Archive for November, 2019

I know you are dying for an update on the #TXHD148SpecialElectionRunoff, so here goes.

The votes will be canvassed today by Harris County. The Governor will canvass the votes tomorrow, then I guess he will call a runoff date. Commentary is guessing it won’t be on December 14, but sometime in January.

There are two individuals still in the race. Democrat Anna Eastman and GOPer Luis La Rotta. La Rotta has the endorsement of the Harris County Republican Party and Governor Greg Abbott.  Anna has the support of a number of Democratic Party state legislators, leading Democrats, and the Houston GLBT Political Caucus.  Anna was also endorsed by the Houston Chronicle.

There were 12 Democrats running. Of the 11 who did not make the runoff, 2 have endorsed Anna Eastman. Another gave her a 62 score rating in the just completed Houston GLBT Political Caucus endorsement process. Anna personally met with another candidate who is still considering running in the 2020 Dem Primary. Another called and left a message of congratulations. The best we can tell, 4 of the Dems who didn’t make the runoff are still considering running in the upcoming Dem Primary.

Harris County Tejano Democrats met last night and because of the rules, could not consider an endorsement for Anna. If there is a January runoff, they will go through a screening process. That’s good.

If the runoff is called for January, Anna Eastman would be running simultaneous campaigns of sort. A runoff election and a Dem Primary race.  Early Voting in Person in the Dem Primary would start a couple of weeks or so after the runoff.  It is a challenge.

In looking at the precinct by precinct returns, Anna certainly ran very strong in certain precincts and had support pretty much throughout the district.

That’s my take.

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Cy Young

Justin Verlander won the AL Cy Young Award yesterday. Gerrit Cole came in a close second.

Remember the incident this season involving the Astros press folks, the reporter for the Detroit Free Press and Verlander? The two Detroit baseball writers voted for Cole.

Anna Eastman won the endorsement of the Houston GLBT Political Caucus last night.  Her support continues to grow.

We still don’t have a date for the #TXHD148SpecialElectionRunoff. The County will canvass the votes tomorrow. The Governor will sign off on the results Saturday afternoon. We may have a runoff date announcement shortly afterwards.

Former Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts is running for president. Good luck. That’s all I am going to say about that.

I confess. I am listening to the Christmas tunes in my car.

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Former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers says we cheated our way to the 2017 World Series title and now MLB is investigating. It has something to do about stealing the opposing catcher’s signs to the pitcher via a camera in centerfield at The Yard and feeding it to a video screen next to the team dugout. I don’t think they will take the trophy away from the team if we are guilty. The worst we can get is an asterisk by the title.

Let the hearings begin. Donald Trump asked for it plain and simple. The Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have no choice but to move forward.

Kuffer has a take on HD 148 and when we could get a runoff date. Here it is:

We can’t end this conversation without bringing up HD148. I fully expect Anna Eastman to win the special election runoff, which is most likely be on December 14, the same day as the city of Houston runoffs. It doesn’t have to be on the 14th – Greg Abbott sets the runoff date, and he has some discretion. The last time we had a special election for a State Rep seat in an odd year was 2005 with the election in HD143, and that runoff was held on the same date as the city runoffs. Not a guarantee, but a data point. In any event, whatever happens in that race, there’s no reason to believe that some other candidates won’t file for the primary in HD148 as well. Any of the runners up may conclude that this was a wonky election, and that maybe they lost some votes to not-that-Adrian-Garcia. For sure, the primary will have a very different electorate, and Anna Eastman will not be very well known to them. I will be a little surprised if Eastman has the primary to herself.

Here is all of Kuffer: http://www.offthekuff.com/wp/?p=92976.

Charles is a very smart guy and knows what he is talking about. Here is what has me struggling with the December 14th date. From the Texas election code:


(b) For a special runoff election for the office of state senator or state representative or for a runoff primary election, the period begins on the 10th day before election day.

That would mean Early Voting in Person would begin on Wednesday, December 4, which conflicts with the County Clerk’s Wednesday, November 27 start for Early Voting in Person for the City of H-Town, HISD, HCCs and Bellaire runoffs.  Unless Commentary is reading it wrong, that would mean a runoff in the #TXHD148SpecialElection in January. Someone showed me Statesman article that quoted folks in the Governor’s office saying late January or early February for the legislative runoffs.

I am not going to dwell on it until we get a date, but a January runoff would certainly be an interesting dynamic and factor during the Dem Primary.

On the candidate Adrian Garcia thing. I know Adrian. I have known him for three years now. He’s been a Dem Precinct Chair. He’s an Aggie. He’s been involved in campaigns. He’s from the Northside. I have always thought that he would someday run for office and I was not surprised he ran this time. It is not his fault his first name is Adrian.

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The Special Election

In the #TXHD148SpecialElectionRunoff, Anna Eastman was endorsed by the following:

State Sen. John Whitmire
State Sen. Carol Alvarado
State Rep. Chris Turner, Chair, House Democratic Caucus
State Rep. Senfronia Thompson
State Rep. Harold Dutton
State Rep. Dr. Alma Allen
State Rep. Gene Wu
State Rep. Gina Calanni
State Rep. Christina Morales
Former Mayor Annise Parker
Mayor Pro Tem Ellen Cohen
Constable Alan Rosen

It doesn’t look like the runoff will be held on the December 14 date like the local runoffs.

Here is Kuffer’s take on setting the date:

There is nothing Commentary can do about setting the date, so I won’t worry about it. I have done a couple of stand-alone legislative special elections including one runoff. If we have a January 2020 runoff election, we will deal with it.

Manny Barrera sent me his take on my take yesterday on the 4,201 HD 148 votes for Ann Eastman. I don’t agree with his take.

Here it is:

The votes will be canvassed this Friday, then it is up to the Governor to call a runoff date.

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4,201 Votes

The Anna Eastman Campaign will begin rolling out endorsements from some Democrats today. Some folks are refusing to join the Eastman campaign because the right Democrat isn’t in the runoff. Oh, brother! Give us all a break!

Commentary has news for folks. The Anna Eastman Campaign didn’t make the rules on how the election turns out. If no one gets 50% plus 1 vote, the top two vote getters advance in a runoff election. 20,658 House District 148 voters chose a candidate last Tuesday. Anna Eastman led with 4,201 votes. She led the second place finisher, a GOPer, by 929 votes. She led the second highest Dem vote getter by 1,709 votes.

This decision wasn’t a backroom deal. It wasn’t power brokers. It wasn’t an elitist cabal. It was out in the open for voters to vote by mail ballot, vote early in person over 12 days, or vote on Election Day at over any 700 voting locations. Voters in Spring Branch, Oak Forest, Garden Oaks, the Heights, Northside and Lindale Park, to name a few made the decision.

I saw on social media someone say they need to get behind one candidate. 4,201 voters got behind one and respect that.

I get that filing for the Dem Primaries began this past Saturday and folks can take their shot in HD 148 again if they want. Go for it!

God forbid if Texas faces a disaster or economic crisis next year that would require the Governor to call a Special Session. Would you really want a GOPer there to represent HD 148?

Commentary lives and votes in HD 148 and I don’t take too kindly in the games that are being played by some Dems in the #TXHD148SpecialElectionRunoff. Do you think the GOP is playing similar games? Nope! Oh, well.

Anna Eastman filed yesterday in the 2020 Dem Primary.

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Nothing I Can Do

Sorry for the tardiness.  Forgot to post.  You didn’t miss much.

Commentary has said it before. When someone asked me if I was bothered that the Astros went to the AL. I replied nope. Not a darn thing I can do about it. Same thing when I am asked if the NL should switch to the DH. Not a darn thing I can do about it. I was asked last night about Reid Ryan being demoted by the Astros yesterday. Not a darn thing I can do about it.

I went to The Yard yesterday to see about relocating my seats. I didn’t find anything I liked so I am going stay put for now.

What if the #TXHD148SpecialElectionRunoff is not on December 14 like the other runoffs? Well, at least I have experience in stand alone legislative special election runoffs.

That’s all I have.

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No Drama

The Chron and the Trib have articles today on the Harris County Election Night reporting mess. Chron columnist Erica Grieder also weighs in.

Here is the Chron’s piece: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Harris-County-clerk-blames-secretary-of-state-for-14813693.php.

Here is Grieder’s column: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/columnists/grieder/article/Grieder-Delay-in-reporting-Harris-County-14815703.php.

Here is the Trib’s piece: https://www.texastribune.org/2019/11/06/harris-county-election-results-were-delayed-election-day-why/.

A lot of finger pointing. It kind of has a partisan feel and I don’t like that. How we conduct our elections should not be partisan flavored

We all know the Texas Secretary of State is in charge of elections in Texas. I prefer that our county clerk work with the Secretary of State on our elections. We don’t need this kind of drama. Work together, please. If you don’t, it will blow up like it did Tuesday night.

Yesterday was a good day for the Anna Eastman campaign for Texas House District 148. She picked up a number of endorsements from key Dems locally and throughout the state. Dems are uniting behind Anna.

I guess TEA wasn’t satisfied with the HISD election results and will take over our schools. Sigh.

Filing for the 2020 party primaries begins this Saturday.

That’s all I have.

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