Archive for February 20th, 2018

Early Voting in Person

Happy 35th Birthday today to our own Justin Verlander. Justin was the second overall pick in the 2004 MLB Amateur Player Draft selected of course by the Tigers. The ‘Stros didn’t have a first round pick that year, care to tell me why?

I can vouch for the subject matter in this tweet:

Andrew White‏ @randrewwhite

My dad made the hard decisions that would cost him his reelection. He made them anyway, because it was the right thing to do for Texas. His mantra was “Do right, & risk the consequences.” I’m running because we no longer have leaders like that, in a time when we need them most.

Governor White did the right thing in 1984 with House Bill 72 and again in 1986 and it cost us. I know. I was there in the middle of it all.

Commentary doesn’t have much else to say today other than I heard Dem gubernatorial candidate Lupe Valdez just hired a campaign manager yesterday. Yep, just in time for Early Voting in Person that starts today. Really?

Rebecca Elliott has an article today on Early Voting and here is how it starts:

Hurricane Harvey may loom large in many Houston-area residents’ minds, but the storm is expected to have a limited impact on participation in the Texas primary, which kicks off Tuesday with the start of early voting.

Nearly two weeks of early balloting precedes the Lone Star State’s March 6 primary, the first in the nation.

“On one hand, we’re going to see a decline in turnout among some individuals who are displaced. On the other hand, I think there are some people who will counterbalance that decline because they’ve become more politically active and aware as a result of Harvey,” Rice University political scientist Mark Jones said. “The net effect is likely to be pretty neutral.”

Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart, whose office administers local elections, agreed.

“If it does, it’s going to be so small you won’t be able to measure it,” Stanart said. “Your primary voters are your core voters, your most loyal of voters, so those people tend to vote no matter what’s happening. So, I don’t anticipate much disruption in their voting patterns.”

And this:

Nearly 54,000 Harris County residents voted in the Democratic primary four years ago, with nearly 140,000 cast ballots in the Republican primary. Those figures jumped to roughly 227,000 on the Democratic side in 2016 – a presidential election year – and 330,000 on the Republican side.

Here is the entire article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Harvey-looms-over-Texas-primary-but-effect-may-12625581.php.

Maybe on the Dem side here in Harris County we will be closer to the 2016 number. Maybe? We will see.

Just in case you missed it, the Texas House GOP Caucus endorsed Rep. Sarah Davis and the Chron endorsed State Rep. Jarvis Johnson.

The ‘Stros didn’t have a first round draft pick in 2004 because we scooped up free agent Andy Pettitte in the off season of course.

Commentary doesn’t get riled up these days on changes to the MLB game because there is not a darn thing I can do about it. I don’t have anything to say about mound visits.



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