Archive for May 25th, 2018

Today is my little sister Aida’s birthday. She is busy these days with Siete Foods. I always thought my parents did A-Okay by giving her the “Aida” first name. The only other Aida I have ever encountered was the opera. By the way, Aida is pronounced in three syllables. You know what Aida’s middle name is? Antonietta. Top that! If you run into her in Austin today, wish her a Happy Birthday!

You can check out Siete Family Foods here: https://sietefoods.com/.

Since MLB began using the Wild Card teams in the playoffs in 1994, which MLB club has the most playoff appearances via the Wild Card?

Whenever I meet up with a potential candidate for public office, I always get around to asking she or he some questions like have you ever murdered anyone, hijacked an airliner, recruit for ISIS, kidnapped a member of the royal family, been a member of the Klan or reach over the rail at The Yard and snag a foul ball that was actually a fair ball. You get the picture, the vetting process.   That is why I am a bit surprised that this came out in the Chron yesterday. See here:

AUSTIN — Democratic gubernatorial nominee Lupe Valdez owes more than $12,000 in overdue taxes on seven properties in two counties, taxes that were due just days before she loaned her campaign $20,000 to get it started, official records showed Thursday.

Valdez’s campaign officials acknowledged that she owes taxes on several properties but said she is paying them in monthly installments because she cannot afford to pay the total amounts, which were due at the end of January.

In a statement, she blamed Republican incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott for the fact that Texas property taxes are so high.

“As we’ve been saying all along, under Greg Abbott’s failed leadership, property taxes are unpredictable and burdensome for Texans everywhere, including Sheriff Lupe Valdez,” said campaign spokesman Juan Bautista Dominguez. “Sheriff Valdez has an agreement with the counties to payoff 2017 property taxes and plans to do so entirely in the coming months.”

Valdez, the former Dallas County sheriff who won a runoff election Tuesday, has campaigned to close loopholes in the state’s broken property-tax system. Valdez’s campaign said she paid her property taxes late in the past, as well.

“In previous years, she had made similar arrangements,” Dominguez said. “In 2015, for example, Sheriff Valdez had similar arrangements and she fulfilled her agreement with the proper tax authorities.”

The current Dallas County sheriff earns about $175,000 annually. Valdez retired at the end of December 2017.

Dallas tax officials said while they could not confirm an agreement on file, Valdez could be paying the taxes late along with penalties and interest — which records show are included in the amounts she owes.

Online property tax records show Valdez personally owns or has an interest in 15 properties — including her two-story Oak Cliff homestead and several other houses along with several vacant lots — and has not fully paid taxes on six in Dallas County and one in Ellis County.

Here is the entire read: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Records-Valdez-owes-property-taxes-in-two-12942260.php.

My goodness! It is called Campaign Vetting 101.  Didn’t someone say, “by the way, January 31, 2018 is approaching, do you know what is due?” There is no other way to explain this, but somebody dropped the ball in the Valdez camp. Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy.

It is only the lead story in today’s Chron hard copy. I wonder if the Chron found this on their own or was it an oppo effort gift to them?

I wonder why the Andrew White Campaign never looked into this? Maybe they did, and they didn’t want to use it.

My goodness! She hadn’t even been the nominee for two days and this happens.

I am disappointed with this. Commentary is talking about New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo getting the endorsement of DNC Chair Tom Perez for his primary reelection. Why does Gov. Cuomo even need this? Here is from Politico:

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez has said repeatedly that the national party shouldn’t, and won’t, endorse in primaries. But on Thursday, he stood on a Long Island stage and endorsed Andrew Cuomo, the New York governor who is facing a challenge from actress Cynthia Nixon.

The decision to pick favorites in a primary pits the DNC chair against the DNC deputy chair, Keith Ellison. And it has re-opened an ongoing internal fight within the party, while giving critics ammunition to question Perez’s leadership.

The New York race isn’t just any two Democrats fighting for the nomination: Nixon is making her race explicitly about a challenge from the left and the new progressive energy of the party that she says Cuomo is out of sync with. And she’s doing it with the support of many progressives in the state who identified with Bernie Sanders’ campaign.

Here is the entire read: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/05/24/tom-perez-andrew-cuomo-primary-endorsements-607799.

This was a dumb move for sure by Chair Perez. Why p_ss off a whole bunch of Dem activists? That’s not what we do after our debacle in 2016. Dumb move.

I will put it this way, so folks clearly understand. I respect and like Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr. I don’t think much of NFL owners and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Got it?

The Red Sox of course have been a Wild Card team seven times to lead MLB.

The ‘Stros started off the roadie last night with a win. It was good to see Jake Marisnick put one over the centerfield wall. Nice!

Go Rockets!

Have a safe Memorial Day weekend!

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