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#BetoForAmerica

Aledymys Diaz will wear the number 16 and kind of or sort of replace Marwin Gonzalez’s former role. Where was Diaz born?

Commentary doesn’t have a problem with #BetoForAmerica and here is why. He did a lot to increase Dem voter turnout in Texas last November and Dems made a lot of gains. So that is that. Heck, some folks still have his yard signs up.

After Day 3 of Early Voting in Person in the #HDTX145RunoffSpecialElection, 744 have voted. That is over 1% voter turnout. Roughly a fifth of the turnout of the January 29 election.

Michael Cohen said yesterday that Donald Trump was a racist, arsehole, con man, and crook. We didn’t learn anything new though.

I don’t think I heard any GOPer yesterday try to defend Trump. Instead, they attacked Cohen.

Texas Monthly Retweeted

Carlos Sanchez‏ @CarlosASanchez 1h1 hour ago

In a victory for @GregAbbott_TX Senate Nominations committee approves nomination of David Whitley as Texas Secretary of State by vote of 4-3, sending nomination to the full Senate for a final vote.

Shouldn’t this read short-lived victory? Just saying.

Aledymys Diaz was born in Santa Clara, Cuba of course.

From a Tags tweet:

Four weeks from today, the Astros will open the season at the Rays.

I am not ready yet.  I am still trying to finish up the 2018 election season.

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Commentary and a kazillion other Dems across the country have been waiting for this day since last November’s election. Donald Trump’s personal lawyer takes center stage today and GOPers coast to coast will squirm for sure.

Well, the opening statement was certainly a doozy.

Keep squirming, baby, keep squirming!

Keep defending, baby, keep defending!

Day 2 of Early Voting in Person in the #TXHD145RunoffSpecialElection is in the books and here is where we are: 474 have voted for six tenths of a percent turnout.

Have a nice House Oversight Committee hearing!

No MLB question today and nothing from The Yard.

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Respect

Commentary is going to divert from the MLB question today and go with an Oscars quiz. “The Green Book” won the Best Picture the other night. Name the other Best Picture winner with the word “Green” in the title and the Best Picture nominee with the word “Green” in the title?

I sure am hoping that first time candidate Christina Morales is getting respect these days for her lead in fundraising. See these tweets from the Trib’s Patrick Svitek:

Runoff reports in #HD145 special election runoff: – @Moralesfor145: $67K raised, $58K spent, $25K cash on hand – @NoriegaforTexas: $42K raised, $56K spent, $17K cash on hand ($11K in self-loans) #txlege

(Timeframe here was Jan. 20 through Feb. 23)

One interesting bit: Noriega got a $100 donation from a Phillip Aronoff, apparently the same Phillip Aronoff who was the 2018 Republican nominee for #TX29. He lost to @LaCongresista, who’s backing Morales. #HD145 #txlege

Not bad at all for a first time candidate, you have to admit. Don’t you think? I hope she is getting respect these days.

The first day of Early Voting in the #TXHD145RunoffSpecialElection is history and 143 showed up in person and 157 voted by mail.

For those who want Tejano tunes played at the Rodeo, they got a treat last night when Kasey Musgraves performed “Como la Flor”, a Selena Tejano classic. It got twitter excited for sure.

In 1941, “How Green Was My Valley” won Best Picture and in 1999, “The Green Mile” was nominated for Best Picture of course.

Justin Verlander was Justin Verlander yesterday.

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Early Voting Now

Marwin Gonzalez will now play for the Twins. He was a starter last season on Opening Day. What position did he start at on Opening Day 2018?

David Whitley does not have the votes to be confirmed as the Texas Secretary of State. He can only blame it on himself. Period.

Early Voting in Person in the #TXHD145RunoffSpecialElection begins today and runs through this Friday and the hours are 7 am – 7 pm. Got it?

Here are the Early Voting in Person locations:

County Attorney Conference Center, 1019 Congress Ave.
Moody Park Community Center, 3725 Fulton St.
Ripley House Neighborhood Center, 4410 Navigation Blvd.
HCCS Southeast College, 6960 Rustic St., parking garage
Harris County Scarsdale Annex, 10851 Scarsdale Blvd.

Here is a Chron article on the #TXHD145RunoffSpecialElection:
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Morales-Noriega-battle-for-votes-in-low-key-13640003.php.

Commentary went to dinner last night with some friends at Peli Peli in the Galleria. It was nice. I didn’t watch the Oscars in part because I have not watched very many movies lately – a work thing.

Marwin Gonzalez was our Opening Day starting first baseman of course.

Dallas Keuchek is still a free agent and that’s all I have.

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Bad Rollout

Only two Astros players stole 10 or more bases last season – name the two?

Texas Secretary of State David Whitley’s nomination is on hold. All Commentary can say is that he botched it. Shot himself in the foot. Took a dump in his office and then rolled around in it. You get the picture. Rolling out the voter purge initiative before he gets confirmed – he is either a dumbarse or doesn’t know how to count to two thirds. Commentary would have loved to have been that fly on the wall when they were discussing rolling this out. Where were the grown-ups? Wait until after you are confirmed before you roll out something this controversial. Duh? Of course, unless he is really auditioning for a gig in the Donald Trump administration.

Here is a related Trib article: https://www.texastribune.org/2019/02/21/texas-senate-democrat-secretary-of-state-david-whitley-jose-rodriguez/.

Go Texan Day is today, I guess. I get it.

Jose Altuve stole 17 bases last season and Alex Bregman stole 10 of course.

Have a nice rodeo!

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I’m Sorry?

Former Texas House Speaker Joe Straus attended Alamo Heights High School. Name the top pitching prospect for the Astros who also attended Alamo Heights High?

I think H-Town’s reasonable minds will agree that Houston Police Officers Union (HPOU) president Joe Gamaldi crossed the line with his remarks after the botched HPD drug raid three weeks or so ago. Today, the Chron E-Board called for Gamaldi to apologize for his remarks.  Here is from the E-Board’s take today:

Confidence in the Houston Police Department took a hit as a result of that botched drug raid, and Gamaldi’s comments only made things worse.

The people of Houston deserve a police department they can trust to protect and serve. Police officers deserve a union head who has their backs — and that means working to improve community trust rather than undermining it.

Gamaldi has failed them in that respect, and he now has the responsibility to apologize. Doing so will help rebuild confidence in HPD. If he can’t do that, then our police deserve a new union leader — one who understands that backing the blue means building trust, too.

Here is the entire E-Board take: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Divisive-rhetoric-by-police-union-president-13632307.php.

If Gamaldi was representing a far-right wing faction of the GOP, I wouldn’t expect him to apologize. But he is not. He is representing the women and men of the Houston Police Department who put their lives on the line every day protecting the folks from H-Town, the most diverse city in the world. HPOU is a respected organization. An apology would work.

Astros top pitching prospect Forrest Whitley attended Alamo Heights High School of course.

Spring Training baseball gets underway tomorrow.

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Prop B ….

Brady Rodgers will be the starting pitcher for the Spring Training opener this weekend. He is 28 years old and has only 8 1/3 innings of big league pitching. When did we draft him?

Here is a question.  Can I watch CNN while at the same time not respect them?

The legal stuff surrounding Prop B was discussed at the H-Town City Council meeting today. No doubt Prop B will be an issue in the municipal elections this year. Firefighters are going to make sure of this. I guess folks are going to have to pick a side.  You can’t avoid it.

I got this yesterday on the Mayor’s press conference on potholes.

Bill Kelly‏ @billkellytexas 6h6 hours ago

Replying to @MarcCommentary
FYI the press conference had to be pushed back because of the Mayor’s schedule. In no way related to the ABC 13 report.

That works.

Brady Rodgers was taken in the third round of the 2012 MLB Draft.

Patience, patience, patience.

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