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Schumer Endorses

How many MLB clubs are in the Cactus League and how many are in the Florida Grapefruit league?

The only thing I have to say about Sen. Marco Rubio last night is that he was hearing it from the folks he is supposed to represent. It was well deserved.

I got a candidate slate type mailer yesterday from the Texans for Fairness and Justice PAC. I never heard of the PAC and they endorsed 28 Dems for local and statewide judgeships. The reason I never heard of the PAC is because it just got filed like three weeks ago. Their treasurer is Amir Mireskandari and the address is 331 Pinehaven, 77024.

The mailer said “DEMOCRATIC JUDGES DEFEND US AGAINST REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS. Combating hate in Texas means electing qualified, smart, experienced Democrats to the bench.”

Commentary is not too fond of PACs being formed to send out slate mailers. What kind of process did they go through to select the slate? Did they screen or fill out a questionnaire? You get the picture.

After Day 2 of Early Voting in the 2018 primaries here in Harris County, 6,976 Dems have showed up in person. 6,676 GOPer have voted in person. 5,651 Dems have voted by mail, GOPers 7,817. The Dem campaigns and the Dem Party better start calling those 25,000 folks or so that have mail ballots and tell them to send them in. Through Day 2, in the 2016 Dem Primary here, 6,810 had voted and 7,191 had mailed in their ballot. On the GOP Primary in 2016, on Day 2, 9,601 had voted in person and 9,755 by mail.

I tweeted this yesterday:

Been involved with #TXCD29 since its creation. One of the more prominent Dems to ever endorse in an election.

This is from the Chron:

One of the biggest names in national Democratic politics is throwing his support behind Tahir Javed for Congress.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has officially picked Javed in the crowded 7-candidate field looking to replace U.S. Rep. Gene Green, a Democrat who is retiring from Congress. Javed announced the endorsement in a press release early Wednesday.

“Washington needs qualified leaders like Tahir Javed who think outside the box. His record as a job creator, healthcare executive, and teacher give him the perfect mix of skills and experience to serve the district and Texas,” Schumer said in the statement. “He’s been very helpful in electing Democrats across the country, and I am now proud to support him as part of a new generation of leaders we need in Washington.”

Here is the entire article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/texas/article/Chuck-Schumer-picks-Tahir-Javed-in-Houston-race-12630251.php.

This only works if you do something with it like sending out a bunch of mail saying Sen. Schumer is leading the fight at our nation’s Capitol on DACA and he’s taken the time to endorse Javed or our country’s leading Democrat has endorsed Javed. Get creative or what is the point of getting the endorsement. Of course, it may already be too late.

This is from the Chron:

Needville ISD Superintendent Curtis Rhodes on Tuesday threatened to suspend any student who disrupts schools or walks out to protest current gun laws.

In a letter sent to families and published on schools’ social media sites, Rhodes said students would face a three-day, out-of-school suspension if they joined in growing protests nationwide over the shooting at a Florida high school last week.

“Life is all about choices and every choice has a consequence whether it be positive or negative. We will discipline no matter if it is one, fifty, or five hundred students involved,” Rhodes wrote. “All will be suspended for 3 days and parent notes will not alleviate the discipline.”

It would not surprise me if the ACLU recruited a student to walkout and then sue the Needville ISD.

Dem CD 22 Candidate Steve Brown sent this out yesterday:

Dinesh D’Souza is Not Welcomed in Congressional District 22 Brown Calls on Fulshear Area Chamber to Cancel Event with Controversial Speaker

SUGAR LAND, TX – Steve Brown, Democratic Candidate for US Congressional District 22, calls on the Fulshear Area Chamber of Commerce to cancel their event for controversial conservative activist Dinesh D’Souza. D’Souza, is the featured speaker at a luncheon hosted by the Fulshear Area Chamber of Commerce this Friday, February 23, 2018. 

D’Souza  has come under fire for remarks mocking and taunting survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.   “In the wake of the deadliest mass school shooting since Sandy Hook, D’Souza’s comments trolling the young survivors on Twitter is reprehensible and reflects poorly on any organization or sponsor that supports him.  The Fulshear Area Chamber of Commerce should do the right thing and cancel Friday’s luncheon for D’Souza. Instead, let’s use that time to build support for comprehensive gun violence legislation so that all of our children remain safe at school.  Our children, and their parents, deserve to have peace of mind while learning in school everyday,” Brown stated.

D’Souza repeatedly mocked survivors on Twitter yesterday by alleging that they were participating in “politically-orchestrated grief” as they mourned the deaths of their classmates and teachers. He also shared a photo of shocked survivors watching Florida lawmakers vote down a ban on assault weapons with the caption: “Worst news since their parents told them to get summer jobs.”

In the wake of that vote he also tweeted: “Adults 1, Kids 0.” “Who are we as a nation to celebrate someone who would openly taunt young survivors of a mass shooting? I ask Pete Olson to join me in calling for the cancellation of this event and to work with students and parents to curb gun violence immediately.   Further, I ask Olson to refund every dollar that he’s received from the NRA and to stand in solidarity with gun violence victims and those of us pushing for change,” Brown concluded. 

Brown supports universal background checks, banning automatic assault rifles, closing gun show loopholes, empowering the Centers for Disease Control to study gun violence and other policies critical for gun reform.

Was every other person on the planet who can put together two sentences busy tomorrow? What value is there to the Fulshear Area Chamber for inviting this arsehole?

Then this came out:

The Fulshear Area Chamber of Commerce in Texas has canceled its event with conservative author and pundit Dinesh D’Souza after he mocked the student survivors of the Parkland, FL, school shooting.

An organizer for the event confirmed to Media Matters in an email today that the event has been canceled. 

The event, titled “Dinesh D’Souza – The Case for Capitalism,” was scheduled for February 23 and was sponsored by local groups and financial institutions like NewFirst National Bank and First Financial Bank (a cache of the event page, which has been taken down, is available here).

Student survivors of the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have been speaking out against gun violence, calling for new gun laws, and organizing rallies. Right-wing media personalities, however, have smeared the students with attacks and conspiracy theories.  

D’Souza has recently mocked the student survivors and said their grief “strikes me as phony & inauthentic”.

Nice job, Steve!

There are 15 MLB clubs in the Cactus League and 15 in the Florida Grapefruit League of course.

I don’t have anything to say about our top draft choice from a couple of years ago who was suspended.

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