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Best Politics Blog: Marc Campos‘s Daily Commentary!

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“There are plenty of good political blogs that cover the issues of the day, but nothing puts you inside the machinations of Houston politics like this literally daily blog from longtime political consultant Marc Campos. His insights into the grind of local and state politics are as fascinating as they are entertaining.”……Houston Press, June 27, 2012.

Check out my fellow recipients here.

Let me introduce you to the Award Winning Commentary!

Tonight Commentary will be the recipient of the Best Politics Blog at the 2012 Second Annual Houston Web Awards presented by the Houston Press.  Let me thank the members of the Academy, oops, wrong group!

Other recipients include Houston Texans linebacker Connor Barwin (Best Local Sports Bar Twitter) and Lance Zierlein (Best Sports Fan/News Twitter). 

I’m going to practice my acceptance remarks with you if you don’t mind:

Let me thank the 2012 Houston Web Awards for this outstanding honor.  Like Sally Fields once said “I can’t deny the fact that you like me!  You like me!”  Or as George M. Cohan used to say “my mother thanks you, my father thanks you, my sister thanks you, and I thank you.”

Actually it is a pretty cool deal because awards and Commentary don’t have much of a history together.  Now I can call myself the Award Winning Commentary, at least until next year – very cool.

Of course I couldn’t get this honor without a lot of help.  I really want to thank all the wonderful material out there I have to work with including the GOP bashing of paperless folks, Tea Baggers, POTUS, The H-Town Mayor for not ducking the tough issues, Guv Dude, and the Lone Star State Dem Party for failing to engage the Latino vote.

I also want to thank some of my outstanding clients like CM James Rodriguez, HISD Trustee Anna Eastman, SBOE candidate Traci Jensen, and former constable candidate Joe Martinez who all give politics around these parts a richer flavor.    

Let me thank the Municipal Channel for bringing the H-Town City Council meetings into my office every week where I pick up ideas from CMs like Costello, Bradford, Gonzalez, and Boss Ma-am.  Oh and I forgot CM Sullivan.  Let me thank other key folks and entities like the H-Town GLBT PAC, The Dean, The DREAMERS, Kuffer, Robert Miller, CNN, Burkablog, Serge, Hector, Chris Moran and Chron.com, who fight the good fight or let me know about the good fight.

Let me thank all the folks – whether I agree with you or not on issues – for stepping into the public square and trying to make a difference.  Often times you interest me, sometimes you p__s me off, sometimes you do great things, sometimes you make me sad, sometimes you puzzle me, sometimes I feel sorry for you, and sometimes you come off looking like total dumbarses.  Let me thank CEWDEM for snatching me up every day and sending it out.

Let me say this.  All I do is a Commentary sometimes tongue-in-check about stuff that is happening with our politics.  As I’ve said before, I don’t do talking points, I don’t exaggerate the facts, and I don’t play games (except for my MLB question of the day).  I try to be candid and direct.

Some folks like Ty Wiggintonner’s Brother and Edgar will send me a friendly comment or two on something I said.  Some folks will send me a critical comment or two and it hurts my feelings for around 15 seconds.  Some folks will send me stuff wanting me to do a political hit on someone that I just ignore. 

I’m not into scorch-the-earth political takes because I believe it contributes to global warming.  I don’t think it is healthy to have political enemies because you never know if you’ll be standing by them at The Yard in the St. Arnold line. 

I forgot to mention the ‘Stros, the ‘Stro media guide, MLB, and the greatest game ever invented.  Sometimes I’m able to segue from the politics into baseball, most times I can’t though.  There are always interesting baseball facts to be found in my desk drawer.

So there you have it!

Finally let me thank MariGirl for being herself and making sure stuff like being named Best Politics Blog doesn’t go to my head.  She is not the same MariGirl that walked into my shop five years ago this summer ago, but that’s a good thing.  She makes sure our product is as advertised.

Name the ‘Stros with twitter accounts?

Hope the Supremes don’t mess up my high with a lousy health care ruling today – that’s all I have to say about that!

It looks like we will have us a new Chair of the Houston Port Authority.  Current Chair Jim Edmonds won’t seek reappointment.

Here is the Chron story.

Meanwhile, Port Commissioner Jim Fonteno, Jr. was reappointed by the County on a 3-2 vote.

Congratulations to CM Ellen Cohen for getting the $5 fee passed yesterday.  I don’t know why they call those places “gentlemen” clubs.   My idea of being a “gentleman” doesn’t include sticking a ten into – well you know what I’m talking about. 

Speaking of Edgar, I wonder if he saw my pal Nick Anderson’s cartoon today in the Chron.  It depicts the Dome as a big trash can for all those Dome studies.   I don’t think the Texans or Rodeo would want the Dome to be the first indoor landfill.

Check out the cartoon here.

The following ‘Stros have twitter accounts of course:

Chris Snyder (@hyphen18), Chris Johnson (@cjastros23), @BudNorris20, @brianbogusevic, @JordanSchafer,   Jason Castro (@J_Castro15), @lucasharrell34, @Carlos45Lee, Wesley Wright (@realweswright), Brett Myers (@theoutlaw39, @jordanlyles41 , and @JDMartinez14.

It looks like the new ‘Stro owner is thinking about doing away with the choo choo train and Tal’s Hill.  I wonder what they will do with the choo choo train and Tal’s Hill.  Maybe they ought to let folks bid on them at an auction.

Well what do you know!  A ‘Stro pitcher threw another complete game.  That’s two in less than a week –wow!  It’s too bad only 15,012 showed up last night.

 

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HISD Trustee Anna Eastman is trying to become the next Board President and Texas Watchdog has a piece on Anna’s bid.  Check it out here.

One would hope that Anna would get the nod to serve as Board President.  FYI:  Anna is Commentary’s client.  Stay tuned!

The Feds are recommending banning cell phones, hands free, and other electronic devices while driving.  That suits me fine!  Check out the story here.

Of course, as usual, Lone Star State policy makers aren’t willing to embrace this.

This is from State Rep.  Gary Elkins, R-Houston

"There’s just no will in Texas to do that.  I just don’t see it happening.  As far as a statewide ban, I don’t see the Legislature doing it.  The public clearly wants to be able to talk on the phone and drive, and I don’t think we should take that right away from them.”

What else can you say!

Commentary and other prominent MLB observers generally believe that that the First Round of the 1987 MLB Amateur Player Draft produced two future MLB Hall of Fame members.   Who am I talking about?  Hint:  They were picked 1st and 22nd.

From the There Is No Crying at the Port Department, it seems like the Port crybaby, err outgoing CEO didn’t like the rough-and-tumble of politics….awww!  Here is what he said in the Chron today: 

"The frustrating part of it is – and maybe I was a little naive on this, I don’t know – I can see what needs to be done, but I can’t get those things done because of the politics.  I wanted to apply some business techniques, some things I’ve done in the past and been successful at. We’ve done a lot of that, but fighting the constant battle of politics … is just not something I want to do."

Throw this fella a box of Kleenex, please!

Commentary has known Port Commissioner Elyse Lanier for over 20 years and being politically correct isn’t in her DNA.  Here is what she said:

"When you’re in the private sector, you do things differently," (Here) it’s not just politics. You have seven commissioners that want to be involved. We’re here to set policy and I think our opinions have to be considered. There was a point at which that didn’t happen."

On the crybaby’s, errr CEO departure she added: "It’s probably good for him.  It’s probably good for us."

Nice play by Commissioner Lanier.

Of course, Commentary’s good friend, Port Commissioner Janiece Longoria, who is for sure one of the smartest and savviest players in these parts, also gets a way to go!  Here is the Chron piece.

Former State Rep. Al Edwards filed for his old seat again. 

The Chron’s Lisa Falkenberg has a nice column about the principal from Bellaire High trying to ban a Latino food cart vendor from selling his goodies to student during lunch.  We don’t want your stinking chicharrones!

Here is a piece of the column:

Just after 11:30, a smallish street vendor in a ball cap wheels his bicycle to the corner of Maple and South Rice, and opens for business. Minutes later, when lunch begins, students stream from Bellaire’s doors and head in every direction.

Dozens of them cross Maple and head for the food cart, where they order up items outlawed on campus such as Coca-Cola. Other options among the eclectic fare range from rainbow popsicles to chicharrones with lime juice and salsa, to fresh mango.

In the eyes of Principal Tim Salem, this scene around the cart isn’t at all befitting of Bellaire. Last month, he asked the city manager for an ordinance banning such street cart vendors. In seeking the change, Salem argued in a letter that the vendor poses a threat to the "character and quality of the community" of Bellaire.

"Many of the neighbors who live here selected this community because it represents the values, ideals and standard of living that they want for their families," stated Salem’s letter, first reported last week by the Bellaire Examiner. "Allowing street vendors to roam the streets of Bellaire will diminish the reputation of this community and damage the vision that most have of this being a safe and secure environment."
Here is the entire column.

It looks like the City of Bellaire doesn’t think this is a problem.

Here is what the Bellaire City Manager says:

"We got a lot of problems in the world today.  I just can’t see where this is one of them."

It also looks like the Bellaire principal looks kind of stupid.

Future Hall of Fame great Ken Griffey, Jr., was picked #1 in the 1987 MLB Draft and future Hall of Fame great Craig Biggio was picked #22 of course in the same draft.  B-G-O is celebrating his 46th BD today!  Happy Birthday B-G-O!

There is nothing else to report from The Yard.

 

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The Chron has another take on Saturday’s election and what it means at the City Council table.  Check it out here.

One thing is for certain.  Commentary is still being read.  Here is what I said yesterday:

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!

I guess they are sort of asking me because here is what the Chron said:

Councilwoman Sue Lovell, who will not return to office because of term limits, said that competition for finite city resources could limit productivity, but a larger issue will be whether the new council can collaborate.

Kuffer has a more expanded take on the election here.

We have to do a better job of getting folks to the polls period.  A 6% voter turnout is embarrassing.   We can’t allow ourselves to let this become the norm. 

Liberal/progressives were the losers this past Saturday.  We let the GOPers and Tea Baggers out work us.  We can’t say that we were outspent because we weren’t.  We just didn’t effectively communicate with our base. 

We have to do more and better than just trotting out the list of all those leaders and groups that endorse.  We have to get their folks to the polls.  I haven’t seen the precinct returns yet but I’ll bet you $10,000 that White Dems and Latinos stayed home on E-Day.  Complacency took over if you ask me.   I don’t know why we would have reason to be complacent.  Oh well!

I will say this, City Hall just needs to focus on providing services and not start getting fancy with us with a bunch of regulations and stuff and new parking rules and stuff.  Stop pi__ing folks off!

On June 30, 2011, this AL MLBer hit his 300th career dinger.  The next day (July 1, 2011), this NL MLBer hit his 300th career dinger.  Who am I talking about?

The Harris County DA cleared the Port CEO of any wrong doing this past Friday.  The Port CEO says he’s leaving.  Here is from Chron.com:

“I came to the Port of Houston to apply my business experience in public service. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished,” Dreyer said, noting the port’s preparations for growth with the widening of the Panama Canal. “This experience, however, has shown me that the political arena is not where I want to be.”

Don’t let the door hit your arse on the way out, fella!  Oh no, the dreaded political arena!

I guess you can score one for Port Commissioners Janiece Longoria and Elyse Lanier!

Maybe by the end of the day, we will have some sort of clarification on when the primaries will be held.

On June 30, 2011, Yankee great Mark Teixeira hit his 300th career dinger and the next day (July 1, 2011) Cubbie great Aramis Ramirez hit his 300th career dinger of course.  Aramis will stay in the NL Central and play with the Brewers next season.

Well what do you know!  Texans Head Coach Gary Kubiak is capable of smiling. 

‘Stros catcher Jason Castro got hurt again and will get a late start at Spring Training – drats!

 

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H-Town CM Jones won’t get the once over from the Harris County DA but that won’t stop the BS around the issue.  Here is what the H-Town Mayor said yesterday:

Council Member Jones has already taken steps to change policies and procedures in her office to prevent further violations.

I don’t think CM Jones appreciated the Mayor’s take because she doesn’t think she did anything wrong.  Oh well!   Get your arse reelected and that’ll be the end of stuff.

“Daddy’s little girl!”  Oh well, there is still slime in the ice machine!  I hate to say this but there will be a next victim.   Check out the Chron’s Nick Anderson cartoon with Baggy.  Ouch!

How many MLB teams lost 100 plus games last season?

Hunker Down will get to show his stripes so to speak when he names Evergoner’s replacement in the next week or so.  Let’s hope he doesn’t go too far right with his appointee.  I would hope he doesn’t appoint a paperless folk hater.

Here is from the ‘Stros website:

The Houston Astros are teaming up with Lucasfilm Ltd. to host Star Wars Night at Minute Maid Park, September 26 when the Astros play the St. Louis Cardinals at 7:05 p.m. Star Wars costumed characters will be on hand for the night and one lucky fan will win a copy of Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray. Other prizes include Star Wars PEZ® candy dispensers and LEGOS® Star Wars® Character Encyclopedia from DK Publishing.

I hope the force is with us because we are now sitting on 101 losses.  In other news, the entire coaching staff has been invited back for next season – yikes!

The Mariners of course lost 101 games last season and the Pirates of course lost 105 games last season.

Our last road game is in Cinncy this afternoon then the Rockies come in for four tomorrow.  I wonder if Baggy will be in the TV booth this Saturday night?

 

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The Chron has a story today about how they think not much is going to change over at the Port.  They kind of say that with the City Council reappointment of Port Commissioner Kase Lawal last week and with Harris County Commissioners Court considering reappointing Port Commissioner Jim Fonteno, a message is being sent that all is OK over at the Port. Check out the Chron story here.

I don’t know about that.  Commissioner Lawal has never been mentioned as being involved in questionable ethical stuff over there.  Commissioner Fonteno on the other hand got health insurance at the Port’s expense.  Of course, the Chron forgot to mention that Port Commissioner Janiece Longoria , whom the City Council reappointed in  November of 2010, has helped lead the  charge to point out stuff that needs to be fixed at the Port.  Regardless, it is still up to the Port Commissioners to make things more transparent over there.  Stay tuned!

Eight former MLBers have 200 plus career triples.  Who leads in career triples among active MLBers?

A great American, a great Texan, a great Latino, a great educator is no longer with us.  Dr. Jose  Cardenas left us this past weekend. 
Check out the story here.

Commentary checked out the Emmys last night and as usual I’ve never seen a single episode of a bunch of the winners.  I thought the host Jane Lynch did a great job.  I thought Charlie Sheen was pretty good. 

Of course, I’m going to have to check out the new “Two and a Half Men” tonight.

My pal Drayton, my old boss Mark White, former SA Mayor Phil Hardberger, and SA businessman Red McCombs have a full page ad in the Chron today asking the Big 12 to stay put.  Drayton, Gov. White, and Mayor Hardberger went to Baylor so you get the picture.  The front page of the Chron has a story about the pending demise of the Big 12 though.  Stay tuned!

Some City Council, District I neighborhoods got some good run in yesterday’s Chron.  Check out the story here.  Apparently those neighborhoods are the newest H-Town “in” neighborhoods. I guess it helps that the political leadership out there like CM James Rodriguez is providing leadership and making sure those neighborhoods have the tools to thrive.

Red Sox great Carl Crawford of course leads all active MLBers with 110 career three baggers.

There is not a whole lot to say about the ‘Stros getting loss numero 100 this past Saturday.  Three in Cinncy this week then they come home and wrap things up.

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Commentary caught The President’s speech last night.  It was a good speech and he was tough.  Too bad GOP congressional leaders won’t cooperate.  Those guys are just as happy to keep the misery factor of 9.1% unemployment up for the next 14 months so they can increase the chances of more GOPers getting elected in 2012. It is what it is.

The Harris County Attorney released his review of the Port Authority’s handling of business. You can read about it in the Chron here.  Harris County Commissioner Jack Morman asked for the review.  Of course, it was all prompted by my good friend Port Commissioner Janiece Longoria and Port Commissioner Elyse Lanier.

Name some of the new traditions at MLB ballparks as a result of the events of September 11.

H-Town CM James Rodriguez had him a great turnout last night at a Glenbrook Valley area reception at a supporter’s home.  Nice job!

Young professionals will host a reception for James tonight at Hearsay on Travis in Downtown right after work so drop by if you can.

The fella that wants to buy the ‘Stros has thrown down the gauntlet so to speak at MLB Commissioner  Bud Selig’s feet and has taken his case to the front page of the Chron.  Check it out here. 

Here is what he is saying:

When you go to the personal side, it’s not a business deal anymore, and that’s what offended me.  We have a contract with Drayton.  When that expires, then it expires. The contract goes through November 30. You know, that’s a pretty standard process when you sign a deal like that.”

I don’t know about picking a fight with Bud when Bud holds most of the cards.

The Chron Sports Columnist also gets into the act:

There are a thousand reasons to question this guy’s character and to consider whether he’d embarrass the Astros if he became owner, and now it’s Jim Crane who wants baseball to hurry things along.

Did he not understand the process before he signed on? Is he so arrogant that he can’t see there are things in his background that are going to give people pause? He may be the victim he makes himself out to be, but there’s just so much there.

Selig himself uses the phrase “social conscience” in connection with his sport. When someone is accused of the things Crane is accused of, it’s going to take its good sweet time looking at them. Selig probably hasn’t forgotten that Drayton McLane himself despised the guy three years ago.

Here is the entire Columnist piece.

This is getting interesting to you better stay tuned!

The Houston Police Officers Union and the Houston Professional Firefighters didn’t endorse H-Town CM Jolanda Jones.  I wonder if they are going to wage an aggressive campaign against her.  I don’t know who drew the line in the sand on this one.   If they pick a campaign fight with her, how does she respond? 

We now sing “God Bless America” during the seventh inning stretch of course on Sundays and on holidays, the teams wear patriotic lids on Memorial Day and the Fourth of July of course, we honor First Responders and our military of course on holidays and Sundays, and we hand out U.S. of A. flags on holidays and special occasions. 

The team is in D.C. for the weekend and of course a lot of us will spend this Sunday remembering and remembering and remembering.  

 

 

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The Chron’s Columnist today focuses on Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan and campaign contributions.  Of course, once again, if you are not old school like Commentary and go fetch your fish wrap from the front yard every morning, you are going to have to wait a day or so to check it out.

The Columnist says that maybe Vince shouldn’t be taking thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from big law firms that do bond business with the County.  Vince’s office now selects the law firm that to do business with the County – got it!   What Vince’s office is doing is not illegal and whether it is ethical or not depends on one’s own ethics.

Of course, Harris County Commissioners routinely select engineers, architects, and contractors to do business within their precincts.   The same engineers, architects, and contractors donate generously to the Commissioners’ campaign accounts.

In Vince’s case it may be different though.  Back in the 1990s as a member of the H-Town City Council, Vince proclaimed himself as a champion of campaign finance reform.   That was nearly twenty years ago so maybe things change.

A way to go goes to Port Commissioners Janiece Longoria and Elyse Lanier for continuing to get things cleaned up over at the Port.  They took away some benefits that a couple of their colleagues should not be getting.   They also stopped the funding of another study.  Maybe they ought to fund a study to figure out how many PR consultants are working over there.

After 103 games this season, the ‘Stros are a miserable 33-70.  What is out best record ever at the 103 game mark?

The Postal Service announced the list of local post offices that are on the endangered list.  It is now up to members of Congress to save the worthy ones.  Of course, I don’t know why they didn’t put the one on Yale and 11th on the list.  If you ever have to go there take a book to read.

A number of elected officials paid their respects last night to my Uncle Jesse including the H-Town Mayor, CMs James Rodriguez and Melissa Noriega, State Rep. Carol Alvarado, JP Richard Vara, Constable Victor Trevino, Judge Steve Kirkland, and Judge Jim Sharp.

Form the ‘Stros Website:

The Astros will celebrate Houston’s Hispanic community and culture on Saturday, August 20 when the team hosts Los Astros Night at Minute Maid Park. Festivities begin with Hispanic Street Fest from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at KBR Plaza, adjacent to Union Station on Crawford Street. The celebration is presented by Goya Foods, Budweiser and Univision.

And:

For the first time in franchise history, players will wear uniforms that feature the team name in Spanish, Los Astros, across the front of the jersey. The first 10,000 fans at the game will receive a Los Astros T-shirt courtesy of Goya Foods.

 

Way to go to Pam-In-Charge and her crew!

By the way, we play Los Gigantes that weekend.

In 1999, after 103 games, the ‘Stros were 62-41 of course.

You know it is that kind of season when last night we got beat by an Albert Pujols phantom dinger.  Well at least Hunter Pence isn’t trade bait if you believe the trade rumors!

 

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