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The first day of Early Vote is in and it is looking like a mixed result for Dems.  Kuffer says don’t even try to compare to 2008.  I won’t.  I’ll make a brief comparison to 2010.

On EV D1 in 2010 in Harris County, Dems were at 2190 in person with 2886 mail ballots returned.

On EV D1 in 2012, Dems are 1570 in person with 4,644 mail ballots returned.

On EV D1 in 2010, Sunnyside was 6.6% of the total.  In 2012 it is 8%.

On EV D1 in 2010, Acres Homes was 5.1%.  In 2012 3.9%

West Gray is down.  Ripley is down.  Moody is up.  HCCS is about the same.

Galena Park, IBEW in Pasadena, and North Channel had major bumps.

Kuffer mentioned that the new Galleria location might take the pressure off of West Gray.  Only 11 Dems could find the place.

Oh well!

Name the all time MLB career leader in RBIs among Latino ballplayers?

Commentary doesn’t think HISD wanted this.  Here is from the Chron:

Houston ISD’s general manager of facilities has resigned after two years on the job, Superintendent Terry Grier confirmed Monday.

Grier said his staff told him that Issa Dadoush announced during an internal meeting Monday that he was resigning, tired from the long hours that kept him away from his young children.

That is not what Dadoush put out later.  See more from the Chron:

“A change in the Business Operations structure is desperately needed, by which redundant layers of approvals and restricted communications are eliminated,” Dadoush wrote. “Our limitations on communicating directly with all stakeholders, including Trustees and other cabinet members, have made it impossible to move this Department to the next level of performance efficiency. The ‘muzzle’ that was ordered on me and other department heads has made it impossible to do our jobs effectively.”

Bobadilla emailed Dadoush and other department leaders on April 14 telling them not to directly respond to requests from board members. Instead, Bobadilla said, he would respond or farm out questions that trustees make through the formal request process. Bobadilla, who used to work with Grier in North Carolina, said in his email that the process needed to be followed so that trustees, Grier or other officials are all kept in the loop.

HISD spokesman Jason Spencer said Bobadilla was trying “to ensure that the information we release to the public and to members of the Board of Education is accurate and consistent. These same protocols apply to all other HISD departments.”

Dadoush also wrote in his resignation letter that the business department wasted time on trivial matters.

“Furthermore,” he wrote, “colossal time is wasted in minute details, trivialities, voluminous paperwork, unnecessary meetings, while losing strategic direction of the projects and essentially abandoning leadership. This bureaucratic and gate-keeping philosophy (blocking all alternative flows of information) is not sustainable; it is inefficient and has been exhausting for our human and financial resources within CFS (construction and facilities services).”

Talk about burning your bridges.

Here is the rest of the piece.

Just don’t blame me!

Alex “A-Roid” Rodriguez of course ranks numero 1 among Latino ballplayers in the career RBI category with 1,907, ninth overall amongst all MLBers.

The ‘Stros lost again last night and have one more in Philly this afternoon that might be delayed or called off because of rain. 

 

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Joe Martinez, Democratic Party Primary candidate for Harris County Constable, Precinct 2 has a problem.  It is a problem that some candidates just have to live with.  He keeps getting his campaign signs (yard signs and the big ones) stolen or ripped up because some of his opponents think he’s doing a real good job engaging the voters of Precinct 2.   Joe Martinez is Commentary’s client.

There are 10 candidates running for this open position.  Understandably many of the Democratic elected officials are on the sidelines.  Not so for H-Town CM James Rodriguez.  Rodriguez, who lives in Precinct 2, says this:

“I urge the Democrats in Constable Precinct 2 to join me in supporting Joe Martinez.  I’ve known Joe for a number of years and have always admired his dedication to his profession and to community service.”

Of the candidates running for this position, Joe does have the most years of experience working in a constable’s office.  Joe has ideas on what he’ll do to make the office work better.   I have nothing against the incumbent, my pal Gary Freeman, but every office can be improved.

I’m not going to say or reveal much about Joe’s campaign other than to say that Joe and his crew certainly know what has to be done between now and May 14 and May 29.  Joe knows how to focus.

Joe Martinez has also been endorsed by the Coalition of Police and Sheriffs, Local 911 (C.O.P.S), Democracy for Houston, Harris County Tejano Democrats, Houston Area Stonewall Democrats, Houston GLBT Political Caucus, International Union of Police Associations (I.U.P.A.), Mexican American Bar Association of Houston, and Momentum PAC.

I hope more folks will consider supporting Joe Martinez.  He’ll be a great Constable.

‘Stro second baseman Jose Altuve turned 22 yesterday.  Altuve is currently in the MLB Top 10 in three offensive categories – name the three categories?  

Like I said last Friday, Commentary got interviewed by Huffington Post.  Here is part of the piece on politicians and Cinco de Mayo:

I have to give it to President Obama. He’s actually been pretty smart about this stuff,” said Marc Campos, president of Campos Communications in Houston, referring to the annual White House Cinco de Mayo reception and the president’s Rose Garden push for immigration reform on Thursday. “But you just know some politician is going to show up somewhere this weekend in a guayabera (a type of shirt) or a sombrero at some party with the fajitas and the guacamole and no knowledge whatsoever of what the people in that room are really concerned about. That’s, unfortunately, how it’s often done.”

Campos, a Mexican American who has worked as a political strategist for dozens of for Democratic candidates since the 1970s, has seen so many politicians try to appeal to Latino voters with cultural celebrations and food that friends this week called him to joke that that they wished the White House reception included the bacon-wrapped shrimp that are a standard of Washington parties. Instead, pork and fish tacos, pico de gallo, sopes and various mole-marinated meats were on the menu.

In 2000, Campos did “truth-squad” research on George W. Bush’s accomplishments in Texas. And, he served as a deputy campaign director for the Democratic Party’s get out the vote effort the last time a Democrat carried Texas. The candidate was Jimmy Carter and the year, 1972. (Actually it was 1976).

Here is the entire HuffPo piece.

Speaking of the Latino vote, Politico had a lengthy piece yesterday on the Latino vote in the 2012 race for Prez.  Here are parts:

He (Romney) called Arizona’s immigration law a national model, and said he would veto a “Dream Act” that provides a pathway to citizenship for children of illegal immigrants if they serve in the military or go to college. He advocates “self-deportation” — essentially making life so difficult for undocumented residents that they see little option except to leave the country.

“He (Romney) hasn’t begun an aggressive, national campaign for Hispanics,” said Ana Navarro, a Republican strategist in Miami. “He needs to introduce himself, define himself beyond the narrow narrative coming out of the primary and at the same time go after Obama hard, both on immigration and economic failures.”

I disagree.  I think Latinos have already been introduced to Romney.   Sadly GOP strategists think we’ve been on siesta or something like that.  Latinos have been watching the immigrant bashing going on over in the GOP Prez primary.

And:

The Obama campaign is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars advertising on Spanish language TV stations in Colorado, Nevada and Florida.

But neither the Romney campaign nor the conservative political groups paying for pro-Romney ads has bought any time on Spanish networks.

And:

“Hispanics are shopping around,” said Jennifer Korn, executive director of the Hispanic Leadership Network and Hispanic outreach director for the 2004 Bush-Cheney campaign.

What are we supposed to be shopping for – a Mitt wearing a sombrero?

Here is the entire politico piece.

I was watching “Meet the Press” yesterday and one of my favorites, Tom Brokaw, was on and he kind of mildly chastised the White House Correspondents dinner.  Here is from a web piece about his remarks:

Veteran NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw on Sunday said Washington’s annual White House Correspondents’ dinner has become a symbol of a press that is increasingly out of touch. ”If there’s ever an event that separates the press from the people they’re supposed to be serving, symbolically, it is that one. It is time to rethink it,” he said on NBC’s Meet the Press.

“Look I think George Clooney is a great guy, I’d like to meet Charlize Theron, but I don’t think the big press event in Washington should be that kind of glittering event, where the whole talk is about Cristal champagne, taking over the Italian embassy, who had the best party, who got to meet the most people. That’s another separation between what we’re supposed to be doing and what the people expect us to be doing, and I think that the Washington press corps has to look at that, and by the way I’m a charter member of the White House Correspondents Association, I was there early on and often enjoyed it, but it’s gone beyond what it needs to be.”

It is what it is.  White House correspondents and many of Washington and national news reporters, anchors, and columnists are celebrities themselves – Tom Brokaw included.  They show up on Leno, Letterman, Colbert, Stewart, Maher, Fallon, Kimmel, and Conan. They also interview celebrities like Clooney, DeNiro, Theron, Pitt, Jolie, Penn, Bono, and countless others that give their time and money to humanitarian efforts. Sorry Tom, but we’re never going back to the good old days.

Goober Pyle is no longer with us.  That’s too bad.  George Lindsey left us yesterday.  I always cracked up when Gomer would ask Goober to do his Cary Grant impression and Goober would rattle off “Judy, Judy, Judy!”

‘Stro Jose Altuve is 9th in batting average (.352), 4th in base hits (38), and tied for 2nd in triples (3) of course.

We’re 13-15 and Dante is already asking if he can go with me to the World Serious – huh!  What does he know? 

 

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Stop the Magnet is another group of H-Town folks that refuse to celebrate our diversity.  They want to have a couple of measures on the ballot this November that harass Latino looking folks.  Check out from their website:

We Need 20,000 City of Houston Registered Voters. Are you one?

Two proposed ballot measures need signatures that will challenge the status quo on illegal immigration in Houston:

A) Public Safety policy designed to allow Houston Police Officers more discretion in identifying and reporting those who fail a valid ID check on a probable cause encounter.

B) Contractors and subcontractors benefitting from taxpayer funds on a City of Houston contract would be required to use E-Verify to authorize the legal working status of their employees.

Folks like Commentary and H-Town CM James Rodriguez have been worried about local Latino voter turnout this November.  We know the far right wingers and Tea Baggers are coming out to vote in droves.  Putting this madness on the ballot just might light a fire, err fuego, in the local Latino community and then Latino voters will come out in record numbers and help Dem candidates win county wide.  This may just backfire on the GOP as they (the Jeb and George P. Bushies) try to dust off their welcome mat for Latino voters. This effort has all the ingredients necessary to create a magnet at the polls that will attract Latinos.

Local Univision will certainly be all over this and we may finally have a vehicle to get out the Latino voters.  Where can I sign a petition?

Go here to check out Stop the Magnet.

Stay tuned for Stop the Madness!

Commentary mentioned yesterday that Ichiro Suzuki of the Mariners has played 11 full seasons in the MLB.  How many times has he had 200 plus base hits in a season?  Bonus:  How many times has he led the AL in base hits in a season?

It is good to see the MLS do this.  The Dynamo is fixing to open their new crib in a few weeks and they need to be responsible community citizens.

Major League Soccer suspended Dynamo midfielder Colin Clark three games and fined him an undisclosed amount Wednesday for uttering a gay slur at a ball boy Friday night early in the Dynamo’s loss at the Seattle Sounders.

Here is the entire piece.

Let’s see, Poltico broke the story yesterday that Mitt Romney was fixing to build a car elevator for his West Coast pad and the Dem talking heads said there goes Mr. Out-of-Touch again, and the GOP talking heads responded that building the elevator was a job creator and it shouldn’t be turned into a political issue.  Then the Romney campaign announced that the elevator job was put on hold so it is no longer a political issue – got it!

Last season, Ichiro only had the 184 base hits, the first time he has had less than 200 in a season, so that makes 10 seasons that he’s had 200 plus base hits of course.   Ichiro has also led the AL in base hits in seven different seasons of course.

An experiment in tailgating will occur at The Yard the first weekend in June, according to the ‘Stros.  

 

 

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First of all Happy Birthday today to my good friend HISD Trustee Anna Eastman!

A couple of years ago or so I think it was GOP State Rep. Leo Berman  that said something like if we create a path to citizenship for those that were undocumented then those same folks would just turn out to be Democratic Party voters.  Check out today’s NY Times editorial titled “A Dream Act without the Dream.”  Here is how it starts:

Republican politicians have overwhelmingly embraced an approach to immigration reform that offers only misery, arrest and punishment to the undocumented. That is popular with party’s hard-right base, but toxic with Hispanic voters — which has led some Republicans to come up with proposals that seem to shimmer with promise but lead to the same no-future dead end.

Here is the entire editorial.

The DREAMERS are pretty politically sophisticated folks.  Heck, why do you think this issue rings loudly in the Latino community and elsewhere.   Heck, why do you think this issue is in today’s editorial page of arguably the world’s most prestigious newspaper.  Heck, why do you think the GOP has to counter the pushback from Latino voters by floating a bogus proposal that says DREAMERS can stay but they’ll never have a shot at CITIZENSHIP.  Heck, why do you think Jeb Bush said in Arlington, Texas the other day that the GOP is missing out on the Latino vote.

This GOP proposal is going nowhere and you know why?  It’s because The DREAMERS are doing a great job!

Speaking of dreamers, Newt Gingrich was forced to lay-off a third of his campaign staff yesterday and fired his campaign manager but Newt is still in the race. 

Coming into the 2012 MLB season, Ichiro Suzuki of the Mariners had 2,428 career base hits in 11 seasons – wow!  Where does that put him on the career base hits list among active players?

H-Town CM Jerry Davis wore a hoodie to the City Council meeting yesterday to show support for Trayvon Martin. 
Check out the Chron story here.

Talk about manufacturing hate!  Check out this from an AP story yesterday:

The leading national organization opposing same-sex marriage has sought to split the Democratic Party base by pitting African-Americans and Hispanics against gay-rights groups, according to confidential strategy memos made public by court officials in Maine.

“The strategic goal of this project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks — two key Democratic constituencies,” says one of the memos. It also suggests “interrupting” the process of cultural assimilation for Hispanics in hopes of curtailing support for same-sex marriage.

The documents, dating from 2009, were written by the National Organization for Marriage and had been kept from the public until Monday, when they were unsealed by court officials in Maine.

Here is the entire AP story.

Commentary is never going to buy into the BS that my community doesn’t support equality.  Why do you think the Pope didn’t drop into DF last week?

Ichiro Suzuki of the Mariners with 2,428 career base hits ranks 9th of course on the list of active players and 106th all time.  In case you haven’t heard, the MLB season opened last night in Tokyo with the Mariners beating the A’s 3-1 with Ichiro going 4 for 5 so that puts him at 2,432 career base hits.

The Yard reports that Wandy will be the Opening Day starting pitcher. 

 

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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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It is no secret that H-Town probably averages the lowest voter turnout of any city in today’s worldwide civilization.  Tomorrow we get another chance to demonstrate to the world that we don’t give a rat’s arse about voting.  Heck more folks went to pay big bucks last Sunday at Reliant to watch the Texans than will vote in the run-off this weekend.  Now that’s a darn shame!

Instead of beautification, a new fancy slogan to lure tourists, or a blue ribbon commission on future growth, maybe we ought to put together and fund a civic project to get more folks to the polls.  We’re going to elect 23.5% of our next City Council tomorrow with less than 10% of the voters participating.  Hey, let’s go put that on the Convention and Visitors Bureau brochure!

Let’s see now!  We’re the energy capitol of the world.  We have the best medical facilities in the universe.  We have the worst voter turnout on the planet.  Pat ourselves on the back when we watch the returns come in tomorrow evening!

If folks win that aren’t to our liking, we have nobody to blame but ourselves.

I got a Planned Parenthood Action Fund mailer yesterday supporting Kristi Thibaut in At-Large 2 and CM Jolanda Jones in At-Large 5 and slapping Andrew Burks and Jack Christie.

Who made the final out for the ‘stros in Game 4 of the 2005 World Serious which was also our last play-off appearance?

Commentary got Tessa Goth Rudolphy’s Christmas card yesterday and once again it’s a good one.  This time it’s a take on the White Album – cool.

The good news is we don’t have to face Albert Pujols this year when we play San Luis. The bad news is in 2013, we will be in the AL West Division with the Angels and Pujols.

Pinch hitter Orlando Palmeiro of course grounded out to shortstop in the bottom of the ninth to end Game 4 of the 2005 World Serious.

The ‘Stros new GM kind of told us yesterday to show some patience because it is going to take a while to get back to where we once belong. I don’t mind waiting if they will just lower the price of a St. Arnold!

 

 

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Early Voting ended yesterday with West Gray overtaking Mendenhall by 40 voters – 1,908 to 1,868.  Mendenhall hit 58.8% of the Round 1 Early Vote total as compared to 37% for West Gray.  Kingwood had 57.7%, Bayland had 33%, Fiesta had 40.3%, Sunnyside had 48.6%, Palm Center had 52.4%, and Ripley had 14.4%. 

My pal Robert Miller put this out today so let the phone calls continue:

SD 6 Democratic Primary?  A SD 6 push poll has been conducted in the last few days testing various opponents against Sen. Gallegos.  Team Gallegos believes that Bill King is the instigator of the poll, acting on behalf of HISD interests and perhaps anti-public employee pension interests.  Former Commissioner Sylvia Garcia continues to indicate that she will not run against Sen. Gallegos.

There are very nervous campers out there and they should be.  Of course, it is definitely healthy for the process.  I told you this one would keep getting interesting.

Today is Pearl Harbor Day.  It happened 70 years ago today.  I bet they don’t even teach it in high school these days.

If you live in H-Town Council District A or have friends or relatives there, pay attention to what the Houston GLBT PAC put out yesterday:

Sometimes the Caucus doesn’t endorse in a race for any number of reasons. This year, we didn’t endorse in District A, but it is still important for us to educate voters on issues that matter to our community and help them make informed decisions in the voting booth. We would like to share a brief overview of both candidates with regard to issues that affect our community.

In Stardig’s two years as a member of Houston City Council, not many GLBT issues have arisen. However, a number of votes have been taken to authorize funding for facilities that provide services to people living with HIV/AIDS (HOPWA funding), including Marjo House, a facility whose funding the Caucus and other GLBT organizations had to fight for in 2010. Stardig stood up against tremendous pressure and supported Marjo House, and has voted in favor of all other HOPWA contracts. She has made a point to engage the community as a representative of GLBT constituents in her district.

Helena Brown is currently a Republican precinct chair and is actively involved in the Tea Party movement. While she does not have a voting history as an elected official to evaluate, she has gone on record with the Harris County GOP and the notoriously anti-GLBT Houston Area Pastors Council as being opposed to equal rights for the GLBT community. She opposes non-discrimination policies that protect the civil rights of not only GLBT citizens but other minorities as well, and is opposed to the extension of benefits to same-sex partners of City employees. Her anti-GLBT views are well known in political circles.

Please take the time to consider these candidates and make the choice you feel is best for our community when you vote.

Everybody knows that the first ever MLB Amateur Player Draft was held in 1965.  Two players were drafted and signed that year and are now Hall of Fame greats.  Who am I talking about?

Ornaldo Ybarra, Pasadena City Council Member, filed for HD 144 yesterday and here is what he put out:

It is an honor today that I announce that I will be a seeking the Democratic Party nomination for the redrawn Texas House of Representatives, District 144. During the last legislative session, my fellow Texans witnessed first hand that public education, health care and higher education funding was drastically cut and the budget was balanced on the back of the working class.

During the last 2 ½ years, while serving as a council member for the City of Pasadena (District A), I have built a reputation for being a strong supporter of the two most important groups that should matter to all elected official, our taxpayers and our public employees. While on council, I have opposed all city increases on various fees that have been brought before council due to its adverse effect on the working class. I have advocated for pay equality among the lower paid employees and have even proposed amendments to reward our lower paid employees, against the wishes of our Republican Mayor and administration.

The upcoming legislative session is going to face many of the budget constraints that the prior legislative session faced and it’s important that District 144 elect a representative that understands the basic principles of all the revenue sources and expenditures. While it’s easy to file for any office, understanding the dynamics of how government works is something that requires experience. I understand how it feels to be in the minority of any governmental body, but that hasn’t stopped me from fighting for the people and our public employees while being a council member in Pasadena.

I was born in Houston, Texas, 33 years ago and have been a resident of Pasadena and District A my entire life. I reside in the same home that I grew up in and still walk the same neighborhoods that bring me close to the day-to-day concerns of the people. I am honored to have attended Kruse Elementary, Jackson Intermediate, and graduated from Pasadena High School. I am proud to say that I attended the public schools of the Pasadena Independent School District.

Upon graduating from Pasadena High School, I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps (1996-2000) and was assigned as an infantryman with 1st Battalion 7th Marines at 29 Palms, California. While in the Marine Corps, I was the recipient of many awards such as the Navy Achievement Medal, Marine of the Quarter 1998, Meritoriously Promoted from Lance Corporal, Letters of Appreciation, Certificates of Commendations and the Good Conduct Medal.

After receiving an Honorable Discharge from the United States Marine Corps, I returned back to Pasadena and attended San Jacinto College. I received an Associates of Applied Science from San Jacinto College and was recognized for my academic achievements on various occasions by being placed on the Dean’s List.

Upon receiving my A.A.S from San Jacinto College, I applied and was selected to be a Police Officer with the Pearland Police Department. I have worked all three patrol shifts and I am a member of the Pearland Police Department SWAT Team and Honor Guard Detail.

In December 2010, while working full time as a Police Officer, I received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science from the University of Houston (Main Campus).

I believe that I have the political and work experience that distinguishes me from other potential candidates. My background as a police officer allows me to understand how various laws enacted impact not only our residents, but the law enforcement community. Currently being assigned to a school campus, I have witnessed first hand the consequences of the public education budget cuts and have first hand knowledge of the concerns of teachers, parents and students.

Prior to working as a police officer, I worked in the emergency room at one of the local hospitals, and I witnessed first hand the medical needs of the community. I observed first hand the positive effects that Medicaid and CHIP had on the children of the underprivileged. As a veteran, I understand the medical, educational and personal attention that our veteran community needs.

While on city council, my record speaks for itself. I have worked for the construction of over 5 miles of brand new sidewalks, various new concrete and overlaid street improvements, speed bumps, splash pads built in parks, and water/sewer line replacements. Although, I can point to major infrastructure accomplishments during my tenure as a council member, I am most proud of the level of energy and involvement that my constituents have provided since I was first elected.

I ask for the support of my fellow residents of Texas House of Representative District 144, as I embark on the journey to be your representative. I am a middle class American who understands the needs of the district and who has been in the trenches fighting for the rights of taxpayers and our public employees. No other candidate seeking the Democratic Party nomination has a proven track record when compared to mine.

Hall of Fame greats Johnny Bench and Nolan Ryan of course were drafted and signed out of the 1965 MLB inaugural draft.  Johnny Bench is celebrating his 64th BD today.

Once again there is nothing to report from The Yard today.

 

 

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Once again, Mendenhall Sosa in District A led the pack on early voting turnout yesterday.  West Gray came in second.  Locations that cater to African American and GOP voters are also looking respectable.  I can’t figure out who this helps in the Thibaut/Burks run-off.  One thing is for sure.  All four At-Large campaigns are pretty much ignoring the Latino vote even though I did get a robo call from the Thibaut campaign last night.  Including today, we have five more days of early voting. 

The Chron E-Board endorsed Alvin Byrd today for District B.  Check it out here.

The Chron has a piece on Thibaut/Burks today. Check it out here.

Former ‘Stro Darryl Kile would be 43 today if he were still around.  On September 8, 1993, DK threw a 7-1 no-no against the Mets at the Dome.   A Hall of Fame great was in the starting line-up for the Mets that day.  Who am I talking about?

Best line from an article today:

"I did not think I had lived a good enough life to be rewarded by Newt Gingrich being the Republican nominee," retiring liberal Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., said this week. "It still is unlikely, but I have hopes."

Nothing really new on the candidate filing front other than to say that the fella that filed in the Dem Harris County Constable Precinct 6 race is Gilbert Reyna not Rey – got it?

There still isn’t a HD 134 Dem candidate.

I’m hearing there are still a couple of Dem filing surprises in the works so you better stay tuned!

Hall of Fame great Eddie Murray of course was the starting first baseman for the Mets on September 8, 1993 and went 0 for 3 against DK.

A ‘Stros insider told me yesterday that UH Coach Kevin Sumllin would not be interviewed for the ‘Stros Skipper position and that’s all I have from The Yard!

 

 

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According to the Kyle Johnston 2011 Early Vote Report, the Dem/GOP/Independent numbers pretty much stayed the same as compared to the 2009 Early Vote (57%/31%/12%).  What I found interesting about the Kyle Johnston Early Vote report is 15% of the voters hadn’t participated in any of the last three city elections this go around as compared to 1% in 2009.  I would venture to guess that this might have been the Anti Prop 1 folks.

I ran into a respected player the other day and he cracked about the low Latino voter turnout in City Council District J last Tuesday here in H-Town.  My reply was I don’t think anyone can be proud of the total turnout last week in H-Town.  City of H-Town voters in Harris County came out at an anemic 13.14%.  This compares to 19.12% turnout a couple of years ago when we had four major mayoral candidates running.  That’s not too good either. 

Here are last Tuesday’s turnout rates in Harris County by City Council district:

12.87% in A, 10.6% in B, 18.28% in C, 13.19% in D, 12.17% in E, 8.47% in F, 16.15% in G, 10.36% in H, 11.62% in I, 10.32% in J, and 14.47% in K. 

According to the Kyle Johnston Early Vote Report, the Latino vote was 12% of the total early vote of H-Town voters in Harris County.  In 2009, the Latino vote accounted for 9% of the total early vote.  I guess you could say that Latinos improved from two years ago.  Or you could say that Latinos stayed the same and all other voting groups had a decrease.  Regardless, turnout out here in H-Town for city elections is a serious embarrassment that needs to be addressed. 

City services are pretty important to folks.  Police, fire, trash pick-up, street improvements, and water to take a bath in are basic.  We need to figure out a way to get more folks to participate in City elections. 

Some of us are involved in an effort to engage the Latino vote in the Greater H-Town area and you are all welcome to participate and drop by a reception this Wednesday evening (November 16 at the Crowne Plaza Downtown, 1700 Smith) to learn about “The Decisive Latino Force 2012” that Houston City Council Member James Rodriguez and Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (SVREP) are heading up. 

CM Rodriguez has invited SVREP to partner with the Latino community based on their track record of increasing Latino voter participation.  It is our intention of helping to identify and recruit sponsors to assist in providing resources for the effort.  Latino and non-Latino concerned and interested leaders and activists are invited to participate Wednesday evening at no cost (well maybe parking and/or valet).  Come by and learn about what we are trying to accomplish.

For more information call us at 713-861-2244 or email marc@camposcommunications.com or marisol@camposcommunications.com.

Name the MLB Hall of Fame great that won batting titles at the age of 39 and 40? 

Commentary watched the GOPers debate Saturday night.  A few of them wanted to bomb Iran – yikes!  Guv Dude didn’t mess up so I guess he’s still hanging on.

Hall of Fame great Ted Williams of course won batting titles in 1957 (.388) and 1958 (.328).

Commentary is not happy that the ‘Stros will now play in the AL and have to use the DH but I guess I’ll have to get used to it – drats!  I guess the silver lining in the deal is that we get to see the Yankees and Red Sox here at The Yard every season and we get to go to Yankee Stadium and Fenway every year.   I probably would want to go check out the Twins for a series up at Target Field or go back to SEA-TAC to check out the Mariners at Safeco.  Oh well!  It looks like there is just one season left of NL ball at The Yard!

 

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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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