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San Antonio State Rep. Joaquin Castro is running in the new 35th Congressional District and so is Dem Cong. Lloyd Doggett.   The race is starting to get a little testy.  This is from the SA Express News:

“I’ve been very disappointed at remarks I have heard Congressman Doggett make that seem to try to divide the people of San Antonio and Austin,” said Castro, a lawyer. “I think that this is not a time for division. This is a time we have to stand united on the issues that matter to the people of this district, including jobs, education and health care.”

Ouch!  And:

“This is the only Hispanic opportunity district proposed, so it’s highly unlikely” that courts would reject it, (Democratic political consultant Colin) Strother said.

Strother disparaged Doggett’s plan to run in the new district, calling him an “old, white guy” who should step aside.

“The fact that he thinks he can just take this district — it’s a minority San Antonio district — is really a shame,” Strother said. “It flies in the face of our own legal argument as Democrats.”   Check out the entire piece here.

Doesn’t this sound familiar?  It sounds like what some folks were talking about here in H-Town regarding the new 63% Latino populated City Council District J.

A white fella like Strother can get away with calling out an “old, white guy”, but if Commentary said something like that, well, you know I’d probably get punished.

The sanctuary cities bill may die thanks to help from the cavalry, errr Norman Adams, Hootsie, and Bob Perry, the fellas Dems love to hate.  Check out stories from the  Texas Tribune  and the  Chron.

Here is from the Hootsie/Adams letter that you can find in the Texas Tribune story:

The Governor’s political advisers evidently believe this bill will help his image nationally.  The fact is, passage of this bill will convince more Hispanic voters that Republicans really do want to deport their mothers!   What a terrible message for Texas!

The media headlines will read "Texas follows Arizona!"   How ironic it is that Texas Republicans would vote for a bill that will make it more difficult to recruit Hispanics to their party!

Here is from the Chron piece:

Meanwhile, Republican political observers quietly acknowledge they are concerned the issue may backfire against the GOP by stirring up a mostly-Democratic Hispanic vote in the 2012 elections. Perry got a cool reception at his speech before the National Association of Latino Elected-Appointed Officials in San Antonio Thursday, where protestors picketed his speech because of the sanctuary city legislation. The governor did not mention the issue during his talk

"I thought it was hypocrisy at its best," said (Dem State Rep. Carol) Alvarado. "I didn’t recognize who he was because he was talking about the Latino community with such admiration and respect that it didn’t seem like the same person that tried to implement sanctuary cities."

Yankee pitcher A.J. Burnett struck out four Rockies batters in the sixth inning Friday night.  According to mlb.com, a pitcher striking out four batters in one inning has only happened 55 times in MLB history.  ‘Stros pitchers have accomplished the four strikeout inning feat three times.   Name the pitchers.

It looks like conservative columnist George Will has ditched Tim Pawlenty and has fallen for Guv Dude.  Check out part of what Will wrote yesterday about Dude:

French cuffs and cowboy boots are, like sauerkraut ice cream, an eclectic combination, but Perry, who wears both, is a potentially potent candidate for the Republican presidential nomination because his political creed is uneclectic, matching that of the Republican nominating electorate. He was a "10th Amendment conservative" ("The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people") before the tea party appeared.
Here is the entire George Will column.

It turns out I may not have a problem with the Lone Star State selling Johnny Reb license plates. It will just save me the hassle of guessing if someone is an arsehole or not.

Former ‘Stros Mike Scott (1986), Octavio Dotel (2003), and Brad Lidge (2004) of course have struck out four batters in one inning. 

Corporan Punishment is the best way to describe the season so far.  Add bad base running to our woes.  You know things aren’t going well when the team’s fourth string catcher, Carlos Corporan, is eating up most of the innings behind the plate.  When Corporan does get on base it is by accident.  We scored ten runs yesterday and still got beat. The players need to stop playing like a 28-51 team!  Oh yeah, we got swept this past weekend by the Rays. 


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Raytheon had a good weekend.  They happen to make the 120 or so Tomahawk cruise missiles that were launched into Libya Saturday and Sunday.

I have to hand it to the U.S. of A., they made the weekend more interesting by bombing Libya. We didn’t waste any time putting together another coalition to p___ all over Gadhafi’s forehead. 

According to Politico not everyone in Congress is happy with The President’s decision to help enforce U.N. Resolution 1973.  Check this:

A hard-core group of liberal House Democrats is questioning the constitutionality of U.S. missile strikes against Libya, with one lawmaker raising the prospect of impeachment during a Democratic Caucus conference call on Saturday.

Reps. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), Donna Edwards (Md.), Mike Capuano (Mass.), Dennis Kucinich (Ohio), Maxine Waters (Calif.), Rob Andrews (N.J.), Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas), Barbara Lee (Calif.) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.) “all strongly raised objections to the constitutionality of the president’s actions” during that call, said two Democratic lawmakers who took part.     Here is the Politico story.

I wonder what is the over/under line for Colonel Gadhafi.

For the record, Commentary has given up hope the national, state, or local Democratic Party will ever mount an effort to engage the H-Town area growing Latino community.   Here is what is in Peggy Fikac’s Chron/SA Express News column today:

When I asked state Rep. Richard Peña Raymond of Laredo about a tip that he may be interested in running for Texas Democratic Party chairman, he didn’t want to talk about it — but he did say that he’d received calls encouraging him to run. He said he wouldn’t go for the spot if the current chair, Boyd Richie, runs to keep it. Richie said in a statement, “I have every intention to run again for party chair, and plan to make a formal announcement to party leaders at our next State Democratic Executive Committee meeting” on April 9.

Commentary has said it before.  The same folks have been running the state Dem Party for too long now.  I’ve known Richard Raymond for 28 years.  He knows about H-Town’s growing Latino community.  He’s been here a number of times.  I can’t say that about the current Chair.  I think Richard ought to run even if the current Chair doesn’t step down.  Stay tuned!

Former ‘Stros shortstop Adam Everett is trying to make the Cleveland Indians’ roster.  Everett was the Red Sox’s 12th pick of the first round of the 1998 MLB Amateur Player Draft.  Who did the ‘Stros pick in the first round in 1998.  Bonus:  Who did the Indians draft in the first round that year?

The City of H-Town Redistricting Town Hall Meetings resume tonight at 6:30 pm at the Briargrove Elementary Auditorium (District G), 6145 San Felipe.   Tomorrow’s (Tuesday) Town Hall Meeting will be held at the Oak Forest Elementary Auditorium (District A), 1401 West 43rd Street.  Wednesday’s Town Hall Meeting is at the Learning Hub of the Houston Community College Southeast Campus (District I), 6815 Rustic. 

Here is what my pal Robert Miller is saying about the state budget mess:

However, there is a growing chasm between the House and the Senate on the budget. The Governor and House leadership have agreed to spend $3.2 billion from the Rainy Day Fund to balance the FY 2010-11 budget. But, the Governor and House leadership have stated that they will not spend anything from the Rainy Day Fund for the FY 2012-13 budget, nor will the House pass any tax revenue increases. This will result in a House budget for FY 2012-13 of approximately $77 billion of general revenue spending. The FY 2010-11 budget was approximately $87 billion of general revenue spending, including federal stimulus funds of $6.4 billion.

The votes are not there in the Senate Finance Committee to pass a $77 billion budget, much less in the Senate itself. To pass the Senate in Regular Session, the budget will probably need to be at least $83 billion in general revenue. In other words, the Senate is looking to spend at least $6 billion more than the House. If the House says no more Rainy Day Funds and no additional tax revenue, it is going to be very difficult to find the additional money. At this point, you would have to say one or more special sessions is a growing possibility.   Here is Robert’s entire take.

In 1998, the ‘Stros drafted Brad Lidge of course with the 17th overall pick.

In 1998, the Indians drafted CC Sabathia of course with the 20th overall pick.

It looks like Nelson Figueroa nailed down the fifth spot of the ‘Stros starting pitching rotation.



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Around this time ten years ago, Aaron Pena was contemplating a run for Chair of the Texas Democratic Party.  Yesterday, State Representative Aaron Pena switched political parties.

I first met Aaron back in the late 90s at a media training seminar I conducted for potential political candidates.  He was with a group of young Latinos and Latinas that were recruited for possible public service.  Yesterday Aaron was rubbing shoulders and getting the high fives from Guv Dude, the Lite Guv, and the GOP Texas House Speaker.

Aaron and I actually had constructive conversations about the future of the Texas Democratic Party that started back in 2000 at the Democratic National Convention that was held in Los Angeles.  A personal family tragedy in 2001 ended his bid for Chair.

This is what Aaron said yesterday:

“I came to realize that this was my home for the remainder of my life.  I spent 40 years as a Democrat. Well, I’ve got 30 years as a Republican ahead of me, if I live that long.”

So much for the constructive conversations we once had about the Texas Democratic Party.

Who was the Skipper of the 1997 World Serious Champs?

The fella that started Facebook just won Time Magazine’s Person of the Year 2010.  The Tea Party came in second.

If the Democratic Caucus of the Texas House of Representatives has any more defections, they are going to have to call themselves the House Democratic Focus Group.

Jim Leyland of course guided the Florida Marlins to the 1997 World Serious Championship over the Tribe in seven games.  Jim Leyland is celebrating his 66th BD today.

Leave it up to the still Democratic Party controlled Congress to dole out some more last minute earmarks.   I guess they are grabbing all they can on their way out of the store.

If you want to do some gift shopping today you might want to drop by the Team Store at The Yard today from 12 noon to 8 p.m.  Prices will be discounted on MLB memorabilia, team gear, jackets, and other cool stuff.   Check it out!


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In today’s SA Express News and Chron, there is a piece about the move to bring up The DREAM ACT and how the move is designed to rally Latino voters.  
Check it out.  Of course, the move could backfire if The DREAM ACT goes nowhere.  Latinos could get more upset and more of them could stay home.  Stay tuned!

There is a little blurb today in the Chron about the Former H-Town Mayor giving Tom Craddick $2,500 back in 2002.  I wonder if folks will call him a Craddick Dem.

The Former Mayor finally has some ads running in the H-Town area.

In a shocking development, the Chron endorsed the Former Mayor yesterday.  

Only Jim Sharp can take a dump in his own living room, step in it, sit in it, roll around in it, and sleep in it.   In an interview with the Austin American Statesman, he likened the Dem Party nominee for Lite Guv to a “labor boss.”  The Working Man Hero laid in to him – deservedly.  Who asked for Jim’s opinion anyway?

The Stros are in D.C. today for four against the Nationals who used to be the Expos.  Name the two former MLBers that are in the Hall of Fame as Expos?

Commentary and Dante sat in Pam-In-Charge’s seats yesterday and I was checking out Hunter Pence.  It turns out he doesn’t use the Louisville Slugger.  He uses something called the “Dinger” bat.  I didn’t know that.  Now I do!

Speaking of, Dante had Q, Bourn, and Myers toss him balls – cool.  He kept two of them.

Super Bowl fever crept up a degree or two yesterday and the Texans are looking to hand the ‘Pokes a 0-3 start.

It turns out former Secretary of State Colin Powell uses paperless folks to do stuff around his pad.  How do I know?  He said so yesterday on “Meet the Press.”

Gary Carter and Andre Dawson of course made their bones as Expos then moved on to other teams but are in the Hall of Fame as Expos – got it.

We slowed the Reds down a bit by taking two out of three this past weekend.  Now we are on a 10 game roadie that takes us to D.C., Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati.  Can we go 9-4?  Let’s see if we can.


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