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Sen. Cornyn’s Shift

The Astros now have 91 wins. How many times in team franchise history has the team won 90 or more games in a season?

Let me say that Bill King has been studying, analyzing, commenting, writing and talking about City of H-Town finances longer than anyone in these parts. He pretty much has established a body of work on this subject with his takes. I would say he is one of the most knowledgeable folks out there when it comes to City of H-Town finances.

Bill has weighed in of sorts on the H-Town Firefighters Prop B initiative. Commentary chuckles when folks pull out some of Bill’s past takes and try to gotcha him. I don’t have a problem with that as long as folks consider all of his past takes.

After all, years ago Bill started warning us about stuff while others were saying Bill didn’t know what he was talking about and guess what? Bill knew what he was talking about.  Just saying.

Meanwhile, Pasadena Mayor Jeff Wagner isn’t messing around. See this from Chron.com:

The city of Pasadena is considering a tax rate increase of 4 cents per $100 valuation, but a few council members are arguing that the city can avoid the hike by cutting expenses and even provide a 3 percent raise for employees.

Two public hearings are scheduled before City Council can vote on the proposed rate, which would be 61.5 cents per $100 valuation.

And this:

City Councilman Phil Cayten has said the rate increase is needed to fund city services.

“A Property Tax rate increase for the City of Pasadena is long overdue,” Cayten said in a written statement. “Our Property Tax rate of $.575388 per $100.00 value has averaged the same rate for the past 35 years.”

For a home valued at $200,000 in 2017, a homeowner would pay $1,150 in taxes to the city under that rate, excluding any homestead or senior exemptions. If the proposed tax rate of 61.5 cents is approved and the home’s value stays the same, the city tax bill for same home would be $1,230, an increase of $80.

And finally, this:

Cayten noted that other area cities have increased their tax rates over the years.

“Everything it takes to run a city has gone up tremendously over the past 35 years, such as: Cost of employee salaries, employee insurance police cars, fire trucks, construction equipment, gasoline, electricity, and construction materials, etc,” Cayten said.

Like I said, not messing around.

Remember when Sen. John Cornyn said this about #BetoForTexas last year?

“Beto is going to give him a run, but I don’t think he’s got a chance,” said Cornyn.

This is from a Politico Story today about “BetoForTexas and Sen. Ted Cruz:

“We’re not bluffing, this is real, and it is a serious threat,” Cornyn said. 

A significant shift in attitude by Sen. Cornyn for sure.

Commentary is not surprised by this story. Check this:

Republicans have grown increasingly worried about losing control of the Senate, as President Trump’s approval rating tumbles and Democrats gain steam in key battleground races.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday sounded some of the most doubtful notes of Trump’s presidency that Republicans will keep the upper chamber of Congress, telling reporters, “I hope when the smoke clears, we’ll still have a majority.”

His comments came as Republican strategists and officials fretted over a fresh round of private polling on the Senate races, while public polls registered further erosion in Americans’ approval of Trump. “Shipwreck” was how one leading strategist described the situation, adding an expletive to underscore the severity of the party’s problems.

One of the most unexpected fights is in reliably GOP Texas, where Sen. Ted Cruz is trying to fend off Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke. Republicans are so fearful about losing the seat that they are diverting resources to Texas, a sore point in the White House after the animosity between Cruz and Trump in the 2016 Republican presidential primary.

Here is the entire story: http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/%e2%80%98shipwreck%e2%80%99-gop-grows-fearful-about-losing-senate-as-candidates-struggle-trump-support-tumbles/ar-BBNcGdp?li=BBnbfcL&ocid=UE01DHP.

I have told folks privately that a Dem U.S. Senate majority could very well happen on November 6.

This will be the eighth time in franchise history that we hit the 90 plus win mark of course.

A 3 game lead with 17 left on the schedule and a noon start today.


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