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Tonight, we play our 81st game, meaning we are at the halfway point of the season. Jose Altuve has played in the most games – 78? Who is right behind him in games played?

Ken Paxton wants to end DACA. Which GOP leaders are with him? Hunker Down? Texas Monthly’s Best Sarah Davis? Texas House Speaker Joe Straus? Step forward you cold-hearted GOPers. Say something for or against! Silence is cowardly!

Here is from the Trib:

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and officials from nine other states on Thursday urged the Trump administration to end an Obama-era program that’s allowed hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants to live and work in the country without fear of being deported.

In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Paxton urged the White House to rescind the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. DACA applies to undocumented immigrants that came to the country before they were 16 years old and were 30 or younger as of June 2012. It awards recipients a renewable, two-year work permit and a reprieve from deportation proceedings.

Here is the entire read: https://www.texastribune.org/2017/06/29/texas-leads-10-states-urging-trump-end-daca/.

Come on! Stand up for what is right and decent!

Ditto on the Donald Trump tweets about the “Morning Joe” crew. This is the most gutless and cowardly GOP I have seen in my lifetime. Absolutely lacking in balls! Shame, shame, shame!

Back to Paxton. The fella is going to go on trial in the county which has the third largest immigration population in the USA. You think he might be trying to taint the jury pool?   He wants to make sure he doesn’t have any Latinos on the jury. Just saying.

It’s politic, baby! Commentary is talking about the Houston Firefighters. Here is from Kuffer today:

It’s been a busy couple of months for the firefighters, and not in a good way. They lost the fight over the pension reform bill in the Lege, and subsequently filed a lawsuit over it. This fight was over their collective bargaining agreement with the city, which expired three years ago. I’m not exactly sure what they were hoping to accomplish with their negotiating tactics, but it appears they didn’t get what they wanted. I don’t know what will happen with these lawsuits or the contract talks, but I get the sense that the firefighters have lost some goodwill. It’s more than a little incredible that no one on Council voted against the less-favorable employment terms for them. They’re big players in city elections, so either they now have a lot of former friends or they have a problem of image or communications or something that they might want to consider addressing. I don’t know how to advise them other than to say they ought to give this all some thought. The Press has more.

Here is all of Kuffer: http://offthekuff.com/wp/?p=81329.

How come Commentary is the only one who mentions the Firefighters’ early support for the H-Mayor didn’t turn out so good? Oh, well.

Third baseman Alex Bregman of course is number two with 75 games played.

We should have great crowds at The Yard this weekend as the Yankees visit and we have a 13 ½ game lead.

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What is our lead for AL home field advantage in the playoffs?

For 45 years now, Commentary has been fighting the good fight in Latino politics. No ifs, ands, or buts, or for that matter butts, on this issue. If I am going to be in a no-holds barred Latino politics fight, I want former H-Town City Council Member James Rodriguez to watch my back. That is how strongly I feel about his ability, commitment, and loyalty.

Commentary and James began working together in 1999 and James has not disappointed since. In 2000, he travelled the country to battleground states and help coordinate the W Truth Squads. He managed Carol Alvarado’s first run for H-Town City Council in 2001. He won his own race against two opponents in 2007 without a runoff. When the administration and their allies tried to knock off the only Latina on the Port Commission in a high profile battle in 2010, James led the effort to hold on to that position and kicked arse in the process. He also led the effort at H-Town City Hall to get Southwest Air international flights out of Hobby Airport.

James is now headed to his next gig, err adventure. See this from Mike Snyder of the Chron:

Pasadena mayor-elect Jeff Wagner confirmed Wednesday that he has chosen former Houston City Councilman James Rodriguez as his chief of staff.

Wagner, a city councilman who defeated community college trustee John Moon Jr. in a June 10 runoff in the mayor’s race, will be sworn in on Saturday. He will replace longtime Mayor Johnny Isbell, who could not seek re-election because of term-limits.

The City Council voted last week to create the chief of staff position, with a salary range of $136,000 to $204,000 a year, said outgoing Councilman Ornaldo Ybarra. Wagner has been introducing Rodriguez to council members as his choice for the position, Ybarra said.

Wagner, a retired Houston police officer, told me he became acquainted with Rodriguez through his work with the Houston Police Officers’ Union.

Rodriguez served three terms, ending in 2013, representing council District I on Houston’s east side. He previously worked as an aide to Democratic state Rep. Carol Alvarado, a former Houston councilwoman.

Wagner’s choice of a Latino for a high-profile job in his administration might be seen as a sign of outreach to Pasadena’s Latinos, who now account for about two-thirds of the population in the city of roughly 150,000. A federal judge found in January that a new council district system, initiated by Isbell, and supported by Wagner and Isbell’s other allies on the council, unlawfully diluted Latino voting strength.

If you want Pasadena to continue to be a racially divided city, then James ain’t your guy for Chief of Staff to the new Mayor. For those that think James may be selling out, you don’t know anything about James and his upbringing so just zip up your pie hole.

Commentary doesn’t know the new mayor of Pasadena. It certainly doesn’t sound like it is going to be business as usual in Pasadena. Not when you hire someone with James’ ability and skills. A smart move if you ask me and guess what? Nobody asked Commentary.

So, here is what the Chron’s Mike Snyder tweeted when he put out the article on James:

Mike Snyder‏Verified account@chronsnyder 10h10 hours ago

 

Unusual career move: Ex-Houston councilman Rodriguez tapped as aide to new Pasadena mayor: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/neighborhood/pasadena/article/Ex-Houston-councilman-tapped-as-aide-to-new-11253033.php?t=590b6aa57c … @kristi_nix @mmorris011

Snyder and the Chron have written extensively on Pasadena’s racial divide and politics over the past year. What has happened in Pasadena has been closely read about and watched by the area’s Latino community. It is the biggest current Latino political story in this part of the state. So, the move by James isn’t “unusual.” It is more about a seasoned veteran Latino player stepping up and accepting a challenge that will be appreciated by many and count Commentary amongst the many.

Embrace this move.

Commentary got this response yesterday from Steve Houston on the “ugly ballot” take:

With so many expensive items on the ballot at once, HISD has a bond too, this might backfire on Mayor Turner. Who wins the most if the individual components are voted down? For the pension bonds, the city’s municipal workers and police win big since all the concessions they made will be tossed out the window.

This would infuriate the firemen whose cuts remain in place no matter what but taxpayers will still be responsible for the growing pension debt so two years later the legislature will get to waste time all over again for another try. With the CIP bond, how many outdated facilities will simply be closed if that measure doesn’t pass, the Mayor likely to have to close additional facilities down to contain the costs. The revenue cap failing would have a similar impact, any standing offers to firemen for pay raises would be pulled from the table, many of the programs already initiated would have to be trimmed back and frankly, that might be a good thing so that taxpayers can see what they lost.

HISD needs money for facilities too but by voting the bonds down, voters would signal to the school district that they just aren’t interested, those with the means to send their kids to private schools already upset at the failure of vouchers in Austin will not care since it won’t directly impact them or their kids. If the Mayor can pull this off though, he’ll certainly increase spending on frills, all announced potential cuts designed to pander to those who want “more” from city hall.

I didn’t know about HISD.

The ’Stros have a 9 ½ lead over the Red Sox and Yankees for the AL homefield advantage in the playoffs – PLAYOFFS!

That was a high scoring affair last night at The Yard.

Ten years ago yesterday, Craig Biggio got his 3,000th career base hit and the next day the new phone gizmos went on sale.

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What’s Ugly?

It looks like Carlos Correa will be the starting shortstop for the AL All Star team. Who started at shortstop for the AL squad last year?

Is there such thing as a pretty ballot, a handsome ballot, a gorgeous ballot, or a beautiful ballot?

I saw these tweets yesterday evening:

Rebecca Elliott‏Verified account@rfelliott 3h3 hours ago

November’s ballot is looking ugly, folks. Pension bonds, revenue cap repeal and now general bonds, too http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/houston/article/Turner-to-ask-voters-for-capital-bond-referendum-11251413.php … @mmorris011

Turner to ask voters for capital bond referendum this November

And:

Keir Murray‏@houtopia 3h3 hours ago

 

Replying to @rfelliott @mmorris011

Interesting. Big difference with 2012, of course, was presidential election driving turnout.

Here is from the Chron story:

Mayor Sylvester Turner is poised ask voters to approve bonds this fall to fund improvements to city parks, community centers, fire stations and health clinics, adding hundreds of millions of dollars in debt to a crowded November ballot.

City officials say the size of the bond request has yet to be determined, but a political action committee formed to support the bonds, Lift Up Houston, lists the amount as $490 million on its website.

And this:

The mayor has pledged to ask Houstonians to repeal a voter-imposed cap that limits what the city can collect in property taxes. That rule is a lightning rod for conservatives, who spearheaded its passage 13 years ago.

Turner’s landmark pension reform bill, which takes effect Saturday, also requires voters to approve the $1 billion in bonds Turner plans to inject into the under-funded police and municipal pensions. Should voters reject it, those groups’ substantial benefit cuts could be rescinded, hiking the city’s costs overnight.

Adding a general bond issue to the ballot alongside the pension bonds and what amounts to a tax hike is risky, said Jay Aiyer, a Texas Southern University political scientist professor.

“The more measures you put on the ballot, the more confusing it becomes for voters and I think the more attention is taken away from selling the one item that absolutely must pass, and that’s the pension obligation bonds,” Aiyer said. “It would make a whole lot more sense to make the pension obligation bonds a standalone and push some of these other items off.”

Here is the entire Chron read: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/houston/article/Turner-to-ask-voters-for-capital-bond-referendum-11251413.php.

Is the H-Town Mayor rolling the dice? You have to assume there has been polling on this. Someone pointed out a couple or so weeks ago that they had seen polling on the revenue cap and the anti-cap folks needs to do a lot of selling. General bonds are usually a good thing but when you put it alongside the billion dollar pension bonds, well, that’s a ton of debt. If the pro-rev cap folks are going to mount a challenge, that could be problematic and would certainly complicate matters.

Still, how ugly is ugly?

Congrats to my pal Alan Bernstein and his new gig at City Hall.

Donald Trump doesn’t know health care and what else is news. Here is from The Hill:

A Republican senator who supports the Senate GOP’s healthcare bill reportedly does not think President Trump has a clear understanding of the plan.

The New York Times reported that a senator left a White House meeting Tuesday with the feeling that the president didn’t fully understand some basic parts of the plan, citing an aide who received a detailed readout of the exchange.

The senator felt Trump “seemed especially confused” after a moderate Republican said those who were against the bill would say it appeared to be a “massive tax break for the wealthy,” according to The Times.

And:

On Wednesday, Trump pushed back against claims he is not fully involved in the Senate GOP’s push to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

“Some of the Fake News Media likes to say that I am not totally engaged in healthcare,” Trump tweeted. “Wrong, I know the subject well & want victory for U.S.”

Yep. Sure. You got it.

Xander Bogaerts of the Red Sox of course started at shortstop for the AL All Stars last year.

I watched the game with my Dad yesterday and I wish Evan Gattis had laid off of that 3-0 pitch with the bases loaded and no outs. Oh, well, we still have a 12 ½ game lead and still have the best record in MLB, barely though.

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Texas Boys Nation

Name the three ‘Stros with 30 or more extra base hits this season?

Commentary has to wonder what they teach in civics classes in Texas these days. I am also thinking the American Legion ought to dissolve their Texas Boys State program. Boys State isn’t interested in being part of America. Here is from the Chron:

AUSTIN — Second time’s the charm. 

Texas Boys State, the famed American Legion program that started in 1935 to allow high school-aged boys to participate in a mock government, voted to have Texas leave the union in the first vote of its kind in the organization’s history. A similar proposition narrowly failed last year.

The student legislators, who met at the Capitol in Austin this month, also created a new constitution and declaration of independence, according to a news release from the group. 

“This is the first time in Texas Boys State history that the government body decided to secede from the United States,” it read. “The gallery of each chamber were cheering and celebrating because they have now made history by becoming a nation.”

One attendant tweeted a video from the Senate floor after the secession bill passed.

Not unlike the real Texas House and Senate, the mock state legislators disagreed on the issue during their gathering last summer. Last June, the Boys State Senate approved a secession bill in a 33-10 vote, with two abstentions. The Boys State House, however, defeated the measure by four votes, 64-60, with eight abstentions. 

They are not the only ones who have considered the idea.

Some delegates to the Republican Party of Texas convention last year tried unsuccessfully to add a provision to the state party’s platform to allow for a statewide vote on secession. The move made national headlines and sparked fierce debate among attendees, particularly veterans who said they served the United States, not any single state.

Here is the entire article: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/texas/article/Texas-Boys-State-votes-to-secede-for-Union-11247209.php.

Where do these punks come from anyway? Who provides them with guidance? Is the American Legion even paying attention to what is going on? Why do we let these punks meet at the State Capitol anyway? Never mind on what I just said. It is just a continuation of the clown show in Austin.

How about this tweet:

Brian McTaggart Retweeted

Richard Justice‏Verified account @richardjustice 12h12 hours ago

 

Jose Altuve has 733 hits since start of 2014. No other @MLB player is even close. Robinson Cano next at 636, Charlie Blackmon 634. @astros

SpringerDinger has 35 extra base hits, Jose Altuve has 34, and Carlos Correa 30, and they are all All Star Game bound – hopefully.

Our 6 game homie starts this evening against the A’s.

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Name the MLB club who is on a current 10 game winning streak and it ain’t us.

This was in the San Luis newspaper nearly a couple of weeks ago:

Some baseball fans are boiling over former Redbird slugger Lance Berkman speaking at the upcoming Christian Day at Busch Stadium, set for July 30.

Pride Center of St. Louis has released a statement lambasting the move:

“Pride St. Louis is disappointed by the decision of the St. Louis Cardinals to provide a public platform for Berkman, an individual whose words and actions towards the LGBTQ+ are divisive and demeaning.”

The statement was released by Landon Brownfield, the group’s secretary and co-chair.

Brownfield first released the statement to OutSports, a website that bills itself as “a voice for LGBT athletes.”

On its own, OutSports has called Berkman a “bigot” and “an outspoken opponent of the LGBT community” who was “one of the faces of the campaign against Houston’s equal-rights ordinance” in 2015.

In a statement, the Cardinals organization said: 

“The Cardinals have hosted a Christian Day at the ballpark for nearly three decades. Lance Berkman participated in Christian Day when he was a Cardinals player, and we welcome him back this year to discuss his faith.”

The team statement continued to say the Cardinals “will be hosting our first Pride Night later this season (details to follow shortly) which will bring members of the LGBT community together to enjoy Cardinals baseball.”

Now the Big Puma and San Luis got deservedly scorched in BeyondtheBoxscore.com. This piece by Mary Craig was making the rounds yesterday. Here it is:

On Friday, the St. Louis Cardinals announced that in partnership with Pride St. Louis, the team would hold its first-ever Pride Night on August 25th. The promo reads: “With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive a Cardinals cap with a rainbow STL logo. A portion of each ticket sold will benefit the PrideSTL Scholarship, which is awarded annually to St. Louis area students.” With roughly half of MLB teams holding annual Pride nights, any addition to the list should usually be celebrated. But this time it’s different. The announcement comes just weeks after the team received flack for announcing former player and anti-LGBT protester Lance Berkman would speak at the team’s July 30th Christian Day game.

To recap Berkman’s views: In 2015, he spoke out against Houston’s equal rights ordinance, condemning Proposition 1 for allowing “troubled men” into women’s bathrooms and locker rooms under the guise of being transgender. He later doubled-down on these remarks, adding that he was being persecuted online for them, and that tolerance is the thing “killing America.” Though he admitted that using the phrase “troubled men” was problematic, he has yet to lament his opposition to the ordinance or prove he is in any way accepting of the LGBT community.

There are many LGBT individuals who struggle with how to reconcile who they are with their faith, because many Christians preach that homosexuality is against Christianity. These people often assume the position that in America, Christians are persecuted by a creeping secularism that doesn’t exist, going so far as to argue the very presence of LGBT individuals is an attack on their straightness and religion. To endorse these views is to reject the Christianity of acceptance, kindness, and love that many others preach and instead endorse one that projects itself through antagonism and bigotry and the false notion that it is under attack. Too often this religion is usurped by people in power to dehumanize groups that supposedly present some sort of threat to this power. If some believe that Christianity truly is in decline, they should want those in powerful positions, like the Cardinals, should preach openness and acceptance, rather than driving from its ranks all those who somehow don’t conform to the singular idea of a Christian that now exists.

America is far too slowly progressing toward LGBT equality, and each day spent debating the validity of LGBT people is a day spent murdering them. Suicide rates among lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth are four times higher than among straight youth, and 40 percent of trans youth attempt suicide by the age of 25. When the Cardinals support Berkman’s remarks about the LGBT community, they are telling all of their LGBT fans that they are unwelcome in the Cardinals community, that what so many view as an escape or as a way to cope with the hatred they face is now yet another place telling them they shouldn’t exist. When so few accepting places exist, particularly in “Christian”-heavy areas, removing just one tolerant space can have dire consequences.

Indeed, in 2015, the Cardinals system had a then-closeted gay pitcher Tyler Dunnington, whom they drafted the previous year. Dunnington quit baseball at the end of the 2015 season, remarking that he heard on multiple occasions coaches and fellow players joking about killing gay people. It likely never occurred to these people there could be an LGBT player listening to them, because LGBT players are forced to hide their sexuality/gender identity or drop out of baseball at earlier ages after realizing how intolerant it is. For many, sports as a whole is seen as a straight man’s endeavor, as gay men are too feminine to play or watch them. There is no telling how many closeted players like Tyler Dunnington exist, and how many of them wake up every day feeling ostracized from the thing they love and being unable to ask for or receive support from their organizations.

The Cardinals hosting a pride night while continuing to support Berkman is the ultimate “sorry if you were offended” non-apology. It’s a slap to the face of Dunnington, whose bravery should—and must—result in something more positive, more groundbreaking, more compassionate. It places the burden on the LGBT community to accept this bogus olive branch or appear to fit every stereotype of them as selfish, unsatisfied people who want to disrupt the daily lives of straight Americans. Regarding Pride Night, team president William DeWitt III stated he hopes it will “remind fans that everyone is welcome at Busch Stadium,” again placing the burden on LGBT people to attend or seem ungrateful and difficult. Using “remind” crafts a narrative that LGBT people have always been welcome at the park, which is not the case, and presumably “everyone” means that both Berkman-esque people and LGBT people are welcome, as if these groups could ever exist in the same place peacefully.

Anything short of a full condemnation of Berkman’s stance on LGBT issues is an open endorsement of them and a message to the LGBT community that the Cardinals do not care about them except as PR devices. Donating a portion of ticket prices to the PrideSTL scholarship fund is not enough, as according to the PrideSTL website, the funds may not go directly to LGBT individuals: “Pride St. Louis annually awards the scholarship to St. Louis area LGBTQIA+ student(s), students/children of an LGBTQIA+ parent, or student allies of the LGBTQIA+ community to provide financial assistance to attend a post-secondary undergraduate institution.” While it is admirable and good of PrideSTL to support all members of the LGBT community, the Cardinals’ participation is not nearly enough to combat the anti-LGBT sentiment the club has assumed.

As long as Berkman is allowed to speak at Busch Stadium one month before Pride Night, the rainbow logo on the giveaway hats acts as a contradiction that could very well mean life or death for a number of LGBT Cardinals fans. There is no such thing as toleration when it forces you to shake hands with a bigot. It should not be up to LGBT youth to constantly reach across the aisle to make peace with people who view their existence as a perceived threat while actually threatening LGBT people. It should never be up to the persecuted to be the bigger people. And yet the Cardinals have made it so.

It is unclear what benefit the club will receive from having Berkman as a spokesman (who only played with the Cardinals for parts of two seasons), and so it can only be assumed that representatives of the team agree with Berkman’s position of bigotry. Which means it falls to us, the fans, to speak out against the team’s actions and create a community LGBT people have been denied for centuries. Though the Cardinals are surely not the only team to hold anti-LGBT views, they are the team who has made them most prominent, and it is up to us to hold them accountable and let it be known to all teams that bigotry’s time ruling baseball has run out.

Interesting.   The Big Puma was a ‘Stros for 12 seasons and he has a lot of fans here. I wonder how H-Town would react if he was invited by the ‘Stros for a prominent speaking gig at The Yard. Would his anti-LGBT stance get folks riled up? Would folks cut him some slack because of his 12 years of playing for the ‘Stros? Oh, well. We would probably be better off if the ‘Stros didn’t feature The Bib Puma. We have too much good karma brewing at The Yard these days, so why invite controversy.

A tweet went out over the weekend inviting folks to the swearing-in of the new City of Pasadena Mayor and City Council. All nine are fellas. Commentary retweeted with this:

They don’t have any women on the @PasadenaTX City Council?

Come on Pasadena! You got a lot of catching up to do.

Here is the headline to a Chron story yesterday: Who’s better: The 1998 Astros or the current Astros?

Let’s see, the 1998 team won 102 games, the current ‘Stros are on pace to win 109 games. The 1998 team batted .280, the current ‘Stros are batting .279. The 1998 team had a 3.50 ERA, the current ‘Stros have a 3.77 ERA. The 1998 team had 166 dingers, the current ‘Stros have 124 dingers. Craig Biggio was a starter for the 1998 NL All Star team and Moisés Alou was named an NL All Star Team reserve. The current ‘Stros are on pace to have three AL All Star team starters.   Nah, too early to say.

Here is the Chron story: http://www.chron.com/sports/astros/article/Who-better-The-1998-Astros-or-the-current-Astros-11242977.php?ipid=hpsportsctp.

Stephanie and Brad Peacock – he’s a ‘Stro starting pitcher – welcomed a baby boy this past weekend. They posted a photo of the little fella in the hospital nursery. In the photo is a baseball with the kid’s footprint – cute.

The Dodgers of course are on a 10 game winning streak and are sitting at 51-26.

We started the roadie with an 11 game lead and after going 6-1, we now have a 13 game lead. Pretty darn good if you ask me. 52-25, say what!

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Lies on Page 7

It has been kind of a busy and hectic week for me.  I didn’t remember until late yesterday evening that I forgot about Marisol’s birthday.  So here goes.   Happy belated Birthday, Marisol Valero!

You know we have ALL accepted the fact that Donald Trump is a pathological liar when his lie about the Jim Comey tapes are on page 7 of today’s Chron.   Liar-in-chief so to speak.   If anyone tries to defend him, shut the f— up.

Just saying from today’s The Hill:

Boeing Co. said Thursday it will lay off fewer than 200 workers at its 787 Dreamliner campus in North Charleston, S.C., a plant that President Trump visited earlier this year where he promoted his “Buy America” pledge.

Oh, well.

The ‘Stros are 50-24. In 1998, the ‘Stros had their best season ever by going 102-60. In 1998, what was our record after 74 games?

It all adds up. Remember when a lawyer group cancelled their annual convention in Texas a few weeks ago in protest of SB 4. Now check this out from the Trib:

Saying that a new Texas law allowing child welfare providers to deny adoptions to parents based on “sincerely held religious beliefs” is discriminatory, California’s attorney general on Thursday banned state-funded travel to Texas. 

The attorney general’s office said in a news release that Texas’ House Bill 3859 “allows foster care agencies to discriminate against children in foster care and potentially disqualify LGBT families from the state’s foster and adoption system.” Therefore, California agencies, public universities and boards won’t be able to pay for their employees or board members to travel to Texas for work-related trips, the state’s attorney general declared. 

“While the California DOJ works to protect the rights of all our people, discriminatory laws in any part of our country send all of us several steps back,” said Xavier Becerra, the California attorney general. “That’s why when California said we would not tolerate discrimination against LGBTQ members of our community, we meant it.”

The decision drew a mocking response from the office of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican who signed the bill into law this month. 

“California may be able to stop their state employees,” said Abbott spokesman John Wittman, “but they can’t stop all the businesses that are fleeing over taxation and regulation, and relocating to Texas.”

Here is the entire read: https://www.texastribune.org/2017/06/22/citing-religious-refusal-adoption-rule-california-bans-state-travel-te/.

I don’t think so.  Abbott doesn’t have to rely on tourism to make a living like others do.  What a tool.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said this yesterday:

“I think I’m worth the trouble, quite frankly.”

She probably thought the song was about her.

It reminded me of “Ya Got Trouble” from “The Music Man” here:

Trouble, oh we got trouble,

Right here in River City!

With a capital “T”

That rhymes with “P”

Last night on CNN, Bakari Sellers and Van Jones came out in support of P, err Pelosi.   Commentary was disappointed but I guess they are part of the DC Dem cabal that wants to stay in power, so that’s why I won’t be spending a lot of energy on this but here is a CNN story from yesterday:

CNN)Around the same time House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was declaring she had broad support to remain the top Democratic leader and jabbing back at her critics, a group of her colleagues met privately to brainstorm on whether there was a way to force her out.

New York Democratic Rep. Kathleen Rice, one of a small group who has gone public with the message that Pelosi should go, hosted a dozen Democrats in her office Thursday for an hour-long strategy session.

Rep. Cedric Richmond, the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, who many have touted as a rising star in the party, attended the session, according to three Democrats who also attended. The CBC includes roughly 40 House Democrats, many in senior leadership and committee positions, including Pelosi allies.

In an interview on CNN before the meeting, Rice admitted that the problem facing the party now is that no one has emerged as an alternative.

When pressed to give a name of who might fill that void, Rice said, “I look to a lot of my colleagues now. We have a lot of talent in the Democratic Party,” but she pointed out that “we don’t have an infrastructure in our caucus allowing more voices to be heard, and that’s the problem.”

“Obviously people are very concerned about where we are and they want to have a conversation about where we need to be,” Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio told reporters about why the group got together. Ryan made it clear after his failed bid to oust Pelosi in the fall that he wasn’t planning to challenge her again and was just supporting the effort.

Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Seth Moulton, another outspoken critic, also attended, according to sources — and some in the group continue to point to the Iraq war veteran as a young member who could be cultivated to run.

Another Democrat who has been pushing for leadership changes, Rep. Filemon Vela of Texas, told CNN the group didn’t make any decisions at Thursday’s meeting, but those who participated believe there is growing unrest among House Democrats about the direction of the current leadership team.

“I think there was consensus within the room that there are other members within the caucus who feel just like we do,” Vela told CNN. He emphasized that the group “was a diverse group from an ideological, geographic and ethnic standpoint.”

Pelosi insisted that the current leadership structure already gives opportunities to younger members, telling reporters, “I have always featured the young 30-somethings … and they are so impressive. So, we are paving a way for a new generation of leadership.”

But she made it clear that while she heard the pushback from the small group, she was looking to the broader caucus to back her up.

“I respect any opinion that my members have but my decision about how long I stay is not up to them.”

Pelosi didn’t give names when she referred to those who want her to step aside, but she called out those chose to go on television to criticize her, saying “have your fun.”

Ryan, who has appeared on multiple networks to complain about the current direction, shot back, “this isn’t fun for any of us.”

Vela said he believes if the party sticks with the Pelosi in the top slot, it will hurt the efforts in the kinds of districts they need to flip to win back control of the House in 2018.

“As long as Leader Pelosi is perceived as the leader of the House Democratic Caucus Republicans are going to continue to spend millions and millions of dollars in those swing districts to convince those swing voters, those independent voters, those Republican voters who might go our way, not to vote for our Democratic candidate because of Leader Pelosi,” Vela said.

The group who met Thursday decided to get together again soon, according to attendees.

In 1998, the ‘Stros were 46-28 after 74 games and 4 games up.

We are still 12 ½ games up.

We are at Safeco for the weekend.

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Here they come. They are here.

Well this is good news for us and bad news for the GOP.

Here is from Alexa Ura and the Tribune:

The state’s population is still booming, and Hispanic Texans are driving a large portion of that growth. 

New population estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau show that just over half of Texas’ population increase since 2010 can be attributed to a rapidly growing Hispanic community and its expanding presence in nearly every corner of the state.

As of July 2016, the Texas population nearly reached 27.9 million — up from 25.1 million in 2010. More than 1.4 million of that 2.7 million increase was among Hispanic Texans. Meanwhile, the white population only increased by about 444,000 people.

Put another way: Since 2010, Texas has gained more than three times as many Hispanic residents than whites.

Here is all of the article: https://www.texastribune.org/2017/06/22/texas-hispanics-behind-half-states-growth-2010/.

In the GOP’s anti-Latino diabolical lab, I am sure they are trying to cook-up more SB 4s, voter ID, and gerrymandering s__t to deal with Latino growth.  They will go to great lengths to keep us from participating.

Mi amigos, be patient, be patient and keep educating out folks. Our day is coming and sooner than folks think.

The ‘Stros have a plus 117 run differential. That is only good enough for second among MLB clubs. Name the team ahead of the ‘Stros in run differential?

As expected, the City of H-Town joined the anti-SB 4 lawsuit. The vote was along partisan lines. Here are two good quotes from the Chron’s Rebecca Elliott’s story:

Council Member Mike Laster:

“I could say it’s mean or mean-spirited, but it’s not just mean or mean-spirited. I believe it’s a vicious bill. I believe it’s instilled in far too many of our citizens a profound and deep fear.”

Council Member Karla Cisneros:

“Where do you draw the line when it comes to stepping up and taking a stand and owning some responsibility?” Is it responsible to say, let’s let San Antonio or Austin or some other city fight our fight?”

Nice job, guys!

I won’t provide quotes from GOPers because they were meek and had this feel that they didn’t want to offend the growing Latino community in H-Town.

After the Dem loss in Georgia a couple of days ago, some want House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to step down. In a number of news stories yesterday and today, some Dem leaders think she hurts more than helps Dems running for congress. I come down on the side of hurts more than helps. Dems could use some fresh faces at the top but I am not going to spend a whole lot of energy on this.

Commentary doesn’t know which is goofier. Orbit tossing T-shirts at the H-Town City Council meeting or Council Member Jack Christie challenging Chron Editorial page Editor Jeff Cohen to a duel? Oh, well!

The Dodger of course have a plus 120 run differential to lead MLB.

49-24 with a 12 ½ game lead is darn good if you ask me.

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