Archive for November 16th, 2017

It is green bin day today!

The AL MVP Award will be announced today and let’s hope the Baseball Writers do the right thing and select Jose Altuve. We all know that Hall of Fame great Jeff Bagwell has been the only ‘Stros’ MVP winner when he won the NL MVP Award in 1994. Who was the AL MVP winner that year – 1994?

Did you actually think I was going to put out a sexiest man alive award or list for the 29th Congressional District? I wouldn’t even know how to go about putting together that kind of list.

I mention it because Blake Shelton was named People Magazine’s Sexiest Man of the Year yesterday and some folks got riled up on the internet. I know Blake Shelton because he’s that fella on “The Voice” that I have never watched. He’s been on the “Today” show a few times. I think I have maybe seen him on the Grammys show. He goes out with Gwen Stefan and I have to tell you I wouldn’t know a Blake Shelton or Gwen Stefani tune even if you spotted me a few verses and bars.

So, he’s on every week on NBC on “The Voice” and nobody says squat, but name him People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive and folks go bonkers. Do you even know who was last year’s Sexiest Man Alive? Who handed the speedo over to Shelton yesterday?

Ok, back to the 29th Congressional District. Can’t think of one so how about the sexiest man alive in the Harris County Democratic Party and one for the Harris County Republican Party? This all kind of silly.

This came out yesterday:

Statement from the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on the retirement of Congressman Gene Green from the United States Congress: 


“The Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce thanks Congressman Gene Green for his more than 26 years of service. In his more than two and a half decades of service in the United States Congress, Congressman Green has proven to be a champion of health issues, energy policy, education, a stronger labor force and so much more. He – along with outgoing Congressman Ted Poe – have served the people of the Greater Houston region with honor, distinction, and a selflessness not often found in today’s political environment. 

As Congressman Green finishes out his last term, the conversation has already begun about who will be elected to succeed him. When the Texas Legislature established the 29th Congressional District, they did so with the intent of sending a Latino to Congress. It is absolutely critical that, unlike prior elections important to our community, we will be able to come together to elect a congressperson who is truly representative of our community. In today’s political and business climate, the Hispanic community simply has too much at stake to not elect a representative who will fight for the interests of our families, our businesses, our city, and the future of our community.  

Many qualified candidates will – and already have – announced their intent to run for this seat. The Chamber does not endorse candidates, but looks forward to working closely with whoever becomes the elected representative. In the interim, the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will continue to engage voters via our media platforms, which boast an audience reach of more than 3.3 million people. As the Leader of Houston’s New Majority, it is the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s hope that each candidate understands who they are running to represent because, put simply, the future of our community will depend on their leadership in the United States House of Representatives.” 


Dr. Laura Murillo

The State GOP is getting some advice from their consultant on 2018. Here is from the Chron:

AUSTIN — After months of assurances from top Republicans that they still hold a firm grip on Texas voters, a top campaign adviser to Gov. Greg Abbott is warning that recent Virginia elections should be a “wakeup call” to the Texas GOP.

In a private memo to Abbott’s aides, senior political adviser Dave Carney cautions that despite the fact that Texas is solid red in recent statewide voting patterns, suburban voters could pose significant problems for Republicans in next year’s mid-term elections.

“It would be easy for us to say Texas is not Virginia. It would be easy for us to say the Democrats in Texas aren’t that well organized,” wrote Carney, a New Hampshire-based political consultant who has served as an adviser to Rick Perry and Abbott and was the White House political director for George H.W. Bush.

“That would be a huge mistake.”

A copy of the memo was obtained by the Houston Chronicle.

Here is the entire Chron article: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/texas/article/Abbott-advisor-Va-Dem-wins-should-wakeup-call-12357522.php.

A few things here. I don’t see anything in the article where the consultant says the Texas GOP ought to moderate on some of their issues and positions, so I guess it is still Ok to go after State Rep. Sarah Davis. He is not telling them to back off of the bathroom bill or even to distance themselves from Trump. He is just telling them to prepare for more Dems to show up next year and maybe get more GOPers to vote.

I don’t know what the Dem leadership has in store, but I do hope they at least field candidates in all positions for starters. It is going to be difficult for Dems to fumble on this one since a lot of it is out of their control.

Frank Thomas of course with the White Sox won the 1994 AL MVP Award. The Big Hurt and Baggy were both born on May 27, 1968 but you already knew that.

This is good news from the Chron:

ORLANDO, Fla. — In the two weeks since the Astros won their first World Series championship, requests to see the trophy have been “off the charts,” team president of business operations Reid Ryan said Wednesday.


Anyone from the Astros’ corporate partners to local churches and rotary clubs to radio and television stations have sought the company of the Commissioner’s Trophy. So, like other recent winners of the Fall Classic have done, the Astros are planning a trophy tour to begin during this offseason and extend into the regular season when the team’s on the road.

More details about the tour will likely be announced next month, according to Ryan.

“Fans want to see it. The outlying communities want to see it – San Antonio, Austin, Corpus Christi, Beaumont, places like that,” Ryan said. “We want to make sure we get out and get to take it to those communities as well because they’re all part of our fan base.”


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