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Runoff?

This NL Central Division outfielder has 302 career dingers and 27 of them are off of ‘Stros pitchers. Who am I talking about?

Commentary has an Election Day tradition that some who know me know about.   I have Shipley’s Donuts and pigs-in-a-blankets for breakfast on Election Day. I started doing Shipley’s Donuts on Election Days back in the 1990s.   I don’t know if I can continue with this tomorrow morning morning. Here is from the Chron:

Three former Shipley’s Do-Nuts employees are suing the company’s owner for allegedly groping them and making derogatory and racist remarks toward them, accusations that mirror those made by other former Shipley’s employees in a bevy of legal actions in the last 15 years.

In their suit, filed in Harris County on Friday against the donut maker and its owner, the three women claim that Lawrence Shipley III “regularly subjected them to unwelcome touching, other inappropriate physical behavior and unwelcome sexual comments.”

“(Shipley) hugged Elizabeth Peralta tight across her front and touched her rear and buttocks,” the suit says. “He stared at her breasts and crotch areas. He spanked her rear.”

The other plaintiffs allege similar action from Shipley while working at the Houston-based chain’s North Main Street location. During one incident, plaintiff Esmeralda Sanchez claims Shipley did not punish a male supervisor who made sexual innuendos to her, instead saying that the way she dressed encouraged the behavior.

Here is the entire read:  https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Shipley-s-Do-nuts-owner-regularly-groped-12726863.php.

The North Main location is the one I go to. What to do? What to do?

Early Voting in the 2018 primaries here in Harris County is in the books. 70,172 Dems showed up in person. 61,462 GOPers voted in person. 17,744 Dems have voted by mail, GOPers 20,075. The Dem campaigns and the Dem Party better start calling those 15,000 folks or so that have mail ballots and tell them to send them in. In the 2016 Dem Primary here in Harris County, 72,782 voted Early in Person and 13,034 had mailed in their ballot by the end of Early Voting. In the GOP Primary in 2016, 110,365 voted Early in Person and 20,780 by mail by the end of Early Voting.

More Dems this primary here in Harris County than 2 years ago, a presidential primary. Now that’s what I call Dem voter intensity! Can’t say that about the GOP.

I am sure you saw this from this past weekend:

Rep. Carol Alvarado Endorses Sylvia Garcia for Congress

HOUSTON, Texas — Rep. Carol Alvarado endorses Senator Sylvia Garcia for 29th District of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“Now more than ever, we need fighters in Congress who will stand up to Donald Trump and push back against policies that are hurting local families. As City Controller, County Commissioner and State Senator, Sylvia Garcia has proven that she is a leader we can trust to fight for our communities in Washington. I strongly urge the people of Congressional District 29 to support Sylvia Garcia on March 6,” said Alvarado.

Commentary did an interview with Houston Public Media last week on the #TXCD29 Dem primary race. The interview is airing today. I confidently predicted to the reporter that State Sen. Sylvia Garcia would win without a runoff. Woah! Check this from the Trib from this past weekend:

Months ago, Garcia appeared poised to easily win this race, but something happened along the way to the nomination: Out of nowhere, health care executive Tahir Javed, declared his candidacy for the seat and has, so far, raised $1.2 million, most of that his own money. 

Garcia is widely expected to take first place here on Tuesday, but the operative question is will she win by enough to avoid a runoff? 

“We’re still confident we can get out of this without a runoff,” she said. “It’s a crowded field but we’ve worked it really hard.” 

And this:

The sense among most Houston Democratic insiders is that the combination of the large field and Javed’s spending are likely to be too much for Garcia to overcome on Tuesday, meaning a runoff is likely. But, eventually, many expect that her decades of time in Houston politics will carry the day and she will win this race – eventually.

Here is the entire read: https://www.texastribune.org/2018/03/03/can-sylvia-garcia-avoid-runoff-race-us-rep-gene-greens-seat-houston/.

Here is what Kuffer has to say about the #TXCD29 race:

As far as this race goes, let me say this. I have lunch once a month or so with a group of political types. We got together this past Friday, and the CD29 race was one of the things we discussed. We were split on whether Garcia would win in March or not, but the person most of us thought might push her into a runoff was not Tahir Javed but Augustine Reyes, son of former City Council member Ben Reyes. That’s a name a lot of people recognize, with ties at least as deep to the district. I’ll confess that I hadn’t thought much about Reyes before then, but it makes sense to me. We’ll know soon enough.

Here is all of Kuffer: http://offthekuff.com/wp/?p=85260.

How does this happen? Sen. Garcia has all of the endorsements – Labor, GLBT, the Dem Party groups, the elected officials, the Chron, Emily’s List, and others. She has ballot history. She practically has the Dem Party infrastructure behind her. We will see tomorrow I guess.

Commentary has said before that the folks who run the Texans aren’t smarter than the rest of us. Here is from the Chron’s Jerome Solomon’s column yesterday:

I spoke with two NFL agents this week who said word is the Texans aren’t interested in any players who participated in pregame kneel-downs in protest of police brutality.

There is no directive within the organization, but it is considered to be understood that as desperate as the Texans are to bring in talent, the pool of potential signees and draftees will not include anyone who has participated in protests or are likely to.

Relax. The Houston Texans are not a racist organization.

Passing such judgment on another’s moral compass is grossly unfair when based on a few incidents.

Yet, the Texans’ owner has been racially tone deaf often enough that many believe race is a significant factor in how the team runs its business.

There are many who believe if McNair could field a team with all-white, all-conforming all-pro talent, he would.

And this:

If the Texans have decided players who have or will participate in peaceful protests of injustice are bad guys, they will miss out on some good football players. Not to mention, some truly good guys, good citizens.

Such a team wouldn’t deserve to win.

Here is the entire column: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/columnists/solomon/article/Texans-would-miss-out-if-they-aren-t-interested-12726004.php.

I sure am glad the fella who owns the Texans didn’t get a statue at NRG.

I said this was coming. I got a big taste of it last season when they told me they were increasing the price of my tickets. Here is this from the Chron this past Saturday that was one of the lead stories on the Chron front page.

On the field, the Astros’ official hashtag for the 2018 season is #NeverSettle.

But in the ticket office, based on the first day of public single-game ticket sales that included an official sellout of the April 2 home opener, the unofficial mantra is #WePriceToDemand.

Demand to watch the team that won the 2017 World Series championship, needless to say, is considerable.

And, depending on the game and the seat location, prices can be considerable, too. But how much more? The Astros won’t give specifics.

“We are pricing to demand,” said Reid Ryan, the ballclub’s president for business operations. “We price like the airlines do and like hotels do and like concerts do.

“Opening Day is the first opportunity for our fans to see us back at Minute Maid Park and to raise the World Series banner, and we are pricing to the demand for the tickets.”

Read the entire article here: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/astros/article/On-demand-Astros-a-hot-but-more-expensive-ticket-12723821.php.

Yeah, we own a World Series but don’t use up a lot of good will. I am surprised Dollar Dog Night didn’t go to Two Dollar Dog Night.

On last night at the Oscars, Jimmy Kimmel did a great job and had an outstanding opening. I loved the visit to the movie theater. And yes, I was like a few other million viewers last night wondering what the heck was an “inclusion writer,” then found out five or ten minutes later it was “inclusion rider.”  Got it?

A slight correction from last night to Best Director winner Guillermo del Toro who in his acceptance speech attributed this quote to the late and great Jimmy Cagney – “my mother thanks you, my father thanks you, my brothers and sisters thank you, and I thank you!” It was actually George M. Cohan who was portrayed by Cagney in “Yankee Doodle Dandy” who said “Ladies and gentlemen, my mother thanks you, my father thanks you, my sister thanks you, and I thank you!”

There is nothing much I can add to Frances McDormand’s rousing acceptance.

If you are waiting until tomorrow to go vote, you are probably going to have to go online to see where you are voting.

Ryan Braun of the Brewers of course has 27 of his 302 career dingers against the ‘Stros.

MLB play returns to The Yard three weeks from today when Braun and the Brewers visit.

 

 

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