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Adios, 2019

Last year at this time, I was celebrating State Senator Carol Alvarado’s win.

I guess this year I can celebrate State Rep. Christina Morales’ win in March.

I can also celebrate H-Town City Council Member Karla Cisneros’ squeaker win from a couple of weeks ago. Like they say, a win is a win.

Four weeks from today, the voters will decide the #TXHD148SpecialRunoffElection. Former HISD Trustee Anna Eastman is the only Democrat in the race.

Commentary’s highlight of 2019 was at one point, handling three state legislative special elections within a calendar year. I am sure it has been done before in our state’s political history. If it has, please let me know.

In other political news, it is good to see a way whole lot more women on the H-Town City Council.

Commentary still can’t figure out what the Tony Buzbee campaign was about. Talk about a waste.

The Astros kind of disappointed Commentary for falling short. They failed to get the clutch hits versus the Nationals.

Commentary is also disappointed that they put netting in front of my seats at The Yard. I am thinking this may be my last season in those seats since the experience has been severely altered.

I watched the Democratic presidential candidates when I had time this past year. I still don’t have a choice. I have said it before. I prefer a candidate younger than Commentary and may I add, I want someone who will hold accountable those – well, you know who I am talking about.

Care to bet on who will be the next H-Town Mayor Pro Tem?

From an AP story on the passing of H-Town activist Benny Martinez:

GOLIAD, Texas (AP) — Benny Martinez, a Mexican American civil rights leader who helped organize the historic Latino meeting with President John F. Kennedy, died Sunday.

His daughter Loretta Martinez Williams said Martinez died peacefully of natural causes in Olmito, Texas, following a long bout with several illnesses. He was 85.

Born in Goliad, Texas, Martinez went to segregated schools before his father moved the family to Houston so his sons “wouldn’t have to pick cotton for a living.” After serving 18 months as a medic in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, Martinez returned to Houston and organized boycotts against businesses that refused to hire Mexican Americans.

Martinez later joined the League of United Latin American Citizens, then the nation’s largest civil rights organization for Latinos, and raised money for Mexican Americans to pay their Texas “poll taxes” so they could vote.

“We served in World War II and in Korea and deserved to be treated with respect,” Martinez told The Associated Press in 2013. “The time for silence was over.”

A registered nurse, Martinez joined civil rights attorney John J. Herrera to organize a special LULAC gala for Kennedy during his 1963 trip to Texas. The Houston gala took place the night before the president’s assassination in Dallas. Historians said the meeting was the first time a sitting president met with a Latino civil rights group.

“I didn’t get to shake his hand, but I was able to reach out and touch his shoulder,” Martinez said. “The next day, I was in tears.”

In his later years, Martinez continued to raise money for scholarships for Hispanic students.

Commentary will do work today on the Anna Eastman Campaign. I will also then slip away to exchange a Christmas gift sweater for one my size. Then I will go to a good friend’s house for a New Year’s Eve thing.

Stay safe tonight and ring in a Happy New Year!

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