Archive for March 14th, 2018

#SpringerDinger is our likely starting center fielder on Opening Day in Arlington two weeks from tomorrow. Cesar Cedeno leads the ‘Stros with 9 Opening Day starts in center field. Name the ‘Stro with the second most Opening Day starts in center field?

Happy Pi Day!

Commentary watched the election returns last night on CNN. The Donald Trump toadie stooge sitting at the end absolutely contributes zilch. Trying to convince the audience that Trump nearly saved the day is wacko. You have to figure CNN knows this. Sigh!

Gov. Greg Abbott puts on the call of the Special Session a hateful and divisive bathroom bill and doesn’t support it tells you all you need to know about the fella. This fella doesn’t deserve one zillionth of an ounce of respect.

Here is from Peggy Fikac of the Express-News:

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott didn’t want the bathroom bill to reach his desk despite his public statements of support, a House committee chairman said Tuesday, citing a private meeting with gubernatorial staff while the debate raged.

“The bottom line was, they did not want this bill on the governor’s desk,” Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, who heads the House Select Committee on Economic Competitiveness, said in an interview with the San Antonio Express-News. “We had been hearing this also from industry leaders, which corroborated the same thing we were told directly.”

Cook said the revelation came during a meeting in his office that included then-Abbott Chief of Staff Daniel Hodge during last year’s regular legislative session.

The chairman made his comments as his select committee released a report slamming the bathroom bill anew and warning against efforts to revive the measure.

Abbott’s office didn’t respond to a request for comment, and neither did Hodge.

Here is the entire Fikac article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/local/politics/article/House-chairman-says-Gov-Abbott-s-staff-12749758.php.

Wow! Despicable!

And this my fellow Dems is why we need a couple of Dem nomination gubernatorial debates here in Texas in a the next month.

I don’t know if I am in the majority or minority among activist Dems but I kind of would like to see Lupe Valdez and Andrew White debate before the runoff. Who wouldn’t? I would like to see how they match up against each other. That’s the healthy thing to do. Here is from the Trib:

The Democratic primary runoff for governor ramped up Tuesday with a debate over debates between Lupe Valdez and Andrew White, the two candidates still standing from the nine-way primary a week ago.

Within the span of a few hours, White, the son of late Gov. Mark White, called for debates with Valdez, the former Dallas County sheriff, ahead of the May 22 runoff and Valdez signaled an openness to sparring but with far less urgency. White was the runner-up in the March 6 primary with 27 percent of the vote behind Valdez, who drew 43 percent.

“The party’s nominee for governor – whether it’s Lupe or I – should begin spring training now for the fall campaign against Greg Abbott,” White said in a statement. “A few debates between the two of us before the runoff would make the eventual nominee all the stronger. And who doesn’t love a good debate?”

As part of its response, Valdez’s campaign suggested she was amenable to debating White closer to the runoff date — and took a shot at her rival over the attention-grabbing move. 

“We will be glad to work out a debate schedule when the voters become more focused on the race, but this primary won’t be won on 30-second debate responses,” Valdez spokesman Kiefer Odell said in a statement. “While we understand why someone who received such low support in most of Texas’ major urban areas and the Rio Grande Valley needs a debate to create buzz, Sheriff Valdez is focused on developing substantive relationships with voters across the state — just as she has done in Dallas County for the last 13 years.”

Valdez carried many of Texas’ biggest metropolitan areas in the primary, while White performed most strongly in Harris County — home to Houston, where he resides — as well as the rest of southeast Texas. 

Earlier Tuesday morning, White’s campaign had called on the Texas Democratic Party and media outlets to “sponsor” debates between him and Valdez. The party quickly responded that it currently has no plans to do so, noting that it has never put on such events in statewide races.

“We are not the DNC, and we all know it didn’t go so well for them on presidential debates,” Manny Garcia, the state party’s deputy executive director, said in a statement, alluding to the allegations of bias the Democratic National Committee faced in organizing debates involving the 2016 presidential primary candidates. 

A couple of debates might help us determine who best can take on the Abbott. The debates might even tell us who might have the potential to excite the voters. What’s the problem?

Democratic Party primary voters throughout the state of Texas need to see these two in action.   What is wrong with that? Not wanting a debate is NOT healthy folks.

Jimmy Wynn of course is number two behind Cesar Cedeno with 6 Opening Day starts in center field.

Carlos Correa said he was way too busy to go to D.C. so live with it!

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