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This Baseball Hall of Fame great received 437 of 440 votes cast or 99.32% by the Baseball Writers when he was selected – the top vote getter of all time – name the great?

Here is what happened on Day 3 of Early Voting in Person in the #TXHD145SpecialElection.

HCC 31

Ripley 19

Scarsdale 17

Downtown 6

Moody 3

Total 76

Total to date, 284.

I don’t know who thought it was a good idea to televise online the meeting between the H-Town Mayor and the Houston Firefighters. I watched it and I didn’t get anything out of it.   What was the point of the exercise? That they don’t trust each other? That they don’t want to be the first to put real cards on the table.

On the dueling MLK Day parades, Commentary has a solution. If both groups still don’t want to work together, have the parades on the same day and time and on the same route. Have participants from both parades line up in order on different sides of the street. Right before the parade starts, flip a coin to see which group goes first – ta da! One group goes first then is followed by the other group. That way folks who show up to line the parade route get to see all the participants and don’t have pick and choose which parade to attend. Both groups would have to share costs though. I wonder what #SpringerDinger would think of my solution?

On the national soft drink of Texas debate, memo to the local delegation. Minute Maid is the name on The Yard where our Astros play. Minute Maid the juice company is based in the Houston area and owned by Coca Cola. Dr Pepper is the friendly pepper upper but that is about it. You can get a Mr. Pibb at The Yard so that is that. Anyway, have you checked your local grocery aisle and shelf space lately in the soft drink section – duh! Coca Cola actually has an aisle. Commentary moves to table the resolution.

I was kind of surprised to see this letter to the Chron editor in today’s hard copy:

Garbage policy

Regarding “Recycling overtime cost nears $1M” (Front page, Monday): Taxpayers in the city of Houston pay for our government to provide core services such as public safety, infrastructure maintenance, water service and solid waste collection. Unfortunately the city needs to be reminded that these core services must be handled properly before focusing on other matters.

As Houston City Council Member for District A, my constituents continue reporting to me that their trash and recycling pickup have been missed for weeks at a time. While I would hope that my constituents could count on a consistent schedule for solid waste pickup, the only thing they can count on is inconsistency. This lack of predictability impacts the quality of life for all Houstonians, and fixing this problem is going to come at a high cost.

Besides the negative perception that the accumulation of trash brings to our communities, this continuing problem has the potential to become a health hazard and a public safety crisis. It also can impact drainage as the trash accumulates in our ditches. We need to take drastic measures immediately, and we need a permanent solution. Whether that means bringing in outside resources or starting over with a fresh pickup schedule, tough choices need to be made now. I want to see a detailed report to City Council from the Solid Waste Department about why and how we got to this point.

My constituents and all Houstonians are frustrated, and I am frustrated that they are not getting the services that they pay for. Instead of focusing on these basic services, time and resources are being expended elsewhere. We must prioritize needs over wants, especially when our needs are growing. I will continue advocating for reliability, customer service, and for our core services to be prioritized

Brenda Stardig, District A,

Houston City Council

Now that is what you call trash talk!

A bunch of my neighbors have their green bins out on the street today. Do they know something I don’t know? What a mess!

Ken Griffey, Jr. of course is the top Baseball Hall of Fame vote getter of all time.

The Astros put out a tacky looking logo for their golf tournament.

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Our Mess?

Commentary mentioned yesterday that the late Mel Stottlemyre tossed 40 career complete game shutouts. How many complete game shutouts were tossed by MLB pitchers last season?

Here is what happened on Day 2 of Early Voting in Person in the #TXHD145SpecialElection.

43 HCCS

17 Ripley

16 Scarsdale

7 Downtown

4 Moody

87 Total

Christina Morales raised more money than the other candidates combined for the end of year reports.

It really should not be our mess. Commentary is talking about the Houston Firefighters and H-Town City Hall. There is another story in the Chron today on the Firefighters going to a court on Prop B and the meeting with the Mayor. Here is from the Chron:

“This is just more smoke and mirrors from a vindictive, dishonest mayor who has fought us and the voters for two years,” (Firefighters Union President Marty) Lancton said. “He leaves the impression that he is willing to work with us, but he refuses to actually resolve anything. He’s always a victim of everybody else.”

Here is the entire read: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Firefighters-ask-judge-to-force-city-to-implement-13536890.php?src=hp_totn.

Pretty harsh words.

Every now and then someone will ask Commentary about this mess. Here is how I respond. Firefighters supported the Mayor big time in 2015 when he ran. He doesn’t win without the help of Firefighters. Whatever deal they had obviously fell apart. Firefighters start a petition drive. Any poll will tell you that Firefighters rate way higher than elected officials. Cut a deal. Nope. H-Town voters give Firefighters a win. Voters say take care of Firefighters. That is where we are at folks.

This mess has even spilled over into the MLK Day parades.

Last season, MLB pitchers tossed 19 complete game shutouts of course.

Nothing from The Yard today.

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Port Divide

The Chron E-Board has a take today on MLK Day parades. There is a story on pay to play at H-Town City Hall. There is the Port Chair business. Commentary is still a little steamed that I had to bring my green bin in because folks in charge can’t handle business.

Remember when these things used to be worked out ahead of time. Commentary is talking about figuring out who will be the next Chair of the Port Commission. Check this from the Chron:

City and county officials gathered Monday to appoint a new Port of Houston Authority chairman, but they couldn’t come to a consensus.

The Houston City Council and Harris County Commissioners Court held a joint meeting, but it was filled with confusion over procedure and arguments over the way votes should be taken. It was ultimately narrowed to two candidates: Ric Campo, chairman and CEO of Camden Property Trust, and Clyde Fitzgerald, a Port Commissioner and president emeritus of the International Longshoremen’s Association South Atlantic and Gulf Coast District.

Neither had the majority of votes, so the two boards will meet again Thursday at 2 p.m. If they remain deadlocked, the governor would select a chair.

“This is such an important decision,” Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said. “We’re so close to a decision. We ought to reach it.”

Here is the entire article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/economy/article/Divide-on-port-candidates-leads-to-vote-delay-13533658.php.

I don’t know much about the background on this, so I won’t make a comment.

I saw this tweet yesterday:

Zach Despart‏@zachdespart 6h6 hours ago

I imagine likely #Houston mayoral candidate @BillKingHouston will announce some sort of ban on corporate campaign donations. But man, nothing says Man Of The People like doing it at a place that serves $150 caviar.

So, I had to retweet this:

Marc Campos‏@MarcCommentary 6m6 minutes ago

 

Marc Campos Retweeted Zach Despart

News Flash! We have a ban on corporate campaign donations.

Commentary is kind of not surprised that this reporter didn’t know about contributions, tsk, tsk, tsk.

On the first day of Early Voting in Person in the #TXHD145SpecialElection we had this:

HCC 63

Ripley 26

Scarsdale 24

Downtown 6

Moody 1

Mail Ballots 0

Total 120

Mel Stottlemyre who pitched for the Yankees is no longer with us. He had 164 career pitching wins and 40 were shutouts.

I got contacted by my new Account Executive from the team yesterday.

 

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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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Posters

Everybody knows that Astro pitcher Gerrit Cole was the first player drafted (by the Pirates) in the 2011 MLB Amateur Player Draft. Who did the Astros draft in 2011 with the 11th overall pick?

Within the past day or so, Christina Morales, candidate for the #TXHD145SpecialElection, has been endorsed by the Harris County Labor Assembly COPE, AFL-CIO, CWA, and the Harris County Tejano Democrats.

Not bad at all.

I ran across an SI.com tweet yesterday promoting an ad selling posters of sports figures of yesteryear. You know, Johnny Bench, Earl Campbell, Keith Hernandez, Billie Jean King, Nancy Lopez, Jim Rice, Pete Rose, Nolan Ryan, you get the picture. It got me to thinking. Right now, in my crib, I have framed posters of Emiliano Zapata, Mayor Bob Lanier, Free Trade, George McGovern, Rolling Stones Baseball (that Sen. Alvarado gave me years ago that I figured out a couple of years or so after I got it), The Rocket Returns, the 2004 MLB All Star Game at The Yard, MFA’s “Baseball as America” exhibit, Ted Kennedy’s 1980 “Sail Against the Wind”, and a composite of MLB All Star Game Program covers from 1933-1993.

In my younger days, I had an LBJ on a Harley poster, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, The Beatles “White Album”, Rams QB Roman Gabriel (bet you never heard of him), Joe Namath, and of course, one of the all time best, Raquel Welch’s “One Million Years BC”, the black and white version.

Now this article from the Dallas Morning News deserves a full read:

AUSTIN — Five women lawmakers have decided to form the Texas Legislature’s first LGBTQ caucus.

State Rep. Mary González will serve as the group’s chairwoman. In an interview with The Dallas Morning News on Thursday, the El Paso Democrat said she hopes the caucus will advance bills that are “transformative” for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Texans across the state.

“We want to honor the moment,” González said, just minutes before her staff planned to file the paperwork making the caucus official. “We want to have an intentional and strategic agenda.”

When González was first elected in 2012, she was just the second openly LGBTQ member elected to the 181-member Texas Legislature in its history, and the only one serving at the time. Rep. Celia Israel, D-Austin, was elected in 2014.

Last year, the number of openly LGBTQ legislators more than doubled with the election of Reps. Jessica González of Dallas, Julie Johnson of Carrollton and Erin Zwiener of Driftwood. These five women represent nearly 20 percent of the Democratic women serving in the Texas House. 

The spike in openly LGBTQ members has already prompted other history-making changes. For example, Johnson became the first lawmaker whose same-sex spouse was invited to join the Legislative Ladies Club, a social group made up of the husbands and wives of Texas House members.

“If you would have told me that we would have five LGBTQ members in the Texas Legislature, I would have never believed you,” Mary González said Thursday. “And all women, and all in the HoJessica González, a lesbian elected to represent a swath of Dallas County from Arlington to West Dallas, said forming the caucus “sends the message that we’re here and we want our voices heard.”

“We will be able to advance issues that are important to the LGBT community,” she added.

Lawmakers have already filed several bills pertaining to LGBTQ rights this year. 

Israel, for example, wants to outlaw conversion therapy, the practice of trying to change an individual’s sexual orientation through psychological or religious interventions. Several legislators hope to remove an unconstitutional and unenforceable law outlawing gay sex from state statute. 

And Mary González plans to file her so-called Romeo and Romeo bill again this year. Under Texas law, teens who engaged in consensual sex are protected from prosecution if they’re over 14 and within three years of age of each other. But the law only applies to opposite-sex couples, leaving same-sex teens open to punishment for statutory rape. 

The caucus will face an uphill battle in the GOP-dominated Legislature, where Republicans passed a law in 2017 giving extra legal cover to adoption agencies that cite their religious views when they turn away prospective parents because of their faith, sexual orientation or gender identity. That year, the Legislature also debated a bathroom bill, which would have restricted which restrooms transgender Texans could use. That legislation ultimately failed and is unlikely to be made a priority again this year.

Mary González said she remains “optimistic” this kind of legislation won’t come up again and hopes the caucus “humanizes” the LGBTQ community and their concerns. González identifies as pansexual, meaning someone who is attracted to all gender identities, but uses the word queer to refer to herself among friends. 

She’s used to being asked to explain her sexuality. But questions still comes up in unexpected ways, like when a state senator-elect joked about her sexuality last year and then apologized for it.

“When I came on, people were just really scared. I mean, there was fear,” González said. “I don’t think [the new members] are getting some of the negative energy I got when I first came on. I don’t think there are the whispers, as much.

The caucus will allow anyone to be a member, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, but the chair and co-chair positions will be held only by LGBTQ members. 

Zwiener, who identifies as bisexual, said she was happy to be a member of the fledgling caucus. 

“It’s important that those of us who are members of the LGBTQ community stand together to make sure that all Texans are treated fairly,” she said. “I’m glad Mary and Celia have some more company.”

Nice. Congrats!

The Harris County Tejano Democrats met last night at the offices of the Harris County Democratic Party. In the parking lot next door, seven or so cars were broken into during the meeting. In the future, I would suggest hiring security for meetings in the evening..

With the 11th overall draft pick in 2011, the Astros chose #SpringerDinger of course.

It looks like the Astros have four 1 pm weekday non-holiday starts this season at The Yard.

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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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Name four key Astros from last season’s team who are now unsigned free agents?

Commentary takes it back. The folks who are now running the elections do know what they are doing. For the #TXHD145SpecialElection they are using five, yes five Early Vote in Person locations. Downtown, HCC, Ripley, Moody and Scarsdale. Plus, it is 7 am to 7 pm for both weeks of Early Voting. No more of this 8 am to 4:30 pm the first week.

It is a different approach for sure from the folks now running the elections. I thought the #TXHD145SpecialElection would just be getting the Downtown and HCC Early Vote in Person locations.

That’s kind of dramatic. For the #TXSD6SpecialElection, they didn’t open the Wallisville Early Vote in Person location and a lot of voters in nearby precincts waited until Election Day to vote. The new team would have had it open for sure.

Nice job.

FYI: No Early Voting in Person on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 21.

My take on the nearly seven hour long Harris County Commissioners Court meeting yesterday that I watched parts of online, it is good that folks are now paying attention to county government.

Donald Trump didn’t say anything new last night – period. A waste of our time.

While I was watching the U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer response last night, I tweeted this:

It’s only a number of tweets until we see the #AmericanGothic memes. #TrumpShutdown

Sure enough, I was right. The Dem staffers who staged the response get a big fat F for sure. They may as well handed Sen. Schumer a pitchfork. What were they thinking?

Evan Gattis, Marwin Gonzalez, Dallas Keuchel and Martin Maldonado of course are free agents looking for a team.

I saw this tweet yesterday:

Chandler Rome‏@Chandler_Rome 13m13 minutes ago

 

Chandler Rome Retweeted Jeff Davis

Caesar’s Palace gives the Astros the highest preseason win total of any major league team. 97.5

I don’t know about that. We really don’t even know who are fifth starter is and they are picking us to lead MLB in wins? Take the under?

 

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Networks

Name the only active MLB hitter who ranks in the top 50 in career walks?

It would have been nice to have a network or two say no to Donald Trump’s lies tonight on the border.

CNN will be the biggest offender this evening for sure. They will have on the air a few GOP talking heads tonight who will perpetuate Trump’s lies.

Commentary would be Ok with @AOC providing the Democratic Party response.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo will preside over her first Commissioners Court meeting today.

Senator Carol Alvarado will start her first day in session as a State Senator today.

Albert Pujols of course has drawn 1,279 career walks to put him at #48 on the all-time list.

This will be our 20th season of MLB at The Yard – just saying.

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@AOC

A real good GOP consultant would probably score some super points advising GOP leaders to avoid getting into a twitter war with @AOC. GOP leaders are asking for a slamming by taking her on. She’s got game and you don’t. Stop treating her like a Latina in her late 20s, because she is.

She was asked if Donald Trump was a racist. Duh?

On @RashidaTlaib, she also has game and this Dem has no problemo on her MFing Donald Trump. He certainly deserves it.

A few days before the filing deadline for the #TXSD6SpecialEection, the folks over at #FireStanStanart let the Carol Alvarado campaign know that the ballot order drawing would be held 15 minutes after the filing deadline and that we were invited to attend and participate. We gladly accepted the invitation and participated. We were expecting a call and invitation from the new folks for the ballot order drawing for the #TXHD145SpecialElection. The call never came, and they apparently held the ballot order drawing without the candidates this past Friday. What is up with that? Early Voting starts in a week and the elections website still does not have info on Early Voting locations. The new folks need to get their sh_t together on elections.  Hey, but they made sure their photos got put up!

Here is a twofer. Name the former Astro with the most career triples as an Astro and the current Astro with the most career triples?

I finally saw “Wonder Woman” the other night. I am not much into super hero movies, but this one was badass.

I was in Baytown yesterday and started watching last night’s Golden Globes then I drove home, so I missed about 35 minutes. I could not find it on SiriusXM. I watched the last part. I saw this tweet afterwards:

Evan, Voight-Kampff passer liked

Kyle Smith‏Verified account@rkylesmith 39m39 minutes ago

 

This is maybe the biggest upset in the history of the Golden Globes: Bohemian Rhapsody wins Best Picture. Everyone thought it would be A Star Is Born.

The thing about the Golden Globes. Folks forget about them once the Oscars start. So, if there was a so-called upset, nobody will care in a couple of months.

There was once a time in Commentary’s life where I had seen most of the flicks by the time awards season started. Not these days. I haven’t been to the movies in a year – “The Post” – but I do have $230 in ipic gift cards waiting to be used. I have been told that might get me a couple of good meals and flicks with a friend.

Actor Jeff Bridges received the Cecil B. DeMille Award last night for lifetime achievement in flicks. He has made some good ones like “The Last Picture Show”, “Starman”, “The Big Lebowski”, and “Crazy Heart”.

Don’t even ask me about “Kominsky Method” – never heard of it.

Commentary said a few weeks ago that the folks who run the Texans are smarter than me. Not by much though.

For those who read the Chron, I don’t know if you noticed. In the sports section, six sports writers/columnists made predictions on the outcome of Texans vs Colts, only The General picked the Colts to win. Maybe that’s why he is called The General.

Now we can focus on the Rockets and the Astros.

Jose Cruuuuuuz leads the Astros with 80 career triples in an Astros uniform and Jose Altuve has 25 to lead all current Astros of course.

For those who care, Spring Training is next month.

 

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From the Chron:

Eight candidates filed by Thursday’s 5 p.m. deadline for the Jan. 29 special election to fill the Texas House seat vacated by Sen. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston. Early voting begins Jan. 14, a little more than a month after Alvarado won an open spot in the upper chamber.

The field consists of six Democrats — Elias De La Garza, Oscar Del Toro, Ruben Gonsalez, Christina Morales, Alfred Moreno and Melissa Noriega — Libertarian Clayton Hunt and Republican Martha Fierro, the third-place finisher in last month’s race for Senate District 6, which overlaps with part of Alvarado’s old House district.

Here is the entire article: https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Crowded-field-to-vie-for-Alvarado-s-former-13507232.php.

Commentary is helping Christina Morales. If you want continued strong Democratic Latina leadership from HD 145. Christina is the one. If you don’t. you don’t.

HISD has 283 schools and 4 are chronic low performers and TEA is thinking about taking over our school board and replacing with a Board of Managers. Got it?

Here is the Chron article on Gov. Greg Abbott’s tweet on HISD yesterday: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/education/article/Gov-Abbott-Houston-ISD-leadership-is-a-13506512.php?src=hp_totn.

This really doesn’t surprise Commentary – from the Chron:

New Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo has announced that she will refuse political donations from county contractors, a stark departure from the past in which firms seeking business from the county showered Commissioners Court candidates and incumbents with cash.

“I’m looking at transparency at everything we do,” Hidalgo said, adding she does not want her administration to have “even the appearance of a conflict of interest.”

Here is the article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Hidalgo-to-refuse-donations-from-Harris-County-13507218.php?utm_campaign=twitter-premium&utm_source=CMS%20Sharing%20Button&utm_medium=social.

Then this tweet:

Lisa Falkenberg‏Verified account@ChronFalkenberg 13m13 minutes ago

 

#Leadership from Harris County’s new county judge, @Lina4HC. Commissioners should follow her lead. Lina Hidalgo to refuse donations from Harris County contractors

Next news cycle, please.

Commentary will get back to Astros and MLB and The Yard next week.

 

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