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Latino Pioneer

Here is a brief history lesson for those that are not as old as Commentary and don’t know about some of the Latino pioneers in politics.   Here is from the SA Express News:

 A Hispanic pioneer in the world of state and national politics, former Congressman Eligio “Kika” de la Garza died Monday in a McAllen hospital.

He was 89.

Family told reporters that de la Garza was at Legends Transitional Healthcare. Cause of death has not been determined, but he had been in failing health in recent months.

The longtime Democratic representative for the 15th congressional district, de la Garza had an outsized impact in South Texas for more than 40 years, influencing generations of future elected officials from the region.

“Kika was an inspiration to South Texans and led the charge of building a better agricultural industry for our nation during his time as chairman of the Agriculture Committee,” said U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville, who credited de la Garza for playing an important role in his decision to run for Congress. “He will be missed.”

Born in Mercedes and raised in Mission, Garza served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1952 to 1964, then held the 15th congressional district from 1965 to 1997 where he spearheaded far-reaching legislation on agriculture, including establishing a support program for sugar prices similar to the one for milk and creating a multi-billion dollar disaster relief fund to help farmers suffering from the drought of the 1980s.

As a young man, de la Garza served in the U.S. Navy before he went to U.S. Army Artillery School. He was a lieutenant in the Army and served in the 37th Field Artillery Regiment during the Korean War.

De la Garza would go on to earn his law degree at St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio. For a time he was the only Hispanic member of the Texas House, where he made a name for himself crafting legislation to protect the environment and early childhood education.

He was only the second Hispanic elected to Congress from Texas (Henry B. Gonzalez of San Antonio was the first) and when he was named chairman of the U.S. House Agricultural Committee in 1981, he was the first Hispanic to lead a standing House Committee since 1945, according to Congress.gov.

Here is the entire read: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Longtime-Valley-Congressman-Kika-de-la-10999400.php.

A leader and pioneer for sure.

The following tweets are kind of par for the course:

The Associated Press‏Verified account @AP 17m17 minutes ago

BREAKING: Justice Dept. seeks more time to respond to congressional inquiry into unproven Trump wiretapping assertion.


CNN Breaking News‏Verified account @cnnbrk 11m11 minutes ago

DOJ asks House Intelligence Committee for more time to collect evidence on Trump’s wiretapping claims. http://cnn.it/2lUunvO

How much time do they need to produce nothing? It looks like Trump is telling DOJ to stall. Lies, lies, lies!

Since 1901 in MLB, there have been 11 instances where opposing pitchers hit dingers off of each other in the same game. The last time it happened was in 2012. Name the two pitchers, please? Hints: They are both still playing, they were both playing on NL teams, they have both tossed no nos and one of the pitchers now is in the AL.

Yesterday was a very bad day for the GOP in congress. Their healthcare plan got shredded by the Congressional Budget Office. The GOP was scrambling all over the place. Now Dems need to seize the stage. See this from CNN:

Democrats are finally back on the offensive on health care, brandishing an explosive new report stocked with damaging information about the Republicans’ plans to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Their new ammunition: 24 million more Americans would be uninsured by 2026 under a House Republican proposal, while premiums would skyrocket for some of the most vulnerable Americans, including low-income elderly patients, according to analysis released on Monday by the Congressional Budget Office.

Democrats mobilized quickly on Monday to begin lobbing a stream of attacks against the Republican health care proposal, marking a drastic role reversal for a party that has struggled to defend the Affordable Care Act for the past eight years — and suffered significant political losses along the way.

Particularly encouraging to Democrats is the CBO’s conclusion that the Republican bill would hurt demographic groups that President Donald Trump tended to perform better with, including older Americans.

Here is the entire CNN story: http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/13/politics/cbo-democrats-beat-trump-obamacare/index.html.

Don’t let the GOP create alternative facts on this. Keep shoving it down their throats. Don’t let up. Make them own their garbage bill. Show them today’s Chron banner headline: Millions stand to lose coverage

Matt Cain of the Giants and Cole Hamels of the Phillies hit dingers off of each other in the same game back in 2012 of course. FYI: Cain’s no no was the perfecto against the ‘Stros also in 2012 and Hamels is now with the Rangers.

Marwin Gonzalez is 28 today and is leading off today and playing shortstop. Happy Birthday!


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