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The White Ad

Name the Olympian who was wearing a ‘Stros lid in Pyeonchang yesterday?

Commentary likes the Andrew White for Governor ad. The ad utilizes White’s personal involvement with Harvey without exploiting Harvey. Nice job and here is the ad: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftHnRbGqcw8.

Commentary also likes the President and Michelle Obama portraits that were unveiled yesterday. They are very cool.

This guy isn’t good for our state pure and simple. He has absolutely zilch respect for a ton of good folks who are making significant contributions to Texas. Here is from the Chron today:

WASHINGTON – Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz stood alone Monday in voting against a GOP motion to start debate on a new immigration proposal that could resolve the standoff over “Dreamers.”

The 97-1 vote dramatized the Texas Republican’s hardline stance against President Donald Trump’s proposal to grant a path to citizenship for as many as 1.8 million young immigrants brought into the country illegally as children.

Cruz has frequently derided as “amnesty” any plan that confers legal status or citizenship on people living in the country illegally.

And this:

“The only no vote to begin debate on immigration was the Cuban that was born in Canada,” said Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa, making a reference to Cruz’s birth in Canada to a Cuban immigrant father.

“Sinvergüenza,” Hinojosa added, using a Spanish phrase that translates as “shameless.”

“This isn’t the first time Ted Cruz has betrayed Texans. It won’t be the last,” Hinojosa said. “Senator, lives are literally at stake. It’s time to fix a broken immigration system, not grandstand for the next election.”

Here is the entire read: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/article/Ted-Cruz-cast-lone-vote-against-advancing-12608732.php.

And shame on any Greater Houston Partnership leader who is supporting this fella. You can’t be for supporting DREAMers and DACA and at the same time be supporting Cruz. You just can’t. What a shame.

Yesterday, Commentary said this about the Tarrant County GOP County Judge and other local GOP elected officials who are calling out the extremist GOPers who are running our state government:

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.

Well here is a follow-up of sorts from the Star Telegram:

By Anna M. Tinsley

atinsley@star-telegram.com

February 12, 2018 04:23 PM

Updated 11 hours 50 minutes ago

Fort Worth

Tarrant County is now front and center in the fight to lower property taxes.

County Judge Glen Whitley has drawn statewide attention for preaching what he believes — that Texans pay high property taxes because the state has long cut back on what it spends to educate public school students — and now a group of local state senators is firing back.

“Let’s set the record straight. Local property tax rates are set by locally elected officials. Period,” according to a letter sent to the Star-Telegram by the Tarrant County Texas Senate delegation. “They are not determined by an informational rider in the state budget as Judge Whitley dishonestly suggests.

And this:

Denton County Judge Mary Horn said she’s been in Austin many times with Whitley testifying against a variety of proposed property tax bills.

She noted at the end of Gov. Mark White’s term in 1987, the state was paying 67 percent of all education costs in Texas. That number is now down to 38 percent, she said.

“One could reasonably argue that local property taxes are rising in part due to the state not addressing school finance,” she said. “I think Judge Whitley is absolutely correct. If they really want to address property taxes in Texas, they need to go back to square one and address school finance.”

And finally, this:

Whitley said he’s not surprised that the senators sent out a letter addressing his recent comments.

“They are going to throw it out there and think everyone is going to believe what they have to say,” Whitley said. “It’s dishonest. But they can say what they want to say. I’ll stand by the record.”

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/politics-government/article199651179.html#storylink=cpy.

Commentary would prefer that they vote against their local GOP state senators and get some real courage.

American speed skater Jonathan Garcia of course who grew up in Katy was wearing a ‘Stros lid yesterday and tweeted this:

Channeling my inner @JoseAltuve27 today before training today. #PyeongChang2018 #teamusa @astros #houston #texas #winter #olympics #Astros

This is from KTRK-TV:

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) —

It might cost you a little more to see the Houston Astros raise their championship banner at Minute Maid Park. According to the website Ticket IQ, the cheapest tickets for the team’s home opener against the Baltimore Orioles on April 2 are $125.

Only the Boston Red Sox had higher prices for their home opener after they won the World Series in 2013.

Money, money, money!

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