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Duelie in CD 7

Former MLBer Wally Moon left us this past weekend. He played from 1954-1965, a 12-year career.   He played with San Luis and the Dodgers. He made the NL All Star team twice, won a Gold Glove, and oh, yeah, picked up three World Series rings with LA. He also won the 1954 NL Rookie of the Year Award.   Name the two Hall of Fame greats who Moon beat out for his 1954 honor?

Talk is cheap. Some folks are going gaga over another local GOP elected official calling out the GOP extremists who are running our state government. The latest is the County Judge from Tarrant County – that is Fort Worth.

Here is from the Star Telegram:


A mild-mannered county official told the truth about the Texas Legislature Friday, and the resulting tremor was felt from Arlington to Austin.

During what is usually a snoreworthy annual speech to business leaders, County Judge Glen Whitley of Hurst said property taxes are high because the state pays less every year of its share for public education — and then state lawmakers blame local officials for higher taxes.

Whitley, an accountant, is in his 22nd year as a county judge or commissioner. His speeches usually involve business development or transportation, not political truth-telling.

“I warned them I was gonna go ‘unplugged’ and I did,” Whitley said later Friday.

At one point, according to attendees, (GOP) state Sen. Konni Burton walked out.

Here is the entire read: http://www.star-telegram.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/bud-kennedy/article199523554.html.

Hunker Down has kind of said the same thing. Talk is cheap though. If they really want their words to have meaning, say you are going to vote against Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and some your local extremist state legislators. Have real political courage, grow a real backbone, otherwise, talk is cheap.

It has happened before. Commentary is talking about the duel endorsement by the Chron E-Board in the CD 7 Dem Primary. They did a duelie in a H-Town mayoral race and in a state senate special election a few elections ago. Here is the back end of their CD 7 endorsement:

If Democrats are going to win this race, they’ll need a strong candidate whose views will appeal to voters disillusioned with their tea party Republican congressman. It’s a tough call, but we believe the best two candidates for the inevitable runoff in this seven-way race are Jason Westin and Lizzie Pannill Fletcher.

Westin’s professional credentials alone are impressive enough; he says his peers elected him to lead the largest clinical trial team in the nation seeking new treatments for aggressive cancers. But don’t think for a second this doctor is a one-trick-pony running on a health care platform. He’s impressed crowds at community forums with his conspicuously thoughtful command of a wide variety of issues. Westin launched his candidacy with the help of a nationwide group that’s trying to get more scientists to run for office. When he says he’s bothered by “disrespect of facts and science,” he speaks with a quiet passion that seems to be winning over a growing number of supporters.

Fletcher’s background is also impressive. After starting her law career at Vinson & Elkins, she joined AZA, a 50 person firm specializing in high-stakes business litigation and she became its first woman partner. She has served on the board of Planned Parenthood and she was on the front lines defending abortion providers from protesters during the 1992 Republican Convention in Houston. Like Westin, she has a firm grasp of the issues in the race. Just as important, she understands the importance of appealing to independent voters in this swing district.

Both Westin and Fletcher are extremely accomplished professionals with a deep understanding of complex public policy matters. Both of them exude an intelligent and level-headed pragmatism that will appeal to the moderate voters of this district, whose support Democrats will need if they’re serious about defeating Culberson.

Most important of all, both Westin and Fletcher would make fine members of Congress. Early voting runs from Tuesday, Feb. 20 through Friday, March 2. Election Day is March 6.

Here is the entire endorsement: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/recommendations/article/For-Congress-Jason-Westin-or-Lizzie-Fletcher-12563345.php.

I don’t know who is going to end up in a runoff in this race. I have been told that Alex T is dropping the most mail – I have been told.

Here is from the Trib:

NEW BRAUNFELS — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is preparing Texas Republicans for a turbulent election year amid super-charged Democratic enthusiasm — including in his own re-election campaign.

Traveling the state for GOP events this weekend, Cruz portrayed an uncertain midterm environment that could go down as disastrous for Republicans if they don’t work to counteract Democratic energy throughout the country. Cruz has spent previous election cycles airing similar warnings against GOP complacency in ruby-red Texas, but this time it hits much closer to home for him — he is facing a well-funded re-election challenge from U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso. 

Addressing the Fort Bend County GOP on Friday night, Cruz warned of an “incredible volatility in politics right now,” calling Democrats “stark-raving nuts” in their opposition to Trump. He pointed to Trump’s recent State of the Union address and Democrats’ reluctance to applaud, saying the scene “underscores the political risk in November.”

“Let me tell you right now: The left is going to show up,” Cruz said, delivering the keynote address at the party’s Lincoln Reagan Dinner. “They will crawl over broken glass in November to vote.”

Here is the entire read: https://www.texastribune.org/2018/02/10/cruz-braces-texas-gop-volatile-election-season-amid-democratic-enthusi/.

That is a good line by Sen. Cruz.

Wally Moon picked up the 1954 NL Rookie of the Year Award over then future Hall of Fame greats Ernie Banks and Hank Aaron of course.

Moon played his last MLB game in 1965 against the ‘Stros.

Spring Training gets underway this week.

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