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Archive for April 10th, 2019

Commentary was at The Yard last night and saw Jose Altuve collect his 100th career dinger. How many other Astros players have 100 or more career dingers?

Congratulation to Judge Lesley Briones of the Harris County Civil Court at Law #4.

Commentary watched online the Harris County Commissioners Court on the vacancy created by the resignation. A lot of Dem Party folks showed up to show support for Judge Bill McLeod. In the end, it didn’t matter. There was only one way for him to stay on the job. Harris County Commissioners Court would have had to have taken no action. That really would have set a bad precedent. The Dem folks were not happy but County Judge Lina Hidalgo reminded folks that Commissioners Court didn’t create the situation. I found it interesting that in explaining the triggering of the resignation, the Assistant County Attorney said that Judge McLeod was still listed on the local Dem Party’s website as a candidate for Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court. I checked it out and yes he is still listed.

Here is from the Chron:

A divided Harris County Commissioners Court declined to give County Court At Law Judge Bill McLeod a reprieve Tuesday after he inadvertently resigned last week, opting instead to appoint a replacement.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said letting McLeod remain as a holdover judge until a special election for the seat in 2020 was too risky, since he almost would certainly have to recuse himself from cases to which the county was a party, as Commissioners Court would have the power to remove him at any time.

Instead, the court voted 3 to 2 to appoint Houston lawyer Lesley Briones to hold the seat through next year, on the recommendation of Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia.

“I think voters deserve a judge who can be absolutely independent, as he was elected to be,” Hidalgo said. “This would put us in the untenable position that he would no longer be an unbiased person, because he would be beholden to Commissioners Court.”

Here is the entire Chron article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Commissioners-Court-appoints-replacement-for-13754732.php?src=hp_totn.

Congrats to Judge Briones. She had a number of lawyers speak for her yesterday. She grew up in Laredo. Harvard undergrad, Yale Law School.

That is the way it goes.

Remember State Sen. Carol Alvarado’s “The Flood” video that we put out online over a year ago during her #SD6 campaign. It won a Pollie last week. FYI: Pollie Awards are THE major awards in the U.S. political communications and public affairs industry. Frank Eaton of Putnam Partners picked up the Bronze for “The Flood” in the Digital/Internet, Candidate Division, Internet Advertising State Legislature Category of the 2019 Pollie Awards. Nice Job, Frank!

FYI: InFocus Campaigns picked up the Bronze for the Sylvia Garcia for Congress for Live Calls during Early Voting category.

From the Star Telegram:

As President Donald Trump heads to Texas on Wednesday, his approval rating is underwater in a trio of GOP-held congressional districts both parties will be fighting over in 2020, according to new Democratic polling shared with the Star-Telegram.

Surveys the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee recently conducted found that 41 percent of voters approved of Trump’s job performance in Texas’ 24th congressional district, where Rep. Kenny Marchant serves, while 44 percent disapproved.

In Rep. Mike McCaul’s 10th district, 44 percent approved and 45 percent disapproved of the job Trump is doing. And in Rep. Chip Roy’s 21st district, 45 percent approved and 48 percent disapproved.

Trump carried all three suburban seats by ten points or fewer during the 2016 presidential election.

“The Democrats are not happy with him, but I wouldn’t stay away from a rally. He’s my president,” Marchant said of Trump in an interview with the Star-Telegram Tuesday.

Here is the entire read: https://www.star-telegram.com/latest-news/article229013409.html.

Josh Reddick has 126 career dingers and #SpringerDinger 124 of course.

I had two Dollar Dogs last night.

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