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Lone Star State Dems start arriving today here in H-Town to elect DNC members, Party officers, and National Delegates.  I’m sure there will also be some discussion on what we have to do to start WINNING!

The state’s political press will also be here but don’t pay attention to what the Trib said today:

Texas Democrats limp into Houston on Thursday for yet another state party convention that will highlight how far they have sunk into statewide oblivion.


Here is the entire Trib piece.

There are 48 former and active MLBers in the 400 career dinger club with Barry, Barry at the top with 762.  Name the two that are tied for 47th?

Commentary will be at the Dem Convention with Traci Jensen, Democratic nominee for State Board of Education, District 6 (Commentary’s client).  Traci is an outstanding candidate.  I hope fellow Dems get a chance to meet her.  We’re looking forward to attending a seminar that will be held Saturday morning at 9:30 am on “Electing a Smarter State Board of Education.”  The Party told me that the Texas Freedom Network is putting it on. 

BTW:  Traci still hasn’t received a response to her letters.  Stay tuned!

My pal Bill King must be suffering from writer’s block.  I guess he couldn’t think of a topic to tackle today so he took the easy route and endorsed candidates.  Here is from his column:

Hopefully the July 31 runoff will promote (David) Dewhurst and (Paul) Sadler to the title match in November. Both have legitimate qualifications for being a U.S. senator. But there is no telling what the turnout will be in the runoff. In those circumstances it is not inconceivable that in November, Texas voters would have to choose between (Ted) Cruz and (Grady)Yarbrough to replace Kay Bailey Hutchison. Either would be quite a step down.

Check out Bill’s column here.

If out-of-town Dems want to do something tonight after or in lieu of the Kick-Off Reception, the ‘Stros are hosting San Luis just a few blocks from the Hilton Americas.  There are plenty of seats and St. Arnold still available.

If you want to eat something other than hotel or convention center grub, the Chron’s 29*95 just put out a list of H-Town’s Top 100 Grub Spots.

Check it out here.

A couple of the grub spots are within walking distance, but you better bring plenty of dough. 

The Dynamo won’t be playing this weekend but if Dems take a peek at what’s behind the George R. Brown Convention Center, they’ll be able to see the brand new BBVA Compass Stadium.  If Dems happen to run into The H-Town Mayor or CM James Rodriguez at the convention, give them a high five or a “way to go” shout out on getting the new soccer stadium built.

The late Hall of Fame great Duke Snider and Paul Konerko of the White Sox of course are tied for 47th with 407 dingers each on the MLB All Time Career Dinger list.

The ‘Stros got a little too aggressive on the base paths last night and paid the price in a one run loss – DRATS!!!!


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My pal H-Town CM Mike Sullivan was handed a doozey of an issue in his GOP race for Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector in today’s Chron.  Here is from the Chron:

The Harris County tax office is paying 32 clerks overtime on weekends to eliminate a large backlog of unprocessed auto registrations, a potentially serious problem that could force some motorists to drive with expired decals.

Drivers can receive costly tickets and civil penalties for lapsed vehicle registration and cannot use the backlog as an excuse, tax officials stressed.

Here is the entire piece.

Commentary has always thought that the current Tax Assessor-Collector Don Sumners is a meddler.  He’s been to the H-Town City Hall on occasion to crack on the Mayor and Council Members on how the City is being run.  Well it turns out he’s not running his own shop very well.

Former Tax Assessor- Collector Paul Bettencourt was also a meddler but at least he processed the car registrations in a timely fashion.  Heck, he even had time to go after voter registration applications.  Check this from the Chron:

Paul Bettencourt, the previous tax collector, expressed surprise at the length of the backlog and said that in the past, staff were cross-trained and assigned to busy areas as the work flow demanded.

"They need to shift people to work the backlog," Bettencourt said. "You put all hands on deck and transfer people in from other departments."

And this:

Sumners blamed the backlog on last year’s countywide budget cuts, which caused a 9 percent personnel reduction.

GOPers like Sumners are always quick to call for cutting government without thinking about the consequences.  Well now they are neck deep in consequences.

Name the MLBer with the most fielding errors this season – through last night.

H-Town CM James Rodriguez will have a special weekend.  Tonight he delivers the commencement address at the San Jacinto College South Campus graduation ceremony. 

Tomorrow CM Rodriguez will be at the Opening Match of the brand new BBVA Compass Dynamo Stadium.  CM Rodriguez, The Mayor, and County Commissioner El Franco Lee were the key to making sure the deal happened to build the stadium.  Way to go! 

Try to drop by Anna and Brad Eastman’s home in the Heights Sunday (May 13) afternoon as they host a Mother’s Day reception for Traci Jensen, Democratic candidate for State Board of Education, District 6.  The reception starts at 4 pm at 935 Harvard (77008).  RSVP at marisol@camposcommunications.com

Try to drop by the home of Shanna Crawford Barnstone and Robert A. Hager in the Near Northside over by Moody Park on Monday (May 14) as they host a reception for Traci Jensen.  The reception starts at 5:30 pm at 3923 Baden (77009).  ).  RSVP at marisol@camposcommunications.com

I’m sure half of the County’s Dem voters have received a mail piece from Traci this week.

Check out the story on mail ballot applications in today’s Chron.  Here is how it starts:

Harris County residents have requested a record number of mail-in ballots for this month’s primary, a shift political observers attribute to more targeted campaign efforts by candidates and interest groups and the rising age of the average primary voter.

Here is the entire piece.

That’s the way it goes these days.

Let’s see, the Washington Post had a piece this week that said Mitt Romney was a prep school bully, but Mitt Romney doesn’t remember yet he apologizes.  Oh, well!

Shortstop Dee Gordon of the Dodgers of course has nine fielding miscues through last night.

The ‘Stros are in western PA for three against the Pirates at PNC this weekend.


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My pal radio talk show host Michael Berry won’t be charged on that hit-and-run incident that looks like it never happened and a bunch of folks jumped the gun including Josh Innis over at Sports Talk 610.  Here is from the Chron:

Paint samples taken by Houston police from the vehicle that was hit did not match Berry’s car, according to the documents.

Here is the entire Chron piece.

Of course Commentary is not going to say that Michael was unfairly treated because Michael probably unfairly treats some folks that he talks about on his show every now and then.

At this point in the season, how many ‘Stros have more dingers than Albert Pujols – he’s with the Angels?  

East Downtown continues to get better as the official ribbon cutting of the BBVA Compass Dynamo Stadium was held yesterday with the Mayor and CM James Rodriguez participating in the celebration.   Commentary is not a big soccer fan, heck I’m not even a soccer fan, but if it’s good for East Downtown, then I’m OK with it.  Ya’ll enjoy it!

Nine ‘Stros of course (Jed Lowrie and J.D. Martinez at 3, Matt Downs, Numero 45, and Jordan Schafer at 2, and Jose Altuve, Brian Bogusevic, Justin Maxwell, and Chris Snyder at 1) have more dingers than Albert Pujols who doesn’t have any at this point in the season – yikes!

Thanks to a Jed Lowrie dinger off of the Chick-fil-A fair pole last night, Commentary will have one for lunch.  I also got a Denny’s free Original Grand Slam breakfast with the purchase of a beverage of course thanks to Chris Snyder’s three run dinger in the second inning and we’re now 10-14.  Commentary won’t be at The Yard this afternoon to see the Mets.



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