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Change the Culture

There are 11 ‘Stros this season with 10 or more dingers. How many ‘Stros had 10 or more dingers last season?

Our state’s business community and their PACs need to start rethinking how they give their money to members of the Texas legislature. This is the lead story in today’s Chron:

AUSTIN – The Greater Houston Partnership, Chevron and other pillars of the city’s business establishment urged Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday to drop the so-called bathroom bill limiting transgender access before it sullies Texas’ reputation and harms economic growth.

The coalition, comprising more than two dozen corporations and firms, pulled no punches in a letter to Abbott and staked out battle lines within Texas’ dominant Republican Party between pro-business moderates and cultural conservatives, led by the governor and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.

“We support diversity and inclusion, and we believe that any such bill risks harming Texas’ reputation and impacting the state’s economic growth and ability to create new jobs,” the business leaders said in the letter. “Innovative companies are driven by their people, and winning the talent recruitment battle is key. Any bill that harms our ability to attract top talent to Houston will inhibit our growth and continued success – and ultimately the success of our great state.”

The letter asks Abbott to “avoid any actions, including the passage of any ‘bathroom bill,’ that would threaten our continued growth.”

Here is the entire read: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Big-oil-Houston-execs-urge-Abbott-to-flush-11722001.php?cmpid=btfpm.

The business community needs to stop listening to their lackeys in Austin and look at who they are supporting monetarily.   My advice to them would be to support Dems in the truly contested races next year and kind of send a message to the GOP.  There needs to be a change of culture. Just blindly giving isn’t cutting it. Just saying.

Getting rid of the Smooch was an easy fire. He didn’t have a base.   Nobody to come to his defense if you know what I mean.

I guess the Rangers have given up hope for this season. From the Star-Telegram:

The Texas Rangers sent the right-hander (Yu Darvish)  to the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to a baseball source, for three minor-league prospects in a last-minute deal Monday before the annual trade deadline as they succeeded in their attempt to get something before Darvish potentially leaves in the off-season via free agency.

The trade, which wasn’t announced until after the 3 p.m. deadline, also serves as an indication that Rangers management does not believe the club will make a serious run this season at one of the wild-card spots. The Rangers entered Monday 5 1/2 games out of the second wild-card spot.

Last year, the ‘Stros had 8 players with 10 or more dingers of course.

The team didn’t make a blockbuster trade yesterday. At this point the focus has to be to win home field advantage in the AL playoffs.



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