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SD 6 Special

What was the big news in MLB 98 years ago today?

Commentary is going to be kind of busy between now and December 11, now that we have an election date for the Senate District 6 Special Election so my takes will be a bit short at times. The filing deadline is Friday and Early Voting in Person starts in two weeks. Here is the official proclamation:

November 9, 2018 | Austin, Texas | Proclamation


WHEREAS, the resignation of Senator Sylvia R. Garcia, and its acceptance, has caused a vacancy to exist in Texas State Senate District 6, which is wholly contained within Harris County; and

WHEREAS, Article III, Section 13 of the Texas Constitution and Section 203.002 of the Texas Election Code require that a special election be ordered upon such a vacancy, and Section 3.003 of the Texas Election Code requires the special election to be ordered by proclamation of the Governor; and

WHEREAS, the vacancy occurred on November 9, 2018, and, therefore, pursuant to Section 203.013(a) the vacancy occurred during the 60 days immediately prior to the date of convening the 86th Regular Legislative Session; and

WHEREAS, Section 203.013(c) of the Texas Election Code provides that an expedited special election must be held on a Tuesday or Saturday occurring not earlier than the 21st day or later than the 45th day after the date the election is ordered;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of Texas, under the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Statutes of the State of Texas, do hereby order a special election to be held in Texas State Senate District No. 6 on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, for the purpose of electing a state senator to serve out the unexpired term of Senator Sylvia R. Garcia.

Candidates who wish to have their names placed on the special election ballot must file their applications with the Secretary of State no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 16, 2018. Early voting by personal appearance shall begin on Monday, November 26, 2018, in accordance with Sections 85.001(a) and (c) of the Texas Election Code.

A copy of this order shall be mailed immediately to the County Judge of the county contained within Texas State Senate District No. 6, and all appropriate writs shall be issued and all proper proceedings shall be followed to the end that said special election may be held to fill the vacancy in Texas State Senate District No. 6 and its result proclaimed in accordance with law.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto signed my name and have officially caused the Seal of State to be affixed at my office in the City of Austin, Texas, this the 9th day of November, 2018.


It is good to see Harris County Judge-Elect Lina Hidalgo get a warm acceptance from folks. That’s the way it should be and here is a letter to the Chron editor from today’s Chron:

Regarding the surprise election of Lina Hidalgo as Harris County judge, I am hearing a lot of comments about her age and inexperience.

Perhaps we have become a nation of helicopter parents to realize how foolish that sounds. When I was her age, I had been hired by Dresser Industries (Brown & Root before that) and at 28 years of age was being sent around the world to negotiate commercial contracts with clients in China, India, Europe, South America, etc — more than 30 countries in 5 years. At 18, I had a pilot’s license and flew my parents a thousand miles from Texas to Iowa a couple of times. Now parents won’t let their kids drive 100 miles without freaking out.

So no, I am not freaking out at Hidalgo’s age. I have heard her speak and she is quite intelligent. And yes, she said during the campaign that we must address flooding. I hope she will also address the thing Judge Ed Emmett did not — the windborne debris damage in hurricanes that causes the weakest link in every building to blow out — the glass.

Hurricane Ike blew out windows across Houston, causing billions in damage which could have been avoided with a simple technology I discovered after spending time as a terrorism analyst on Houston TV after 911.

I have total confidence in Lina, and I wish her the best.

Michael Fjetland, El Lago

98 years ago today, Kenesaw Mountain Landis of course was named the first MLB Commissioner.

I don’t have anything from The Yard today.

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