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Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez

80 years ago, today, the third best movie of all time made its world premiere. Commentary is talking about “The Wizard of Oz.”

Manuel Barrera sent me a take on my take Friday on HISD and TEA. Here is is:

Marc, a “walking quorum” is unconstitutional per the State Criminal Court. How can one violate something that is unconstitutional. Need to keep an open mind and not read what they want you to read into it. Even so, two groups met with one person. Did they talk about the same thing? Based on your beliefs if five board member went to have dinner after a meeting that would be a walking quorum.

The part about the contract is a lie, you should know how those investigations are rigged to come out the way they want them. In fact almost everything smells of a group of people writing something to reach a conclusion they wanted. One trustee creates a violation because she helped a constituent. Santos has already submitted prove that the so called political event is a lie.

From my understanding most of the unnamed accusers are lackeys beholding to the administration and responding the way the administration wanted them to respond to attack Latina and an Asian. That is how the people that run Houston operate.

OK. Got it. It doesn’t matter what I think. It matters what TEA thinks.

There is a list of mass shootings in the USA where 10 or more folks have been murdered. There are 26 mass shootings on the list. 6 are in Texas. That’s 23%.  3 of the 6 since Gov. Greg Abbott has been in office. Time for another roundtable, don’t you think?

The Texas House General Investigating Committee will meet this morning and here is from their notice:

The committee will meet for consideration and action on the possible investigation into the circumstances, events, and allegations in connection with a June 12, 2019 meeting between Members of the House and representatives of a Texas nonprofit corporation.

It will be must see TV for State Capitol insiders.

The Chron E-Board wants #BetoForAmerica to go back to #BetoForTexas. Here is how they end their take yesterday:

So Beto, if you’re listening: Come home. Drop out of the race for president and come back to Texas to run for senator. The chances of winning the race you’re in now are vanishingly small. And Texas needs you.

Two years ago, you ran an inspiring race against Sen. Ted Cruz. Sure, you lost. No shame in that. Texas hasn’t elected a Democrat to a statewide office since 1994. You chipped away at a wall that wasn’t quite ready to come down. You showed it’s possible.

For too long, Texas officials have had only to consider how far to the right they must go to stay in office. No one is asking whether there might be a good idea or two on the Democratic side of things. We need you, Beto, because Texas badly needs that other view of the world, those differing opinions. You’ve brought us closer to having real, competing parties than any other candidate has, and than any candidate on our radar could.

Would you beat John Cornyn, who is seeking his fourth term? It wouldn’t be easy. You’d have to fight for it, and do better than you did against Cruz. But a lot has changed since 2018 — you had a lot to do with that — and Trump is no longer rock-solid in Texas. Neither are the Republicans who support him.

Imagine the effect you could have on our state. Ideas get sharper when they’re challenged, when points of view clash. We think Texas will get smarter, and its politics more sophisticated, if campaigns here were a true test of ideas, not one-sided races set to autopilot.

So please, Beto, after you’ve taken some time to mourn the dead in El Paso, consider whether now is a good time to leave one race and join another. Texas needs you back home.

Here is the entire take: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Beto-come-home-Texas-needs-you-Editorial-14294396.php.

#BetoForAmerica got a lot of run this past week. He’s going to stay on his current course.

Commentary has never met Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez, candidate for U.S. Senate. I know about her from what I have read online. She is articulate and smart. I find her candidacy the most interesting. She could very well be our nominee. Commentary is going to give you a lot of Ramirez this morning. Here is from the Statesman:

Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez, an Austin-based civil rights activist, is running for U.S. Senate, drawing a sharp contrast between herself — a “pretty damn feisty” person — and the three-term Republican senator she hopes to replace, John Cornyn — who she said “plays a gentleman.”

“Just because he says things in a nicer way (than other politicians) doesn’t make me like his policies and the outcomes any more for Texans,” she told the American-Statesman, adding that Cornyn has aligned himself with many of President Donald Trump’s policies and that Texas needs a candidate “that has the courage and guts to stand up for what they believe in.”

Tzintzún Ramirez, the founder and former executive director of Jolt, which works to increase Latino participation in politics, and co-founder of the Austin-based Workers Defense Project, joins a crowded Democratic field. Already running: former congressional candidate MJ Hegar of Round Rock, state Sen. Royce West of Dallas, Houston City Council Member Amanda Edwards, former U.S. Rep. Chris Bell of Houston and Sema Hernandez, who ran for U.S. Senate two years ago and won 23.7% of the vote in the Democratic primary against Beto O’Rourke.

As quick as Tzintzún Ramirez has been to blast Cornyn on a number of issues — among them, the high number of uninsured Texans and an economy that has “boomed on the backs of immigrant labor” — she said she was hesitant to run, admitting it took convincing from a handful of Democratic operatives.

“I didn’t think at first I was the right candidate to run. I’d never held office before. I’m not independently wealthy. And I owned three nice dresses,” Tzintzún Ramirez said. She also said it didn’t seem like the “personally right moment” for her since she has a 2-year-old son whom she said she’ll be taking on the campaign trail.

“I imagine his first memories will be shouting in front of crowds,” she said. “Luckily, he’s a total extrovert and loves crowds.”

Tzintzún Ramirez said she will rely on some of the strategies used by O’Rourke, who lost to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, last year by 2.6 percentage points. She’s built a campaign team with three staffers from O’Rourke’s Senate campaign and committed to using a firm that O’Rourke used last year for digital fundraising and advertising.

“Beto got closer than any other statewide candidate has in recent memory, so there’s a lot of things that they did pretty damn perfect,” Tzintzún Ramirez said.

She’s also quick to point out things that the O’Rourke campaign could have done better, including reaching out to young voters earlier in the campaign cycle. She said she plans to visit college campuses and register as many young people as possible as soon as possible and, for young people not in college, to hold community and cultural events, “my bread and butter of what I do at Jolt.”

She sounded the alarm bells after last year’s Democratic Senate primary when she wrote in an editorial in the Statesman that “I see trouble ahead for Beto O’Rourke’s campaign,” noting that the candidate had spent millions of dollars and held town halls all around the state but lost several border counties and “took serious hits” in counties with large populations of Latino voters.

“Both parties and candidates for both parties are to blame because it’s a cyclical problem. They don’t invest and talk to Latino voters. And they say Latino voters don’t come out. But Latino voters don’t come out because no one talked to them. We are not going to make that mistake,” Tzintzún Ramirez said.

Still, she emphasized that the path to victory requires the support of a “broad coalition” of voters in the state: young voters, people of color and infrequent voters.
“I don’t intend on being the Latina candidate. I intend on being the Texas progressive candidate that just happens to be Latina,” Tzintzún Ramirez said.

She joins a race with no clear front-runner. West has the most political experience, having first been elected to the state Senate in 1992, but he isn’t well known statewide. Cornyn took out television advertisements against West last month, signaling he appears to consider West to be his most formidable opponent at this point.

But Tzintzún Ramirez said Cornyn’s just “trying to pick his opponent versus leaving it up to the voters.” She also said that she and her Democratic opponents are all “at the same starting place.”

“All of the Democratic candidates have a lot of work to do to make themselves a household name in Texas. Many Texans are just living their lives,” she said. “The way you break through that is you let people know that ideas you have … will actually solve the real problems that they face.”

She said she plans to make health care, climate change and immigration the focal points of her campaign.

Here is from the Trib:

“I know how to speak to the diversity of this state,” Tzintzún Ramirez said.

Here is her team, also from the Trib:

Tzintzún Ramirez had been the subject of a draft effort by a group of progressive operatives, including alumni of O’Rourke’s Senate bid. They will fill top positions on her campaign — Ginny Goldman, co-founder and former executive director of the Texas Organizing Project, will be campaign chair; Katelyn Coghlan, O’Rourke’s deputy field director, will be campaign manager; and Zack Malitz, O’Rourke’s field director, will be senior adviser. Alexa Sousa, O’Rourke’s distributed organizing director, will also be involved in the campaign.

Additionally, Tzintzún Ramirez is working with Middle Seat, the digital firm that helped O’Rourke raise record-shattering amounts of money last cycle. Her campaign treasurer is Eugene Sepulveda, the Austin entrepreneur, philanthropist and Democratic fundraiser who chairs the Jolt Leadership Council.

Here is the Trib article on her announcement:
https://www.texastribune.org/2019/08/12/latina-organizer-enters-democratic-primary-challenge-john-cornyn/.

Here is from Texas Monthly:

Her entrance into the crowded Democratic field—there are now seven announced candidates vying to take on Cornyn in 2020—gives primary voters the chance to nominate a candidate much closer to the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wing of the Democratic party. The comparisons are fair as far as they go—both are social-media-savvy Latina millennials with outsider cred. But unlike AOC, Ramirez has more than a decade of experience in politics. She was one of the co-founders of Workers Defense Project, a new-style labor organization that the New York Times called in 2013 “the nation’s most creative organizations for immigrant workers.”

In the small labor community in Texas, Ramirez was known as a ruthlessly focused, if not always beloved figure who built the Workers Defense from a two-person outfit into a significant player in the construction industry and other sectors with a light labor footprint and rampant abuses. When she left Workers Defense in 2016, the group had a staff of thirty with a $1 million budget supported in part by the likes of Alec Baldwin. If she can transfer her nonprofit fundraising abilities into the campaign chase, she’ll be a force to be reckoned with on those terms alone.

Here is the Texas Monthly article:
https://www.texasmonthly.com/politics/cristina-tzintzun-ramirez-is-the-latest-democrat-to-take-on-john-cornyn/.

There is something about this candidacy that has me interested.  She could very well be a driver of Latino primary voters.  If I am a Latino interested in running in the primary, I may get in.

After we scored 23 runs Saturday night, I was let down big time when we lost it yesterday in B’More. Oh, well.

No MLB question.

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