Archive for November 22nd, 2016

Trump and the Media

Kuffer has a mention on the HISD Trustee runoff election. Check this:

As noted in my analysis of Hillary Clinton’s performance in Harris County, Clinton carried the district, but 1) there were also a lot of undervotes, 2) turnout for the runoff is going to be really low, and 3) Clinton carried HISD VII with crossover votes. I haven’t done all of the numbers, but I can tell you that Dori Garza lost here by a 52-42 margin. That said, lower turnout may benefit Sung more than it does Luman, depending on who is motivated to come out and vote. Pantsuit Nation is touting this race, and it’s certainly possible that Sung will have some more momentum going in. All things being equal, though, this is Luman’s race to lose, and even if he does lose, Sung would have a tough re-election in 2017. I’ll be keeping an eye on this one as we go. If you live in HISD VII, mark the dates for voting on your calendar because they will zip past before you know it.

Here is the entire piece: http://offthekuff.com/wp/?p=77694 .

Commentary mentioned a few days ago that I have done one of these. It is hard. In 2010, in the general election, 15,000 cast votes in an HISD trustee special election and another 9,600 under-voted. In the December runoff, 2000 voters showed up. Just saying.

The MLB Hall of Fame ballots were unveiled yesterday. Will Jeff Bagwell make it? Did Bagwell ever have a season where he played in all 162 games?

The Chron’s Rebecca Elliott has a front page article today about a City of H-Town official trip to Mexico City to watch the Texans and some trade mission stuff thrown in on the side. Here is from the article:

In fact, the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee, Houston Texans and Greater Houston Partnership, the region’s main business group, arranged the three-day mission around the game, partnership president Bob Harvey said.

Judging by the draft itinerary, football took center stage for the city’s delegation, which was slated to include the mayor, his daughter, six City Council members, five mayor’s office employees, the director of the Houston Airport System and three members of the mayor’s security detail.

Here is the entire read: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/On-Mexico-trade-mission-Mayor-Turner-was-ready-10629071.php.

As far as the game went, no se puede!

I don’t know what the media networks were thinking when they decided to meet with Donald Trump off the record yesterday. Come on!   This is a guy who called you corrupt and dishonest. At least the New York Times held their ground.

Just do your job and cover Trump.   Prepare for a contentious four years.

Here is from Reuters:

President-elect Donald Trump abruptly canceled a meeting scheduled for Tuesday with The New York Times newspaper that he has frequently criticized, complaining in morning Twitter posts about inaccurate coverage and a “nasty tone.”

The move came a day after the Republican real estate magnate met with television anchors and news industry executives and reporters in New York in a session The Washington Post described as a contentious but generally respectful.

Trump singled out reporting of his campaign by CNN and NBC that he considered to be unfair, the Post said, citing four participants at the meeting. The moves illustrated Trump’s complicated relationship with the news media.

As a presidential candidate, Trump was quick to bristle at unflattering news coverage, even as he remained accessible to certain reporters, including several from the Times. At one point, he banned The Post, Buzzfeed and Politico from receiving credentials to attend his events after their coverage was critical of him.

“I canceled today’s meeting with the failing @nytimes when the terms and conditions of the meeting were changed at the last moment. Not nice,” Trump said in a Twitter post.

“Perhaps a new meeting will be set up with the @nytimes. In the meantime they continue to cover me inaccurately and with a nasty tone!” Trump wrote in a second post.

A spokeswoman for the Times said the newspaper was not aware the meeting was canceled until Trump’s tweet, which came at about 6:30 a.m. EST (1130 GMT). Trump’s team tried to change the conditions of the meeting on Monday, asking that it be off the record, but the newspaper refused, said spokeswoman Eileen Murphy.

“In the end, we concluded with them that we would go back to the original plan of a small off the record session and a larger on the record session with reporters and columnists,” she said in a statement.

Just do your job.

Jeff Bagwell played in all 162 games four different seasons of course: 1992, 1996, 1997 and 1999.

Here is from Tags:

When the 2016 Hall of Fame voting results were announced last January, former Astros slugger Jeff Bagwell admitted he had a hard time waiting to see if his name would be called because of the uncertainty of it all.

Bagwell, who’s on the ballot for a seventh time this year, should be a little more at ease when the results of the 2017 Hall of Fame balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America are announced on Jan. 18. He appeared on 71.6 percent of the ballots last year, putting him on the cusp of being elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Sixteen of the 17 players that cleared 70 percent in one year — while falling short of the 75 percent needed — got in the Hall of Fame the next year, setting Bagwell up to join longtime teammate and 2015 inductee Craig Biggio as the only players in Cooperstown to play their whole careers in Houston. Only pitcher Jim Bunning, who received 74.2 percent in 1988, didn’t make it on his next try.


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