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Congratulations to our 6% runoff voter turnout this past Saturday. 

The Harris County Clerk predicted a 50,000 voter turnout.  56,000 voters in Harris County turned out.

Commentary predicted a 65,000 voter turnout.  What do I know?

We got our first Tea Bagger on the H-Town City Council.

Here is what one of her fellow Tea Baggers put out yesterday:

“Would like to add my two cents to the victory of Ms. (Helena) Brown——-Next stop in two years–THE MAYOR’S OFFICE.”

Of course, she is going to find out real quick that H-Town City Council meetings aren’t Tea Bagger gatherings and if she starts spewing her Tea Bagger hate venom at folks of the Latino persuasion, I’m sure she will be sternly reminded that 57% of District A is Latino.

The Chron E-Board went 0 for 4 in their picks.

The Harris County AFL-CIO went 0 for 3.

The SmartCity PAC went 1 for 4.

Gary Polland went 2 ½ for 3.

Across the Track went 0 for 3.

Harris County Republican Party Advisory Board went 3 for 3.

HBAD went 0 for 3.

Houston GLBT PAC went 1 for 3.

The Planned Parenthood Action Fund went 0 for 2.

Robert Miller went ½ for 4.

District B winner Jerry Davis beat an opponent that was supported by a bunch of heavy hitters including The Dean, Rev. James Dixon, Reps. Senfronia Thompson , Sylvester Turner,  Harold Dutton,  and Ron Reynolds, HISD Trustee Carol Galloway, CM Jarvis Johnson, HCC Trustee Elect Carroll Robinson, and heavyweight lawyer Ben Hall.

Commentary is hearing that H-Town Council Members are already looking forward to the meeting where Jerry Davis gets to provide the breakfast grub.

After nearly 20 years of running for something, Andrew Burks finally won a race. 

CM Jolanda Jones who always has something to say at council meetings didn’t have anything to say to the media Saturday night.   I guess you can call it stunned silence.

We finally got this from her in the Chron last night:

"The people have spoken.  It has been a privilege to be a public servant and to have the opportunity to speak for those often without a voice at the table.  I’m certain that my contributions have not ceased with the end of this elected term."

That was a pretty severe arse whipping if you ask me.  Over the past four years, CM Jones has been unapologetic about her way of serving.  I don’t have a problem with that but you better know that you’ll accumulate enemies along the way.  If you don’t offset that by accumulating friends, then don’t be surprised when the voters run your arse out of office.

Here is a number that stands out.  In the Thibaut/Burks race, in Harris County the under vote was 8.64%.  In Stardig/Brown it was 1.85%.  In Davis/Byrd it was 3.45%.  In Jones/Christie it was 1.02%. 

Don’t be surprised if CM Jones files for something this week or so over in the Dem Party Primary.

It definitely wasn’t a good night for liberals/progressives but we don’t have anyone to blame but ourselves. 

The Chron has a good piece on the election today. Check it out.

In the piece here is what Bob Stein says about Saturday’s results:

"It’s a strong repudiation of this administration – not just the mayor, but the council.”

Maybe council as a whole but not individually after all some won reelection pretty convincingly.

C-O-L-L-A-B-O-R-A-T-I-O-N ought to be the theme at City Hall over the next two years if you ask me but they don’t ask me but they better start asking me – got it!

MLB NL MVP Ryan Braun is in trouble because he tested positive for performance enhancing drugs – yikes!  Braun was the 5th picked in the 2005 MLB Amateur Player Draft.  He also was the starting leftfielder for the NL All Star Team this past July.  Name the three other 2005 first round picks that made the MLB All Star Game this past July?

I don’t think anybody knows what is going to happen with the upcoming 2012 Primary elections or which maps will be used – drats! 

At least until the weekend of January 7-8, 2012 all of us in H-Town will be united in our anticipation of our first NFL playoff experience since 1993 – wow!  We even get to host at least one play-off game – yippee!  I’m sure there will be a lot of Texans gear under Christmas trees this year.

Justin Upton (#1), Troy Tulowitzski (#7), and Jacoby Ellsbury (#23) of course were 2005 First Round draft picks that made the 2011 All Star Team along with Ryan Broid – oh, no!

Broid and the Brewers visit The Yard for two May 16-17, 2012.


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CEWDEM is airing a mini debate of sorts about the State Democratic Executive Committee putting some stuff on the ballot for the March Democratic Primary and leaving some stuff off.  The DREAM Act, gambling, and college tuition made the cut.  The death penalty, marriage equality, and legalizing marijuana were left behind.  I don’t know about that.  I don’t know about you, but I’d be more proud to be a member of a political party that stood for same sex marriage than for casino gambling.  The word cowardly comes to mind if you ask me.  This is 2011, fixing to be 2012, or way past the Ice Age, or as they say – missed opportunity. 

Meanwhile, my pal Jacob Monty had this Op-Ed in yesterday’s Chron cracking on the President on immigration issues.   Check it out.

I can’t find it in today’s Chron.com even though it is in the hard copy, but Federal Judge Vanessa Gilmore drew a new Harris County Commissioners map and here is what lead plaintiff CM James Rodriguez said:  “The court is taking into account that the vast majority of growth in our city is made up of Latino and African American communities.  This new map is fair representation of that growth.”

Name the former MLB great with the most career dingers without ever playing in a World Serious?

Bonus:  This MLB Hall of Fame great is 3rd in career doubles with 725, 4th in career base hits with 3,630, and 5th in career RBIs with 1,951.  Who am I talking about?

H-Town is starting to ratchet up the football fever with the Texans holding a two game lead in the AFC South with six games to go and the Coogs needing to win the next two to finally make a BCS appearance.  Of course, the Texans are without their starting QB and the Coogs are only favored by 3 this Friday at Tulsa. 

Commentary has never been one of those that show up at the stores the day after Thanksgiving to buy stuff.  I usually wait until mid December.  I think it is kind of ridiculous to open the stores at 8 pm Thanksgiving evening.  The employees aren’t even given a day to give thanks.

Speaking of, even the Christmas tunes started early on the radio this year.  They usually wait until Thanksgiving Day but I was twirling the dial and voila – there they were. 

New Radio 92.1 FM is now on the air so check it out.  Who knows?  Maybe they will start giving some air time to local campaign races and local politics.  Maybe they will do remotes from The Roundtable!

The great Ken Griffey, Jr. of course has 630 career dingers and never played in World Serious.

Hall of Fame great Stan “The Man” Musial of course had 725 career doubles, 3,630 career base hits, and 1,951 career RBIs.

“Stan the Man” is celebrating his 91st BD today and has been under the weather lately.  Junior is celebrating his 42nd BD today.

My pal Drayton officially turns over the keys to The Yard tomorrow.


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I think we will see some interesting results tonight when the votes are counted.  The voter is pretty angry and frustrated and looking to take it out on someone.  H-Town isn’t immune to what is going on out there.  Water bills, Rebuild Houston, red light cameras – oh my!  Watch out now!

Meanwhile, the sorry arse Manuel Rodriguez campaign still does not get it and is handing out that sorry arse flyer at some polling places this morning.  I guess they are going to push hate up until 7 pm this evening.

This future Hall of Fame great led the MLB in at-bats this past season with 677.  He’s never played in a World Serious though.  Who am I talking about?

Yesterday I got a Laurie Robinson mailer.

The Chron’s Chris Moran has a good take on today’s election. 
Check it out here.

That’s what I’m talking about.

Ichiro Suzuki of course of the Mariners led the MLB with 677 at bats this season in 161 games – cool!

Nothing to report from The Yard today other than The H-Town Mayor will have her party there tonight!

Go vote now!



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If Texans’ linebacker Brian Cushing was involved in political campaigns, he’d probably be in charge of knocking down the opponent’s signs.

Let me first say that HISD Trustee Manuel Rodriguez was Commentary’s client back in 2003.  I regretted it about six months after he took office.   I guess most folks know about the mail piece he dropped this past Friday. 
Check out the Chron story here.

I guess he figures he has to play the “disgusting” card in order to pull this one out.  If you have family or friends that live in District III, I hope you call them and ask them to vote for Ramiro Fonseca who happens to be Commentary’s friend and client. 

The Chron E-Board did the right thing yesterday and snatched back their endorsement of Manuel Rodriguez.  I can’t remember the last time the Chron took one back, so Manuel now takes his rightful place on the Wall of Shame.

Here is the entire Chron E-Board snatch back:

Earlier this campaign season, we endorsed Manuel Rodriguez Jr. for another term on the board of the Houston Independent School District. We now retract that endorsement in the race for HISD Position III trustee.

A last-minute campaign flier for Rodriguez displays appalling homophobia. The flier urges recipients not just to vote for Rodriguez, but to vote against his opponent, Ramiro Fonseca, because he has been endorsed by the Houston GLBT Caucus, "the South’s oldest civil rights organization dedicated solely to the advancement of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights." The flier further states that Fonseca has "spent years advocating for gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender rights … not kids," and winds up with a pair of bullet points noting that he’s 54 years old with no children and has a male partner.

That’s obvious gay-bashing, of the kind that HISD rightly prohibits on the playground. It has no place on HISD’s board.

Advocating for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights is advocating for kids. GLBT kids are among those who most need adult protection and support.

As Noel Freeman, president of the Houston GLBT Caucus notes, "GLBT youth are 12 times more likely to be bullied in schools, five times more likely to commit suicide and eight times more likely to be homeless. It is imperative that we provide a safe, welcoming environment in our schools."

With his hateful flier, Rodriguez perpetuates the kind of stereotypes that put our kids in danger. And he implies that all right-thinking people agree with him – an insult to his constituents, and precisely the kind of blithe, old-school homophobia that makes school hallways so treacherous.

Members of the school board are supposed to be role models, not bullies. They’re supposed to support civil rights, not fight against them. They’re supposed to fight hate speech, not commit it.

It’s important to stand up to bullying, intolerant behavior, whether on the playground or at the ballot box.

Way to go Noel Freeman and the Houston GLBT PAC and the Young Stonewall Dems, and the Meyerland Dems for putting some pressure on the Chron E-Board!

Name the MLB hitter that drew the most walks this past regular season? 

This is what CEWDEM put out yesterday:

According to official reports from the Harris County Clerk’s office, Latinos have comprised 12% of the total in person absentee and mail in ballots cast.  Districts H, I and J are the three lowest turnout districts as far as percentage of the city turnout is concerned with District H turning out 5% of the city total; District I 6% of the city total and District J 4% of the city total.  Remember that the district totals also include votes cast by other ethnic groups.

This is what Commentary said after the Early Voting period two years ago when the major campaigns for mayor neglected to engage the Latino vote:

The Kyle Johnston Early Vote Report says Latinos only make up 9% of the vote so far…tsk, tsk, tsk.”  Daily Commentary, November 2, 2009

If Latinos are now up to 12% of the total vote, that’s progress.

Friday was the last day to Vote Early.  Here is a comparison after Day 12 in 2009.

West Gray (7262 in 2009/ 5159 in 2011)

Moody Park (1517 in 2009/ 908 in 2011)

Acres Homes (2239 in 2009/ 1475 in 2011)

Ripley (696 in 2009/887 in 2011)

HCCS (970 in 2009/ 1112 in 2011)

Bayland (4287 in 2009/ 3123 in 2011)

Mendenhall (5345 in 2009/ 3178 in 2011)

Main Office on Preston (1680 in 2009/ 1196 in 2011)

The last thing we need right now is a war between the City of H-Town and Harris County.  Harris County Commissioner Steve Radack is still upset about the County paying their fair share of Rebuild Houston and he wants to snatch all the sales taxes that are collected at County owned Reliant Park.  Oh, brother!  Check out the Chron story from this past Saturday.  Hunker Down is disappointing me on this one.  He needs to show a little leadership and respect what the voters decided last year.   I’ll say it again.  They all had an opportunity last year to participate in the Prop 1 debate.

Yesterday, the Chron E-Board told Harris County to stop whining and pay its fair share of Rebuild Houston over at Reliant Park. 
Check out the E-Board’s take here.

Saturday I received an Amy Price for At-Large 4 robo call.

Jose Bautista of course of the Jays drew 132 walks this past season.

Actor Gary Busey in doing TV ads for a local car dealership and in the ad he says he was born in Baytown, Commentary’s and Mayor Bob’s hometown.  I checked it out and here’s what I found on Wikipedia:

(Gary) Busey was born in Goose Creek (now Baytown), Texas, the son of Sadie Virginia (née Arnett), a homemaker, and Delmer Lloyd Busey, a construction design manager.   He graduated from Nathan Hale High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1962.

I didn’t know that!  Move over Mayor Bob and Commentary!

There is nothing again from The Yard today.


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Yesterday was the second day to Vote Early.  Here is a comparison after Day 2 in 2009.

West Gray (973 in 2009/ 582 in 2011)

Moody Park (194 in 2009/ 105 in 2011)

Acres Homes (256 in 2009/ 168 in 2011)

Ripley (113 in 2009/ 104 in 2011)

HCCS (90 in 2009/ 128 in 2011)

Bayland (587 in 2009/ 315 in 2011)

Mendenhall (575 in 2009/ 339 in 2011)

HCCS is the only one of the seven that saw an increase after Day 2.  Ripley is trying to keep up with 2009.

Most other City Early Voting locations saw decreases.  I wonder what is going on at HCCS and Ripley.

Maybe it’s the CM James Rodriguez campaign.   Maybe it is being helped out by the HISD Trustee District III challenge by Ramiro Fonseca.  You got a better idea?

If this keeps up, I think folks would be wise to step up and participate in “The Decisive Latino Force 2012” that CM James Rodriguez and SVREP are heading up.  “The Decisive Latino Force 2012” gathering is Wednesday, November 16.  Be there! 

I saw this today from the Statesman’s Jason Embry’s First Reading:

Happy birthday to Rep. Carol Alvarado!

Yesterday Commentary mentioned the 2002 World Serious between the Giants and Angels.  Who was the 2002 World Serious MVP?

Commentary will be watching the H-Town City Council meeting today on the tube to see what is said about Kroger and the 380 agreement. I don’t have a problem with the 380s if they are used right.  I just want the 380 businesses to be good actors.  Kroger needs to do a better job of taking care of their stores like the dump on Cullen and Polk.  Check out the Chron story here on today’s action. 

The Harris County DA needs to wake up and realize that it is 2011.  Let the Grand Jury do its thing.  Now they want a Special Prosecutor.  Don’t stand in their way. Check out the Chron story here.

The H-Town City Attorney sent out a letter yesterday to candidates laying down the law on how to place your signs on right-of-way next to the polling places.  Oh brother, err big brother!  Commentary has been involved in a lot of campaigns before and this really has never been a problem or issue.   I just hope that campaigns remember that the City Attorney’s letter only addresses E-Day and EV-Day signs on right-of-way and not on property.   I’m thinking that maybe the City Attorney is feeling left out of this election and feels like he has to get in to the game.

Gil Ramirez is the fella that is suing HISD and HISD Trustee Larry Marshall on those contract messes that turned up that $25,000 omitted contribution.  Ramirez went to the H-Town City Council meeting yesterday to complain about City inspectors wanting to “bring him down.”  Ramirez doesn’t like the way the inspectors are hassling him in a development he’s got in the works.  It looks like he thinks he’s being picked on.  So he’s in a two front war right now.  He’s got one with HISD and another one with the City.  Good luck!

Former Angels third baseman Troy Glaus of course was the 2002 World Serious MVP because he had a .385 batting average, 3 dingers, and 8 RBIs.

Kroger sponsored the gym bags that were handed out at The Yard this past season and that’s all I have.


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Yesterday was the first day to Vote Early.  Here is a comparison from Day 1 in 2009.

West Gray (518 in 2009/ 293 in 2011)

Moody Park (100 in 2009/ 49 in 2011)

Acres Homes (135 in 2009/ 79 in 2011)

Ripley (63 in 2009/ 52 in 2011)

HCCS (51 in 2009 / 63 in 2011)

HCCS is the only one of the five that saw an increase on Day 1. 

Most other City Early Voting locations saw decreases.  I wonder what is going on at HCCS.  Maybe Latinos are getting their votes cast before Voter I.D. becomes law.

Thanks to Kuffer for putting out the 2009 EV numbers.

When was the last time a World Serious went seven games and name the two teams involved?

Guv Dude’s not-ready-for-prime-time campaign is getting help.  It looks like he’s bringing in some grown-ups to help out.  Maybe they will tell Dude to keep his piehole shut when the media asks questions about The President’s birth certificate.

Commentary didn’t get any political mail or robo calls yesterday.

The Harris County DA needs to chill out and let the Grand Jury do its thing even if that means excusing Assistant DAs from certain proceedings and testimony involving the DA’s Office.   That’s why we have Grand Juries.  It looks like the Chron’s Lisa Falkenberg is on the side of the Grand Jury.  Of course, Falkenberg’s column can only be read in the hard copy for now.

By the way, I already got my first invite to a Christmas party. 

The 2002 World Serious of course between the Angels and the Giants was the last to go seven games and the Angels won it.

There is absolutely nothing to report from The Yard.


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Of course I’m going to say more and more and more!  Here’s a headline in today’s front page of the Chron:  Hispanic gave GOP a boost in Texas
Check out the story.

Here is from the piece:

Houston Democratic political consultant Marc Campos said Texas Republicans have a history of seeking Hispanic voters while Democrats take them for granted. "They make the effort, and I cannot say that in good conscience about the Democratic Party," he said.

Campos said Hispanic Democratic voter turnout was down in some areas and in other areas was anemic compared to the surge of Republican turnout. He said Reid, Boxer and Brown reached out to Hispanics on issues such as immigration reform and the federal Dream Act to help immigrant youth attend college.

While White tried to reach out to Hispanics by speaking Spanish and airing ads that focused on his family, the former Houston mayor also matched Perry with commercials proclaiming he will crack down on the border.

"Who’s tougher on the border isn’t exactly going to excite a lot of Latino voters," Campos said.

In yesterday’s FW Star Telegram there was a piece on GOP gains in the Lone Star State’s Latino community.  It is an interesting piece.  Check it out.

I don’t know what else I can say about this other than to say the Lone Star State Dem Party’s approach as well as the Harris County Dem Party’s approach to the Latino vote has been an absolute failure.  The proof is in the numbers from November 2.

Meanwhile, CEWDEM’s call for new leadership for the Harris County Democratic Party has brought a bunch of responses and some recommendations.  I’m not going to comment on the recommendations other than to say that I want someone that will proclaim:  THE PRIORITY OF THE HARRIS COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS TO FULLY ENGAGE THE LATINO VOTER AND THE LATINO COMMUNITY!

Of the top five pitchers on the all-time career strikeout list, three are not in the Baseball Hall of Fame.  Who am I talking about?

At about this time this year, Balls of Holly was probably a little miffed because she was stuck in a city council election run-off and if she won (which she did) it would probably be difficult for her to turn around and run for a county wide office.   I’m thinking she probably isn’t too miffed these days.  She saved herself a lot of money and effort.

# 1 Nolan Ryan is in.  #2 Randy Johnson will soon be in.  #3 Roger Clemens may never get in.  #4 Steve Carlton is in.  #5 Bert Blyleven is not in.

#17 Jim Bunning is in but will soon be out of the U.S. Senate.

The ‘Stros hired a batting coach and his name is Mike Barnett and I’ve never heard of him.  They call him “Barney” who will report to “Millsie” and who will replace “Baggy” and that’s all I have from The Yard.


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