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Good News

This is much needed. I am glad to see this is happening. From the NY Times:

WASHINGTON — As President Trump is giving his first address to a joint session of Congress next week, Hispanic political leaders plan to meet in Washington to draft a strategy to counter his agenda, particularly his immigration crackdown.

The Latino Victory Fund, a political action committee that works to elect progressive Hispanic leaders, will meet on Tuesday, as Mr. Trump speaks to Congress, to begin recruiting candidates at the federal, state and local levels who can push back against the president’s policies, including in cities and municipalities where they are having immediate impact.

Those include in so-called sanctuary cities, which are jurisdictions that limit their cooperation with federal authorities seeking to detain unauthorized immigrants.

“As the president is outlining his plans to break up families, roll back civil rights protections and gut the environment, we are going to be finalizing our strategy to defeat him,” said Cristóbal Alex, the president of the Latino Victory Project, a civic group affiliated with the Latino Victory Fund.

Here is the entire read: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/22/us/politics/hispanic-leaders-plan-fight-against-trumps-agenda.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytpolitics&smtyp=cur&_r=0.

News from last night. Check this from the Chron:

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez has ended a controversial partnership with federal immigration authorities that trained a team of county deputies to determine the immigration status of jailed suspects and hold those selected for deportation.

Gonzalez, a Democrat who took office in January, said he will reassign 10 deputies trained under a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement program known as 287(g) that cost at least $675,000 in salaries and deploy them to other law enforcement duties.

The withdrawal of sheriff’s deputies still will allow ICE officials to come to the jail and screen jail inmates to determine their immigration status, and the county will hold them for deportation if requested, Gonzalez said.

The sheriff said overcrowding in the county jail complex, where staff shortages have hiked overtime costs to $1 million every two weeks, has forced him to deploy his ICE-trained deputies elsewhere. He said his decision was not political “but an issue of resources,” explaining the deputies may be assigned to help improve clearance rates of major crimes or bolster the patrol division.

“After thoughtful consideration, I’ve decided to opt out of the voluntary 287(g) program,” said Gonzalez, who sent ICE officials notification of his decision Tuesday. “We’ll still be cooperating with local, state and federal authorities as we always have, we just won’t have our manpower resources inside the jail doing that.”

And this:

The exit from the ICE program could put Harris County in the crosshairs of Gov. Greg Abbott and local GOP senators, who are working to pass a “sanctuary city” law that would withhold funding from law agencies that do not cooperate with federal requests to hold inmates. The term sanctuary city has been used to criticize the refusal by certain cities and counties to cooperate with the enforcement of federal immigration law.

Here is the entire read: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Sheriff-cuts-ties-with-ICE-program-over-immigrant-10949617.php.

Now let’s wait for the fallout and let’s push back hard at the haters, especially the whiny Greg Abbott.

Stace has a good take on this so check it out here: https://doscentavos.net/2017/02/22/sheriff-gonzalez-ends-287g/.

Watching Trump address anti-Semitism yesterday, one thing is certain, he is not sincere.

Joe Niekro leads all ‘Stros with 144 career pitching wins in a ‘Stro uniform. Roy O comes in at number 2 with 143 wins. How many pitching wins did Roy O rack up, after he left the ‘Stros?

I guess this was answered: No More 10 Best or Worst?

Here is from an Alyson Ward piece in the Chron:

On Tuesday morning, (Texas Monthly Editor-in-Chief Tim) Taliaferro softened his tone. He posted a note to readers on Texas Monthly’s website, saying he “unfortunately gave the CJR the wrong impression.” Politics coverage and longform stories, he said, are not going away.

In an email sent through a representative, Taliaferro further explained that while Texas Monthly isn’t abandoning politics, the magazine may focus more on in-depth coverage than day-to-day: “Our strength with political coverage is our analysis, our longform, and our voice. There are other outlets better equipped to do incremental legislative coverage.”

The magazine’s owner, Paul Hobby,  said he “strongly refutes” the notion that Texas Monthly won’t be covering politics.

“Texans and Texas Monthly readers care a great deal about politics and that’s why the Texas Lt. Governor is on the cover of the February issue,” Hobby wrote in an email. “Strong political coverage will remain the cornerstone to the magazine and any suggestion we would move away from our tradition of fine journalism is patently false.”

And this:

(Lyz) Lenz, the writer of the Columbia Journalism Review piece, defended her story in an email Tuesday morning:

“Taliaferro’s comments were reported accurately and given the appropriate context based on the interview he gave with me. That being said, Texas Monthly is home to some of the best long form journalism in the nation and some of the best writers in the world. As an avid fan of the magazine, I’m happy to see [Taliaferro] soften his stance with his most recent note to the readers. And I hope the magazine continues to be a standard bearer of quality journalism in a time when we need it the most.”

Mimi Swartz, a Texas Monthly executive editor who lives in Houston, said the flap has revealed at least one thing for sure: “It shows how loyal our readers are.”

Here is the entire read: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/entertainment/books/article/Is-Texas-Monthly-shifting-away-from-politics-10947638.php.

I guess this Taliaferro fella had to walk back his dumbarse remarks. Talk about getting called out on a statewide level. I wonder how long he will last as Editor-in-Chief?

Roy O of course had 20 more pitching wins after he left the ‘Stros and ended up with 163 for his career.

Carlos Correa is now working out

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