Archive for June 30th, 2017

GOP Roll Call

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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