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Not That Easy

In what legislative district does The Yard sit in?

Last night, I attended a fundraiser for Christina Morales at the Original Ninfa’s. It was a packed house for sure.

Best line of the year so far comes from U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi yesterday on Donald Trump’s insensitivity toward federal workers who won’t be getting a paycheck:

“He thinks maybe they can just ask their father for more money. But they can’t.”

Brutal.

From the front page of today’s Chron:

If Gov. Greg Abbott believes Houston ISD’s students and parents deserve a new school board, as he suggested in a blistering tweet last week, his administration could make it happen immediately.

In fact, under a little-known state law, Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath has had the authority to take over Houston’s school board since September 2017.

So, why hasn’t the administration led by Abbott, who lambasted Houston’s leadership as a “disaster” that has “failed the children they are supposed to educate,” done it?

Abbott’s office did not respond to questions in recent days about allowing Houston to keep local control, as Houston school board members criticized the two-term governor for lobbing rhetorical bombs while declining to take ultimate responsibility for the state’s largest school district.

Here is the entire article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/education/article/Despite-Abbott-tweet-TEA-has-passed-on-option-to-13522046.php.

It is not that easy to drive into town and take over the state’s largest school district. It is easier to tweet about it I guess.

On Prop B, a meeting isn’t a meeting to some. Check this from the Chron today:

Mayor Sylvester Turner on Wednesday invited the Houston firefighters union to sit down with him to discuss “any ideas you have” about how to implement the pay parity measure passed by voters last November, but left it unclear whether negotiating pay raises through contract talks was an acceptable idea.

Union President Marty Lancton declined to say whether he would meet with the mayor, instead issuing a response saying the union would not participate in “stage-managed, taxpayer-funded public ‘stakeholder’ forums.”

“Proposition B is now law,” Lancton wrote. “The campaign is over, and it’s past time to implement the proposition.”

Wednesday’s exchange came a week after Turner announced that he would like to meet with the union and others to discuss ways to implement the pay raises mandated under Proposition B, an amendment to the city’s charter requiring firefighters be paid the same as police of equal rank and seniority.

Here is the entire article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Fire-union-repeats-call-for-contract-talks-after-13522278.php.

Oh, brother!

I guess our high fives were premature. Commentary is talking about Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick winning on the bathroom bill. He sure has a different take than most of us on scoreboard.

The Yard sits in HD 145 of course.

The Astros are in the golf business – sort of.

 

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