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Run Dems, Run

Name the two ‘Stros who were born in Albuquerque, New Mexico?

Local Dems can’t win in 2018 if they don’t run. If we learned anything from yesterday, it’s to field candidates – period. For county, state and federal races. It is happening here for some positions but not in others.   There are certainly county, state, and federal positions that could be flipped next year. Here is how the Chron E-Board ends one of their takes today:

But it wasn’t just a top-down success of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam that pulled his party over the finish line. Political observers point to a bottom-up effect of passionate and engaged candidates running at local levels in record numbers. In 2015, Democrats challenged 23 Republican delegates in Virginia. On Tuesday, they challenged 54.

Let this be a lesson to Texas politicos: Run! Too many of our candidates – both Rs and Ds – go unchallenged cycle after cycle. In 2016, no state senator in Harris County faced a major opponent. Not one. Bad politicians get to keep their offices. Policy debates get decided by fringe voices in party primaries.

Nevertheless, Democrats still lack a key candidate for governor, or Harris County judge, or the litany of other down-ballot races. If that’s the best Texas can do, no wonder people don’t vote.

Here is the entire read: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/After-Tuesday-s-election-it-is-clear-something-12342854.php.

There is a Latina running for Harris County Judge against Hunker Down. Is she going to be the only Dem in the primaries running for that position? What about for other key races.  Right now Donald Trump is toxic and that is not going to change. We need to wrap him around every GOP incumbent, no exceptions whatsoever.  Filing deadline is a little over a month away.

Steve Brown from Fort Bend County put this out yesterday:

As for me and my family, we’ll decide in the coming weeks how best to serve our country and community. It’s important to me that we expand affordable healthcare coverage to all Americans, no matter how poor or sick. Additionally, we must enact common-sense gun control policies, protect the middle class from disastrous tax cuts for the wealthy, restore the Voting Rights Act, make college affordable and fix our criminal justice system (just to name a few key issues).  Stay tuned…

We will.

Meanwhile, yesterday evening, Commentary got an automated phone call on a quickie poll for State Rep. District 134. I don’t vote in HD 134.

Bregman and Giles of course were born in New Mexico and here is from today’s Chron:

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has proclaimed Nov. 9th as a day to honor two Houston Astros from New Mexico who helped the Astros win its first World Series.

Martinez said Wednesday that Astros third baseman Alex Bregman and pitcher Ken Giles made significant contributions to the Houston Astros’ 2017 World Series Championship-winning season and deserved to be recognized.

Bregman attended Albuquerque Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He later played baseball at LSU before the Astros drafted him in 2015.

Giles attended Rio Grande High School in Albuquerque, played baseball at Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona.

I wonder how many of the following will be found under Christmas trees next month? From the Chron:

For the baseball fan looking to remember the Houston Astros’ World Series season with the ultimate keepsake, the Houston Chronicle introduces its latest book, “Astros Strong.”

The 128-page book combines the Chronicle’s best game and features stories from the regular and postseason with glossy, high-resolution images of 2017’s biggest moments.

“Astros Strong” also includes features on notable Astros, including World Series MVP George Springer, batting champ Jose Altuve, All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa and others.

From Tags:

HOUSTON — For the second consecutive year, Astros second baseman Jose Altuve was named both Major League Baseball’s Player of the Year and American League Outstanding Player in the Players Choice Awards, which were revealed Wednesday night on MLB Network. The awards were voted on by the players in September.

We can never get too many awards.



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