday that she had been considering running for the judgeship but would not since Emmett is seeking re-election.

“If he’s not there,” Parker said, “I’m going to be first in line.”

Commentary is thinking Hunker Down will not get a free pass.   Dems just won the top of the ticket by 161,000 votes and 12 percentage points here in Harris County. I am thinking that some Dem names will surface in the next few days or weeks as possible County Judge candidates. Possibly African American and/or Latino candidates.  Hopefully.

It won’t be like 2010 or 2014 because a Dem won’t be living in the White House.

Kuffer has a real good take on Harris County and 2018. Here are parts:

I’ll repeat my mantra here: Conditions in 2018 are going to be different than they were in 2010 and 2014. I don’t know what they will be like, and it’s certainly possible they could be worse, but they pretty much have to be different by definition. I’ll also say again that after this election, it’s hard to argue the proposition that there are more Democrats in the county than there are Republicans. Doesn’t mean there will be more Democratic voters in a given election, and things can always change, but as they stand today we have a bigger pool than they do. Put aside the Hillary/Trump numbers, and consider that in this election, the average Republican judicial candidate received about 606,000 votes, and the average Democratic judicial candidate received about 661,000. There are more Ds than Rs.


– It all starts with the candidates. There are three important county offices that will need candidates – County Judge, which has now been complicated by Judge Ed Emmett’s announcement that he plans to run for re-election instead of retiring as had been thought, County Clerk, and Commissioner in Precinct 2. (Yes, District Clerk and County Treasurer are also on the ballot, but with all due respect they don’t have the ability to affect policy that these offices do. Also, HCDE At Large Trustee Diane Trautman will be up for re-election, but unless she decides to step down that candidacy will be accounted for.) I’m not going to get into the candidate speculation business right now – there will be plenty of time for that later – but we need good candidates, and we need to ensure that they fully engage in the primary process. The last thing we need is a Lloyd Oliver-style failure.

Here is all of Kuffer: http://offthekuff.com/wp/?p=77561.

It is not too soon to be thinking about 2018.

The ‘Stros made a couple of big moves yesterday including the signing of Josh Reddick for four years for $52 mil. How many All Star game appearances does Reddick have?

Remember when Mitt Romney said this about Donald Trump earlier this year?

Donald Trump tells us that he is very, very smart. I’m afraid that when it comes to foreign policy he is very, very not smart.

I am far from the first to conclude that Donald Trump lacks the temperament of be president. After all, this is an individual who mocked a disabled reporter, who attributed a reporter’s questions to her menstrual cycle, who mocked a brilliant rival who happened to be a woman due to her appearance, who bragged about his marital affairs, and who laces his public speeches with vulgarity.

Donald Trump says he admires Vladimir Putin, while has called George W. Bush a liar. That is a twisted example of evil trumping good.

There is dark irony in his boasts of his sexual exploits during the Vietnam War while John McCain, whom he has mocked, was imprisoned and tortured.

Dishonesty is Trump’s hallmark: He claimed that he had spoken clearly and boldly against going into Iraq. Wrong, he spoke in favor of invading Iraq. He said he saw thousands of Muslims in New Jersey celebrating 9/11. Wrong, he saw no such thing. He imagined it. His is not the temperament of a stable, thoughtful leader. His imagination must not be married to real power.


There are a number of people who claim that Mr. Trump is a con man, a fake. There is indeed evidence of that. Mr. Trump has changed his positions not just over the years, but over the course of the campaign, and on the Ku Klux Klan, daily for three days in a row.

Romney is meeting with Trump this weekend. Sad and pitiful.  Romney lost his morals and conviction I guess.

This from a New Yorker piece about a question to the President four days before the election:

When Obama wandered down the aisle of Air Force One, I asked him, “Do you feel confident about Tuesday?”

“Nope,” he said.

The ‘Stros put this out yesterday:

The Houston Astros have acquired catcher Brian McCann from the New York Yankees in exchange for minor league right-handed pitchers Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman. The announcement was made by Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow. “We entered the offseason with the acquisition of a catcher as a primary focus,” said Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow. “Brian McCann is a great fit for the Astros as he is not only a good defensive catcher, he is also a left-handed hitter with proven run producing ability. His experience and his ability to impact his teammates will be a significant benefit to our team.” McCann, 32, batted .242 (104×429) with 20 homers, 13 doubles, 58 RBI and 54 walks in 130 games in 2016. He appeared in 92 games behind the plate, and three at first base. Over the course of his 12-year career, McCann has been named to seven All-Star teams and has won six Silver Slugger Awards. He spent his first nine seasons with the Braves (2005-13), and past three with the Yankees (2014-16).

And from Tags:

HOUSTON — The Astros on Thursday reached an agreement on a four-year, $52-million deal with free agent outfielder Josh Reddick, a source confirmed for MLB.com, on the same day the club announced the acquisition of veteran catcher Brian McCann in a trade with the Yankees.

The club has not confirmed the report.

Reddick, who will turn 30 in February, hit .281 with 10 home runs and 37 RBIs in 115 games split between the Athletics and Dodgers last season and satisfies the Astros’ need for a left-handed-hitting outfielder. Primarily a right fielder in his career, Reddick’s signing means George Springer will likely play center field next season.

Reddick, a former Gold Glove winner with the A’s, is a career .255 hitter with a .316 on-base percentage in eight years in the big leagues. He was traded to the Dodgers in the Rich Hill deal halfway through last season and batted .258 in 47 games.

Reddick is in the zilch department in All Star game appearances of course.

So it is adios to Jason Castro and hello to higher prices for a Saint Arnold.

I like the McCann move but not too sure about the Reddick deal.

Jose Altuve got third place in the AL MVP voting.

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