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Archive for August 10th, 2018

At 73-43, do we still lead MLB in run differential?

I made a mistake the other day. I said the Bingo Hall wouldn’t be open this weekend for Early Voting in Person. I didn’t read the fine print. They are using the Love Community Center instead of the Bingo Hall. Got it?

Kingwood continues to lead after two days of Early Voting.

When it comes to the baby jails and keeping families together, you just have to keep fighting and keep putting the pressure on folks. Here is from the Dallas Morning News today:

AUSTIN — State officials have opened an investigation into the death of a toddler who died after leaving a South Texas immigration detention center.

Reports surfaced of the death connected to the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley last week, but lawyers had not released the child’s name, cause of death or the time when the death happened. Lawyers contacted the state Thursday and released the child’s name after Hank Whitman, the commissioner of the Department of Family and Protective Services, pleaded in a public hearing on Thursday that they do so.

“I hope he’s listening to this: Please give us the name of the child,” Whitman told state lawmakers during a joint hearing of the House Human Services and Public Health committees. “We have no way of knowing otherwise. … I need to know the name of that child so we can investigate thoroughly.”

And this:

“One of the things that concerns me is that when somebody throws something like that out there but then they don’t give the name. It’s just irresponsible in my opinion,” said Rep. Richard Raymond, a Democrat from Laredo who heads the House Human Services Committee. 

Raymond added the discussion on detention centers to the joint meeting after a request from fellow Democrat Carol Alvarado of Houston. Alvarado said on Friday she was concerned about reports of a toddler who died after leaving the Dilley center and allegations of sexual abuse at similar centers in Arizona, operated by Southwest Key, a nonprofit that also has centers in Texas and has a pending application for another in Houston.

She asked the state to halt all licenses for such facilities until an investigation into the reported death could be completed. 

And finally, this:

Alvarado said she thought the committee had spurred the lawyers into releasing the child’s name. She added that she was taken aback when state regulators said they could not delay an application for a license even if allegations of abuse arose from another state. 

“There needs to be some flexibility when you have situations like this come up,” Alvarado told The Dallas Morning News after the hearing. “I just don’t know how you can let the same company have another license. We shouldn’t be hiding behind the fact that was in Arizona. It’s still the same company; it’s still the same leadership.”

Alvarado, who is running for the Houston state Senate seat vacated by Sylvia Garcia, said she plans to propose a bill to address that during the legislative session that starts in January.

She said that doctors who lose their licenses in another state are not allowed to practice in Texas by the state’s medical board, and that same approach should be taken for companies who apply for licenses to run detention centers for children. 

She likened the situation to the “pass the trash” bill that was signed into law last year, which aims to prevent teachers who have inappropriate relationships with students from teaching in other districts.

Here is the entire article: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/immigration/2018/08/09/state-officials-open-investigation-child-died-after-leaving-south-texas-immigrant-detention-center.

You just have to fight the fight on all fronts.

The Astros of course lead MLB in run differential with plus 200, followed by the Red Sox with plus 196.

Justin Verlander lasted two innings last night. It happens.

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