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Check this out from today’s Chron:

In the first 16 days since abandoning his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, (Gov. Rick) Perry has been to his office just three times and stayed no longer than three hours each time, The Dallas Morning News reported in Sunday’s edition.

Here is the entire article.

Frankly, I don’t think we ought to be jumping on Guv Dude for being a no show.  All he would be doing is further making a mess of things if he was at the State Capitol.  He was gone for most of the latter half of last year and we didn’t miss him.  As far as I’m concerned he can continue to sleep in.

If my pal and talk show host Michael Berry had allegedly hit and run a car in front of Warren’s or Sherlock’s or Hearsay would folks have given a rat’s arse?

If Will White’s dad wasn’t the former Mayor, would the Chron have gone with the story last week about his reprimand for taking one of his students off campus to get a burger?

Speaking of President’s Day, what is higher, the minimum MLB salary or the President’s salary? 

The MLB Gods have decreed that when the ‘Stros take the field this year with one of their throwback jerseys – the Colt 45s one – it can’t have the gun on it.  One thing about the MLB, they aren’t like Congress.  They’re not going to knuckle under to the NRA.  I’m OK with that.

Of course, I wonder if they are going to make the folks at The Yard get rid of the scoreboard cowboy that fires off a couple of six shooters after a ‘Stro hits a dinger.

Of course, MLB is now going to have to change the name from “radar guns” to “radar baseball speed detecting gizmos”.

Teams are no longer going to be allowed to refer to their young best players as “young guns”.  They may have to settle for “young firepower”.

I just hope they don’t make the Toy Cannon change his nickname.

Go on ahead and add ESPN to the list of those that just can’t handle the Jeremy Linsation without dropping a slur or two.  After the Knicks lost this past Friday night, ESPN on one of its websites posted the “C” word.  At least the dumbarses came out and apologized the next day for being dumbarses and then fired and suspended other dumbarses.

The minimum MLB salary for 2012 is $480,000.  The President makes $400,000. 

Pitchers and catchers report today for the first day of ‘Stros Spring Training.

 

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The Chron E-Board finally made an endorsement in At-Large 5 today and the endorsee is CM Jolanda Jones. Check it out here.  It kind of looks like some on the E-Board wanted to endorse Laurie Robinson.  Check this from the piece:

In the current campaign, many of Jones’ critics are backing Laurie Robinson, an accomplished financial consultant specializing in health care and the public sector who has done audits for the city. She is a promising prospective council member; we hope she runs again for public office, whether for this position or another.

Here is some of what the E-Board says about CM Jones:

The Chronicle believes that on balance, Jones has served a valuable function on a City Council that has historically played a subservient role in Houston’s strong-mayor form of government. She speaks out frequently, questioning administration proposals and demanding more information. That lengthens council meeting times and often delays action, but it also provides additional scrutiny and the impetus to improve legislation.

And:

After carefully examining the facts, the Chronicle endorses Jones for re-election and urges voters to return her to City Hall for a final term.

I’ve been told that some in Camp Jones are not happy with Commentary.  They say I’ve been rough on Jones – huh!  They didn’t like that I sent the Chron piece on the Former H-Town Mayor’s endorsement of GOPer Jack Christie yesterday to CEWDEM and some friends – huh! 

For a camp that loves to talk sh_t, they need to get a thicker skin.  I didn’t go after CM Jones when she badgered some supporters of my good friend Port Commissioner Janiece Longoria at City Council last year.  I didn’t go after CM Jones when one of her staffers was escorting CM James Rodriguez’s Tea Bagger opponent at a Dem Party meeting last month.  I didn’t serve with her on Council for two years then endorse GOPer Jack Christie like the Former Mayor did.  I haven’t filed any complaints on her with the OIG or DA’s office.  I’m not working for her Dem opponent like other Dem consultants in town.   I didn’t vote to throw her off of the island either.

Heck, they ought to send me a thank you note.  If I hadn’t been putting the pressure on the Chron E-Board the last few days, they might have waited until November 7 to put out the endorsement in At-Large 5.

Camp Jones needs to just chill and start focusing on getting re-elected.

‘Stros fans know that catcher Jason Castro was our pick (10th overall) in the First Round of the 2008 MLB Amateur Player Draft.  Who was our pick (38th overall) in the First Supplemental Round that year?

Commentary has no idea why the Former Mayor endorsed GOPer Jack Christie.  Dem activists in H-Town and throughout the state have every right to pounce all over him.  I’m thinking maybe he’s still punch drunk from the arse whipping Guv Dude put on him last year.

Commentary is not surprised that The Mayor only has 37% in the Channel 11 poll that came out yesterday. H-Town voters aren’t immune to the frustration and anger that has hit the nation.  The Mayor has had to deal with the red light camera mess.  She implemented Rebuild Houston. She has had to deal with budget cutbacks.  She has had to lead in very difficult times if you ask me.

The Chron also had a piece on the Kroger tax deal that they are fixing to get today. Check it out.

Dude took off the gloves last night and went after Mitt Romney for hiring paperless folks to mow his lawn.  Heck, Dude better watch out.  Half of his donor base here in the Lone Star State has done the same.

Commentary is keeping score of the hits on paperless folks during this Prez Primary by GOP candidates.  It will come in handy next year in the local Latino GOTV effort that we are fixing to roll out.

‘Stros pitcher Jordan Lyles of course was taken 38th overall in 2008.  Jordan Lyles is celebrating his 21st BD today!  ‘Stros pitcher J.A. Happ is celebrating his 29th BD today!  That’s all I have from The Yard today. 

 

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In a sort of reversal, the City of H-Town has decided that they better listen to 53% of the voters and shut off the red light cameras immediately.  No grace periods.  No 120-day notification.  Once the November 2 vote is canvassed today, the red light cameras get unplugged.  It is an unconditional surrender if you ask me.

Speaking of turning out the lights, I wonder if the Chron’s Columnist is starting to get in the business of predicting the fates of Harris County Commissioners.  He had a take on the front page of yesterday’s Chron on Commissioner Eversole – yikes!  Check it out.

Who holds the career World Serious record for base hits?

You know it is getting ridiculous out there when Judith Cruz’s opposition are handing out flyers  saying Judith wants kids to go hungry – huh!  I figured they would start throwing stuff like that at us.

Commentary was at the computer yesterday and had the Texans game on fully expecting to see the game go into OT when all of a sudden I was stunned by a miraculous catch.  It took me a couple of minutes to regain my composure.

Yogi Berra of course holds the World Serious career base hit record with 71 base hits and he also holds the World Serious career singles record with 49 and he also is number 3 with 12 career World Serious dingers. 

The Former H-Town Mayor says in today’s Chron that he’s not running for U.S. Senator in 2012.  Well that ends the speculation. 

From The Yard:

The Houston Astros Play Green® In Education program has been named one of the winners of the 2010 Mayor’s Outstanding Proud Partner Award, which is presented by Keep Houston Beautiful.

Pam Gardner, Astros President of Business Operations, will accept the award at the 26th Annual Keep Houston Beautiful Mayor’s Proud Partners Luncheon on Monday, November 15 (TODAY).

Way to go Pam-In-Charge!

 

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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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The Lone Star State’s newspapers released another poll yesterday and they all but say that this race is over and Guv Dude is heading toward snatching up the checkered flag.  They have Dude with a 12 point lead.   What can I say? 

Early Voting in Person through eleven days yesterday in Harris County was at 332,892 as compared to 591,027 through eleven 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 4.8% (of 288,568).

In 2008, Clear Lake was 3.3% of total county Early Vote.  Through yesterday, they were 5%.

In 2008, West Gray was 5.3% of total county Early Vote.  Through yesterday they were 6.5%.

In 2008, Tracy Gee was 3.1% of total county Early Vote.  Through yesterday they were 3.2%.

In 2008, Acres Home was 3.6% of total county Early Vote.  Through yesterday they were 2.8%.

In 2008, Palm Center was 2.3% of total county Early Vote.  Through yesterday they were 2%.

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 1.1%.

In 2008, 126-C in Champions Forest was 4.6% of total county Early Vote.  Through yesterday they were 5.3%.

In 2008, Ponderosa (Riddle’s district) was 3.1% of total county Early Vote.  Through yesterday they were 2.8%.

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 eleventh day of Early Voting in Person.

There was a bit of an increase with African American Early Voters but I still don’t have a good feeling about where things are headed.  The local Dem Party better have a kick-arse GOTV program for African American and Latino voters this weekend. 

Mickey Mantle holds the World Serious career dinger record with 18.  He is followed by Babe Ruth (15) and Yogi Berra (12).  Who holds the number four position with 11 career World Serious dingers?

The Chron’s Columnist has a piece today on Harris County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia and her campaign and that she is in a tough race – maybe. 
Check out the piece.   Her opponent is up on the radio attacking her.  I don’t know about that.  Of course, the last time there was a pretty good Latino turnout in a gubernatorial race was when Tony Sanchez ran in 2002 when the Commissioner was first elected.

I was checking out the campaign spending reports of the red light camera folks.  Those that want to keep the red light cameras raised $1.5 mil in the last month. $1.4 mil of that came from the folks that provide the red light cameras.

Dodger great Duke Snider of course is at number 4 with 11 World Serious career dingers.

It took four days for Latino elected Dems to come out and say they were disgusted with Dude’s police widow commercial. Now that is what I call a manana rapid response!

I wonder if everybody at The Yard has voted.   I do know that The Yard sits in HISD Trustee District VIII and they haven’t stolen the signs that are hanging right under the clock tower.  That’s all I have from The Yard.

 

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Former Secretary of State Jim Baker had a statue of him unveiled yesterday at that park or greenspace across the street from the Downtown post office.  The Baker statue joins the 41 statue that has been there for a few years.   Nobody is ever going to see the statue because nobody ever goes by there. 

Some folks are still talking about Guv Dude’s latest ad and whether or not it is a low blow.  Yeah, it is a low blow but low blows are used all the time in high stakes political campaigns.  The press interviewed the widow and she doesn’t think it is a low blow and has no problem with the spot.  Stay tuned!

Not much is changing in Early Voting in Person in these parts.

Early Voting in Person through nine days yesterday in Harris County was at 250,066 as compared to 443,267 through nine 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% (of 250,066).

In 2008, Clear Lake was 3.3% of total county Early Vote.  Through yesterday, they were 5.1%.

In 2008, West Gray was 5.3% of total county Early Vote.  Through yesterday they were 6.5%.

In 2008, Tracy Gee was 3.1% of total county Early Vote.  Through yesterday they were 3.3%.

In 2008, Acres Home was 3.6% of total county Early Vote.  Through yesterday they were 2.5%.

In 2008, Palm Center was 2.3% of total county Early Vote.  Through yesterday they were 1.8%.

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 1%.

In 2008, 126-C in Champions Forest was 4.6% of total county Early Vote.  Through yesterday they were 5.3%.

In 2008, Ponderosa (Riddle’s district) was 3.1% of total county Early Vote.  Through yesterday they were 2.8%.

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 ninth day of Early Voting in Person.

I don’t have a good feeling about where things are headed.  The local Dem Party better have a kick-arse GOTV program for African American and Latino voters this weekend. 

Who holds the World Serious career RBI record?

Charlie Sheen must have been watching “Major League” the other night.  How else do you explain turning into the “Wild Thing.”

Mickey Mantle of course holds the World Serious career RBI record with 40.

About the only thing coming from The Yard this week is a pumpkin carving contest that ends Friday.

 

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HISD Trustee District VIII candidate Judith Cruz made the Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) HOT LIST along with 14 other candidates throughout the country and she is in good company along with the likes of Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennett, New York’s Andrew Cuomo, and Delaware U.S. Senate candidate Chris Coons. 

Here is what DFER says:  DFER’s mission is to encourage a more productive dialogue within the Democratic Party on the need to fundamentally reform American public education. The Hot List candidates below are DFER’s top electoral priorities for fall 2010. Please give as generously as you can.  Here is the link:  http://www.actblue.com/page/dferhotlist.

Early Voting in Person through eight days yesterday in Harris County was at 214,778 as compared to 376,761 through eight 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 214,778).

In 2008, Clear Lake was 3.3% of total county Early Vote.  Through yesterday, they were 5.2%.

In 2008, West Gray was 5.3% of total county Early Vote.  Through yesterday they were 6.5%.

In 2008, Tracy Gee was 3.1% of total county Early Vote.  Through yesterday they were 3.3%.

In 2008, Acres Home was 3.6% of total county Early Vote.  Through yesterday they were 2.5%.

In 2008, Palm Center was 2.3% of total county Early Vote.  Through yesterday they were 1.7%.

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 1%.

In 2008, 126-C in Champions Forest was 4.6% of total county Early Vote.  Through yesterday they were 5.3%.

In 2008, Ponderosa (Riddle’s district) was 3.1% of total county Early Vote.  Through yesterday they were 2.8%.

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 eighth day of Early Voting in Person.

The local Dem Party better have a kick-arse GOTV program for African American and Latino voters this week.  We will see!

The Yankees have played in 40 World Seriouses.  Who is number two on the list of playing in World Seriouses?

Guv Dude’s newest ad was the talk yesterday.  I don’t think Dude’s content with just winning.  I think he’s more interested in pummeling the Former H-Town Mayor all the way until 6:59 pm of November 2.  Dude also raised a ton of money.

Hillary Clinton is celebrating her 63rd BD today! Happy Birthday Madam Secretary!

Judith Cruz’s opponent put out a statement last night saying she does not condone sign stealing.  OK, but can we have our signs back – pretty please!

The Dodgers of course have played in 18 World Seriouses.

You gotta love Baggy!  He explained yesterday why he couldn’t be the hitting coach this season.  He said it was tough being away from his little girls.  That’s all I have from The Yard!

 

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It has happened to just about everyone that has been involved in political campaigns – getting your campaign signs stolen.  The Judith Cruz for HISD Trustee, District VIII campaign has been plagued by sign stealing from Day 1.  They’ve taken most of our 4×8 signs from private property and have taken yard signs out of the yards of our supporters.  The big signs can cost around $25 each and the smaller ones $3 each. 

Friday night, Judith Cruz decided to file a theft report with HPD.  Saturday night, we decided to stake out the Ripley House Early Vote location and lo and behold we nailed the thief.  I can’t give you his name right now but he was driving a King Ranch Blue and Tan pick-up.  He was putting out signs for our opponent Juliet Stipeche and snatching up Judith Cruz signs.  He was also putting out signs for another candidate that I prefer not to mention.  He was accompanied by another fella that drove off in a small white pick-up that has been parked at Ripley House with a big Stipeche sign.   We filmed the King Ranch pick-up fella in the act of stealing and turned the video and license plate number over to the police.

Nobody saw the King Ranch pick-up yesterday and the smaller white pick-up was also AWOL.   We caught the thief.  We will be posting more on the thief tomorrow including his name.

Burkablog put up some of my unscientific Early Vote takes on his website last week and got some folks to talking and predicting.  First let me say that my takes are “unscientific.”  I think we’re still learning about folks Voting Early and their habits.  Plus, remember we had a big fire that destroyed a whole lot of the eSlate gizmos a few months and there was a call for folks to Vote Early.

Let me take you back to what happened in November of 2008.

In State House District 131 (Alma Allen in an African American Dem District), 30.1% of the total votes cast were cast on Election Day.  That means 69.9% Vote Early in Person or by mail.

HD 139 (Sylvester Turner in an AA Dem District), 31% voted on Election Day so that means 69% voted Early.

HD 141 (Senfronia Thompson in an AA Dem District), 29% voted on E-Day.

HD 142 (Harold Dutton in an AA Dem District), 30% voted on E-Day.

Does the above mean that African Americans just couldn’t wait around and wanted to vote for Barack Obama ASAP.   Maybe they are not in a hurry to vote this time around.

In 2008, HD 132 (Calegari in a GOP District), 37.4% voted on E-Day, 62.6% voted Early.

HD 135 (Elkins in a GOP District), 38.6% voted on E-Day.

HD 136 (Woolley in a GOP District), 38.1% voted on E-Day.

HD 150 (Riddle in a GOP District), 40.1% voted on E-Day.

Does the above mean that this time around GOP voters are a little bit more fired up and are in a hurry to say no to The President’s policies? 

In 2008, HD 133 (Thibaut in a leaning Dem district), 33% voted on E-Day, 67% voted Early.

I think both campaigns had aggressive efforts to get their vote out Early.

In 2008, HD 134 (Ellen Cohen in leaning Dem district), 40.9% voted on E-Day, 59.1% voted Early.

I’m scratching my head on this one.

In 2008, HD 140 (Armando Walle in Latino Dem District), 50.1% voted on E-Day, 49.9% voted Early.

HD 143 (Ana Hernandez in Latino Dem District), 53.5% voted on E-Day.

HD 145 (Carol Alvarado in Latino Dem District), 50.1% voted on E-Day.

The above tells me that the Latino vote is a community that is paid the least attention to and they’ll wait until manana to go vote.

We will see!

Early Voting in Person through seven days yesterday in Harris County was at 181,084 as compared to 314,252 through seven 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 5.2% (of 181,084).

In 2008, Clear Lake was 3.3% of total county Early Vote.  Through yesterday, they were 5.2%.

In 2008, West Gray was 5.3% of total county Early Vote.  Through yesterday they were 6.6%.

In 2008, Tracy Gee was 3.1% of total county Early Vote.  Through yesterday they were 3.4%.

In 2008, Acres Home was 3.6% of total county Early Vote.  Through yesterday they were 2.4%.

In 2008, Palm Center was 2.3% of total county Early Vote.  Through yesterday they were 1.7%.

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 1%.

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

In 2008, Ponderosa (Riddle’s district) was 3.1% of total county Early Vote.  Through yesterday they were 2.8%.

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 seventh day of Early Voting in Person.

The local Dem Party better have a kick-arse GOTV program for African American and Latino voters this week.  We will see!

Everyone knows that the Yankees have won the World Serious 27 times.  Who is at number two?

The Chron had a piece on Guv Dude yesterday and the article points out that the state is still in the ditch in a lot of categories. Check out the piece.   So how come Dude is leading in all the polls? 

Speaking of, the Texas tribune released a poll this morning showing Dude with a 10 point lead – yikes!  Check it out.

The Austin American Statesman has a story about the H-Town area being a battleground in the race for governor.  Here is from the piece:

"They’re locked in this very heated battle for the Houston metro area," said Rice University political scientist Mark Jones. "For Bill White, that’s bad news. If the people who know him best, who are Houstonians, aren’t going to give him overwhelming support, that suggests he’s going to have a hard time" elsewhere.

Polls in September by the state’s largest newspapers and by the University of Texas/Texas Tribune showed Perry and White essentially tied in the Houston region.  Here is the article.

It doesn’t help that Dude is running that ad here with the police officer widow cracking on the Former H-Town Mayor.

San Luis of course comes in at Number 2 with 10 World Serious Championships.

Well, it looks like Roy O. and The Big Puma won’t be at the World Serious this year and Baggy won’t be our hitting coach next season and that’s all I have from The Yard.

 

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Early Voting in Person through two days today in Harris County was at 53,496 as compared to 82,612 through two days in 2008.

In 2008, Kingwood was 3.9% of the total (678,312 in person) Early Vote for Harris County.  Through today they were 5.1% (of 53,496).

In 2008, Clear Lake was 3.3% of total county Early Vote.  Through yesterday, they were 5.1%.

In 2008, West Gray was 5.3% of total county Early Vote.  Through yesterday they were 6.8%.

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 2.2%.

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 2.6%.

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 second day of Early Voting in Person.

Meanwhile, the Chron has a front page story on next year’s congressional redistricting in the Lone Star State and the resources that are being poured into state by both political parties heading into November.   Check out the story.

In the piece, here is what the DNC Chair had to say:  “The DNC has invested pretty heavily in Texas and that’s not something we’ve done in the past.”

Based on two days of Early Voting, I don’t think the resources have hit the Latino communities in the H-Town area.  I’ve been out and about and I haven’t seen any activity in the ‘hood.

This past weekend I got a tiny card/letter from the State Democratic Executive Committee letting me know that I was part of the Hispanic Voter Project and that I was supposed to spread the word to other Latinos about going to vote.  The card included an autographed picture of my old pal Henry Cisneros and our nominee for Lite Guv.  They got to do a lot better than that to get Latinos to the polls. 

Who holds the record for most career walk off dingers in regular season play?

At last night’s debate, the Former H-Town Mayor passed on giving The President a rating.  I don’t know about that.   I’m sure some of the Dem base voters aren’t too happy about that if you know what I mean.

Speaking of, NBC and the Wall Street Journal released a poll last night and it is not good news for Dems nationally.  Here is what was said:  NBC/WSJ co-pollster Peter Hart (D) said. “It’s hard to say that the Democrats are facing anything less than a Category 4 hurricane.” Adds co-pollster Bill McInturff: “The Democrats … are facing very, very difficult arithmetic.”

Supreme Associate Justice Clarence Thomas’s wife called Anita Hill over the past weekend and wants to visit and get an apology.  I guess she wants to sit down over a can of Coke…awwww!

Mickey Mantle of course has a dozen career walk off regular season dingers.  If Mickey Mantle were still around, he’d be celebrating his 79th BD today.

I drove by The Yard yesterday and nothing was going on.

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Hector put out a statement last night reporting 26,051 voted early on the first day of Early Voting in Person yesterday as compared to 8,545 that voted on the first day of the 2006 election – the last gubernatorial race.

I’d rather compare the 26,051 that voted yesterday to the 39,201 that voted on the first day in 2008.

In 2008, Kingwood was 4% of the total Early Vote first day total for Harris County.  Yesterday they were 5.1%.

In 2008 for first day, Clear Lake was 3.3% of county, yesterday they were 5.2%.

In 2008, first day West Gray was 5.7% of county, yesterday they were 6.8%.

In 2008, first day Tracy Gee was 3.5% of county, yesterday they were 3.5%.

In 2008, Acres Home first day was 3.1% of county, yesterday they were 2.3%.

In 2008, Palm Center first day was 2.3% of county, yesterday they were 2%.

In 2008, Ripley first day was .9% of county, yesterday they were .8%.

In 2008, Moody Park first day was 1.5% of county, yesterday they were 1.2%.

In 2008, HCC first day was 1.5% of the county total, yesterday they were .8%.

In 2008, 126-C first day was 4.7% of the county total, yesterday they were 5.3%.

In 2008, Ponderosa first day was 2.9% of the county total, yesterday they were 2.5%.

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 on the first day.

Here’s what Chron.com said about the Former Mayor after he voted early: White, a former Houston mayor, voted at a Houston community center with his wife, Andrea. He told reporters he did not vote straight Democrat.  He says, "I usually tend to go through office by office and position by position."

Translation:  He didn’t vote for Jim Sharp.

The Tea Party folks showed their true colors yesterday and showed up as poll watchers at locations where African Americans and Latinos vote.  I don’t know about that!

In the 1963 World Serious, one future Hall of Fame pitcher won two games, while another future Hall of Fame pitcher lost two games?  Name the two?

From the who gives a rat’s arse department, the only two people that give a rat’s arse about Shami endorsing Guv Dude are Shami and Dude.  I’m betting Shami had to be reminded that early vote started yesterday and November 2 is Election Day.

Sandy Koufax of course won Games 1 and 4 over Whitey Ford of course as the Dodgers swept the Yankees in the 1963 World Serious.

From Alyson’s Footnotes today:

Let’s get this one out of the way now: Carl Crawford is from Houston, he’s only 29, and he can do a lot of things really well — hit for average, hit for power, play tremendous defense…plus, he’s fast (as kids, he and childhood buddy Michael Bourn were pretty much considered the fastest runners in Houston and used to go toe-to-toe, literally, for bragging rights.) In a nutshell, Crawford is that five-tool player worthy of a nice, fat contract and appears to be the most attractive free agent about to hit the market this winter.

A lot of you have asked what the odds are that the Astros will be the team to sign him to that nice, fat contract. I put the odds at slim to none.

The numbers I’m hearing bandied about from industry insiders is six years at $120 million or seven at $140 million. Yes, there will be a team out there goofy enough to shell out that kind of cash. I cannot envision it’ll be the Astros.

That’s all I have from The Yard!

 

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