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This is what the Vice President said yesterday about Donald Trump:

“Grow up, Donald. Time to be an adult. You’re president, you got to do something. Show us what you have. You’re going to propose legislation; we’re going to get to debate it. Let the public decide; let them vote in Congress.”

Ain’t it the truth.  Asking a 70 year old to grow up.  Not going to happen.

Name the two players on this year’s Hall of Fame ballot who are not pitchers with the same number of career dingers?

And from the most pressing issue of our time department, here is from the Chron:

Setting up what looks to be one of the most heated fights for Texas lawmakers in the upcoming legislative session, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and state Sen. Lois Kolkhorst unveiled a long-awaited bill to regulate which bathrooms Texans may use in public buildings.

Senate Bill 6, called the Texas Privacy Act, would prohibit city or county officials from adopting an ordinance that prevents a business from making policies for their bathrooms and dressing rooms. It also would bar local officials from considering these measures when awarding government contracts.

Another part of the proposed legislation would require each locker room or restroom in government buildings, public schools and universities to be designated for use based on biological sex. The bill, which allows schools to make special accommodations, would authorize the attorney general to levy a civil penalty if they do not follow the regulations.

“This is a significant step for the majority of Texans who are alarmed by misguided efforts to shatter our expectations of security and privacy, especially for our children,” the Republican from Brenham said. “Senate Bill 6 may have my name on it, but the responsibility falls on all of us to protect citizens and ensure that their personal and private rights are secured.”

She said her bill is a response to the Obama administration’s letter sent to school districts last year that offered guidance on protecting the rights of transgender students. The letter said districts that do not comply with longstanding federal anti-discrimination laws, which the U.S. Justice and Education departments said extend to transgender students, could risk a revocation of federal funds or a lawsuit.

On Thursday, Kolkhorst said she filed the legislation “not to start a controversy but to end one.”

Here is the entire read: http://www.chron.com/about/article/Patrick-Kolkhorst-unveil-controversial-bathroom-10837923.php.

Hmm! Brenham! Blue Bell ice cream anyone?

Now the Trib has a piece on The Dean and pensions. Here is a part:

After some Dallas City Council members voiced concerns this week over Whitmire’s work at a law firm whose client list includes city pension fund boards, the Houston Democrat said he would likely abstain from voting on Dallas-specific bills.

HOUSTON — Whether — and how — one of the Texas Legislature’s chief champions of police officers and firefighters gets involved with legislation addressing mounting financial crises with first responders’ pension funds could depend on which cities are impacted by potential bills.

State Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, works for Locke Lord, a law firm whose clients include pension fund boards in Dallas and Houston — cities currently beset by multibillion-dollar pension shortfalls. Because municipal workers’ retirement funds are largely governed by the state, both cities are expected to seek legislative approval of their respective plans to shore up the beleaguered funds.

Whitmire said that while his firm represents pension funds in the cities, he does not work on those accounts and he never talks to professional colleagues about government clients. But after some Dallas City Council members voiced concerns this week over Whitmire’s political role in Austin and his professional position inside the pension funds’ federal lobbying firm, the Democrat said he would likely abstain from voting on Dallas-specific bills “out of an abundance of caution.”

“I go out of my way to avoid the conflicts,” he told The Texas Tribune on Thursday. 

Here is the entire read: https://www.texastribune.org/2017/01/06/amid-concerns-whitmire-says-he-may-abstain-some-pe/.

It is going to be interesting to see if The Dean and so called conflicts of interests are an issue during the session. Stay tuned.

Also from theTrib:

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke said Thursday he is all but certain to make a run for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz‘s seat in 2018.

“I’ve had the chance to talk to a lot of people around the state of Texas over the last six weeks, and I will tell you, I’m very encouraged,” he told The Texas Tribune on Thursday in an interview. “And I am continuing to listen to and talk to folks, and I’m just becoming more and more encouraged.”  

My only advice on this. Don’t do it unless the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee is all in on this.

Here is the entire read: https://www.texastribune.org/2017/01/06/orourke-very-likely-challenge-cruz-2018/.

Commentary is not going to say much about Matthew Dowd running for U.S. Senate. What is his base?

Hall of Fame candidates Jeff Bagwell and Vladimir Guerrero both have 449 career dingers of course.

Meanwhile, this tweet:

Ryan Thibodaux‏@NotMrTibbs 2h2 hours ago

@ 172 ballots/~39.5%:

Bags 92%

Raines 92%

Pudge 83%

Vlad 75%

Hoff 72%

Edgar 69%

BB 69%

RC 68%

Moose 62%

Schill 54%

http://bit.ly/bbhof2017.

Nothing from The Yard today.

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