Archive for August, 2018

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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We have now lost nine in a row at The Yard. When was the last time we won a game at The Yard?

This isn’t your Mama’s GOP. Commentary knew Ninfa Laurenzo. We all knew she supported some GOPers and a lot of them were her friends. The GOP had not been taken over by the haters back then. Heck, the Simpson-Mazzoli Act passed under President Ronald Reagan. Simpson-Mazzoli wasn’t about ripping families apart.

Not these days. Here is from the front page of today’s Chron on El Tiempo:

That afternoon, (Domenic) Laurenzo spoke on air with Michael Berry, a conservative radio host and personal friend. Berry’s wife grew up in India and they adopted two sons from Ethiopia, but who himself has offended any number of racial groups. The radio host introduced Laurenzo as from “as famous a Houston family as the Joneses,” referring to the

Once choking back tears, Laurenzo, who supported Trump’s campaign, presented himself as someone apolitical, supported by his employees, who wants only to please his customers and was now struggling to explain to his daughter the embattled world she will inherit.

“I’m proud of my heritage,” Laurenzo, who did not respond to requests for comment, told Berry. “We just feel that this has all been really unfair, and that we don’t deserve it.”

Berry, seeing no excuse for the hate-filled remarks directed at the family, addressed his listeners: “This is an opportunity for Houston, if not the entire country, to say, ‘Enough.’”

An hour after Laurenzo’s interview, protesters were gathering on the wide grassy median outside the restaurant Sessions visited. “Es un honor ser inmigrante,” read one sign. “Kids not queso,” said another.

Here is the entire read: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Uproar-over-Sessions-visit-to-Tex-Mex-restaurant-13156362.php.

From Royko on my El Tiempo take from yesterday:

Many have the perspective that the owner did the right thing, he did act like a rabid activist, and served the public.

My lovely and gracious wife went to El Tiempo (Montrose) on Sunday, and it was delightful. We were not accosted by whining bigots, so I say keep the boycott going.

We plan to go to the El Tiempo (Washington) for dinner before we attend a Dan Crenshaw event in the vicinity.

And just a reminder to all those who promised to flee to Canada when Trump was elected, the Canadians are still waiting.

Sigh! Commentary gets along with Michael Berry, but if you are going set things straight, I don’t know if going on Michael’s show is the best venue if you know what I mean. Maybe El Tiempo ought to reach out to the folks who have been organizing the marches, protests, and rallies, and invite them over for nachos and a few Modelos and lay out a mea culpa for posting the Jeff Session photo. Of course, ‘splaining supporting Trump is going to be a tall order.

Commentary enjoys dropping by El Tiempo. I sure would hate for it to be a place we can’t be seen at. I sure would hate for it to be adopted by the Trump folks and become a Trump fortress of sorts.  In my book, El Tiempo has some fence mending to do and I hope they do it.  Come on!  Who wants this kind of coverage on the front page of the Chron?

West Gray retook the lead over Kingwood in Early Voting in Person on the flood bonds elections, 1,344 to 1,325.

The last time we won a game at The Yard was on Saturday, July 15 over the Tigers, 9-1 of course.

We now have a one game lead in the AL West.

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El Tiempo

The Rockies are in town for two. Albuquerque is their Triple A minor league club in the Pacific Coast League. What is the Albuquerque team name?  Hats off if you know this without going to google.

It was an honor yesterday to go Vote Early with my good friend Marisol Valero. As a new citizen, it was her first vote to cast. I am betting she will never miss an election.

And with 12 weeks to go before Election Day, or 84 days to go before Election Day, Donald Trump just called Omarosa a dog.  Got it?

From the Chron, yuk, yuk:

On Monday the debate remained: had El Tiempo erred in serving Attorney General Jeff Sessions and then posting to Facebook about it?

The decision over the weekend had drawn ire from both sides. Some called for a boycott of the restaurant, a favorite Tex-Mex spot of many. Others said El Tiempo should not apologize but stand strong.

And then, amid the noise, a rival Tex-Mex restaurant threw itself into the fray, perhaps seizing an opportunity to poke fun at — and perhaps drum up some business from — the establishment down the road.

Along busy Westheimer Road in Montrose on Monday evening, the marquee on El Real Tex Mex Cafe blazed in bright red letters: “BRUNCH SESSIONS AT EL REAL ARE ALWAYS CAGE FREE AND FULL OF RAINBOWS.”

El Tiempo stepped in it, pure and simple.   I saw one of the Laurenzo brothers on TV the other night and he said they didn’t pay much attention to politics and that maybe they should. Yeah, maybe they should. The proposed baby jail is just a few blocks from their Navigation location.

Jeff Sessions is not good people. If they didn’t know that with the business they are in, then they kind of deserved the shellacking they got on social media.

This is probably one of the better reasons why the Democratic National Committee ought to scale back the role of Super Delegates. Here is from Politico:

Intensifying a dispute over superdelegates ahead of a Democratic National Committee meeting next week, Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond on Monday urged committee members to oppose a plan to weaken superdelegates’ influence in the presidential nominating process.

In a letter to DNC Chairman Tom Perez, Richmond (D-La.) said the proposal would “disenfranchise elected officials” who serve as superdelegates.

Here is the entire read: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/08/14/dnc-super-delegates-cedric-richmond-776345.

Somebody needs to ‘splain to Commentary how in the heck do you disenfranchise an elected official? My goodness!   Scratching my head on this one for sure. Like I said, this is as good as reason as any to scale back the role of Super Delegates.

This is kind of a worthless headline in today’s Chron on Early Voting for the flood bonds. Here is the headline:

Officials expect early voting on flood bond to pick up as election day nears

Duh! The reason we are having an election in August is because they didn’t want many folks to go vote. Everybody knows that including the Chron. Duh!

Kingwood retook the lead over West Gray in Early Voting in Person on the flood bonds election, 1,091 to 1,084.

They are called the Albuquerque Isotopes of course and get this, the name of their mascot is, drum roll, please, Orbit.

After tonight’s and tomorrow’s games with the Rockies, we will only have two homestands remaining.

Our lead over the A’s is down to two games.

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Guilty Pleasure

After 119 games, a 73-46 record, our AL West lead is 2 ½ games. Care to guess what our record and lead was last season after 119 games?

It was kind of like eating a huge slice of rich chocolate cake, with a couple of scoops of chocolate ice cream, a bag of Cheetos, paired with some fine red wine. Commentary is talking about the last couple of days, watching Omarosa and the racists and liars from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue go after each other. 12 weeks before Election Day. A guilty pleasure for sure.

Let’s remember this. Omarosa has known Donald Trump a whole lot longer than those that are attacking her. Just saying.

Kellyanne Conway tried to mock Dems yesterday by calling out Dem Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Dem Party Chair Tom Perez, and Dem Congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Not going to work as long as the GOP leader is Donald Trump. It is pretty obvious that Kellyanne has no idea about the growing Dem grassroots movement throughout the country.

It was also hilarious to watch Kellyanne try to name a ranking African American who works for Trump.  Duh, duh, duh!

There sure were a whole lot of folks at the Last Concert Saturday night to see #BetoForTexas.

And how about that huge spread in yesterday’s (Sunday’s) hard copy of the Chron on #BetoForTexas. I am talking about half of the front page and the entirety of pages A18 and A19, including 4 photos. I can’t remember the last time a Dem running for office got that much run in a single edition.

Commentary saw a GOP Harris County Commissioner Precinct 2 Jack Morman campaign ad this morning on KPRC-TV on the flat screen. First flat screen ad I have seen for this November election season. He’s got the campaign dough. I guess he’s running them for the next 12 weeks. He’s not taking any chances.

West Gray has narrowly taken the lead over Kingwood in Early Voting in Person turnout for the flood bonds, 925 to 909.

Golf is interesting again. Tiger is back.

After 119 games last season, we were 73-46, but with a 12 ½ game AL West lead of course.

Brain McCann is out. Jake Marisnick is out. Jose Altuve is out. Lance McCullers is out. Devo is out. #SpingerDinger is out. We lost all four at home to the Mariners.


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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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Relevant Spike

We have a 5 game lead over the A’s who have been playing pretty good baseball lately. What’s has been our biggest first place lead in the AL West this season?

I think filmmaker Spike lead deserves a better headline than the one he got on page D2 of today’s Chron. Check this:

‘BlackkKlansman’ restores Lee’s relevancy

Here is how the article starts out:

So, it has come to this. Spike Lee is relevant again. He’s necessary again.

His new movie, “BlacKkKlansman,” though set in the 1970s, is very much about the times we’re living in, about racism in America and the shocking resiliency of hate. It’s one of his best, and that’s saying a lot, and it brings out his array of gifts — not just his political passion, but his absurd sense of humor and his almost uncanny social intuition.

Here is the entire review: https://www.sfchronicle.com/entertainment/article/Spike-Lee-reaches-a-career-high-point-with-13139224.php.

I never knew Spike Lee became irrelevant.  What do I know?

44 years ago today, Richard Nixon resigned. Now that is relevant.

The Chron E-Board commemorates today with a relevant take on Donald Trump. Here is the juicy part that I can answer:

The question today, on the anniversary of Nixon’s resignation, is one that ought be asked of every Republican candidate for Congress by his or her voters: Where is your red line? What behavior will you not accept from America’s chief executive?

Maybe Robert Mueller’s special investigation will end in no charges for Trump. Maybe it will even clear him. But what if the opposite happens?

Dan Crenshaw, Ava Pate and Phillip Aronoff, what is your red line? Brian Babin, John Culberson and Pete Olson, are you willing to put country ahead of party? Kevin Brady, Michael McCaul and Randy Weber, can you see yourself voting for articles of impeachment against Trump?

Here is the entire E-Board take: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Trump-Nixon-impeachment-red-line-for-Republicans-13142506.php.

Commentary can answer this question. All of the above lack the courage. On November 6, the voters will answer for them.

The Texas House of Representatives Human Services Committee will meet today and here is part of what will happen:

The committee will also receive invited testimony on residential child care facilities, particularly the number of licensed facilities, recent complaints received regarding treatment of children at these facilities, and the status of pending licenses.

These are the baby jails. Good!

Yesterday was the first day of Early Voting in Person on the $2.5 billion Harris County Flood Bonds and 2,496 showed up to vote with Kingwood leading all Early Voting location with 233 voters. Kingwood leading doesn’t surprise me considering the hit they took.

The Astros have had 6 game leads on two different occasions this season of course.

Justin Verlander goes for career win 200 this evening at The Yard. The Mariners are in for 4.


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The Astros lead MLB in roadie wins with 41. Name the team at the bottom of the list in MLB roadie wins?

49 years ago today, one of the most famous photographs was taken.  Commentary is talking about the Abbey Road Album cover.  Now you know.

The Elections Division from the County Clerk’s Office put this out yesterday:

Early voting for the Harris County Flood Control District Bond Election gets underway Wednesday, August 8, and ends Friday, August 21. Forty-five locations will be available to Harris County registered voters during the twelve day early voting period which includes two weekends.

I went and checked the schedule and read at first glance that it said August 8 – 10, then August 13 – 14. What happened to this weekend’s August 11 – 12? I called the Elections Division and they told me those dates were additional and were listed at the end of the schedule. I found them, and they were listed at the end after the three translations listings.

I asked why did they list it at the end? Explanation, it is in blue ink which means that on those weekend days, only the locations listed in blue ink will be open. Those in black ink won’t be open this weekend, but they will be open next weekend?

Those in black ink are Kashmere, Fiesta, the Bingo Hall, the County’s Public Health Office on the West Loop, Northeast, Galena Park, Tracy Gee, Lincoln Park, Atascocita, Crosby, Baytown, Scarsdale, MUD 81, Cypress, Living Word, Jersey Village, Juergen’s Hall, Fallbrook, Champion Forest and Spring and they will not be open this weekend. Got it?

I guess my questions with the Elections Division got them to thinking so they came out with this later:

Early voting for the Harris County Flood Control District Bond Election gets underway Wednesday, August 8, and ends Tuesday, August 21. Forty-five locations will be available to Harris County registered voters during the early voting period.

Got it?

Both statements included the following:

Voters are strongly advised to review the detailed early voting schedule at www.HarrisVotes.com before heading to a polling location to cast their ballot.

From the Houston Hispanic Chamber:

Vote YES for Proposition A.

The Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce supports Proposition A in the current Harris County Flood Control District Bond Election. 

Proposition A is a $2.5 billion bond proposal to help finance a 10- to 15-year program of flood mitigation projects including improved drainage, upgraded warning systems, home buyouts, and construction of more detention basins.

Go vote early.

From the where is my dignity department, check this from the Chron:

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has asked President Donald Trump to come to Texas to campaign for him.

During a campaign stop in Seguin late Monday, Cruz said he has reached out to his former rival for the White House to help him with his re-election effort against Democrat Beto O’Rourke.

“I would certainly welcome his support, and I hope to see him in Texas,” Cruz said, standing outside the Dixie Grill in Seguin. “I think we are likely to see the president down in Texas before the election.”

Cruz said while his relationship with Trump has had its “ups and downs” due to their 2016 GOP primary battle, he has tried to become an ally to the president. He said he has been in constant contact with the White House and Trump directly to offer his help in getting legislation through the Senate.

Commentary would love to have Donald Trump in H-Town right about the time of Early Voting in Person. He would be great for Dem voter turnout in these parts.

Oh yeah, Sen. Cruz will say anything to keep him in good graces with Trump’s base.

B’More of course comes in dead last in roadie wins with 14.

73-42, without Altuve, Correa, Devo, McCann, McCullers, and #SpringerDinger.

We have today off.

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I read this in the Chron this morning:

(On this day) 1989: A plane carrying U.S. Rep. Mickey Leland, D-Texas, and 14 others disappeared over Ethiopia. (The wreckage of the plane was found six days later; there were no survivors.)

He was a good friend. A week before he left he and I met to discuss politics. We were supposed to get together when he returned.   I have a picture of Mickey and me hanging on my wall a few feet from me.  He was so uplifting.  He was a great American.

Everybody knows that The Yard opened in 2000. Name the other MLB cribs that opened in 2000?

Folks know how Commentary feels about how we have dealt with preventing flooding in the Greater H-Town area. That being said, I will be voting for the $2.5 billion in flood bonds because this time around folks are going to be closely watching how the bond money is spent. It is not like the old days when millions in bonds were approved by voters and then those in charge then did their thing behind closed doors and forgot about the rest of us. There are enough folks out there who have had it up to you know where who are going to be closely watching how every penny is spent. I kind of feel that this won’t turn out to be another boondoggle project.

Bill King put out a take yesterday saying that he’s voting for the bonds, but he also has some concerns.

Sen. Ted Cruz is going negative on #BetoForTexas. Same old GOP playbook against Dems. It is not going to work this year.  Not when you have all that hate coming out of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

AT&T Park and Comerica Park both opened in 2000 of course.

72-42, thanks to Marwin’s three run ninth inning dinger.


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Just a Thumb

Congrats to James and Melissa as they welcomed Jett James this past Friday!

To reach 100 wins this season, what does our record need to be the rest of the season?

I guess the Chron E-Board could only muster a thumb on the Astros signing of a domestic violence abuser. Check this from this past Saturday:

[Thumbs down] Swing and a miss for the Astros on their call to trade for Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna, who was suspended for 75 games after violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse policy. These aren’t the kinds of headlines fans like to see. Whatever he brings to the team isn’t worth this.

That’s it.

Commentary is not even going to comment on that sorry arse statement the team put out yesterday when the player showed up and put on the orange and blue. The team thinks we are a bunch of dumbarses.

Commentary like to brag about Siete Foods. Check out their video here: https://www.facebook.com/SieteFoods/videos/949689095202739/UzpfSTEzMTI2NjAxNjE6MTAyMTY2NTAyNDI0MzExMzY/.

Commentary attended the Houston GLBT Political Caucus endorsement meeting Saturday. I have to hand it to Harris County Judge Ed Emmett for showing up and maybe hoping to get a no endorsement in his race. Nope! Folks weren’t in the mood to give a pass to any GOPers. Not in this political environment or political climate

This tweet was nice and true from my pal Francisco who was also at the GLBT meeting:

Francisco Sanchez‏ @DisasterPIO 2h2 hours ago


Replying to @RepAlvarado145 @MarcCommentary and 5 others

Always rolling up her sleeves and working hard. Even at this meeting she took the time to catch up and also see how we can keep collaborating on Harvey recovery and resilience.

Not even GOP U.S. Senators can defend the racist Donald Trump. After Trump questioned the intelligence of Lebron James, CNN’s Don Lemon, and Cong. Maxine Waters, in response to the attack on Cong. Waters, the GOP U.S. Senator from Missouri said she was smart.

If the Astros go 29-20 the rest of the way, they will reach the 100 win plateau of course.

Let’s see. Players are taught not to slide head first into a base. #SpringerDinger did yesterday and got dinged up.

Brain McCann is out. Same for Lance McCullers. Same for Carlos Correa. Same for Altuve.

How about that Jake catch yesterday!

We are now in San Fran for two.


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Dueling Op-Eds

The ‘Stros return to Dodger Stadium this evening. What year did Dodger Stadium open?

Commentary doesn’t respect anyone who works for Donald Trump – period. Yesterday, I watched the intel team announce that Russia had attacked our elections and was still attacking our elections. Trump said last night it was a hoax. Why do the intel folks even show up for work today?

You know it is a slow day when I have to comment on two Op-Eds in the Chron today from GOP members of the H-Town City Council on the Firefighters and their pay parity petitions.

Here is a bit from Greg Travis’ Op-Ed:

Once petition signatures are counted and verified, there should be another period of time for the city’s legal department to draft valid ballot language and submit it to City Council for review, comment and subsequent approval. The city of Houton is notorious for drafting faulty ballot language, as we have seen in recent years. In fact, the street and drainage program known as ReBuild Houston will go before voters for a second time since the original ballot language was successfully challenged in court. When ballot language is ruled invalid, it results in delays and great costs to the citizens and the city.

Here is the entire Op-Ed: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/Petitioning-the-government-a-basic-right-we-13128348.php.

Commentary is really not behind the scenes on stuff like this. Do the city lawyers who draft the ballot language ever reach out to the petition gathering groups and ask for their input on ballot language? It seems like that would avoid a lot of headaches. Just saying.

Here is from Dave Martin’s Op-Ed:

On Wednesday, Aug. 8 , the City Council will vote to put the “pay parity” charter amendment on the Nov. 6 ballot for our voters to decide this issue. After the measure is placed on the ballot, in the spirit of full and complete transparency, I will again invite Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association IAFF Local 341 President Marty Lancton to present his facts and to participate in another BFA committee meeting. We will give him the chance to tell our taxpayers why they should vote for an additional $100 million per year budget expense.

What is the betting line on Marty accepting the invitation?

And this:

In my role as chairman of the city of Houston budget and fiscal affairs (BFA) committee , I am obligated by the laws of the state to present the financial implications of any charter amendment, and I have not used the BFA committee to “electioneer,” because supporting or opposing “pay parity” were not topics of our budget meeting conversations.

Here is the first thing that came up when I googled electioneer:

(of a politician or political campaigner) take part actively and energetically in the activities of an election campaign.

I don’t know about that.

Here is the entire Op-Ed: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/Fire-association-must-be-transparent-about-pay-13127992.php.

We will know the ballot language soon.

Dodger Stadium opened in April of 1962 of course.

Commentary is still waiting for the E-Board to drop an Op-Ed on Jeff Luhnow.



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