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Here is what my pal Robert Miller put out this morning:

In my judgment, Mayor Parker needs to break 70% in her reelection on November 8 or the 2013 Mayoral election will immediately begin. Bill King is seriously contemplating a run in 2013, believing that it would be easier to beat Parker one on one than to wait for 2015 and plunge into a crowded field for an open seat. If Parker is perceived as vulnerable (i.e. <70%), that could attract other credible candidates in 2013 in addition to Mr. King.

However, let’s assume Mayor Parker is reelected in 2011 and 2013 — certainly history suggest that is what will happen. Candidates are already being discussed to run in 2015 when Parker is term limited. Names I see and hear today are City Controller Ronald Green; At-Large Council Members Brad Bradford, Steve Costello and Sue Lovell; District Council Members James Rodriguez and Ed Gonzalez; State Representative Carol Alvarado; Sheriff Adrian Garcia; Ben Hall and Bill King.

Robert mentions the reelection vote percentage that Mayor Lanier and White received.  Of course, they didn’t have to implement Rebuild Houston, deal with an anti red light camera vote, lay off hundreds of city employees, and make other major budget cuts.   Even if the Mayor doesn’t have major well funded opposition, a lot of folks are still going to vote against everything so the 70% number is just a number if you ask me. 

Robert also says:

History again suggests that the business establishment will lead a strong effort to seek to elect the first Hispanic Mayor of Houston in 2015. Houston is one of the most multi-cultural cities in the nation, and its business leadership values and supports diversity. It is simply a question of when, not if, Hispanics take the reins of power in Houston and Texas. Just as Houston business leadership rallied around and supported Mayor Brown to be the first African-American Mayor of Houston, I foresee a similar effort to support and elect the first Hispanic Mayor of Houston.

One name that has not been mentioned so far in the 2015 discussion is former Commissioner Sylvia Garcia. There has been much speculation, including some by this author, regarding what Commissioner Garcia will do next. She will not oppose Sen. Mario Gallegos, who is currently headed for reelection without opposition in the March 2012 Democratic primary. Some have speculated that she should run for Harris County Attorney or Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector next year.

In my judgment, Garcia should consider waiting and begin laying the groundwork to run for Mayor of Houston in 2015. She would have strong support in the Hispanic community, cross over appeal to both white moderates and progressives, and be viewed favorably by the business community. Just a thought.

Robert needs to make up his mind.  A couple of weeks ago he said there would be a race in SD 6.  Now he says there won’t.  Check out all that Robert has to say here.

The ‘Stros visit the D-Backs for four starting this evening.  When the D-Backs and Yankees met in the 2001 World Serious that the D-Backs took in seven, which team had the most Serious dingers?

Speaking of H-Town CM James Rodriguez, he’s the Rodriguez of Rodriguez v Harris County in the recently filed redistricting lawsuit.  The Chron E-Board put out a take on the lawsuit and ended with:

When Hispanic activists made similar complaints about the initial city redistricting map, Mayor Annise Parker’s administration took heed and acted to increase opportunities for Hispanics to elect representatives to City Council. We believe commissioners should follow that example and maintain Precinct 2’s current racial balance.

At the same time, Hispanic leaders in Harris County must take responsibility for improving the abysmal voter turnout in their communities. Until that happens, Latinos will continue to be woefully underrepresented in both city and county government.

You can say that again!   

Here is the entire piece.

Here is the Chron story.

I guess Guv Dude showed us something this past weekend.   He got 30,000 folks to his Prayer Caucus.  Never underestimate Dude.

The Yankees out dingered the D-Back 6 to 5 of course in the 2001 World Serious.

You know the team is in pain when they have to recall relievers Jeff Fulchino and Wesley Wright from the graveyard, err Triple A Oklahoma City – yikes!

 

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The Chron’s Lisa Falkenberg, the columnist local Dems love, put it on Cong. Sheila Jackson Lee today.  Of course, you only get to read the column this morning if you are old school like Commentary and have to go to your front yard to pick up the fish wrap.  Cong. Jackson Lee is portrayed in the column as being mean spirited toward a staffer with a disability.  Here is a taste:

(Chron columnist Rick) Casey once interviewed an aide who said Jackson Lee told him he was so stupid his son should be embarrassed to have him as a father.

And:

Before the congresswoman takes to the podium again, perhaps she should spend some time with a smaller audience:  the mirror.

 

Yikes!

Kuffer has a bit to say on SD 6.  Here is a taste:

Sen. (Mario) Gallegos has done a lot of good representing this district; he’s certainly voted as I would want him to most of the time. I have no doubt that (former County Commissioner Syliva) Garcia would also do an excellent job if she were to be elected. Having said that, let me say this: Whether by his choice or not, if it is time for new blood in SD06, what I would prefer to see is some actual new blood.

Check out all of Kuffer here.

Commentary will continue to say that this one isn’t over until the filing deadline sings and beyond.

Numero 45 hit his seventh grand salami as a ‘Stro last night.  That is the most ever as a ‘Stro.  Jeff Bagwell and Bob Aspromonte have six.  Two others had five each.  Name the two?

The DREAMERS put the pressure on The President yesterday at NCLR.  Here is from an AP piece today:

But Obama faced a roomful of activists eager for him to do more. Speaking about the high number of deportations that are troubling the Latino community, Obama said he had to enforce the laws that exist and couldn’t change them on his own.

The crowd disagreed and shouted, “Yes you can, Yes you can!”

In face of that reaction – and with an election year approaching and the Hispanic vote ever more important – Obama emphasized that inaction on immigration is not his fault.

“Feel free to keep the heat on me and keep the heat on Democrats, but here’s the only thing you should know – the Democrats and your president are with you, are with you. Don’t get confused about that. Remember who it is we need to move in order to actually change the laws,” he said.

Well actually there were some U.S. Senate Dems that turned their backs on The DREAMERS last fall. 

The Big Puma and Bob Watson of course had five grand salamis apiece as ‘Stros.

We got U2ed last night – sort of.  After a U2 concert at Busch Stadium this past weekend, the team laid out some new turf that tripped up Michael Bourn, Hunter Pence, and Jose Altuve.   Excuses, excuses!

 

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In the past day or so Robert Miller and Capitol Inside each put out a take about former Harris County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia thinking about running for Senate District 6.  This drew a response from her consultant Dan McClung.  Check this:

Guys, I realize there isn’t much for you to report since the lege, but please think before reporting a fight that has not and never will be waged. 

Senator Mario Gallegos and former Commissioner Sylvia Garcia are longtime friends and strong political allies.  They are also both decades-long clients and friends of this firm, and as its Senior Partner, I have spoken with both this morning and each has asked me to say to you and others that a race between them is not a possibility.

Thanks for sharing this with your readers.

Robert and Capitol Inside didn’t just make this stuff up.  They got their info from folks that they are connected to who also happened to be connected so you need to figure who they are connected to if you know what I mean.

All “a race between them is not a possibility” means is that some folks are talking about pressuring Sen. Gallegos to retire.  This was going on behind closed doors but now that Robert and Capitol Inside have exposed it, other folks will chime in.  This isn’t over so you better stay tuned! 

From the Don’t F__k with CM James Rodriguez Department, check out Chron.com:

Among the reasons City Hall insiders will give for why colleagues of Councilwoman Jolanda Jones sometimes find her exasperating is her penchant for tags. The tag is a parliamentary maneuver in which a council member can unilaterally delay action on an agenda item for a week.

No one keeps such statistics, but it’s not unusual for Jones to tag a dozen or more items on an agenda, sometimes more than the other 13 members combined.

Councilman James Rodriguez orchestrated a little-used counter-maneuver at last week’s council meeting — an override of a tag by Jones. Rodriguez wanted to finish work on an agreement between the city and Houston Independent School District to install a new baseball field at a high school. The agreement had already been approved by council at a previous recent meeting. It was brought back to clean up some language. A pure housekeeping matter, Rodriguez said.

But Jones tagged it. Rodriguez, the councilman representing the 4th ward neighborhood where the field will go (not to mention a baseball aficionado and former Astro batboy), said Jones never explained to him the reason for the tag, and she left the meeting shortly after the agenda was done as council members proceeded with the announcements portion of the meeting known as pop-off.

He decided to try to override the tag. It requires 10 of the 15 votes on the council.

“I showed her the same level of courtesy she showed me,” Rodriguez said in explaining why he employed a tactic so rare that the mayor’s agenda director couldn’t say for sure the last time it was used.

Only 11 members were present when Rodriguez started seeking support. Rodriguez got all 11 votes, so the baseball field item was approved.

When asked why he couldn’t have waited one more week for his item, Rodriguez said, “My constituents want it done, and they wanted it done yesterday.”

Incidentally, Mayor Annise Parker was on vacation, and Acting Mayor Pro Tem Ed Gonzalez ran the meeting. Rodriguez said he would have pursued the tag no matter who held the gavel.

“I’m going to utilize the tools that are available to me to advocate for my district,” Rodriguez said.

Way to go James!

Jeff Keppinger who up until yesterday wore the numero 8 for the ‘Stros was traded to the Giants.  Two MLB Hall of Fame greats have worn the same numero 8 in a ‘Stros uniform – name the two?

The H-Town Mayor is certainly not mincing her words regarding a phone contract over at City Hall.  In these tough times she wants to save $3 mil and she is taking on CWA.  Here is what she says in the Chron today about some on City Council that won’t be with her:

"How can you walk away from that amount of money? It’s clearly, at this point, it’s about the unions playing hardball with council members, and it’s about council members crumbling."

"I had a certain number of council members who were rolling over for the churches and a certain number of council members who were rolling over for the schools and I couldn’t get to eight. I don’t know if I can get to eight on Sprint. They (Sprint opponents) are willing to spend $3 million more of taxpayer money to cover their butts for election.”

Ouch!  City Council will vote on the item this morning.
Check out the entire Chron piece here.

Welcome to H-Town new “Stro Jose Altuve who is just 21 years of age.  Here is from the ‘Stros website:

"We’re not bringing a guy up here who has done what he’s done to sit," Mills said. "If he’s healthy, he’s going to play, for the most part. He’ll be the second baseman tomorrow, I can tell you that."

The 21-year-old, 5-foot-7 Altuve led the Minor Leagues with a combined .389 batting average between Class A Lancaster and Corpus Christi. He hit .408 in 52 games at Lancaster before joining Corpus Christi, where he hit .361 in 35 games.

Hall of Fame great Joe Morgan of course wore the numero 8 back in 1980 when he came back for a season and Hall of Fame great Yogi Berra of course wore the numero 8 from 1985-1989 as a coach.

With Keppinger getting traded it looks like the sell-a-thon has begun over at The Yard.  We will see who is next on the block.  We pulled one out last night as Happ finally got another victory and Jose Altuve starts at second base today on what will be the last game of the month at The Yard.

 

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My old pal Robert Miller put out his takes yesterday on upcoming State Senate races in the Lone Star State.  Robert mostly focuses on GOP races.  He does however raise some eyebrows with his take on SD 6 here in Harris County.  Check this:

SD 6 (Gallegos) — Former Harris County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia is quietly mulling whether to run against Sen. Mario Gallegos, although no decision has been made or is necessarily imminent. Garcia reported $751,601 cash on hand as of June 30; Gallegos reported $71,190 cash on hand. They both use Robert Jara has their consultant, so it will be interesting to watch this unfold.

That ought to get folks talking within the local Latino community.  It will be interesting to see who blinks.  It will be interesting to see the alliances start taking shape.   This one is going to be fun to watch.  Meanwhile, watch your back out there!  That’s what friends are for.  So happy together!   We can work it out!  Check out Robert’s takes here.

Speaking of, here is from a piece I found today in the Star Telegram:

Republicans hope to recruit 100 Hispanic candidates for legislative seats across the nation in 2012, looking to rebuild its bench of GOP officeholders.

The Republican State Leadership Committee, a group that works to elect Republicans to statewide and legislative offices, said Monday it intends to spend at least $3 million in hopes of sending more Republican Hispanic leaders to statehouses while making inroads with women voters and voters under age 30.   Check out the entire piece here.

You have to give the GOP credit for making the Latino effort.

Who are the only MLB pitchers to have won the CY Young Award in four consecutive years?

From the pain-in-the-arse department, check out this from today’s Chron:

During the last six months, (Houston Mayor Annise) Parker has overseen $100 million in spending cuts, redistricting, the implementation of a new drainage fee, the turn-off and restart of red-light cameras, union and pension negotiations and historic designations that ignited a series of neighborhood controversies. Yet she called the (CM Jolanda) Jones affair the biggest distraction and demand on her time.

The Lite Guv certainly looks like the reluctant candidate.  You get the feeling that he really doesn’t want to run for the U.S. Senate but is doing so because, well because.  I think he would rather be governor but you know how that is playing out these days.  The Lite Guv doesn’t look like an enthusiastic candidate and that could give him problems.

If you are old school like Commentary and go out to your front lawn to pick up your fish wrap, you get to read the Chron’s Lisa Falkenberg skewer Guv Dude.  She goes after his flip flopping.  Check it out if you can.

Greg Maddux (1992 as a Cubbie, 1993, 1994, and 1995 as a Brave) and Randy “The Big Unit” Johnson (1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002 as a D-Back) of course each won four consecutive NL Cy Young Awards.

McLovin got on El Grande last night and won an ACDC DVD.

Saturday night at The Yard I went up to get a St. Arnold and when I returned there was some commotion going on by my seat.  The guy that was sitting behind me tried to eat a line drive foul ball.  It wasn’t a pretty sight.  They took the fella off to get stitched up. He never returned.  They sent down the blood clean-up patrol.   It wasn’t a pretty sight.

Last night wasn’t pretty either at The Yard.  They should have won.  When you have Michael Bourn on first base with nobody out and the top of the line-up to follow, how do you not score?  It is the same old story over and over again! 

 

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During my 18 years I came to bat almost 10,000 times. I struck out about 1,700 times and walked maybe 1,800 times. You figure a ballplayer will average about 500 at bats a season. That means I played seven years without ever hitting the ball.
— Mickey Mantle

The 2011 MLB season opens today!

Implementing Rebuild Houston was delayed a week.  My pal CM Stephen Costello drew up an amendment that would eliminate The Mayor’s exemptions.  Now that is interesting.  Meanwhile, in Chron.com there is a photo of GOP State Senator Dan Patrick and his colleagues Ellis, Gallegos, and The Dean flashing their grinning mugs and supporting Patrick’s bill to meddle in Rebuild Houston…tsk, tsk, tsk.   Patrick’s bill would exempt churches, schools, and non-profits from footing the bill.  I’m trying to figure out if these four were aware that there was an election last November on Rebuild Houston.  If they were aware, I’m trying to figure out if they had an opinion.  There was a pretty loud debate last fall on Rebuild Houston and where were their two cents?  I would have more respect of their position if they would have said last fall that they were opposed to Rebuild Houston.  Heck, I would have more respect of their position if they would have said last fall that they supported Rebuild Houston!  BTW:  Commentary worked for Renew Houston, err Prop 1 last fall.

You can go check out their silly looking mugs here.

The last City of H-Town Redistricting Town Hall Meeting is tonight (Thursday) at 6:30 pm at the Sharpstown Park Community Center (District F), 6600 Harbor Town Drive.  Be there!

Tomorrow when the ‘Stros open in Philly, it will be our 50th Opening Day.  Name the two NL teams that the ‘Stros have never played on Opening Day.

Well, the price of a St. Arnold in a bottle increased by over 10% at The Yard this season.  I formally complained and they told me to just drink 10% less – huh!

McLovin snagged him a Jacoby Ellsbury foul ball last night sitting in Commentary’s seats while I sat in Pam-In-Charge’s seats.

It looks like local architects and engineers will have to cough up some more dough for GOP Harris County Commissioner Jerry Eversole’s trial – again.

The D-Backs and Mets of course have never played the ‘Stros on an Opening Day.  We have never played the Nationals on Opening Day, but we did play them when they were Expos – got it!

We got smoked last night by the Red Sox but the real deal starts tomorrow! 

 

 

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SPECTACULAR!  WOW!  EL GRANDE!  “El Grande” is the name given to the new HD scoreboard last night at the official unveiling.  It is about as HD as you can get.  Commentary was there last night at a VIP gathering at The Yard. 

Pam-In-Charge spoke and so did my pal Drayton.  Brownie and JD also were on hand and part of the program.  They welcomed the new scoreboard, err “El Grande” with the THX tune – cool.  Milo narrated the video and a number of ‘Stros were in the video including Numero 45, Pence, Bourn, and Wandy.

Here is from the ‘Stros website:

On Thursday, the Astros unveiled to the media and VIP guests, Minute Maid Park’s new state-of-the-art high-definition scoreboard in right field. The scoreboard is 54 feet high and 124 feet wide, along with ribbon boards. It’s the largest video board in the Major Leagues to feature a 1080i display format.

As part of the $13 million in upgrades, a new secondary LED HD video board was installed in left field. Both boards are made by Daktronics. The ribbon boards are above the Club Level, spanning foul pole to foul pole and the outfield mezzanine area.

"This is revolutionary," said Astros chairman and CEO Drayton McLane. "It will make a big difference for our fans. It will make coming to the ballpark a lot more fun."

"Technology changes every year. We got the latest version," said McLane. "I think it’s one of the best ballparks in America. It takes a lot of planning. It was a three-year effort and planning to get here."

Drayton gave Pam-In-Charge and VP Bobby Forrest all the credit.   It is a sight for sure.

We also got to tour the new Insperity Club premium seating – nice.  Oh, and the grub was delicious and scrumptious.   Everybody there also received a cool replica scoreboard photo frame – very cool.  I like that Pam-In-Charge and her crew named it “El Grande.”  They certainly paid attention to the latest census numbers.

BTW:  Pam-In-Charge definitely don’t need touching up.  Later on this morning, you can see photos from last night on Commentary’s website.

When was the last time a southpaw was a starting pitcher for the ‘Stros on Opening Day.

Bonus:  How many times have southpaws started on the mound for the ‘Stros on Opening Day?

The state’s Legislative Budget Board (LBB) came out with a report yesterday saying that if the proposed House budget passes and becomes law, the state will lose a few hundreds of thousands of jobs over the next two years.  The fellas that run the LBB, the Lite Guv and the Texas House Speaker, said yesterday that the LBB doesn’t know what it is talking about.  Why don’t we just axe the LBB?

The Chron’s E-Board put a spanking on the Dem State Senator from SD 6. 
Check it out.    Ouch!

Kuffer says today that the City of H-Town has the recycling center land up for sale.  It is the one the Commentary frequently uses over by Star Pizza.  Kuffer says the City needs the money.  Kuffer says he’s OK with the sale because he has the fancy green bin-on-wheels.  Commentary doesn’t have one of those.

In 1974 of course, lefty Dave Roberts was the starting pitcher for the ‘Stros on Opening Day in San Francisco against the Giants.

Roberts of course also started Opening Day in 1973 against The ATL and lefties Bobby Shantz of course started in 1962 against the Cubbies and lefty Mike Cuellar of course started in 1967 against the Dodgers.  That’s it – four times.

Roberts and Cuellar are no longer with us.

The tickets arrived yesterday and they feature Hunter Pence, Chris Johnson, Numero 45, Brett Myers, Michael Bourn, and Wandy.

There are 6 weekday day games this season.

On Sunday, September 11, the tenth anniversary of the horrible tragedy, the ‘Stros are in D.C. to play the Nationals. 

That’s all I have from The Yard!

 

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