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What a Shame!

As a Dem, I can’t believe that this is allowed to happen. Latinos and African American voters are the most loyal Dem voters. Here is from Politico today:

Senate Democrats are facing growing pressure to break the white male stranglehold on senior staff positions in their ranks — a push that’s uniting consultants and lobbyists inside the Beltway with Black Lives Matter and other minority leaders who are accusing the party of “soft bigotry.” 

The attacks are prompting uncomfortable discussions among Democrats even as they welcome their historic Senate freshman class, which includes the chamber’s first Latina and Indian-American members.

Frustrations over the lack of diversity among the ranks of top Senate Democratic aides began seeping into public view after Hillary Clinton’s stunning loss deprived the party’s donors and lobbyists of a critical opening to build on the Obama administration’s minority-hiring efforts. Now, activists are shaming Senate Democrats, noting that the chamber’s only African-American chief of staff works for Republican Sen. Tim Scott. And civil rights groups are holding a public conference call on Thursday to escalate their campaign for more diverse hiring by newly elected senators.

It’s not just the chief of staff disparity — minorities are under-represented throughout the ranks of Senate staffers. African-Americans and Latinos represent more than a third of self-identified Democrats nationwide but hold less than 3 percent of senior staff positions for Senate Democrats, according to a report last year by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

Here is all of the Politico read:http://www.politico.com/story/2016/12/senate-democrats-race-232312.

It is a downright shame. Same goes for Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan’s shop here locally. All his top leaders are white dudes.   Latinos and African American voters help get Vince elected. I can’t believe local Dem electeds let Vince get away with this. Well, I guess I can. After all, we let our U.S. Dem senators off the hook on their mostly all white top hires.

Who won the 1999 AL Rookie of the Year Award?

Kuffer says today that 35,879 cast ballots in the HISD Trustee special election a month ago.  25,315 also over or under-voted in that race.

So the Chron’s Mike Morris wrote a story on City of H-Town pensions that ran on the front page of Tuesday’s Chron.

So at yesterday H-Town City Council meeting, this tweet came out:

Rebecca Elliott ‏@rfelliott Dec 7

Turner on @mmorris011‘s deeply-reported story: “That was pulled out of the air & put into the paper & should have been in the opinion page.”

Then this one:

Mike Morris ‏@mmorris011 24h24 hours ago

Mike Morris Retweeted Rebecca Elliott

As usual, Mayor @SylvesterTurner and his PR team seem to believe any story not headlined “Mayor is world’s best mayor” is unfair/inaccurate.

Then this one:

Janice Evans ‏@Jevansdavis 22h22 hours ago Houston, TX

MYR @SylvesterTurner pushes back on critical news report about his pension plan, saying if going to be critical need to have an alternative.

Then this one:

Rebecca Elliott ‏@rfelliott 21h21 hours ago

Rebecca Elliott Retweeted Janice Evans

This reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of the role of journalism.

Touchy, touchy.

I was entertained though.

FYI: Janice used to be a journalist.

Carlos Beltran of course was the AL Rookie of the Year in 1999.

I don’t think I have anything from The Yard today.

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