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Break A Quorum

Gerrit Cole will pitch tonight. How many strikeouts does he need to reach the 300 strikeout mark for the season?

From the I didn’t know that department, here is from today’s Chron:

A quirk in Texas law could allow the two Republicans on Harris County Commissioners Court, despite being in the minority, to prevent the three Democrats from enacting a proposed property tax increase.

Typically, three court members constitute a quorum, the minimum number needed to conduct business. The Texas Government Code, however, requires four members be present to vote on levying a tax.

That exception affords rare power to Republican commissioners Steve Radack and Jack Cagle, who have been steamrolled on 3-2 votes on enacting bail reform, appointing a judge and a resolution on gun violence.

The pair simply would need to skip a tax hike vote to prevent the three Democrats from passing it, First Assistant County Attorney Robert Soard said. The trio on Sept. 10 proposed raising the overall property tax rate 2.26 cents per $100 of assessed value. The existing rate is 63 cents per $100 of assessed value.

Here is the entire read:
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Republicans-oppose-a-Harris-County-tax-hike-A-14447484.php#.

If they are opposed to a tax raise, they are going to skip the meeting.

Dem Texas House Members went to Oklahoma in the early 2000s to stop a vote. Dem Texas State Senators went to New Mexico back then too to break a quorum. All is fair, I guess.

The Harris County GOP endorsed Luis La Rotta for State Representative, District 148. Interesting.

The Harris County GOP endorsed At-Large City Council Member Mike Knox for reelection.

Capitol Inside Editor Mike Hailey said this yesterday:

As a former Houston school trustee who served in the local post for eight years, Anna Eastman has an edge on the competition from fellow Democrats in terms of experience in HD 148…

Time will tell

We announced Anna’s kickoff reception late last week. It was held last night. It got dicey when the tropical storm suddenly visited H-Town yesterday afternoon. The show must go on. We thought it would kill turnout. Nope! Over 80 folks showed up at a residence by Heights High School. About 90% or so were HD 148 residents. The homeowner who hosted the event had one of the coolest partisan outfits I have ever seen.

Gerrit Cole has 292 strikeouts, so he will need 8 tonight to reach 300 of course.

The magic number is at 3.

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