Archive for April 26th, 2021

This is not good.  From the Statesman today:

The founders of Hillco Partners confirmed Sunday that an employee of the influential lobby organization is the subject of a criminal investigation into an allegation from at least one Texas Capitol staffer who believes a lobbyist used a date rape drug on her.

Neal T. “Buddy” Jones sent an electronic message to every member of the Legislature saying his firm, Hillco Partners, condemns “any form of violence and unwanted conduct against women.

The message came amid an uproar in the Capitol community, with some lawmakers calling on Hillco to fire the employee, whose name has not been released, and some saying the firm’s employees will not be welcome in their offices.

“While the investigation is pending, the accused lobbyist(s) and their firm(s) are banned from my office; and, if true, will be permanently banned,” state Rep. Dustin Burrows, a Lubbock Republican who chairs the House Calendars Committee, said in a tweet.

State Rep. Shelby Slawson, R-Stephenville, said the woman who raised the allegation should be believed.

“We don’t need to know who she is for her to know who we are, standing with her,” Slawson said in a tweet. “We’ll be wearing pink on Tuesday.

Bill Miller, a longtime Capitol insider and the other founder of Hillco, acknowledged the pressure in an interview but said the statement reflected the firm’s values, irrespective of the outrage.

“We take this stuff super-seriously,” MiIler said. “As soon as we got wind that we had an employee who was a person of interest, we acted immediately.”

Miller declined to name the employee. He said Hillco has hired an investigator with a background in law enforcement to examine the matter independently of the DPS inquiry. 

On Saturday, the Texas Department of Public Safety told the Austin American-Statesman its investigators were looking into the staff member’s allegation. The incident took place during a meeting downtown, according to DPS.

Officials recently received a complaint from the person saying she was a victim, prompting the investigation, DPS spokesman Travis Considine said. He would not identify the lobbyist and was unable to say when and where the incident happened. 

No charges have been filed, and no arrests have been made.

The reaction over the weekend to this was swift and heavy on social media.  That’s the way it should be.  I wonder if Hillco will have any folks at the State Capitol today? More to follow. Stay tuned for sure.

Early voting in Harris County continues today.  Today’s hours are 7 am to 10 pm. 483 out of the 1,088 drive thru voters are in Kingwood.  Drive thru voters make up 13% of the early in person voters.  Some GOP legislators want to eliminate drive thru voting with their racist voter suppression legislation.

From the where is the beef department. Commentary doesn’t have to tell you Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is a moron.  He lets us know all by himself.  Some idiot makes up sh_t about a non-existent President Joe Biden policy on hamburgers and Abbott retweets it. Who in their right mind actually believes that the Biden-Harris administration wants to ration Big Macs and Whoppers? Moron. Childish. Immature. An embarrassment.

Here is the top headline in today’s hard copy Chron front page:

Abbott aide was at ERCOT storm meeting

Here is the first line from the article by kickarse reporter Jay Root and that’s all you need to know:

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott dispatched a top aide to the ERCOT operations center on the night the grid operator made the controversial decision to leave electricity prices at maximum levels — a move blamed for creating a multi-billion dollar mess.

Abbott was in on the Big Freeze fix and then he tried to blame his own ERCOT folks. That Abbott weenie never can take responsibility.  What a punk. He will never grow up.

Commentary really can’t say much about the Oscars.  I did have it on last night.  This I will criticize.  The In Memoriam went too fast. Why bother. It was insulting to those who were mentioned.

I didn’t see any movies so I can’t say who should have won or who was robbed.  I also can’t comment on the format or if it was under the proper COVID protocols because everyone, except me, seems to be ignoring protocols anyway these days.

I also didn’t have a problem with Best Picture not being announced at the end.  I am not going to comment on Halle Berry’s hair because I didn’t see anything wrong with it.  Same thing with Frances McDormand’s dress.

All Rise is celebrating his 29th BD today.

Former Astros pitcher Mike Scott is 66 today.

Blummer is 48 today.

Happy Birthday Geoff, Mike and Aaron!

We took 3 out of 4 from the Angels and the Mariners are in town for 4. It turns out Jose Altuve tested positive for COVID-19. Sigh.

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