Archive for January 14th, 2019

Name the Astro pitcher who gave up the most dingers last season?

You are going to have to ask the Chron’s Lisa Falkenberg and Evan Mintz why they passed on endorsing a strong Latina Democratic woman and leader for the #TXHD145SpecialElection. They are in for some deserved criticism today. Check this:

While the legislative session started in Austin last week, early voting begins today to select a representative for House District 145. That’s not the usual order of things.

This special election has been delayed because Republican Gov. Greg Abbott dragged his feet in scheduling the Senate District 6 special election to replace now-Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia. The winner was then-state Rep. Carol Alvarado, who now has to be replaced as well.

On the losing end of these political shenanigans are the voters in this largely Hispanic, Democratic-leaning district, which straddles Interstate 45 from downtown to Pasadena. They may see their political power diluted this year as the Legislature starts without their new representative in place. The victor in this eight-way race will need the skill and experience to effectively advocate for constituents despite a truncated timeline. Luckily, voters have that candidate in Melissa Noriega.

The former city councilwoman actually held this seat in 2005 while her then-husband, Rick Noriega, was on active military duty in Afghanistan. She then ran for the at-large position 3 seat on City Council, which she held until term-limited out in 2013. During that time she developed a reputation as a well-informed consensus-builder and routinely earned our endorsement. Since then she has worked as a vice president at Baker-Ripley, focusing on disaster response after Hurricane Harvey.

Appearing alongside four opponents at the editorial board’s endorsement meeting, Noriega, 64, spoke with specificity about the challenges facing this district, including overburdened schools, disaster recovery, flooding and the planned redesign of I-45 and Interstate 69.

On all issues she speaks like a true Democrat — “we have a lot of people working really hard to be poor” — yet pointed to Jerry Patterson, a Republican former land commissioner, as a political model. That’s because they both understand how to build and maintain relationships within the Legislature without compromising ideals.

We were also impressed with Christina Morales, 50, a businesswoman and city planning commissioner whose family has been a longtime fixture of east Houston’s Hispanic community. Morales is probably running the strongest campaign in this race.

Also running are Clayton Hunt, a young libertarian who wants to abolish ICE and also gun control regulations; Oscar Del Toro, a Mexican-born advocate for redistricting reform who has twice run unsuccessfully for Pasadena City Council; and Elias De La Garza, a local business owner. Candidates Alfred Moreno, Ruben Dario Gonsalez and Martha Elena Fierro, the only Republican, did not meet with the editorial board.

Early voting runs until Friday, Jan. 25. Polls will be closed Monday, Jan. 21 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Election Day is Tuesday, Jan. 29.

On Jerry Patterson being a political model, a quick review has him anti-same sex marriage, for campus carry, against birthright citizenship, anti-bilingual ballots, and pro Confederate statues. Commentary is not making this up.

For the record, Christina Morales named Sen. Carol Alvarado as her political model.

Try to trust me on this. You can’t have the strongest campaign without the strongest candidate – period. That’s how it works. If you think she has the strongest campaign, she is probably the strongest candidate. Why take a pass?

The Chron E-Board blew this one for sure.

Some folks are going to point out the lack of Latinos on the E-Board. They asked for it. Oh, well

On my take on posters, I forgot the Farrah Fawcett one – yikes!

Commentary doesn’t think the folks who are running H-Town know that some of us are a bit frustrated at the messed up recycling pick-up, err, lack of pick-up in a few neighborhoods like mine. First, they said it was a lack of drivers, now it is too much Christmas stuff. They need to get their stories straight. My pick-up schedule was altered and now it is scheduled for Sunday the 27th.

This story on the front page of today’s Chron hard copy makes the situation look like a total mess over at the City. Check this: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/RECYCLING-MECHANIC-13530829.php.

There really are no excuses for this.

Justin Verlander of course gave up 28 dingers last season.

The Texas and Tarrant County GOP think they dodged a bullet when the Tarrant County GOP voted 139-49 not to remove a Muslim from a GOP leadership position. Nope! You have 49 problems.

I don’t have anything from The Yard today.

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