Archive for March 1st, 2018

2 EV Days Remain

Craig Biggio holds the ‘Stros record for being in the most consecutive Opening Day starting lineups – how many?

From Keir:

After 9 days in Harris County – Dem in person vote is 311% of 2014 turnout, total vote with VBM is 290% of 2014 turnout.

#TexasPrimariesAfter 9 days in Harris County – GOP in person vote is 115% of 2014 turnout, total vote with VBM is 114% of 2014 total.

#TexasPrimariesTotal 2018 Vote – in person + VBM – in Harris County after nine days: 59,092 Ds, 57,108 Rs. In 2014? 20,342 Ds, 50,092 Rs. Ds have now surpassed their entire 2014 turnout (early, mail & e-day) of 53,788 #TexasPrimaries

With 2 days remaining in Early Voting in the 2018 primaries here in Harris County, 43,922 Dems have showed up in person. 39,412 GOPer have voted in person. 15,126 Dems have voted by mail, GOPers 17,696. The Dem campaigns and the Dem Party better start calling those 18,000 folks or so that have mail ballots and tell them to send them in. With 2 days left, in the 2016 Dem Primary here in Harris County, 42,169 had voted in person and 11,755 had mailed in their ballot. In the GOP Primary in 2016, with 2 days left, 62,082 had voted in person and 17,964 by mail.

My buddy Jay Aiyer has an Op-Ed in today’s Chron and here is how it starts:

One of the biggest political questions in Texas this year was how the so-called blue wave that seemed to be surging across the country since the election of President Donald Trump would fair in the Lone Star State. Would it crash on the red seawall, as Gov. Greg Abbott had predicted, or would it lead to overwhelming change in our politics?

If the first week of early voting is any indication, that blue wave is clearly surging and building strength, possibly setting up the most interesting midterm election our state has had since 1990.

Don’t believe me? Look at the numbers.

Through the first week of early voting, Democrats have had record turnout in every major county in the state, with most counties equaling or exceeding turnouts levels seen only during presidential election years.

Here is all of Jay’s Op-Ed: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/Primary-turnout-shows-a-blue-wave-aimed-at-Texas-12718475.php.

Dem voter intensity?

Also in today’s Chron:

The biggest threat to a blue wave forming in Texas in 2018 may be the very Democrats who are trying to generate it.

In less than 10 days, national Democrats have jumped into two key congressional races in Houston and provoked a firestorm of controversy that threatens to undermine Democratic momentum that has been building for over a year, Texas political experts warn.

Here is the entire read: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/texas/article/National-Democrats-could-undermine-Texas-momentum-12714873.php.

From the He Didn’t Ask Me Dept.:

Houston, TX – On Wednesday, February 28th, Houston City Council Member for District D Dwight Boykins endorsed Tahir Javed for Congress in the Texas’ 29th Congressional District.

“Tahir Javed has been successful as a healthcare professional and has the passion to make our communities stronger,” said Councilman Boykins. “Washington is broken, and we won’t get the change we need unless we send the right person to Congress. It is time to stand up for change.”

“I look forward to working with Councilman Boykins to improve our communities,” said Javed. “Whether it is jobs, healthcare, or better schools, the needs are clear, and we must all work together to deliver meaningful change.”

Tahir Javed has also received endorsements from 19 Precinct Chairs in District 29, Texas Coalition of Black Democrats (TCBD), Commissioner Barry Ponder, former Judge Mike Parrott, former Houston Council Member Carroll G. Robinson, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Rep. Henry C. Johnson (D-GA), and Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), to represents District 29 in Congress.

I have no idea why Council Member Boykins felt it was necessary to wade into this race. Oh, well!

Craig Biggio of course had 3 consecutive Opening Day starts at catcher, then 11 at second base, then 2 in center field, then 3 at second base for 19 consecutive Opening Day starts for the ‘Stros.

For the 9th consecutive year, we will have a different Opening Day starter at first base.

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