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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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Preppers

It’s official.  Former Vice President Joe Biden announced last night that a woman would be on the ticket. Sen. Kamala Harris would be Commentary’s pick.

I went to a grocery store Saturday and they didn’t have any of those self-checkout kiosks that you find at Kroger, HEB and Walmart.  The lady checking me out had a I don’t want to be there look on her face.  I don’t blame her.

Toilet paper, canned soup and chicken. I could not find any at around 11 am this past Saturday morning.

I did not know about preppers.  Now I do.  See from this AP story I ran across this past weekend:

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Curt La Haise has put up with plenty of razzing from friends over the years who have called him paranoid for stockpiling an eight-month supply of food in his basement and having enough fuel to power his generator for almost an entire winter.

They’re not laughing anymore amid panic buying that has cleared store shelves across the U.S. and growing fears that the new coronavirus will force many Americans to self-quarantine for weeks in their homes.

“Now my friends are like, ‘What should I do, what should I get?’” said La Haise, who operates a firearms and safety training business near Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. “Prepping doesn’t look so bad now.”

For those in the often-mocked “prepper” community, this is quickly becoming their “I told you so” moment. But many are resisting saying that, even if it’s in the back of their minds. What they hope is that they’ll finally be taken seriously and that more people will follow their lead.

Some folks were asking for suggestions on what to watch on TV over the weekend now that a lot of folks are sitting at home and there are no live sports on the flat screen.  I was at my Dad’s yesterday and I saw that some cable station was showing all four episodes of “Lonesome Dove” and that is what we watched.  I had not seen it in years.  Great series for sure.

More closings are coming.  In these uncertain times, all we can do is our part, be responsible, be respectful, and hope for the best.

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It was said time and time again during the 2016 campaign. You don’t want this guy in charge during a worldwide crisis.

It has been said time and time again since he has taken office. He lies about everything and in a crisis, we don’t want to wonder if he’s lying.

Two nights ago, I watched his speech that he gave in primetime to the nation. When I heard the day before yesterday that his son-in-law and racist policy advisor were working on drafting his speech, my confidence level was at zip. I was highly skeptical anticipating his speech, and he didn’t let me down. He said stuff that they had to correct afterwards. He wasn’t credible. He certainly wasn’t reassuring. At this point, we don’t care how the virus was born, we just want to know what the plan is for getting us safely through this thing.

Yesterday morning the markets responded with one of the largest market drops in history.

Someone named Luca Paolini, chief strategist at Pictet Asset Management said of the address, “this was the most expensive speech in history.”

No sh_t!

People in his own administration told Congress yesterday that they were failing in getting the tests out. Even his hardcore GOP arse kissers in Congress are having a hard time defending him. They don’t have a problem defending him when he is jeopardizing our national security with Ukraine and Russia. Folks getting sick, school closings, the economy tanking, and constituents hoarding toilet paper are another matter.

How he handles this national crisis is not going to get better. We all know it. Lucky for all of us we have a U.S. House of Representatives who is not going to give him any additional statutory authority that would only put the country in further peril.

Only a fool would believe that this fella is going to provide the leadership that is required at this moment.

It is going to take governors, mayors, county executives, medical and public health experts, and state and local emergency management personnel to get us through these dangerous and uncertain times.

That’s the good news. The bad news? We haven’t even got started yet.

To kind of paraphrase my good pal Keir, March Madness has taken on a different meaning now.

The H-Town Mayor said he didn’t get the toilet paper thing. He will when he is sitting and staring at the cardboard tube of the roll.

Everyone knows that Commentary was the only person in Harris County to sound the alarm about potential problems on the March 3 Primary Election Day. I said it here in my Commentary and I said it at the briefing over at the County on the Thursday before Election Day. See this from today’s Chron:

Commissioners Court has formed a working group to review Harris County’s shift to voting centers and examine what effect it had on hours-long lines at the polls on Primary Day, which Precinct 1 Commissioner Rodney Ellis called unacceptable.

During an at-times contentious discussion with County Clerk Diane Trautman during Tuesday’s Commissioners Court session, Ellis questioned whether she had become too focused on county-wide voting centers, her signature initiative since taking office last year.

Here is the entire article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Long-Election-Day-lines-prompt-Commissioners-15126709.php.

You would think that they would ask Commentary to join the working group but NOPE! All I can say that if you are 65 or older, vote by mail. What a mess.

I got this from The Yard yesterday.

Dear Season Ticket Holder,

As you may be aware, MLB has delayed the start of the 2020 regular season by at least two weeks due to the national emergency created by the coronavirus pandemic. We are focused on evaluating all of our ticket commitments and how we best adapt them for a new schedule. Information is fluid and we will be in touch as we get further clarity on our season schedule. Our priority is the health and safety of our employees, fans and partners. We understand the importance of this issue and we are committed to working proactively with you as fast as possible.

We will reach out with more information as soon as it becomes available, but please note that no action is required from you at this point as no action is being taken on your account.

Kind Regards,

Astros Season Services

For those who are counting, and Commentary is certainly counting, that’s eight games at The Yard so far that won’t be played. The two exhibition games with Cleveland, the four games with the Angels on Opening Weekend, and two with the Mets, the first full week of April. We will miss seeing Jake Marisnick.

In case you are wondering. They are not going to send me a refund. I won’t get a check in the mail or a transfer of cash to my Paypal account. They will hold on to my money and apply it to playoff tickets or next season’s tickets. I have said it before, MLB economics.

No MLB question today because there is no MLB today.

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Not the Armageddon

I guess someone someday will explain to Commentary why you can fly into the USA from the UK but not the rest of Europe.

Have you ever wondered why at The Yard, on the concourse level, when you go fetch grub or a Saint Arnold, you can still see the field and hear the action from the concession area? At Busch Stadium in San Luis, the concourse is walled off with permanent concession stands. When you go to the concession area at Busch on field level, you can’t see the field. The Yard provides us a view by utilizing all those kiosks and portable concession areas for popcorn, peanuts, beer, liquor – you get the picture. The downside is it causes bottlenecks before and after the games. You are shoulder to shoulder with other fans. If you go to The Yard and sit at field level, you know what I am talking about.

I bring this up because Opening Day is two weeks from tonight and the Astros and MLB have to decide in this pandemic environment is it worth it to play the games with fans in attendance. March Madness has decided that they won’t have fans for their women’s and men’s games. Some college basketball tournaments this weekend are also going without fans. The NBA has suspended its season for now.

If we are still is this pandemic environment two weeks from today. I am thinking they will postpone or cancel Opening Day or play it without the fans.

Commentary said this on Monday:

Austin shut down SXSW. Professional sports teams are studying not allowing the media into locker rooms. The NBA is studying playing games without fans. Some folks are calling for the Rodeo to shut down. That’s funny. Commentary has said it before. You don’t f_ck with the all and powerful Rodeo. It would take an Armageddon to finally shut down the Rodeo.

Well, it didn’t take an Armageddon. The Rodeo was finally taken down by science. Who would have thought? A fella goes to the barbecue cook-off at the Rodeo. The fella gets tested for the coronavirus. The test is positive. The City of H-Town is notified. The City of H-Town consults with medical experts. A decision is made to shut the Rodeo down. Isn’t that how it is supposed to work?

Lost in yesterday’s news was this from the Chron:

After publicly denying the allegations, the Rev. Kirbyjon H. Caldwell, a Houston pastor who had the ear of presidents, admitted in a Louisiana federal courtroom on Wednesday to aiding in a multi-million dollar investment scheme, duping members of his flock into buying phony bonds.

Caldwell, who served as a spiritual adviser to Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, pleaded guilty to a massive wire fraud scheme that helped pay off his personal debt and maintain his lifestyle, according to court documents. The judge set his sentencing for July 22.

And this:

Caldwell faces between five to seven years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and up to three years of supervised release. He has made partial restitution to the victims, and agreed Wednesday to pay the remaining $1,951,478.00, before sentencing this summer.

Here is the entire article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Houston-Pastor-Kirbyjon-Caldwell-pleads-guilty-to-15123920.php.

No MLB question today.

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It’s Over

Name the active MLB player(s) with the most MVP Awards?

Commentary said this yesterday:

If former Vice President Joe Biden has a decisive victory this evening in Michigan, should Sen. Bernie Sanders call it quits? What if VP Biden also rolls in Mississippi and Missouri and comes close in Washington? Why continue if you are Sen Sanders? I would hope that the Bernie Bros wouldn’t want to extend it to Sunday evening’s debate in desperate hopes that VP Biden goes into major gaffe mode.

Last night was more than decisive. It was devastating. Biden rolled in Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, and Missouri. Sanders won North Dakota and they are tied in Washington.

It’s over.

Sanders’ National Co-Chair was on CNN this morning saying they were looking forward to the debate. It looks like they are hoping for a Biden gaffe of epic proportion.

Don’t bother putting pressure on Sanders to drop out. He and his team are very smart. They know it’s over. It is up to them to figure out how to exit the race.

When I take my ride into the dealership for major repair, I am provided a car from Budget. Yesterday, Budget sent me a lengthy email telling me how they are taking extra measures to keep their cars virus free.

I also got a note from Uber, explaining what precautions they are implementing during this corona virus pandemic.

The Port of Houston cancelled an event for vendors because of the pandemic.

Here is the absurdity of the pandemic. Some universities and colleges across the country are shutting down their campuses. March Madness will continue.

The most hilarious thing I saw yesterday was a report that the fracking industry is looking for a federal government bailout. That’s funny.

Albert Pujols and Mike Trout each have won three MVP Awards of course.

Pujols and Trout will be at The Yard two weeks from tomorrow on Opening Day.

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It is not looking too good for Justin Verlander to be our Opening Day starting pitcher. Since we joined the AL back in 2013, how many of our Opening Days have been at The Yard and how many have been on the road?

If former Vice President Joe Biden has a decisive victory this evening in Michigan, should Sen. Bernie Sanders call it quits? What if VP Biden also rolls in Mississippi and Missouri and comes close in Washington? Why continue if you are Sen Sanders? I would hope that the Bernie Bros wouldn’t want to extend it to Sunday evening’s debate in desperate hopes that VP Biden goes into major gaffe mode. Commentary will be watching this evening for sure.

A CPAC attendee tested positive for the coronavirus. CPAC organizers sort of figured out which GOP big shots the attendee came in contact with and alerted them. The non-big shots who attended the CPAC gathering have been left out in the dark and they are not happy. That’s your GOP today folks. Take care of the GOP elite is their thing.

I have to hand it to the Democratic Party activists for being responsible on the CPAC incident. If this would have happened at a DNC gathering, the Fox News arseholes would be in full mean arsehole mode for sure.

I was watching Donald Trump yesterday and he said he would be meeting with GOP Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate GOPers on issues to deal with the economy. What a f_cking moron. Not acknowledging U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic Party controlled House is a sure sign that he is intimidated by Speaker Pelosi.

Max Von Sydow is no longer with us. He was “The Exorcist” and I liked him in “Three Days of the Condor”.

That was a class act by Elisa Cardnell in the #TXCD2 Democratic Primary runoff.

Since joining the AL in 2013, the Astros have had four Opening Days at The Yard and three on the road of course.

I am sure the haters are really loving that Justin Verlander is dinged up. It is going to be a long season.

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Commentary said this 26 days ago:

Convince me. How does former Vice President Joe Biden place fifth in New Hampshire and still be viable?

I was convinced after Super Tuesday. Nobody pays attention to me anyways.

Remember a couple of weeks ago when a lot of us thought Sen. Bernie Sanders was steamrolling his way to the nomination.

For those who say Bernie is being blocked by the so called establishment Democrats, you are disrespecting Democratic Party Primary voters.

Name the active MLB pitchers with multiple Cy Young Awards?

Let me say this about Harris County Clerk Diane Trautman. She is owning last Tuesday’s debacle at some polling places where voters waited hours to vote. She put out a statement last Friday taking full responsibility. These days a lot of elected officials run from their problems or blame others. It is good to see the County Clerk admit to stuff and telling us she gets it. Now please get it done right.

Weekend Brunch put this out yesterday:

[WB3] Harris County Clerk Diane Trautman presided over another disastrous election on Tuesday, later issuing an apology for her office’s latest poor performance (after initially trying to blame the Harris County GOP for refusing her proposed joint primary scheme). Democratic consultant Marc Campos called the performance unacceptable.

Yeah, I said that last week.

We all know what gender bias is. For the most part, we have used the term gender bias in the context of discriminating against women and not men. Not in last Tuesday’s Democratic Party Primary countywide judicial races here in Harris County. A sort of reverse gender bias or gender bias that we are not accustomed to. Check this from this weekend’s Chron:

Five Democratic state district judges in Harris County lost their seats to primary challengers on Tuesday. The common thread: All five were men unseated by women of color.

Civil court judges Larry Weiman, Daryl Moore and Steven Kirkland were defeated by Democratic challengers Jeralynn Manor, Brittanye Morris and Dawn Rogers, respectively. Criminal court judges Randy Roll and George Powell lost to Democrats Ana Martinez and Natalia Cornelio.

No male candidate finished above a female candidate across Harris County’s 11 contested district judge races.

And this:

“I think there’s a growing recognition that it’s important to have a judiciary and elected officials who reflect diversity, at least from a gender perspective,” (policy consultant Jay) Aiyer said. “For a long time, there was a bias against women candidates, and I think it’s probably fair to say that there is now a bias for women candidates.”

Payback time?

And this from the same article:

“So disappointed and angry that Harris County Dem voters chose judges by gender rather than by competence,” tweeted Mary Flood, a legal media consultant. “Best civil district judge Daryl Moore gone. Some terrible civil & criminal district judges who happen to be female get to stay. As many of us say often, this has to stop.”

Here is the entire article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Male-judicial-candidates-had-a-tough-election-15111256.php.

Payback time?

It is a carryover of the #MeToo movement. A pendulum kind of thing.

There were seven males on the ballot running for countywide judgeships with no opposition. They are breathing a sigh of relief. I wonder how male Democratic judges who are up in 2022 feel.

The Trib has an article on the reverse gender bias voting last week here: https://www.texastribune.org/2020/03/09/women-beat-men-texas-democrat-judicial-primaries/.

My good friend Bill King and others think we ought to go to a different system of picking judges. I have said it before way back. We can go to a system where the big law firms have a bigger influence or stick with letting the partisans decide. I will go with the partisans.

Manuel Barrera sent me a link to his take and here are parts:

The top 12 precincts in State Representative District 148 provide 64% of the votes for Anna Eastman.

And this:

If Penny Morales Shaw wants to win she needs to figure out how to at least split those precincts with Anna Eastman. Prior voting history indicates that those precincts have a much higher turnout in a runoff election. Penny Morales Shaw has her work cut out if she expects to win the race.

Here is all of Manuel’s take: http://mannybarrera.com/2020/03/06/1258/.

Manuel is rooting for Shaw.

Austin shut down SXSW. Professional sports teams are studying not allowing the media into locker rooms. The NBA is studying playing games without fans. Some folks are calling for the Rodeo to shut down. That’s funny. Commentary has said it before. You don’t f_ck with the all and powerful Rodeo. It would take an Armageddon to finally shut down the Rodeo.

Commentary made a beer and coffee beans run to Spec’s this past Saturday and the checkout fella was wearing gloves.

Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer have three Cy Young Awards and Corey Kluber, Jacob deGrom and Justin Verlander have two of course.

MLB returns to The Yard two weeks from this evening. If they want folks to show up, they need to lighten up on their roof policy. Folks will feel a little bit more secure with the roof open with this coronavirus thing. I don’t know if it makes a difference, but I do get how folks will feel.

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The Alamo fell 184 years ago today.

In 1960, the movie, “The Alamo”, came out with John Wayne as Davy Crockett, Laurence Harvey as William Barrett Travis, Richard Widmark as Jim Bowie, and Richard Boone as Sam Houston. It was an epic production that historians hated for its inaccuracies. Who directed the flick?

Commentary thinks we are going to find out who is behind the fake HD 142 Dem candidate stuff. It is pretty clear that some folks were after State Rep. Harold Dutton, so let’s see where this leads. Maybe it’s the folks that don’t like Rep. Dutton’s bill on HISD and the TEA takeover. This is serious stuff.  Someone might go to jail.

Commentary got this from Sonia on my take yesterday on the long lines at the polls:

Thank you for speaking the truth.

You are welcome!

The Chron E-Board had a take today on the lines and here is how they ended their take:

This is a massive failure of planning and execution, and something (Harris County Clerk Diane) Trautman can, and must, correct. First, she has to take responsibility and stop blaming Republicans. Some of Tuesday’s problems aren’t likely in November, when all voters use the same machines, but now is the time to address all the failures that are pushing wait times well beyond 30 minutes.

People have sacrificed so much for our right to vote. People should not have to suffer for hours in line to exercise it.

Here is the entire take:
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Harris-County-voting-debacle-exposed-on-Super-15109072.php.

Here is the response from the County Clerk. She just put it out:

Over the past three days, I have heard from voters, community groups, media, and elected officials regarding concerns about long lines on Election Day. There were several factors at play that led to this event, but make no mistake – I believe very strongly that the right to vote is core to our democracy and the voting booth should be accessible for everyone.

Running an election in this political climate can truly be a balancing act, especially in a Texas primary where the political parties contract with my office to administer the election. The responsibility of the parties, is to come to an agreement on the polling locations and staffing of election workers. The responsibility of my office, is to provide equipment and to tabulate the results. We did the best with what we had and what we believed was fair and equitable by allocating equal amounts of equipment to each party. However, we take full responsibility for the long lines and wait times, and apologize to the voters and communities who were affected. We will reevaluate machine allocations and turnout projections based on both the data we have available and feedback from the community for the Primary Runoff Election.

In the 15 months I have been in office, my team and I have made a variety of changes to increase equity at the polls. Among these, the implementation of Countywide Polling, expanded Early Voting hours and locations, enhanced Election Judge training, and adding locations on college campuses like Texas Southern University.

It is clear that the history of marginalized communities being left behind in the voting process has led to polling deserts in areas of Harris County. I believe that we have made some strides, but we still have work left to do.

Moving forward, the voters of Harris County have my commitment to working together to make sure the November General Election is a success. There will be more than 50 Early Voting locations and approximately 750 Election Day polling locations.

I would again like to express my immense gratitude toward all election judges, poll workers, and voters who give their time and passion to making democracy come alive. 

We can blame Republicans for long lines anticipated in November for taking away the straight ticket voting option.

State Rep. Anna Eastman got a big fat F rating from the NRA. Nothing on her opponent. Interesting.

Stace said this yesterday about the TXHD148PrimaryRunoff:

Congrats to Penny Morales Shaw on making the run-off for Texas House District 148. I think the primary showed that special elections suck and people are still not in voting mode when they happen. Plus, when you throw republinuts into the mix, it just sucks more. Hopefully, voters stay in voting mode for the run-off. Hopefully, voters will get more than the usual arguments of “I was way ahead of the pack” versus “59% of the people don’t want my opponent” and break down the issues that matter. There are differences in this one.

A few things on this. I certainly don’t want to get into a debate with Stace on his takes. Elections are elections. There are Special, Runoff, General, Primary and so on. It is up to the campaigns to engage the voters and get them to the polls. Most folks aren’t like Commentary and wake up every morning asking if there an election today.

In the November 5, 2019 General Election, the House District 148 Special Election was the first ballot item listed right after the State Constitutional Amendments. It was listed before the H-Town Mayor and municipal races. It was up to each campaign to make the case to voters and the voters made State Rep. Anna Eastman their top choice. We made the best case.

The top two candidates made the runoff and one happened to be a GOPer because everybody gets to run and vote in a Special Election, including GOPers. That’s in the Election Code. That’s the law.

Anna Eastman was duly and fairly elected as State Representative and has been sworn-in and is performing her State Representatives duties.

We are also in the Democratic Primary and now it is down to two candidates.

On the “59% of the people don’t want my opponent” deal. I don’t think I have ever used that argument because like in the HD 148 case, it could easily be countered with the opposite argument that 78% didn’t like the other. Ouch!

Commentary wishes we could break down the issues that matter. We will see. I don’t think so, though. When do they these days?

John Wayne of course directed “The Alamo.”

It was nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture but only won the Best Sound Oscar.

In case you are wondering, we are 4-5-1 in Spring Training games.

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Of the active MLBers, who has the highest career batting average?

I will say it again. If Senator Bernie Sanders pulls it off and becomes our nominee, I am all in for Bernie.

If I prefer someone else at this point in the primary, why does Bernie have to call me an “establishment Democrat.” Maybe some folks inside the Beltway don’t like Bernie’s arse, but what happened on Super Tuesday was certainly not inside the Beltway related.

I don’t consider Sen. Amy Klobuchar, #BetoForTexas, Cong. Jim Clyburn, Mayor Pete, State Sen. Carol Alvarado, The Dean, Cong. Veronica Escobar and Austin Mayor Steve Adler inside the Beltway players.

What happened on Super Tuesday was one of those things that political scientists will be studying for years. It happens.

Everyone should know by now that Commentary has been extremely critical of the national and state Democratic Parties. That hardly makes me an “establishment Democrat.”

Former Vice President Joe Biden won some states he didn’t visit or spend a lot of dough in. Democratic voters are having their say. That is how primaries are supposed to work.

What is hilarious about Bernie’s attack on establishment Democrats is that his new ad features President Barack Obama who most folks still consider the head of the Democratic Party. Hilarious!

The Trib has a good piece on the long lines debacle on Election Day in Harris County here: https://www.texastribune.org/2020/03/04/harris-countys-texas-southern-university-voting-delays-what-happened/.

The Chron also has a good story on the lines.

Check out this story about the fake candidate who forced a runoff in the HD 142 state house race: https://abc13.com/5986131/?ex_cid=TA_KTRK_TW&taid=5e60f34605296a0001044d9d&utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter.

This needs to be investigated by law enforcement. If the candidate doesn’t exist, how did she get on the ballot? Don’t you have to produce an ID when you file? How did she pay? Does the local Democratic Party office have security cameras they can review? This is messed up.

My March Beatles calendar with lyrics features:

Hey Jude,
Don’t let me down
You have found her, now go and get her
Remember to let her into your heart
Then you can start to make it better.

My other Beatles calendar is a 1964 photo of the lads.

Miguel Cabrera and Jose Altuve lead active MLBers with a .315 career batting average of course.

Opening Day is three weeks from today. I am still not ready.

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#FireStanWho?

Commentary never went after former Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart with the #FireStanStanart hashtag on election nights when things were slow because I had to work with the election folks and I really needed them to cooperate with me. For all you folks out there who went after Stan Stanart with #FireStanStanart time after time and are now silent after yesterday’s and last night’s debacle, you are lowly punks, chumps, and pitiful and pathetic arseholes in my eyes right now. Staying silent after last night is cowardice at its best.

The County Clerk is blaming the political parties and the political parties are blaming the County Clerk sort of.

Commentary told the Election folks that reducing the number of polling locations on Election Day was a bad idea. I think I was the only person in Harris County who warned them. Thank you very, much living room pundits of Harris County.

I was glad to see Sen. Carol Alvarado voice major concern yesterday over the long waits.

I fully expect Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo to call for a public explanation from the County Clerk. If she doesn’t, I will be disappointed. What happened yesterday was unacceptable.

State Rep. Anna Eastman goes into a runoff with a commanding lead.

Former Vice President Joe Biden is now the frontrunner. Wow! He won states he didn’t even campaign in. Wow!

Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan is a goner.

It was good to see Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg win last night.

Mike Bloomberg is out and endorses Joe Biden. That’s a good move.

No MLB question today.

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