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Out of Touch?

This MLB club leads in team batting average and team dingers – name the club?

Commentary watched a little of the H-Town City Council public session meeting yesterday on the SB 4 lawsuit. Here is from the Chron’s Rebecca Elliott on the meeting:

Those who spoke in favor of a lawsuit Tuesday argued SB4 is an unconstitutional, unnecessary and immoral law that would harm public safety, adding that Houston ought to demonstrate leadership on the issue.

“Houston has always prided itself in being a welcoming city, known for our diversity and our rich culture, and our immigrant population is a critical part of our vibrant identity,” said Jane Meyer, a nun with the Dominican Sisters of Houston.

Those against suing spoke to the need to enforce federal immigration law, said Houston should not spend money on joining a legal fight already underway and worried the city could lose state and federal funding by following through with a lawsuit.

Here is the entire read: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Tempers-flare-at-City-Council-during-public-11234740.php.

The GOP members of city council had a pretty weak argument. They wanted H-Town to sit on the sidelines. When you have the largest immigrant population in the state, you don’t sit on the sidelines – period!

The Chron E-Board doesn’t want H-Town to sit on the sidelines on the SB 4 lawsuit. Here is how they ended their yesterday’s take:

Here in Houston, we’re already seeing an ominous sign of how this legislation might make our city a more dangerous place to live. As the federal government has ratcheted up deportations of undocumented immigrants, rape reports filed by Hispanic victims dropped a stunning 43 percent during the first quarter of this year, and reports of other violent crimes against Hispanics dropped 13 percent. Getting rapists off our streets is way more important than getting otherwise law-abiding, undocumented immigrants out of our country.

When Gov. Greg Abbott was Texas attorney general, he bragged about how often he sued the federal government for encroaching on the powers of the state. Now that the state government is trying to tell local governments how to do their jobs, it’s time for Texas cities to follow Abbott’s example and take the “sanctuary cities” bill to court.

Here is the entire E-Board take: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Fight-back-11231379.php.

I wonder if Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick consulted with GOP members of the SBOE on the bathroom bill. Here is from the Chron:

AUSTIN – The Texas State Board of Education is known for its conservative ideals, but a majority of its Republican members said Tuesday they oppose GOP Gov. Greg Abbott’s demand that lawmakers pass a school voucher program and a bathroom law in next month’s special session.

Most of the education issues Abbott wants lawmakers to consider during their 30-day special session should be left to local school districts rather than dictated by the state, six Republican members of the board told the Houston Chronicle on Tuesday. The six board members all said vouchers were a bad idea. Two members said they supported the Legislature taking up the issues and two others were unavailable for comment.

Here is the entire read: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Most-Texas-education-board-members-split-with-11234577.php.

Take it to the bank. Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick are out of touch for sure on this one. Wow!

I’ve said it before. It’s politics, baby! I wonder what the firefighters union is thinking these days about their 2015 early endorsement in the H-Town mayoral race.

Here is from the Chron’s Rebecca Elliott:

The city of Houston is gearing up to play hardball with its firefighters union in advance of contract mediation by passing less favorable employment terms that would take effect if the firefighters’ current agreement lapses next week.

The changes subject to City Council approval Wednesday would come a month after the fire union declared an impasse in negotiations with the city.

Firefighters’ last contract expired three years ago, and they have been operating under “evergreen” terms since, which has meant forgoing raises in exchange for fewer restrictions on time off.

That arrangement expires June 30, at which point firefighters’ employment terms would revert to those detailed in city ordinance unless mediation talks set to begin Thursday produce a deal first.

The modifications before City Council would implement less favorable overtime and holiday pay rules, cease city payments into a union medical fund and end a program that effectively allows employees to transition into retirement while retaining some employment benefits.

They also would subject several policies to management discretion, potentially putting at risk such employment benefits as minimum staffing requirements, the guaranteed ability to use accrued holidays and the assurance that the fire union president’s position will remain paid.

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association President Marty Lancton said the city had not consulted with or advised the union about the proposed ordinance changes.

“We have been prepared. We have asked the city for arbitration and mediation,” Lancton said. “The question really becomes: How punitive does the city want to make it?”

Here is the entire read: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/houston/article/City-plans-to-play-hardball-with-firefighters-11232769.php?cmpid=btfpm.

It’s politics, baby!  It’s hardball, baby!

The ‘Stros of course lead all MLB clubs with a .279 team batting average and 114 team dingers.

We still have our 12 game lead.

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