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The Elections

Georgia, Louisiana and Ohio postponed their primaries.  Three states hold their primaries today. In Texas, we have the May 2 elections coming soon and then the May 26 runoff primaries.  I saw an analysis that says Governor Greg Abbott doesn’t have the authority to reschedule the May 2 and May 26 elections – maybe, maybe not.  The Texas Democratic Party wants the Governor and Secretary of State to send mail ballots to everyone.  The election code says you have to request a mail ballot, like for folks 65 and older, colleges students, if you live overseas, or if you are going to be out of town for an extended period of time.  Folks who conduct the elections don’t have the authority to just mail ballots to everyone.

Yesterday, the Governor set the Special Election for #TXSD14 for July 14.  The Governor said he would have set it for May 2 but for the coronavirus.  So, expect a different look for the May 2 and May 26 elections.

On the mail ballots for everyone thing, we need to be careful on this.  I am all for going to a vote by mail system in the future.  Last week, I watched a CNN piece on how the state of Washington handles their vote by mail system.  It is pretty elaborate with a lot of special equipment and a physical layout to handle the volume.  I don’t think the folks who conduct our elections in Texas have the infrastructure in place to handle 16 million mail ballots.  I just don’t think we jump into this system under emergency circumstances.  Convince me otherwise.  We saw what happened a couple of weeks ago today.

This is from The Daily Beast.  As you read this, hum Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain”:

The chances of Sen. Bernie Sanders winning the Democratic nomination are likely to shrink even further following Tuesday’s votes—but some of his aides have said he still has no plans to throw in the towel. Florida, Illinois, and Arizona go to polls Tuesday, but the emergency measures surrounding the coronavirus outbreak have made Ohio officials cancel their primary. According to Politico, Sanders has signalled to his aides that he will not quit the race if the votes don’t go his way. He reportedly has staff in place for states that vote as late as April 28, including the delegate-rich New York which his team remains optimistic about. “I think he’s in. Who is going to advise him to drop out?” said an unnamed source close to the campaign. The team still see worth in gaining as many delegates as possible to help them influence the party platform at the Democratic National Convention this summer, even if he doesn‘t win the nomination. “I think there’s a very good chance that he will stay in,” said Larry Cohen, chair of Our Revolution, a group founded by Sanders. “The number of delegates you have, the number of people on the platform committee is absolutely critical.”

So much for the most important thing is beating Donald Trump.  You know who is going to advise him to drop out?  The voters.

It turns out Royko is a Prepper.  Here is how he responded to my mention of Preppers yesterday:

We have been “Preppers” for over a decade now. It is irritating that the stampede of hoarders has cleared the shelves of perishable items.

Friday was a startling example of what daily life would have been like if 2016 turned out differently.

Saturday, I went to the Walmart at US Hwy 290 and Tidwell, as the shoppers there are generally illegal aliens, using EBT and cash, and live in apartments so they don’t hoard like the Anglo’s in the more affluent neighborhoods. There was plenty of non-fat milk and fresh vegetables. The water, bathroom tissue, and chips were gone, but we don’t care.

I don’t think using the term “illegal aliens” is nice.  Of course, former Vice President Joe Biden said “aliens” the night before last and immediately corrected to undocumented.

I went to Kroger yesterday and the store brand skim milk was gone.  There was a smaller container of Borden’s skim milk at a buck higher.

I got this from The Yard yesterday:

Dear Season Ticket Holder,
In support of MLB’s decision to cancel the remainder of Spring Training, the Exhibition games previously scheduled for March 23rd & 24th at Minute Maid Park have been cancelled. 

The tickets you purchased for these games will be refunded to you as an account credit to be used for future purchases.

If you also purchased single game tickets to regular season Astros home games, please note we will keep fans updated on decisions regarding plans for the 2020 schedule.

The health and safety of our fans, employees, partners and players remains our number one priority. We continue to follow the CDC guidelines and encourage you all to continue to practice the safe and healthy protocols recommended by our health authorities.

We will share more information as it becomes available. Please call 1-877-9ASTROS with any questions. Thank you for your continued support.
Kind Regards, 

Astros Season Services

They are giving me an account credit for future purchases like I said last week.

The MLB Commissioner said they would push back Opening Day.  He also said they would try to get in a full 162 game schedule.  That’s hilarious.  The way I calculate this, have Thanksgiving Day Dinner, then turn on the flat screen to watch the Astros at Dodger Stadium for Game 5 of the World Series.  That’s hilarious.

Where the f_ck is all the toilet paper?

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