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#TXCD7

This Hall of Fame great holds the record for most all time career being caught stealing base with 335. Who am I talking about?

I don’t live in CD 7. The closest CD 7 neighborhood to my house is Precinct 227 – River Oaks. There are plenty of good Dem folks in CD 7 and plenty of endorsing organizations with members who live in CD 7 who have a better knowledge of CD 7 than Commentary and who can best argue who should be the CD 7 Dem nominee in the General Election.   That is why it is kind of stupid and somewhat perplexing that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) weighed-in and put a hit on Laura Moser. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

Here is from the Chron story on the DCCC hit:

“Democratic voters need to hear that Laura Moser is not going to change Washington,” the DCCC states on its website in an extraordinary attack against one of its own candidates. “She is a Washington insider who begrudgingly moved to Houston to run for Congress.”

It is an unusually aggressive move by the DCCC in the middle of a primary in which the voting is already almost half over. Early voting for the March 6 election began Tuesday and runs through March 2.

Moser and her allies are lashing back at the national effort to swing a Houston election.

“We’re used to tough talk here in Texas, but it’s disappointing to hear it from Washington operatives trying to tell Texans what to do,” Moser said in a statement to the media.

“These kind of tactics are why people hate politics,” she continued. “The days when party bosses picked the candidates in their smoke filled rooms are over. DC needs to let Houston vote.”

Here is the entire article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/texas/article/National-Democrats-target-Houston-Democrat-for-12703796.php.

Chron columnist Erica Grieder also had a take on this yesterday. Here is from her column:

And so I would like to express my outright disgust with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which recently expressed its opinion about Laura Moser, who is one of the Democratic contenders in Texas’s 7th Congressional District.

The DCCC has the right to do things like that, of course. And my advice to Democratic voters in that district would be to exercise their right to ignore it, unless they want to help Republicans hang on to that district, which is currently represented by John Culberson.

National Democrats, in my experience, have no idea what Texas is like. They give terrible advice.

So perhaps Moser is “a Washington insider, who begrudgingly moved to Houston to run for Congress,” as the DCCC put it.

Moser is, for context, the only one of the Democrats running in the 7th district who I had heard of prior to joining the Houston Chronicle. I understand it’s the case that she grew up in Houston, and moved to Washington for work at some point, and moved back recently, after deciding to run for Congress.

I’m not inclined to fault Moser for any of that. Nor did my colleagues on the editorial board, when they decided not to recommend her in the Democratic primary. They actually opted to recommend two of the other candidates, because there are apparently so many candidates in the 7th District that Democratic voters can afford to be super-picky.

As for me, I personally have no horse in this race. I’m registered to vote in the 35th Congressional District, and I don’t try to impose my opinions on others, even if they’re well-informed, which they would not be, in this case.

Here is the entire Grieder column: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/columnists/grieder/article/National-Democrats-Don-t-meddle-with-Texas-12704960.php.

And a Thumbs Down from the Chron E-Board:

(Thumbs down) “I am not a member of any organized party,” cowboy columnist Will Rogers once wrote. “I am a Democrat.” We’re thinking of that line after watching the national Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee attack one of its own – Laura Moser – in the primary for the 7th Congressional District. Apparently Moser once wrote that she would rather “have my teeth pulled out without anesthesia” than move to Paris, Texas, and they’re throwing that back in her face.

Commentary has full confidence in the CD 7 Dem Primary voters. They have good choices out there. That dumbarse move by the DCCC is just plain stupid and unnecessary.

From Keir:

After 6 days in Harris County – Dem in person vote up 297% over 2014, total vote with VBM up 288% – increase continues. #TexasPrimaries

After 6 days in Harris County – GOP in person vote up 16% over 2014, total vote with VBM up 11%. #TexasPrimaries

Total 2018 Vote – in person + VBM – in Harris County after six days: 34,555 Ds, 35,036 Rs. In 2014? 11,991 Ds, 31,537 Rs. #TexasPrimaries

Through Saturday in Harris County, a quarter of D primary voters had no recent primary voting history, and 36% had voted in just one recent primary. 60% of electorate infrequent voters so far. #TexasPrimaries

After Week 1 of Early Voting in the 2018 primaries here in Harris County, 24,935 Dems have showed up in person. 22,394 GOPer have voted in person. 9,620 Dems have voted by mail, GOPers 12,642. The Dem campaigns and the Dem Party better start calling those 21,000 folks or so that have mail ballots and tell them to send them in. Through Week 1, in the 2016 Dem Primary here, 23,384 had voted in person and 8,850 had mailed in their ballot. In the GOP Primary in 2016, after Week 1, 32,641 had voted in person and 12,203 by mail.

Dem voter intensity?

The Chrob E-Board put out a take on the City of H-Town financial situation that still exists. Here are parts:

If you thought Mayor Sylvester Turner’s $1 billion pension bond issue solved all of Houston’s budget problems, think again.

A newly released consultant’s report offers a grim assessment of the city government’s financial future: Houston is on track to spend $1 billion more than it will take into its coffers in the coming decade. The city will have to dramatically cut spending and raise revenue to balance its budget. Otherwise it will eventually face insolvency, triggering layoffs in the city workforce, a shrinking police department and a general decline in services.

And this:

The dire picture painted by this report is also further evidence that Houston needs to repeal its revenue cap. If you’re new to Houston or you haven’t followed this complicated mess, you should know that the nation’s fourth-largest city has its hands tied when it comes to raising money for municipal government. An arbitrary algorithm dictates that if the city takes in more than a certain amount of property tax revenue, it has to cut its rate. Homeowners get a few extra bucks, but the city government loses a fortune.

Here is the entire E-Board take: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Budget-crisis-redux-12705344.php.

I am betting some folks thought voting for the pension bonds got us out of the hole. And what is a few extra bucks anyway.

He was one of the real good guys. From yesterday’s Chron obit page:

Neil Caldwell

1929-2018

Well known for his wit, honesty, artistry, and integrity, Neil Caldwell passed from this life on February 6, 2018. He was born on November 13, 1929 to parents Allen and Mattye Caldwell in Gulf, Texas. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Ray. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Mary Lou, and children Bruce (Cecelia), Matt (Glenda), Ann (Joe Kozak) and Declan, along with granddaughters Taylor Kozak (Nathan Dell-Vandenberg), Mattye Caldwell, Angela Caldwell, and great granddaughter, Scarlett.

Neil proudly graduated from the University of Texas and the University of Texas Law School, and served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He practiced law in Alvin and Angleton, and served his district in the Texas House of Representatives from 1960 to 1977. He returned to Brazoria County and spent the remainder of his career serving as judge in the 23rd District Court for 17 years, and continuing as a visiting judge until recently.

He was proud of his accomplishments in the Legislature, especially as an original member of the “Dirty Thirty”, a group of legislators who exposed corruption in state government, and by serving as a distinguished Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, as well as Chairman of the Finance Committee of the 1974 Constitutional Convention. He served his district as a champion of the working people, natural resources, and civil rights.

In 1987-1988, Neil was recognized as the State Artist of Texas. As a judge, Neil Caldwell was known for conducting his courtroom in his own unique style, but remembered as being one of the most fair and impartial judges to preside in Brazoria County. A family member describes Neil as a great citizen of the human species. He had a compassionate sense of inter-being that extended to all sentient life, and indeed the life force itself. He once said “if only nature could get a lobbyist”. His sense of obligation and connectiveness to others was his best quality and informed his very being. He achieved a well developed human life that enabled him to serve his family and Texas with heartfelt moral duty. Neil Caldwell loved life and lived it to the fullest, traveling, painting, sculpting, serving others and enjoying his family. He will be remembered for his sharp mind, quick wit, multiple talents, and friendly and loving demeanor. He will be greatly missed by all who loved and admired him.

A memorial service is planned for April 7 at 12 noon in the Reception Gallery of the Texas State Cemetery.

My nephew Dave let me know that if you go to Vegas right now, you can plunk down $100 on a 3 team parlay of the ‘Stros, Rockets and Texans to win it all and win $72,700. It is the Texans I worry about.

Hall of Fame great Rickey Henderson holds the record for being caught base stealing 335 times of course but he also leads in the career stolen bases category with 1,406 and nobody else has reached the one thousand stolen base plateau.

This season’s giveaways at The Yard were listed in yesterday’s hard copy of the Chron. Four bobbles – Altuve, #SpringerDinger, Bregman and our own Justin Verlander. Other giveaways include replica World Series trophy and rings, scarfs, socks, gym bags, and a World Series tote bags. You are going to have to get there early.

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