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The Impeach Thing

Name the Astros players who lead the team in dingers and RBIs?

These are two headlines for stories on Politico this morning:

‘If they take the House, he wins big’: Trump loyalists see upside in impeachment

And this:

Bannon mounts last-ditch effort to save the House for Trump

A new pro-Trump operation will frame the midterms as an up-or-down vote on the president’s impeachment.

Commentary clearly understands why folks are talking impeachment. When you have a racist and a liar at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, impeachment has to be on the table. I don’t have a problem with it being an issue in the mid-terms.   Why avoid it?

This is from Politico today:

It’s one of his favorite catchphrases, but newsrooms across the U.S. are teaming up to fight back against Donald Trump’s repeated assertion that the media is the “enemy of the people.” More than 100 newsrooms launched a coordinated effort against the president’s attacks on the press with a series of newspaper editorials to be published Thursday.

The Chron E-Board participated and here is how they start their take today:

The president would have you believe that we — the reporters, editors, opinion writers, photographers, designers of the newspaper you are reading now — are your enemy.

He is only right if your friend is unchecked government power.

If your allies are corruption and misuse of taxpayer dollars. Biased grand juries and wrongful convictions. A state policy illegally denying special education services to thousands of Texas children. Short-sighted policies that worsened Harvey’s epic destruction. Unpoliced stockpiles of deadly chemicals across Houston that leave residents and first responders vulnerable.

These are the true enemies of everyday Americans. They are among the problems that journalists at the Houston Chronicle have worked to expose, to critique, to change.

Here is the entire take: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/real-enemy-of-the-people-not-the-press-Trump-13159543.php.

Read it. Also, do your duty and subscribe.

From the Trib today on the SD 6 Special Election:

It has been about three weeks since state Sen. Sylvia Garcia submitted a letter declaring her “intent to resign,” but whether it qualifies as an actual resignation has fallen into dispute — and has threatened to upend the timeline for Gov. Greg Abbott to call a special election for the Houston Democrat’s seat.

The state senator is widely expected to be headed to Congress next year. She won the March primary to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Gene Green, D-Houston, and while there’s also a Republican on the ballot in November, she is expected to cruise to victory in the bright-blue district.

In a letter Garcia shared July 23 on Twitter, she told Abbott she intended to resign effective Jan. 2, 2019, and asked him to schedule the special election to coincide with the Nov. 6 general election.

The race to fill Garcia’s seat in Senate District 6 has already taken shape, with state Reps. Carol Alvarado and Ana Hernandez, both Houston Democrats, having launched campaigns months ago.

Still, Abbott has held off on calling a special election as his office and Garcia’s remain at odds over the validity of her letter. Abbott’s office does not believe Garcia’s use of the phrase “intent to resign” is good enough to trigger the process by which the governor can call a special election, while Garcia’s staff believes there is nothing wrong with the letter.

The clock is ticking on when Abbott can call the special election so that it coincides with the November general election. If he does not do it before Aug. 24, the next uniform election date on which he could call it is in May of next year.

Here is the entire read: https://www.texastribune.org/2018/08/15/sylvia-garcia-resignation-letter-greg-abbott/.

So, now you know!

Kingwood retook the lead over West Gray in Early Voting in Person on the flood bonds election, 1,654 to 1,606.

Evan Gattis leads the team with 23 dingers, Alex Bregman has 22. Bregman leads the team with 74 RBIs, followed by Gattis with 70, of course. Got it?

We won last night and tomorrow we begin a key nine game West Coast roadie.

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