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Lack of Commitment

Name the pitcher who had the highest ERA in the 2017 World Series?

Everyone knows what Commentary has been saying over the last couple of decades about the biggest failure of the Texas Democratic Party – its lack of commitment on engaging the Latino voting community. I have been talking about this ad nauseum.   Nothing has happened. Nada. Zilch.   Folks don’t like Commentary because of this.  I have hurt some feelings – I think.

In 2016, we had an increase in Latino voting here in Harris County, but it wasn’t because of anything the local Dem Party was doing. Heck, Dem Judge Kyle Carter was the only candidate to run ads on Telemundo.   DREAMers, news coverage on Telemundo and Univision, and Donald Trump spurred Latino turnout.

I have said it before, the most watched local news stations in the H-Town region are the Spanish language stations. That ought to tell folks something. Too bad folks are not listening.

The Chron E-board today addresses Latino voter turnout in Texas and here is how it starts:

Texas loves to brag about our bigness, but then why are we content with our minuscule election turnout?

The Lone Star State must change our dismal history as a low voter turnout state, starting with the March primary elections. The best way that can happen is by boosting turnout among Texas Hispanics.

The Lone Star State had the third-lowest turnout in the 2016 presidential election, which is a typical performance. Exit polls that year showed that Hispanics made up only about 24 percent of Texas voters, even though they constituted 34 percent of the eligible voting age population that year.

In the 2010 and 2014 mid-term elections, only 17 percent of Texas voters were Hispanic, according to exit polls.

The low Hispanic turnout is no accident, with much of the fault lying with the Republican-controlled Legislature in Texas. Overly restrictive voter identification laws and gerrymandering of congressional and legislative districts suppress voter turnout.

Over the long term, the one sure way to get Texas off the bottom of the voter turnout list will be to undo those legislative efforts. But that doesn’t mean Texans can’t take steps in the coming weeks and months to boost turnout this year, particularly among Hispanics.

Although Hispanics have tended to support Democrats in recent years, this doesn’t have to be a partisan issue. Gov. Greg Abbott and former governor George W. Bush, both Republicans, campaigned aggressively for Hispanic votes, and the GOP will have to find a way to increase its appeal among that group if it is to maintain its dominance in Texas.

Here is the entire E-Board read: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Big-as-Texas-Lone-Star-election-turnout-is-12474905.php.

Commentary stopped being frustrated about the lack of a Dem Party effort in the Latino community a while back.   I just lost confidence in the folks who have been running the Texas Democratic Party.  Nothing personal.

Imagine the potential if the Texas Democratic Party were to fully engage the Latino voter with a serious GOTV effort.

Commentary believes that the Latino vote will be a major factor here in Harris County and Texas this November despite the lack of effort and commitment of the Democratic Party. The Latino voter is very concerned with what is happening in regards to the DREAMers, immigration reform and the hate we feel. That may be enough for key Dem victories in some quarters.

Oh, well.  What else is news?

Commentary is going to watch the Golden Globes Awards this Sunday. I sure hope women make a statement on everything, everything, and everything. Take no prisoners!

On old movies, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”, “Cool Hand Luke”, and “The Wild Bunch” will be on cable later this month.

Ken Giles of course led all pitchers with a 27.00 ERA in the World Series. Giles is our closer. Ouch!

That’s all I have.

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