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This tweet is very important:

Anna Eastman‏@AnnaEforHISD 13m13 minutes ago

Vote for HISD Prop 1 tomorrow May 6 7am to 7 pm. #voteforhisdprop1

What happened at The Yard of MLB historical significance on Cinco de Mayo of 2004?

Commentary said this a couple of days ago:

I am sure there are some Dems who want Hillary Clinton to go away and get off of the political stage. Commentary won’t go that far. She is entitled to be out there.

Out there means out there but not leading the charge for Dems. Why, then? Her and her team ran one of the lousiest campaigns in the history of presidential politics and now they want to be the face of the resistance? If you ask Commentary, and of course, nobody ever asks Commentary, she is playing into the hands of the GOP. Here is from a Politico story today:

Six months after losing the presidential election, Hillary Clinton is ready to wade back into politics.

The former secretary of state is building a new political group to fund organizations working on the resistance to President Donald Trump’s agenda, spending recent weeks in Washington, New York City, and Chappaqua, N.Y., meeting with donors and potential groups to invest in, and recruiting individuals for the group’s board of directors, multiple people close to the two-time White House hopeful and people familiar with the group’s planning told POLITICO.

She is looking to launch the group, expected to be called Onward Together — a nod to her campaign slogan, Stronger Together — as soon as next week, they say. Clinton’s spokesman declined to comment for this story.

Clinton has been working with Dennis Cheng, her campaign’s finance director who was previously the Clinton Foundation’s chief development officer, to bring donors into the fold.

Meanwhile, Judith McHale, who served as an undersecretary of state under Clinton, has been working with her to find groups to fund, as has former Democratic National Committee chairman, presidential candidate, and Vermont Gov. Howard Dean.

Clinton has started to fill out the board, which will include longtime ally and leading party strategist Minyon Moore.

Here is the entire Politico story: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/04/hillary-clinton-launch-political-group-237999.

Her high negatives have not gone away. The GOP would rather take her on than other Dems or other Dem ideas. Why would any reasonable Dem activist or donor want to sign on to this effort? Dem Chair Tom Perez and the Dem congressional leadership need to tell her to stand down. You have to wonder if she is just doing this to get even or some other personal reason. Sigh! Sigh!

To the Dem members of Congress who were signing the na, na, na song yesterday on the House Floor: that was stupid.

The Chron E-board gave the H-Town Mayor some good run today so check it out here: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/article/State-of-the-city-11123206.php.

Here is from Rebecca Elliott’s story on the H-Town Mayor wanting to remove the revenue cap:

With pension reform on the horizon, Mayor Sylvester Turner plans to make good on his pledge to ask voters to lift Houston’s cap on property tax collections in November.

Removing the voter-imposed revenue cap would loosen one of Houston’s primary fiscal constraints as it confronts still-hefty pension and debt costs that leave little breathing room to maintain city services.

“Shared sacrifice means shared sacrifice by all,” Turner told the Houston Chronicle’s editorial board Wednesday, previewing his Thursday State of the City address.

And this:

Lifting the revenue cap, on the other hand, would increase homeowners’ property taxes. The owner of a $200,000 Houston home saved about $84 in taxes over the last three years, costing the city an estimated $220 million in revenue.

Here is the entire article: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/houston/article/Turner-wants-voters-to-lift-rev-cap-in-November-11121233.php.

They are going to have to make the case to raise property taxes.

Let’s see. The UT System bought up a bunch of land south of the Astrodome and talked about setting up a research center. Some UH alumni went bonkers when they heard about this. The Dean did a takedown of the UT Chancellor in full public view. The UT System pulled the plug on their H-Town proposal. Some UH Alumni including the UH Board Chair then took a vocal victory lap and end of story.

Not yet. Yesterday, the H-Town Mayor called for a collaboration of sorts. Commentary doesn’t see it happening anytime soon. Check out today’s Chron for details.

Along these lines, sort of, here is what State Rep. Carol Alvarado put out yesterday on the PUF Fund:

Dear Friends, 

Yesterday, I appeared before the Texas House committee on Higher Education to lay out my bill HJR 110. The bill will create a second Permanent University Fund, known as “PUF II”, which will benefit the University of Houston System.  Despite significant opposition from The University of Texas System and Texas A&M System, I am resolved more so now than ever, that reform in university funding is necessary. 

This additional funding source will be critical to the development and growth of the UH system as we continue to strive for excellence and eventual admittance into the exclusive Association of American Universities. 

Though the bill is unlikely to pass this session, my goal is to start a discussion to highlight the gross disparity between the level of funding that some universities receive and that of the University of Houston, a Tier 1 Research University. The notion that the great state of Texas can only have two premier AAU universities, while California has six, is shortsighted.  When we invest in and improve the quality of all of our Tier 1 Research Universities, all Texans win.   

I am so grateful for the tremendous support from the UH community. For more information, I encourage you to read the following article HERE

This debate on the fund needs to happen.

This is also from the Chron:

Angela Blanchard grew up like the people she helps.

The president and CEO of BakerRipley, a non-profit that provides resources to those less fortunate in Houston, was raised with very little as the oldest of eight children in Beaumont.

“People looking at us wouldn’t have predicted that it would turn out well,” said Blanchard earlier this week sitting inside her office at BakerRipley headquarters.

Blanchard’s story, though, evolved into her  being chosen in 1995 as  CEO and president of BakerRipley. But after more than 20 years leading the organization, she announced Thursday to staff she would resign at the end of the year.

Here is the entire read: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/article/Angela-Blanchard-resigns-as-CEO-of-BakerRipley-11119188.php.

I wonder if any Latinos will be considered for the CEO position? A whole lot of the folks they serve are Latino.

13 years ago today at The Yard, the Rocket moved past Steve Carlton for second place all-time with his 4,137th career strikeout when he whiffed Raul Mondesi of the Pirates – we won the game 9-2 of course.

We are not going to win games when we strand 16 baserunners like we did yesterday at The Yard. We still have a 4 ½ game lead as we play three in Anaheim this weekend then return for two against The ATL.

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