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E-Board Takes

Name the player on the Astros roster who has the most career at-bats?

My friend Sergio tweeted me this on my take yesterday on the criticism of County Judge Lina Hidalgo:

Sergio Dávila‏ @2ndWardAggie 11h11 hours ago
Replying to @MarcCommentary

Two major floods in 2015 and 2016 before Hurricane Harvey in 2017. What did Emmett and Comm Court do after those events to address flood control in HC. They opted not to increase local funding for flood control projects. I guess he was too busy worrying about the Astrodome.

Can’t argue with that.

On Dem presidential candidates already thinking about picking a running mate nine months before the first caucus, it tells me that they don’t have what it takes right now. Let that sink in and think about it.

Evan Mintz tweeted yesterday that he was leaving the Chron E-Board today. Good luck on his next adventure. He does have humorous tweets at times. I will miss him.

A lot of folks were passing around yesterday’s E-Board take on Prop B, Houston Firefighters, and the H-Town Mayor.

Commentary will just say that this will be the first time in H-Town history that 375 H-Town Firefighters got fired. Think about that for a minute.

After reading the Chron E-Board take yesterday, I decided to pull out the one where they endorsed the H-Town Mayor in October of 2015 and here are excerpts:

On pensions, Turner goes beyond the other candidates by calling for comprehensive reform of the city’s finances. Every time (Mayor Annise) Parker hit firefighters on pensions, they seemed to push back just as hard. At this point, it is difficult to see how Steve Costello or Bill King would be more successful. Instead, Turner wants to bring everyone to the table so that folks don’t feel like they’re being turned into a target.

He attempted that strategy during the last legislative session by backing a deal that would lower the city’s payments in the short-term but raise the long-term liability. When he met with the editorial board, Turner said the failed bill was supposed to serve as a stop-gap to help bridge the city’s continuing budget crisis while getting both sides talking. We opposed the plan then and we’re still skeptical now. However, as someone with support from the city’s three key public unions, Turner is well prepared to bring consensus to a pension solution that closes annual funding gaps and pays down the city’s liabilities.

We can only guess what political machinations led the city’s three key public unions to endorse Turner before meeting with every other candidate.

And this:

Of all the other candidates, Bill King provides the sharpest critique and greatest insight into the way our city is run. He’s traveled across the city, and written dozens of Chronicle columns, arguing about how Houston’s problems stem from a failure of management. His advocacy for better organization within City Hall, and focus on measurable results, is reminiscent of former mayor Bill White’s first campaign. However, as mayor he would be the antithesis of Turner when it comes to uniting people around a cause. It isn’t enough to be right – you also have to get the votes. Nevertheless, any future mayor would be wise to give King a seat at the table.

As Houston continues to grow, we need a leader who can connect our diverse city and build bridges that link wise policy with smart implementation. This leader needs to be able to see the big picture and understand how each gear of our churning metropolis connects to the greater whole. From his perch in Austin, Turner has spent decades watching the political process turn at City Hall. We believe that this experience leaves him well prepared to keep it running smoothly.

Here is the entire take from 2015:
https://www.chron.com/opinion/recommendations/article/Sylvester-Turner-for-mayor-6564480.php.

An interesting read for sure.

Jose Altuve of course leads all Astros with 4,485 career at-bats.

MLB returns to The Yard this Monday evening.

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