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Let’s see.  Harris County is in a COVID-19 Code Red threat level. We had a record high 6,975 infections in Texas yesterday as well as one of the highest days in the nation during this pandemic.  Dr. Anthony Fauci told congress yesterday that 100,000 infections a day was a possibility and we are still debating this?

It is a no brainer. Commentary is talking about cancelling the upcoming Texas Republican State Convention scheduled for July 16-18 here in H-Town at the George R. Brown Convention Center.  The GOP on the state and federal level for the most part have failed to lead in the fight against COVID-19.  They are the party who refuse to wear masks.  We have the power to protect our own city.  Cancel the GD convention.

Here is from the Trib:

State Rep. Sarah Davis, a Houston-area Republican, said it seemed “incredibly irresponsible” to hold such a large gathering and said she does not plan to attend this year’s event.

“I think it’s a horrible idea to proceed with holding the in-person convention,” Davis told the Tribune on Tuesday. “Houston is the last place we need to have a crowd of 6,000 gathering, given our COVID-19 positivity rate increases.”

Other Republicans, such as state Sen. Bob Hall of Edgewood, have brushed aside such concerns, arguing instead that Texans should return to some sense of normal in an effort to prevent further damage to the economy.

“Canceling the convention sends the exact opposite message that Republicans should be sending,” Hall said in a statement Tuesday. “There is no reason to cancel a gathering that will help unite Republicans behind a limited government platform.”

Here is the entire Trib article: https://www.texastribune.org/2020/06/30/texas-gop-republican-convention/.

Here is from the lead story on the front page of the Chron today:

Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Texas Republican Party began facing calls on Tuesday from elected officials and the country’s largest medical society to cancel the July state Republican convention, which would be one of the city’s first major indoor gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic.

Turner swiftly rejected the idea, telling council members that he would “leave it up to the political personalities of the political convention, and the people who are going to be attending, to make wise decisions.”

Yet, a review of the mayor’s recent updates to his COVID-19 executive order shows that he removed his own authority to cancel the convention on Monday.

The order Turner originally issued in March imposing restrictions to stem the spread of COVID-19 was updated June 23 to force cancellation of all events of more than 50 people in city-owned buildings — unless the mayor authorized an exception.

Under an amended order issued Monday, however, Turner had removed that language. Only events permitted through the mayor’s office of special events were to be canceled.

The 50-person cap in the previous version had included “events organized, sponsored or produced by parties under contracts between third parties and the City of Houston or entities managing City of Houston property.” That language appeared to include the convention, as the George R. Brown Convention Center is owned by the city and operated by Houston First Corp., a public nonprofit that serves as the city’s convention arm. Turner thus would have had the authority to cancel the GOP convention, but he stripped that language.

Here is the Chron article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Turner-rejects-calls-to-shut-down-GOP-convention-15377824.php.

Commentary will say it again.  The GOP has been derelict and negligent in dealing with COVID-19.  We can make the right call for them and cancel the convention.  It is a no brainer.

Carl Reiner left us Monday evening.  The younger folks knew him as Saul in the Oceans caper flicks.  He was the creator and lead writer of the 1960s “Dick Van Dyke Show” and played Alan Brady.  I also like him in “The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming”, a 1966 flick that got a Best Picture nomination. He also had a cameo appearance in “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World”, which had a ton of well-known stars.  Reiner was a great writer. He was certainly one of the best.

It is July 1 and we have missed 84 regular season games. 45 of them at The Yard.

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