Archive for December, 2019

DSCC in Texas

Some Texas folks are upset that the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee (DSCC) endorsed MJ Hegar for U.S. Senator yesterday. Former Congressman Chris Bell, H-Town City Council Member Amanda Edwards, Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez, and State Senator Royce West, all Texas U.S. Senate Democratic Party Primary candidates, expressed their displeasure in the DSCC’s endorsement. Commentary takes another view. At least the DSCC has Texas on the radar. Things will sort out.

Here is Kuffer’s take on DSCC endorsement. It is a good read:

Endorsement watch: DSCC picks MJ Hegar

Commentary has never met MJ. I guess she has campaigned in H-Town. I am not aware of where in H-Town she visited. I don’t if any of my buddies are supporting her.

The Chron has a front page story today on the H-Town City Council that will now have nine women. How about that?

I have to say way to go to the Texas Democratic Party for sending out vote-by-mail applications for 2020 to those Dems 65-years or older. Nice job.

From The Guardian:

It is perhaps the most cherished, euphoric and vocally impressive Christmas song of all time, but Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” had never reached the US No 1 spot – until now.

When it was released as part of an EP in 1994, US chart rules meant it couldn’t compete with singles. Later reclassified as a standalone song in 2000, it has been a seasonal fixture in the charts ever since – and after 25 years has finally reached No 1.


Christmas Day is eight days away.

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An Exercise in What

The Battle of the Bulge, or the Ardennes Counter Offensive, began 75 years ago today. My Dad was there. Whenever I ask him about it, the first thing he says is it was cold. Thanks, Dad!

What was that all about? Commentary is talking about the Buzbee fella plunking down $10 mil or so of his dough and winning 43% of the vote. I am sure he was serious. Nobody plunks down $10 mil or so of their own dough in a political campaign and not be serious, but Buzbee didn’t look serious.

That 43% is the folks who don’t like the current H-Town Mayor, folks who would never vote for the current Mayor because he’s a Dem, and Trump voters.

Buzbee could have shown he’s a grown-up by conceding. Everybody concedes and calls the victor. I was standing by Bill King when he made the call in 2015. Bill then went to the hotel ballroom to concede.

Buzbee instead goes home and then tweets yesterday morning from a private jet cabin that he’s taking some time off. Nice political visual if you want to try this again. Sure. This was an exercise in what?

I feel like we missed out on a contest this year.  Oh, well.

I will say this. Buzbee did win Denver Harbor, Mason Park, Magnolia Park, Pecan Park, and some far Northside precincts including North Lindale. Just saying. Refer to my second paragraph. They don’t like the Mayor.

Congrats to all the winners, including the H-Town Mayor.

A special shout out to my pal Monica Flores Richart for knocking off the homophobe in the HCC race that I had a vote in.

Congrats to my good friend H-Town Council Member Karla Cisneros and her 12- vote win. I’d rather be up 12 than down 12. Our opponent, Isabel Longoria, has not conceded and is waiting for all votes to be counted and the official canvass before deciding next steps. I totally get that.

District H had a close one before. A client of mine missed the runoff by one vote back in 1993. That was back in the hanging chad days. You got it. Every vote counts.

Here is what Kuffer said this morning on the District H race:

You can see the election night returns here, and Longoria’s press release here. I expect two things to happen: One, for Longoria to ask for a recount. She has every right to do this, and there’s no good reason not to do it. This was a super close race, and everything should be double-checked according to the rules. And two, I expect the recount will make no difference. They almost never do. There just aren’t that many overseas and military ballots, and there were never that many provisional ballots that ultimately counted. By all means, go through the process, but keep your expectations about what will happen as a result modest.

Here is all of Kuffer:

District H status

Here is from the Chron on the District H race:

(Harris County Clerk Diane) Trautman’s office can receive overseas and military ballots up to six days after an election, said Teneshia Hudspeth, a Harris County Clerk’s Office spokesperson. They do not know how many provisional ballots were cast.

It has no way of identifying if any of those ballots cast a vote for District H until the election canvass, Hudspeth said.

For now, Cisneros said she has “appeared” to have won based on unofficial election results.

Here is all of the Chron article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/District-H-contender-Longoria-yet-to-concede-in-14907907.php.

Commentary spent six hours yesterday gathering Karla’s signs from the polling places. I have to give props to the other campaigns who did the same yesterday.

The Harris County Clerk’s final update wasn’t released – eighteen voting locations – until 1 am yesterday morning because two voting locations had not yet arrived. Where were they? Of course, why didn’t they release the sixteen that they had? Oh, well.

Another Commentary favorite Christmas tune is “O Holy Night.” Care to guess what language it was first written? French of course. It debuted in 1847 in France by Adolphe Adam. Now you know and now the stars are brightly shining

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Dome Pool

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee will vote to impeach Donald Trump today. He deserves it. He asked for it. The GOP continues to ignore the facts and the law. The sad state of the GOP these days.

I just got informed that the price of the Chronicle just went up for us folks who get it delivered the old school way. From $15.75/week to $17/week. Oh, well.

Here is what the Chron told me in the letter they sent me announcing their price hike:

“Because of you, we are able to bring you the latest news, exclusive investigations, and ground-breaking stories.”

In today’s Chron, there is a ground-breaking story on some architect’s proposal to build a swimming pool on top of the Astrodome. Here is the ground-breaking Dome pool story: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/real-estate/article/An-architect-s-dream-a-swimming-pool-on-the-14900196.php.

Sigh.  A pool on top of the Dome.  I just can’t see Judge Lina Hidalgo cutting the ribbon for a new pool on top of the Dome.  Just can’t.

Tomorrow is the runoff for the City of H-Town, HISD and HCC races. It has been a pretty uneventful runoff season. Tony Buzbee made a lot of noise in Round One but fizzled out in the runoff. Will there be any surprises tomorrow night? It depends on what your definition of a surprise is. Do some of the GOPers hold on to At-Large Council seats. Does the son of an Emmy Awards winning former TV investigative journalist win At-Large because of his last name? Stay tuned!

Siete Family Foods sent me a package yesterday. It included Dairy Free Chipotle BBQ Tortilla Chips, Dip Chips, Jalapeno Lime Chips, Mini Buñuelos Cinnamon Crisps, Coffee Beans, a Siete Apron, a couple of Siete Coffee Christmas Mugs, and the Siete Family Christmas Tunes Playlist. Nice.

“Little Drummer Boy” is a Commentary favorite. It was originally titled “Carol of the Drum” by Katherine Kennicott Davis, an American, in 1940. It was first recorded by the Trapp Family Singers. It has also been recorded by a number of big name artists including Bing Crosby, Johnny Mathis, Johnny Cash, Joan Baez, Emmylou Harris, Jackson Five, Brady Bunch, Mannheim Steamroller and Vanessa Williams, to name a few. Even Ringo Starr and Zimmerman have recorded it. Commentary’s latest favorite of the tune is the video by Pentatonix.

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Two Days Before

Here we are two days before the City of H-Town runoffs. After Saturday, the focus will be on the party primaries. Well actually, some of us will be focused on the #TXHD148SpecialRunoffElection that will be held on January 28, 2020. Commentary really hasn’t had time to focus or think about who I will support for U.S. Senator from Texas or president.

It is pretty good. Donald Trump has decided to attack the 16-year old who Time Magazine named person of the year. I am sure Trump supporters feel good about that.

Here is a headline from the online Chron: Houston economy contracted in November: report

Here is the story:

We won’t hear any spin on this, I’m betting.

The MLB Commissioner says they are conducting a very thorough investigation into the cheating allegations against the Astros. I don’t have a good feeling about where this thing is going.

For those of you who are bent out of shape because we lost Gerrit Cole to the Yankees, the Yankees visit The Yard May 15-17, a weekend series.

Chron sports columnist Jerome Solomon says we should have signed Cole. I don’t think Jerome pays for his tickets to Astros games.

Jose Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad” is one of the most favorite Christmas tunes. Everyone knows the words and sings along. You know when it was first released? November of 1970.

The tune is older than a few folks who are still of the City of H-Town runoff ballot.

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Bizarro Politics

Folks know by now that Commentary is not high on a former Vice President Joe Biden campaign for president. I will say it again. I prefer someone younger than Commentary. Then I see this from Politico this morning and I let out a huge sigh. Here is how it starts:

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s top advisers and prominent Democrats outside the Biden campaign have recently revived a long-running debate whether Biden should publicly pledge to serve only one term, with Biden himself signaling to aides that he will serve only a single term.

While the option of making a public pledge remains available, Biden has for now settled on an alternative strategy: quietly indicate that he will almost certainly not run for a second term while declining to make a promise that he and his advisers fear could turn him into a lame duck and sap him of his political capital.

According to four people who regularly talk to Biden, all of whom asked for anonymity to discuss internal campaign matters, it is virtually inconceivable that he will run for re-election in 2024, when he would be the first octogenarian president.

“If Biden is elected,” a prominent adviser to the campaign said, “he’s going to be 82 years old in four years and he won’t be running for reelection.”

The adviser argued that public acknowledgment of that reality could help Biden assuage younger voters, especially on the left, who are unexcited by his candidacy and fear that his nomination would serve as an eight-year roadblock to the next generation of Democrats.

Here is the entire Politico article: https://www.politico.com/news/2019/12/11/biden-single-term-082129.

This is bizarro politics pure and simple and don’t even try to argue with me. This is such a dumbarse strategy and thinking. If they are acknowledging that he is too old to run for reelection, then he is too old to run for president. This is not a winning strategy. This is not a good idea. Please!

The weekend before the 2018 November General Election, Commentary was a guest panelist on Fox 26’s “What’s Your Point”. I was asked by host Greg Groogan what to expect on Election Day 2018. I replied that the big question remaining, would Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and Harris County Commissioner Jack Moran survive their reelections. They didn’t. I was also asked how a Tony Buzbee mayoral candidacy would fare in 2019. I said anyone who holds a fundraiser for Donald Trump at their home would never be elected H-Town Mayor.

The political climate four years ago during the H-Town municipal elections was a whole lot different than the political climate today. Today, it is a highly charged partisan environment. All you have to do is check out the KHOU-TV mayoral runoff poll here: https://www.khou.com/article/news/politics/incumbent-houston-mayor-turner-leads-challenger-buzbee-in-new-khouhouston-public-media-poll/285-7fee6f57-c5fb-424b-b4e2-f0f6a9e922c6.

Called it.

The Texas House Speaker announced a House Select Committee on Statewide Health Care Costs yesterday. My good friend and client State Rep. Christina Morales is one of the eleven appointees. I would say that is a pretty good interim assignment. Congratulations, Rep. Morales!

The Penny Shaw campaign put out a press release yesterday touting endorsements then they put out a statement later in the day retracting the press release. Oh, well.

This is funny and somewhat offensive. SiriusXM has a channel called Holiday Traditions that plays Christmas tunes. They have played on a regular basis a Glenn Miller version of “Jingle Bells” with added lyrics. You can sing the following in place of “dashing through the snow.”

Down in Mexico
We have got no snow
You have got no snow?
Down in Mexico!
Sit around all day
Hear the music play
Every time we sing
Tequila glasses ring
Jingle, jingle, jingle, jingle

On one version, the voice that sings the lyrics has an accent from south of the border. That’s all I have on this.

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Filing Surprises

Commentary has said it before. We don’t have a choice. The U.S. House has to impeach Donald Trump. If we don’t, we are saying we are Ok with him abusing his power and obstructing justice. If the GOP wants to let him off the hook and say his actions aren’t abusing his power and obstructing justice, go on ahead. In the end, history will judge you and it will not be a good judgement. Think about that.

Yesterday’s big surprises in the local political party primary filing deadlines were:

In the Harris County Democratic Party Primary, HISD Trustee Jolanda Jones filing for Harris County Tax Assessor Collector against incumbent Ann Harris Bennett;

In the Harris County Democratic Party Primary, H-Town Council Member Jerry Davis filing for State Representative against incumbent Harold Dutton, and;

In the Harris County Republican Party Primary, longtime Harris County Commissioner Steve Radack not filing for reelection.

Kuffer said this today:

– There is now a third candidate for HD148, an Emily Wolf. I cannot conclusively identify her – maybe this person? – so it’s impossible to say more than that.

That is the right person. Two more filed for HD 148 during the last hour: Adrian Garcia (again) and Cynthia Reyes-Revilla. Penny Shaw, who also filed a couple of weeks or so go and Garcia both ran this past November in the special election. Garcia finished in third place and Shaw in sixth place. Reyes-Revilla ran this past November for H-Town City Council, District H and finished in third place.

Also, W.R. “Bill” Morris filed in the Democratic Party Primary for Harris County Department of Education, Place 7.

“The Twelve Days of Christmas” tune has been recorded by Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Burl Ives and the Ray Conniff Singers among others. Commentary’s favorite is by John Denver and the Muppets. Now you know.

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Filing Deadline

This past Saturday was December 7. On that day 78 years ago, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

Yesterday, 39 years ago, John Lennon was murdered.

I wore my John Lennon t-shirt yesterday.

Today is the last day to file for office in the March 3, 2020 party primaries.

Our Harris County Dem District Attorney Kim Ogg wants Harris County Commissioners Court to budget her more prosecutors. A number of grass roots Dem related groups are opposed to the increase. The DA faces a few opponents in the March 3, 2020 Dem Primary. If Kim wins outright on March 3, give her the GD prosecutors and shut the F up.

Commentary lives in H-Town City Council District C. On Saturday, I got a mailer from District C candidate Abbie Kamin attacking her opponent, Shelley Kennedy. The mailer accused Shelley of supporting H-Town City Hall initiatives that would bust the budget. What’s up with that? Of course, to make negative mail work against Shelley, Kamin better drop at least three more pieces before this Saturday, Election Day.

Another GOP official in Texas is dealing with being called out for being a racist. This time it is the GOP Galveston County Chair who texted a short version of the N-word. Last week it was a GOP State Rep. from Fort Bend County. Here is the deal. They get it from the top, Donald Trump. They see where Trump gets way with being a racist, white supremacist and liar, and no one from the GOP calling him out. They think they can get away with being a racist. The hypocrisy of it all is shameful.

Commentary was watching “What’s Your Point” yesterday morning and my pal H-Town Council Member David Robinson was on and he referred to the Firefighters pay raise as proposed. Uh, I think it was more than proposed. It was voter approved.

We lost award winning actor Ron Leibman this past weekend. He won a Tony for playing Roy Cohn in Broadway’s “Angels in America.” I liked him in “Slaughterhouse-Five.” I also liked him as Esteban in “Zorro, the Gay Blade.”

I am up to 7 Christmas cable flicks, but one was a repeat from a few years ago.

The Christmas Day grub at my Dad’s includes ham, turkey, tamales, beans, rice, tortillas, guacamole, Siete chips, an assortment of cheeses, beer, wine, pies, and cookies. We have never had figgy pudding, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, or corn for popping.

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The Three Sign Rule

Four days remain to file for office in the party primaries here in Texas. There really have not been any filing surprises that have folks talking. It looks like some local Dem legislators in solid blue districts will have GOP opponents.

U.S. House Speaker took down a reporter yesterday. It was a classic takedown.

Royko sent me this yesterday on my impeachment mention:

Well Okay! The Dems have formed a circular firing squad, lead by AOC.

Trump approval with likely voters was just reported by Rasmussen at 52%, and even the MS News poll of mostly lefties on Monday had Trump approval at 45%.

The swing states are opposed to the sham impeachment, and I hope the November 2020 trouncing will be so great, they will remain the minority party for the next few decades, or longer.

That’s bold talk.

Someone needs to tell Governor Greg Abbott that same sex marriage is the law of the land. Someone needs to tell his staff that the oath of office in the state of Texas doesn’t make reference to serving the Governor.

The owners of the Bingo Lodge Early Voting Location made the decision that candidates can only have three signs each as you approach the parking lot entrance.  I didn’t know they had that kind of authority.

The Astros traded Jake Marisnick to the Mets yesterday. He was our best defensive outfielder and probably the best in MLB. Our outfield will probably give up five or so more doubles or triples next season that we wouldn’t give up if he was still in our outfield. Just saying.

Jake and the Mets visit The Yard the third week of the season, April 7 and 8.

The “Today” show has a list of the top 75 Christmas flicks here:

Some on the list are from the flat screen. “Serendipity” made the list. Cool.

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Now to Impeachment

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was on live national TV this morning making the case for impeachment. She was definitely on her game.

We don’t have a choice. The House has to impeach. To not impeach would be to say abuse of power is Ok. As they say, it is cut and dried.

The Chron’s Jasper Scherer has a piece today on self-funded local candidates and here is the headline:

Self-funded candidates achieve mixed results in Houston area 

Here is the article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Self-funded-candidates-achieve-mixed-results-in-14882350.php.

If he goes back to 2003, he can write about how Bill White partially self-funded his successful race for H-Town Mayor.

Commentary is not going to fret about the delay in the H-Town City Council District B runoff. Incumbent and term limited Council Member Jerry Davis will serve until the new council member is elected and sworn in, so the District B voters will have representation. Commentary is not going to get into who is right and who is wrong on moving forward with the election. The felon can’t run stuff is ambiguous and that’s why we have a judicial system to sort things out.

In a Chron story today on the District B delay, Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis opined as to why the County Attorney’s Office did not move to quash the effort to delay. What about the City of H-Town Legal Department? Oh, well.

Did you know that there are four former Astros who were born on Christmas Day? Hall of Fame great Nellie Fox who played for us in 1964 and 1965, infielder Julio Gonzalez who played for us from 1977-1980, outfielder Ty Gainey who played for us from 1985-1987, and center fielder Willie Taveras wo played for us from 2004-2006.

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Disclaimer, Please

In the last week, Commentary has received a couple of emails from next-wave.co asking me to support some Dem candidates for City of H-Town City Council positions. The emails don’t have a political disclaimer. Who is next-wave.co? Put a disclaimer on the emails, please.

A Fort Bend County GOP State Representative let some racially insensitive sh_t spew out of his mouth a couple of days ago and he then decided not to seek reelection. Even some GOPers including Governor Greg Abbott piled on. Donald Trump routinely says a lot worse and the same GOPers, well, you get the picture.

Six days remain to file for the Party Primaries here in Texas and no surprises to report locally.

From the yuk, yuk department. Some world leaders were caught laughing at Trump yesterday at the NATO summit.

Commentary gets that GOP members of Congress are going to defend, back-up, and stand with Trump. They have to know though that they are on a one-way street. They know that at some point Trump will not defend, back-up or stand with them. That’s the current state of the GOP that is owned by Trump. Sad.

Royko sent me this yesterday on my take on watching the three cable Christmas movies:

Another Hallmark Movie watcher I presume.
My wife says the critics bemoan that they are too Christmassy.

It is now four.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,

Of course, we know the above lines are from “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Did you know that it was turned into a tune you can sing? We did the musical version when I was in our high school choir. We even wore pajamas when we sang it.  Now you know.

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