Archive for the ‘Latino Media’ Category

The Texas Tribune today has a story about campaigns starting to get that Univision local newscasts are at the top of the ratings in some markets and candidates for office are appearing on their news programs. Of course Commentary has been pointing that out for a few years. It is a small step in the right direction. Now they need to start dropping their ad dollars on these Univision and other Spanish language newscasts.

Here is the Trib story.

How many MLB Hall of Fame members are wearing Twins gear?

The votes in Congress for supporting a strike on Syria are a long way off. Reports indicate that Democrats will have to shoulder the burden in getting the votes. I am getting more convinced that most GOP members of Congress will vote no just to embarrass The President. Prove me wrong, please!

I really don’t want to say much about the jailed kidnapper in Cleveland who pulled a Tom Dooley on himself.

One of Graci Garces’ opponents officially declared himself the “frontrunner” in an email he sent out yesterday. In the email he also complained about negative attacks. Oh, well.

Election Day is two months from today.

Bert Blyleven, Rod Carew, Harmon Killebrew, and Kirby Puckett of course are in the Hall of Fame wearing Twins gear.

We are in Oakland for four. It is key series for the A’s. When we get back on the 16th, the Reds may still be in it so that could turn out to be a key series. The Yankees are still in it.

We have to go 17-6 to avoid losing 100 games this season. That is not going to happen.


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MariGirl is celebrating her 27th BD at home today.  She had a freak accident a couple of nights ago and dinged up her right leg and is now on crutches.  That’s way too bad considering the great news she received last week.  Oh, well!  Happy Birthday Marisol Valero!!!

Commentary will be at the following next Saturday and you are welcome to attend:

Join us to celebrate the life of a great journalist and our dear friend — Lori Rodriguez.
Saturday, June 30, 2012
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Downtown Club at the Met.
6th Floor of the Parking Garage at the Allen Center
340 West Dallas Street (Between Clay Street and the Pierce Elevated)

Well here it is.  I’m talking about the first details of the proposed $1.9 bil HISD bond program.  It is a whopper for sure.  Ericka Mellon of the Chron kind of echoes what Commentary has been saying the last couple of weeks.  Check this:

Early polling says more voters would support than resist an HISD bond, though organized opposition and other referendums on the ballot could be threats to passage.

I’m sure the proposed package will be amended before it gets to a ballot near you so stay tuned.

Check out the Chron story here for details.

What happened at The Yard six years ago this evening (6/22/06)?

Mitt Romney spoke to NALEO yesterday and said he would move forward on an immigration plan.  This is the same fella that a few months ago said he would veto The DREAM Act and wanted folks to self deport.  I can’t wait for Romney and The President to debate this issue later this fall.  Commentary considers State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer one of the Lone Star State Dems better spokespersons on the key issues.  He’s as good as they get.  Here is from the Chron:

"I’m glad I heard this speech at Disney World, because it shows he is living in a fantasy land," said Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, a Texas House member and president of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus.

The President speaks to NALEO today.

I kind of have knowledge on things like the “Today Show”.  Every morning since the ‘70s I’ve been sharing my mornings with Barbara Walters, Jane Pauley, Deborah Norville, Katie Couric, Meredith Viera, and now Ann Curry.  As I said yesterday there are stories out there that say NBC is going to replace Curry because the ratings are down.  Some folks say she is not suited to co-host a morning news show because she’s too stiff and not too chipper.  As we all know, morning news shows are not all hard news.  They do a lot of entertainment news.  They do consumer product segments and they do a lot of live cooking.  Some folks are saying she’s not good at the give and take banter and one liners that these shows require.  I don’t know about that.

I do know that she is the only “Today Show” female co-anchor that has color in her blood.  Curry is half Japanese.  Of course I don’t want to go there because Bryant Gumbel is African American and they were number one in the ratings when he left.  According to reports, Savannah Guthrie would replace Curry if Curry is shown the door.  I also don’t know about that.  Why pass over Natalie Morales who just happens to be half Brazilian and the other half Puerto Rican? 

Beginning next year H-Town will have five sports talk radio stations.  Right now we have Sports 610 that Commentary listens to and CBS owns.    We also have Clear Channel’s 790 AM, 97.5 FM, an ESPN Radio affiliate, and 1560 AM, the flagship of Yahoo! Sport Radio.  Now we are going to add CBS’s 650 AM.  It doesn’t matter to Commentary because I just listen to Sports 610 unless one of the other stations is carrying a game I want to hear.

On June 22, 2006, The Rocket had one of his un-retirement debuts of course as the ‘Stros lost to the Twins 4-1.  The Rockets pitched 5 innings, gave up two runs, and took the loss.  The Rockets was also wearing his numero 22 on June 22.

Commentary has not heard back from the ‘Stros on what The Rocket will be doing but the Houston Press lists the following “dimensions” The Rocket would add so check it out.

The Tribe is in town for 3 as they hand out B-G-O bobbleheads this evening.  I’ll be there of course!


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KHOU-TV (Channel 11) will introduce their newest anchor this evening and her name is Lisa Hernandez.  She’ll co-anchor the 5 pm and 10 pm weekday/weeknight newscasts.  She is a California girl and was a TV news reporter and weekend anchor for the ABC affiliate in LA.  KHOU has been promoting her the past couple of weeks or so and you can also check her out on the station’s website where you can find out that she likes coffee, Diet Coke, owns two dogs, and is an avid runner as in marathon running.

She comes across as sharp and very professional.   It’s a smart move for the station to bring her on board.   They didn’t do it without checking out the demographics of the deal.  Hernandez certainly has the potential to shoot right on up there and be the top Latino/Latina personality in H-Town.  I don’t think the station would mind if that happened. 

I’ll be rooting for her.  Check her out here.

Today’s Chron has a piece on Lisa Hernandez.  Check it out here.

The Chron’s E-Board had a take yesterday on sleazy Judge Shelton and the ‘’good old boy” system over at the courthouse that Chron columnist Lisa Falkenberg has been writing about.  Check it out here.

These two players combined for 23 RBIs in a 7 game World Serious. Who am I talking about?

Let’s see now, on Friday I received an Ellen Cohen mailer.

Also on Friday I received the Planned Parenthood Action Fund mailer.

Saturday I got a CM Jolanda Jones mailer.  It turns out former Dem Guv Mark White endorsed CM Jones.

Saturday I also got a Bolivar Fraga for At-Large 2 robo call that was made by his father Felix.

Yesterday I got a Laurie Robinson robo call from HPOU.

H-Town CM Stephen Costello went up today with his AC spot.

Early Voting starts today so go vote.   Did you know that in the 2001 November election 20% of the total vote was cast early and in 2009 35% of the total vote was cast early?  Well now you do know.

In the 1960 World Serious between the Yankees and Pirates, Yankee greats Bobby Richardson (12) and Mickey Mantle (11) of course combined for 23 RBIs.  Of course, the Pirates won the Serious.

What a monster game by Albert Pujols Saturday night.

My pal Drayton still owns the Astros and that’s all I have from The Yard.


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Commentary is hoping that the folks that run the Lone Star State Dem Party read today’s AP story on the Latino vote and what is being planned by the Spanish language TV networks.  Everybody knows that the Lone Star State Dem Party has done a p__s poor job of engaging the Latino vote so maybe they will read today’s AP story and bring in some folks of the Latino persuasion that will place the highest priority on dealing with the Latino vote.  Here are bits from the piece:

Spanish-language television news is meeting a surge in Hispanic voting muscle and viewership with greatly expanded domestic coverage this year, just in time for the 2012 election season.

Industry experts say the growth could affect next year’s election by increasing awareness of political issues among U.S. Spanish speakers and by encouraging more to vote in a population whose participation has lagged others. Members of bilingual households who prefer English are also expected to be influenced by the newscasts when they watch with parents and grandparents. The change comes as the latest Census data shows Hispanics propelled more than half of the country’s population growth over the last decade.

The nation’s three top Spanish-language broadcast and cable networks are beefing up their election coverage and increasing get-out-the vote efforts. Of the nation’s more than 20 million Hispanic citizens over 18, nearly half are bilingual and about a quarter are more comfortable in Spanish. Meanwhile, less than a third said they voted in 2010, according to Census data analyzed by the independent Pew Hispanic Center. Comparatively, nearly half of their white counterparts said they voted.

Still, the Pew study showed a record number of Hispanics voted in a non-presidential year, boosting their share of votes and showing their increasing political power. Latino turnout could be key in 2012 swing states like Florida, New Mexico, Nevada and Colorado.   Here is the piece.

Of course, Commentary is betting that the folks that run the Lone Star State Dem Party will stay the course and continue to run the Dem Party into the ditch.   The Spanish language media knows our vote is growing and important but I don’t think our State Dem Party does.

Speaking of, the GOP up at the State Capitol keeps banging away at Latinos with their “sanctuary city” assault. 

Burkablog came out with his Ten Best and Ten Worst Lone Star State legislators and some folks are complaining about the fact that not a single Dem made the Worst List.  I don’t see how one can be “Worst” worthy by getting run over.   You can however get “Best” worthy by making a valiant or memorable effort getting run over – got it!

The Pirates are still in town.  Who was the last Pirate to win the NL dinger title for a season and when?

The Texas Tribune has a piece today on a higher education “Coalition of Excellence that was just formed.  My good friend Port Commissioner Janiece Longoria is part of the coalition.  Here is a bit of the piece:

The list of founding members of the new "Coalition for Excellence" totals more than 200 and — with some exceptions — reads like a veritable who’s who of higher ed boosters in established Texas circles. Among the founding members are former University of Texas System Chancellor Dan Burck, former UT President Peter Flawn, and former UT regents like H. Scott Caven, JANIECE LONGORIA and student regent Kyle Kalkwarf.

Prominent UT professor Adm. Bobby Inman, a former director of the National Security Agency, among other things, is involved. Former Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Ratliff and former Democratic Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby are both on the list.   Check out the article.

Hall of Fame great Willie Stargell of course led the NL with 44 dingers as a Pirate in 1973.  Willie Stargell is no longer with us.

I don’t know what to say about our very shaky bullpen.  We let a three to two lead get away.  The only good thing about last night was getting foul ball numero cinco that I didn’t bring home.  It is a nine inning lunch break with the Pirates this afternoon.



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On chron.com, there is piece out of the Brownsville Herald about Latinos not having a national leader.  I knew that.  Here’s a bit of what is said:

Nearly two-thirds, or 64 percent, of Hispanics surveyed said they did not know whom they consider as "the most important Latino leader in the country today." An additional 10 percent answered that "no one" qualified.

The most frequently mentioned individual — named by 7 percent of respondents— was Sonia Sotomayor, who was appointed last year to the U.S. Supreme Court. About 5 percent chose U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., of Chicago, followed by 3 percent who cited Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and 2 percent who selected Jorge Ramos, an anchor on Noticiero Univision, the national evening news program on the Spanish-language television network Univision.

No one else was named by more than 1 percent of respondents, according to the Pew Hispanic Center, a branch of the Pew Research Center in Washington.   Check out the story.

There is nobody from H-Town on the list. There is nobody from the Lone Star State on the list. 

In 1992, this MLB Hall of Famer was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers with 98.8% of the vote – the highest percentage of the vote ever recorded.  Who am I talking about?

Leave it to The Dean for a good one liner in today’s Chron.  He says we might want to rethink Voter ID since it looks like there was massive voter fraud here in the Lone Star State a couple of weeks ago.

43 is in town today for his book signing.  He’s in precinct 200.

Tom Seaver of course was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1992.  Tom Terrific is celebrating his 66th BD today.

Well, it is official.  On April 1 of next year when we go to Philly on Opening Day we face another Cy Young Award winner in Roy Halladay and that’s all I have 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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Early Voting in Person through three days today in Harris County was at 79,6787 as compared to 126,214 through three days in 2008.

In 2008, Kingwood was 3.9% of the total (678,312 in person) Early Vote for Harris County.  Through yesterday they were 5.1% (of 79,678).

In 2008, Clear Lake was 3.3% of total county Early Vote.  Through yesterday, they were 5.3%.

In 2008, West Gray was 5.3% of total county Early Vote.  Through yesterday they were 6.7%.

In 2008, Tracy Gee was 3.1% of total county Early Vote.  Through yesterday they were 3.5%.

In 2008, Acres Home was 3.6% of total county Early Vote.  Through yesterday they were 2.3%.

In 2008, Palm Center was 2.3% of total county Early Vote.  Through yesterday they were 1.9%.

In 2008, Ripley was 1% of total county Early Vote.  Through yesterday they were .8%.

In 2008, Moody Park was 1.6% of total county Early Vote.  Through yesterday they were 1.2%.

In 2008, HCC was 1.5% of total county Early Vote.  Through yesterday they were .9%.

In 2008, 126-C was 4.6% of total county Early Vote.  Through yesterday they were 5.2%.

In 2008, Ponderosa was 3.1% of total county Early Vote.  Through yesterday they were 2.7%.

Of course, we’re still learning about voting early in person.  At first glance however, it looks like the GOP areas are bit more enthused here in Harris County – at least through the third day of Early Voting in Person.

Among former and current MLB pitchers with at least 300 career decisions, who ranks first with a winning percentage of .690, the all-time highest percentage in modern baseball history?

I want to thank Ty Wiggontonner’s Brother for tossing me this piece from Politico that talks about what Commentary has been talking about for a while now – Dems engaging the Latino vote or not engaging the Latino vote. 
Here’s the piece.   Here are some snippets from the piece.

I’ve never seen the (Latino) investment so anemic,” said Jorge Mursuli, president and CEO of Democracia-Ahora, a Miami-based group with operations in seven states, including Nevada, Pennsylvania and Colorado. “It is like night and day. I think it is going to be devastating.”

Democrats are preparing to launch what has been described as a “major” national and regional (Latino vote) TV and radio campaign later this week, according to a source familiar with the plans.

But activists warn that the ad push, while welcome, is a case of too little, too late. And any hard feelings among Latino voters this year could have profound implications for 2012.

Of course, Commentary has been talking about this for years now.  I was the first to raise the issue.  Finally I have some fellow Latino political consultants speaking my language.  I’ve been talking about it for so long that the Dem higher ups in Austin, wish I would go away.  It looks like I have some company and we’re sticking around. Here are more snippets from the piece.

To activists, the last-minute feel of the Democratic efforts is a sign of disrespect to an electorate that values relationships. It affirms a perception that the party’s approach is simply transactional, said Rudy Lopez, political director for the Center for Community Change, which operates in 10 states.

“You come in and take what you need and leave,” Lopez said of the party. “It is like the Big Top Circus. A big show comes to town, and you get everyone excited — and after the election is over, you pack up the tent and head over to the next town.”

Enough said!  Nope, here are some additional snippets.

“The party absolutely understands the importance of the vote, as a base vote and a vote that was very decisive the last time around,” said Fernand Amandi, vice president of Bendixen & Amandi, a leading Hispanic polling firm that worked with Hillary Clinton during the presidential primary and with Obama during the general election. “But to the extent there has been a comprehensive effort to engage this audience through paid communications in Spanish-language media during this election season, I have not seen it.”

Stay tuned!

Yankee great and Hall of Fame pitcher Whitey Ford of course was 236-106.  Whitey Ford is celebrating his 82nd BD today!

Former ‘Stro Roy O. was brought in last night and took the loss for the Phillies in the bottom of the 9th inning and The Big Puma of the Yankees lost his footing chasing a foul ball and took a nasty slide into the railing yesterday, yet he still managed to get a key Sac Fly RBI last night a couple of innings later.  Meanwhile, the ‘Stros officially announced that their last two Spring Training games next year will be played at The Yard against the Red Sox.


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A national Pew Hispanic Center poll released yesterday shows Latinos still hanging with the Democratic Party candidates.  That’s the good news.   The bad news though is they are not as enthused as they were in 2008.   Here is what it tells me.  They are paying attention to the news and current events.  They know that the GOP is banging on them on the immigration issue including opposing The DREAM Act.  They read the papers, watch the news, go online, and talk to their co-workers, neighbors, and family members.  Of course, a lot of their info gathering is through the Spanish language media – newspapers and Univision for instance.  So it leads me to wonder how massive of a Spanish language media outreach effort are the Dems-In-Charge conducting.  I’ll probably know in around 12 days.  Stay tuned!

Commentary saw an anti red light camera big sign at a prominent location on North Main Street the other day.

It is not unusual to see HISD Trustee candidate Judith Cruz go campaigning with her youngest (fixing to turn one year) in one of those harness gizmos strapped to her back.  It is kind of cute if you ask me.

Yesterday I said that Hunter Pence ended the season with 91 RBIS.  Who holds the ‘Stros record for most RBIs in a season?

Recent national polls are suggesting that there seems to be a slight surge in enthusiasm among Dem voters.   I’m thinking that maybe losing the U.S. House isn’t a done deal yet.

The GOP nominee for governor of California botched it with Latino voters on this paperless housekeeper issue.  She banged around paperless folks but forgot to tell folks she had one working for her.  That’s a no-no and now she is paying the price.  A few stories say that Latinos are not happy with her and the Latino vote will be the difference in her demise.

I wish we could say that the Latino vote would be the difference here in the Lone Star State.

MariGirl went to a special screening last night of “Waiting for Superman” and she said it was great.

The Big Puma of course had 136 RBIs in 2006.

The MLB playoffs start today so I guess I’ll keep an eye on them.  It’s Rangers-Rays, followed by Red-Phillies, followed by Yankees-Twins in prime time.

The Chron’s Sports Columnist has a piece today about the ‘Stros in 2011.  He mentions trading away Numero 45.  I don’t know about that.   I still think he has some punch in his bat.  Stay tuned!


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I’m hoping the Lone Star State’s Dem Leadership caught this from Chron.com today.

History was made last week — and you probably don’t know about it.

For the first time in broadcast history, a Spanish-language station has become the most-watched television network in the United States among the demographic group most coveted by American advertisers.

Last week, Univision was the most popular network for TV viewers between the ages of 18 and 49 years old last week — topping the traditional American broadcast networks and all cable competition.

While this story has more to do with entertainment than politics, the rise of Univision has major implications for American politics. Candidates who hope to reach out to this huge swath of viewers must communicate in Spanish, and cater to a young audience.

Commentary isn’t the only one singing this tune and that’s for sure.   The proof is in the numbers.

As expected Guv Dude banged around on the H-Town METRO stuff and blamed the Former H-Town Mayor.  Meanwhile, the Back to Basics PAC is banging on Dude and blaming him for rising insurance rates.  Dude still hasn’t unleashed his ad barrage.  Stay tuned!

At age 40 a few years ago this MLBer became the oldest ever to pitch a perfect game.  Who am I talking about?

Meanwhile, it is a new day at H-Town METRO.  They came out and said that the new light rail lines won’t be ready until late 2014 at best.  At least they are being honest about stuff and not playing shell games or having us try to read between the lines.  

Last night, Commentary’s row at The Yard got a free meal coupon for Taco Bell.  I guess I’ll finally give Taco Bell a try!

Randy “The Big Unit” Johnson of course at age 40 pitched a perfect game against The ATL back in 2004.  Oh, by the way, The Big Unit is celebrating his 47th BD today.  Back in 1998, he was a ‘Stro for a couple of months and went 10-1 with a 1.28 ERA and 116 Ks in 84 1/3 innings – not bad.

Speaking of not bad, 67-73 isn’t bad at all if you ask me.  Chris Johnson made up for his first inning throwing error by hitting a sixth inning three run dinger and that’s all we needed. It is Dollar Dogs tonight, with 10,000 Larry Dierker Bobbleheads, and the chance to be in the World’s Largest Harmonica Band as the ‘Stros host the Dodgers again!


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We have decided that we will leave the plantation, no longer be your servants, and fully intend to cast our votes for the Former H-Town Mayor. 

Yours Truly,

Kunta Kinte, Toby, Chicken George, Fiddler, and Kizzy

Yesterday, the H-Town City Council delayed making a decision on the Term Limits Review Commission recommendation.  I wonder if something is up.  I wonder if some backroom horse trading is going on.  I hope it is not a horse of a different color.

I wonder if the fella that said I didn’t have any credibility catch my quote in today’s Chron editorial.  The editorial is about how to go about filling the HISD Trustee vacancy. Check it out.

Here are bits from the editorial:

Veteran Houston political consultant Marc Campos, a longtime observer of HISD politics, says an election campaign, even on such short notice, would allow voters the opportunity to judge who really wants the position and have a full discussion of issues. "I’m uncomfortable with eight people making a decision when none of them live in the district," says Campos.

In the Chronicle’s School Zone blog, education reporter Ericka Mellon reported that trustee Larry Marshall favored calling an election, but trustee Manuel Rodriguez Jr. wanted more discussion in closed session, outside the view of the public. Board president Greg Meyers told Mellon he could support appointing a stellar candidate, but "there’s something about letting the people decide."

That something is called democracy.

The curious tale of the disappearing Dávilas continues to play itself out. Diana’s husband Abel Dávila was expected to file for re-election last year to his Houston Community College board seat. He was a no-show on filing day, but an unusual stand-in, Arturo Aguilar, Diana’s brother, did show up and file for the seat, only to mysteriously withdraw days later. Then Diana unexpectedly resigned her HISD post in late July, saying she wanted to devote herself to family life. She and Abel recently signed a $417,000 mortgage on a home in the Woodlands.

Given the unanswered questions surrounding the multiple resignations, it would be best to put HISD’s District VIII seat on the November ballot.

The Chronicle editorialized in 1993 that "a vote of the people is almost always preferable to an appointment. An election is a great leveler in that it avoids a situation of a few people anointing one unelected candidate with the advantages of incumbency when the four-year term ends."

That sentiment remains equally valid today.

Commentary has been talking about how to reach the Latino vote. 
Check out what is in the Star Telegram.

Here is from the piece.

The nationwide poll, also sponsored by The Nielsen Company and Stanford University, found U.S. Latinos spent at least some time each day – in many cases, several hours – consuming Spanish-language media. They included almost 90 percent of Hispanics who mostly speak Spanish who watched TV and roughly 75 percent who listened to Spanish radio.

Among Latinos who spoke mostly English, about 4 in 10 said they turned to either Spanish TV or Spanish radio for news, entertainment or sports, which recently included the World Cup soccer championships – won this year by Spain.

"In the political world, there is this angst," said Jose Cancela, author of "The Power of Business en Espanol" and a 30-year veteran of Spanish-language radio and television. "But the business and multinational world understand: To be engaged with the consumer you want to use every opportunity to create a touch point."
OK now!  The proof is in the poll.  A lot of Latinos are tuned in to Spanish language TV and radio.  I wonder if the Dem decision makers – heck any political campaign decision makers – are tuned into Commentary or this poll.  Stay tuned!

Former ‘Stro and ATL closer Billy Wagner pitched his last game at The Yard yesterday afternoon.   Wagner was drafted by the ‘Stros in the first round of thee 1993 MLB Amateur Player Draft.  Name five other players drafted in the first round of the 1993 draft that are still playing today and have also played in All Star Games?

The Former H-Town Mayor rolled out his ethics plans yesterday which included calling out Guv Dude on paying off contributors by handing out appointments.  When I first read this I kind of wondered how many of the Former Mayor’s appointees had given him campaign dough.  I guess my pal Matt Stiles of the Texas Tribune was waiting for the Former Mayor on this one and already had the answer.  His donors coughed up a measly $2 mil – yikes! Check it out.

Here is from the piece:

"Always, always, there’s influence peddling, and there are highly sought-after positions," says Houston attorney David Berg, a White donor who served on the Houston Area Water Corp. "I know Bill White very well. And you could not show me a stack of evidence high enough to prove to me that he’d ever do anything dishonest or that he would somehow profit from office."

"However, that is not to say that you don’t reward your friends in politics," Berg says. "You reward your friends and punish your enemies. That’s the oldest rule in the book."

Berg believes many appointees seek appointments purely out of a sense of civic responsibility. “Does it make you want to contribute to the guy who appointed you? Probably, yes. Such is life."

I don’t think Berg got yesterday’s campaign talking points.

Speaking of, Guv Dude is skipping E-Board interviews across the state this fall.  He’s shooting the bird at the newspaper elites I guess.

A-Roid, Derrick Lee, Torii Hunter, Jason Varitek, and Chris Carpenter of course were drafted in the first round of the 1993 MLB draft.

As far as I’m concerned, I’m OK with having that Riddle lady as the face of the anti paperless folks crowd here in the Lone Star State.  “Sleeper babies” my arse!  Riddle my this!

In the last week, we’ve lost three games because our bullpen collapsed.  Yesterday’s loss was fueled by Pedro Feliz’s failure to catch a pick-off throw in the 10th inning.  Oh well!  We have today off then maybe we can get back on track against the Pirates this weekend.


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