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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 Should voters reject it, those groups’ substantial benefit cuts could be rescinded, hiking the city’s costs overnight.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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