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This past Saturday I checked my mailbox and I found a mailer that included skeletons and it was an attack mailer on Ben Hall.  I don’t have a problem with this because that is the name of the game.  I thought the skeletons were kind of creative it being 17 days from trick or treat and the skeletons referenced Ben Hall’s closet.

I checked the disclaimer and it said Houston Turnout Project.  I could not find them on the City’s political action committee list or with the Texas Ethics Commission so I put them in the google run and found a not so fresh website.  On one page was a generic message to vote in the 2009 elections and on another was touting the H-Town Mayor running for Mayor before she became a Mayor back in 2009.  I just made the assumption that this was one of those so called independent expenditures not so aligned – wink-wink – with The Mayor’s campaign.  According to the website, it certainly didn’t look like the IE had been doing a whole lot of turning out voters since 2009.

Here is what I tweeted:

@anniseparker to @Benhallforall: “Dem bones, Dem bones, Dem dry bones!”. pic.twitter.com/sLwYxY26yF

The “Dem bones” was a reference to the song “the foot bone connected to the ankle bone” tune to kind of inject a little humor into the mailer and tweet.

If Commentary had seen or heard of Houston Turnout Project activity over the past four years, my tweet probably would have looked different.

Name the Red Sox with the most dingers in a season?

Let’s get back to my Saturday night tweet.  The Chron and a few others retweeted my tweet and called it a negative mailer and it brought a quick denial and pushback from The Mayor’s Campaign.  They said to check out the disclaimer.  The Chron immediately tweeted a correction and Commentary kind of clarified a correction via tweet.

I guess the Mayor’s Campaign had to point out the disclaimer on the attack. Of course all they have done on TV is go negative so stay tuned.

The Chron E-Board as expected endorsed The Mayor yesterday.  They also had a lengthy piece on her.

I would hope that Dems would have enough sense to make sure The Kinkhole isn’t on next year’s ticket.

Some of the Texans players were not happy with some fans booing Matt Schaub when he went down yesterday.  I don’t want to defend the fans that booed but you have to expect this when a whole frenzy is created over a football team and just about everyone in H-Town contributes to the frenzy.

In 2006, Big Papi hit 54 dingers and is the top Red Sox of course for most dingers in a season.

Big Papi hit a game tying grand salami last night as the Red Sox went on to beat the Tigers in Game 2 of the ALCS at Fenway.  It was a Salty and Papi night.

The only thing to say about the Texans is scoreboard.  I wonder when the ‘Stros report to training camp?

 

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Here is from the Rice University website:

 Mark P. Jones, Ph.D., is the fellow in political science at the Baker Institute and the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies at Rice University. He also currently serves as the chair of Rice’s Department of Political Science. His research focuses on the effect of electoral laws and other political institutions on governance, representation and voting.

 Dr. Jones had an Op-Ed in yesterday’s Chron on the Voter ID law and here is how it ended:

Upon reflection, SB 14 appears to have less to do with safeguarding elections and more to do with appeasing portions of the Republican party base and potentially, if the law is eventually enforced, reducing the vote share of Democratic Party candidates in many races across Texas by perhaps a few percentage points.

 Here is the entire Op-Ed.

  A good read, don’t you think?

 Thanks to my pal Robert Miller, Commentary had the honor of sitting with Dr. Jones on a panel on the 2012 elections a few months ago.  I think Dr. Jones is the one that came up with the terms “movement” and “establishment” conservatives. 

 Holy futility!  Sadly, the ‘Stros are on pace for another 100 plus loss season!  Name the last team to suffer back-to-back 100 plus loss seasons?

 Check out the Chron story by Chris Moran and Ericka Mellon this past weekend on bonds, bonds, everywhere here.

 Peggy Fikac has one of those “what if” columns today about the Lite Guv considering an option of resigning if he wins in 15 days.  That would let Lone Star State voters pick the next Lite Guv in November.  Check out Fikac’s column here.

 The Lite Guv’ s handlers say they haven’t even given that idea much thought.  They better not be if you know what I mean!

 Early Voting in person starts next week and it is kind of quiet in my ‘hood these days.

 The Nationals of course had back-to-back 100 plus loss seasons in 2008 (103) AND 2009 (102).

 There is already buzz about the ‘Stros Skipper being replaced after the season.  He’ll probably be a goner but he really wasn’t given the players to do a good job.  Two years ago we traded Roy O. and The Big Puma.  Last year we said adios to Michael Bourn, Jeff Keppinger, and Hunter Pence. Numero 45 was dealt away a couple of weeks ago.  Jason Castro and Jed Lowrie are now on the DL. 

 What do I know?  I know we’re a paltry 9-35 on the road with the next four in San Diego!

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It looks like City Controller Ron Green is throwing a little temper tantrum because The Mayor won’t show him the bond numbers.  Here is from Chron.com:

 Green, the city’s second-highest elected official, said he has repeatedly asked for and been denied information on the measures.

“If it’s that secretive, it can’t possibly be good for the city,” Green said. ”Until such time as I get more information, I’m not supporting any bond referendum that the city puts forward.”

Oh, brother!  Settle down and wait to see the numbers like everybody else this morning then you can pronounce them good or evil.  Don’t worry – the world won’t come to an end.  And also from Chron.com:

 Green said he has heard that the package of bond measures will total approximately $400 million.

“I still believe we need to go out for more bond authorization. I think $400 million is not adequate to meet the needs of the city,” Green said.  “If you’re going to ask somebody to vote for bond referendums, you need to be realistic about what it’s going to take to meet a major CIP (capital improvement project) initiative.”

The city should take advantage of low interest rates and ask for $600 million to $800 million, even if that requires a tax increase, Green said.

In 2006, then-Mayor Bill White also did not consult with then-Controller Parker before rolling out a series of bond measures, according to Parker’s office.

If you ask me and thanks for asking, the City Controller is looking and sounding a little silly.  BTW:  The Mayor will unveil the bond program this morning at City Council.

 Here is the rest of the story.

 Last night the NL All Stars had 10 base hits and the AL All Stars had 6 base hits.  Name the league division that had the most base hits?

 One of the best lines of the 2012 Campaign comes from Vice-President Joe Biden yesterday before the National Council of La Raza:

 “Mitt Romney wants you to show your papers, but he won’t show us his,” Biden said. “So many questions…”

Keep hammering! 

 FLASH!!!!!  Chris Moran of the Chron just put this out:

 Mayor Annise Parker is unveiling a $410 million package of proposed bond measures for the November ballot that will not require a tax increase.

She proposes five bond measures. The purposes and amounts:

1. Public safety: $144 million

2. Health, sanitation and general government: $63 million

3. Affordable housing: $15 million

4. Library: $28 million

5. Parks: $160 million

“I realize many Houstonians are still recovering from the economic downturn,” Parker said in a press release. “That is why it was important to me to present a plan that does not require a tax increase. It is also the smallest bond proposal in more than 30 years. It is a fiscally responsible approach that will create jobs and improve public safety, infrastructure and quality of life.”

Let the games begin!

 A couple of days ago I got an Alan Rosen for Precinct 1 Constable mail piece and his campaign went door-to-door in my ‘hood last week.

 In my book, if you shell out a couple of hundred bucks to attend the dinger derby, you are entitled to boo players.  The other night KC fans booed Yankee Robinson Cano because he’s a Yankee and he didn’t let KC All Star Billy Butler participate in the dinger derby.  Cano was the AL derby dinger captain that picked his fellow dinger derby participants.  When Cano came up to bat during the dinger derby he was booed mercilessly and he ended up not getting a single dinger.   A few prominent baseball columnists called out the KC fans for booing Cano.  SHUT UP!!  KC fans have every right to boo.  I’m glad they did because it made the dinger derby slightly less boring.

 Well it looks the NL Pennant Champ will have World Serious home field advantage in October.   I know.  Some so called “purists” don’t like that the league that wins the All Star Game gets home field Serious advantage.  It makes the game a lot more interesting. 

 What is a baseball “purist” anyway?  They don’t like the DH?  They want to go back to day games?  They don’t like the Wild Card?  They don’t like the Kiss Kam?  Oh, well.

 The NL Central of course led all other divisions last night with five base hits (Braun 2, Furcal, Holliday, and McCutchcen.

 My favorite moment of last night was watching Chipper Jones get a base hit in his final All Star at-bat. 

 A few more days off then the roadie begins in San Fran on Friday.

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Commentary isn’t involved in the State Rep. 144 Dem Party Primary.  I do like Pasadena City Council Member Ornaldo Ybarra – heck, he’s the only candidate in that race that has ever talked to me.  CM Ybarra worked with me on an issue last year on behalf of a client and that’s how I got to know him.  I consider him one of the young leaders of the Democratic Party.  If he’s not successful this go around, he certainly will be successful the next go around.

My parents drop by my shop once or twice a week these days and we talk politics, family, ‘Stros, and issues.  We also catch up on the latest gossip.  A part of Baytown that includes my parents’ precinct is now a part of Dist. 144.  My parents have asked me about the candidates in 144 and I’ve told them that I know CM Ybarra, I’ve never met Kevin Risner, and I really don’t know HCC Trustee Mary Ann Perez.

This past Saturday Ybarra shot me an email that included the following:

“Your father (Tony Campos) called me the other day and had a good talk, he said to use his name as endorsement.”

Knowing my Dad and knowing that he likes to back up his endorsement, he’s going to spend the next couple of weeks calling or visiting all of his friends and family asking them to vote for CM Ybarra.  My Dad’s retired and he doesn’t have anything better to do.  Every little bit helps in a low turnout election.

Hey, my Dad’s the fella that sued the City of Baytown and won, so now Baytown has single member council districts.  He knows a little bit about politics and getting folks to the polls.

This MLBer has won two Cy Young Awards, has been on eight All Star teams, has won 20 or more games three different seasons, is on track to the Hall of Fame, and was picked in the First Round (17th overall) of the 1995 MLB Amateur Player.  Who am I talking about?

Roll call!  Here are the mail pieces that have hit here at my place this primary season:  DA candidate Zack Fertitta (2), SBOE 6 candidate Traci Jensen, Pct. 1 Constable candidate Jaime Tellez, Jr., 215th Court Judge Steve Kirkland (2), Pct. 1 Constable candidate Alan Rosen (2), Pct. 1 Constable candidate Quincy Whitaker, and Pct. 1 constable candidate Cindy Vara-Leija.

Early Voting begins today and are you ready?  I’m thinking the campaign activity in some constable and state rep races will probably mean the Latino vote turnout will increase some over its 2010 Dem Primary turnout in Harris County.  We will see.

Future Hall of Famer Roy Halladay of course has won two Cy Young Awards, has been on eight All Star teams, has won 20 games in three different seasons, and was picked by Toronto in the first round of the 1995 MLB Draft.  Halladay is celebrating his 35th BD today.

We should have won yesterday as we now play two in Philly before coming home.

 

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The President is now on board on same sex marriage.  Better late than never if you ask me.

I was watching CNN’s coverage of The President’s decision yesterday and they asked GOP consultant Alex Castellanos about The President.  Castellanos couldn’t criticize because he also supports same sex marriage.  It is only a matter of time (a couple of decades) before the rest of the GOP gets with the times!

Numero 45 hit a ninth inning triple last night.  That’s the 19th career three- bagger for Numero 45 who first came up to the MLB in 1999.  How many seasons has Numero 45 gone without a triple. 

The Chron E-Board let me know that they will only endorse in Harris County Constable, Precinct 1 because they handle mental health warrants and in the SBOE races, but at a later date.

The Chron E-Board endorsed Judge Steve Kirkland today.  Here is part of the endorsement:

An unintended consequence of (Elaine) Palmer’s candidacy to the county Democratic Party, well explained by Chronicle columnist Patricia Kilday Hart ("A little mystery over primary opposition to judge," Page B1, April 19), is the clear potential it has brought for creation of a schism between the party’s crucial black and GLBT voting blocs. This would be destructive to Democrats well beyond a single contested primary race for a civil court bench.

Either way, we conclude, Palmer is the apparently unwitting partner to potentially damaging mischief to both Kirkland and the local Democratic Party.

And so we offer our emphatic endorsement of Steven Kirkland in the May 29 Democratic primary. We strongly encourage the party’s voters to support this highly qualified, deserving candidate.

And:

Particularly given the evidence of chicanery aimed his way, Kirkland deserves Democratic voters’ spirited support.

Here is the entire endorsement.

The night before last, Josh Hamilton of the Rangers smacked four dingers against B’More.  Hamilton became the 16th player to smack four in one game in MLB history.  Last month, Philip Humber of the White Sox, threw a perfect game against the Mariners, becoming the 21st pitcher in MLB history to be perfect.

What is the more impressive feat in the MLB, the perfect game or the four dinger game?

With the perfect game, the pitcher has to face 27 batters, throw 100 plus pitches, and make sure not a single hitter gets a base hit or gets on base.

With the four dinger game, the batter needs to get up to the plate at least four times, and get a pitch he can smack over the fence – four times?

Honestly, I don’t know which one is harder to accomplish. Statistically speaking, the four dingers are harder because in MLB history more batters have come up to bat four times than pitchers starting games. 

They are both very impressive but the perfect game is more glamorous.

Numero 45 has gone three seasons without hitting a triple of course (2004, 2005, and 2008).  His best triple year was last season when he hit four.

We lost in extra innings last night and are now 14-17, take today off, then head to Pittsburgh.

 

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On Monday Commentary mentioned Tom Brokaw’s problem with the annual White House Correspondents Dinner.   Apparently too many celebrities are crashing the dinner. 

Yesterday Brokaw continued his criticism.  Here is from a Huffington Post piece today:

"I do feel strongly that it’s gone way too far," he said. He added that the dinner, which has drawn more and more Hollywood celebrities ever year, gives off a "let them eat cake" air to the rest of the country, and seemed to say that "we’re more interested in celebrities than we are in the concerns of real folks who are out there."

It was, he said, "just the worst kind of symbolism," as well as an "exercise simply in hedonism."

Brokaw finished by saying that he refuses to attend the event anymore. Playing off of what he said was an old Native American belief that a photograph will steal one’s soul, he said, "If you go it’ll steal your soul."

I don’t have a problem with Brokaw’s takes on this but he needs to check out his employer first.   Two of NBC’s best journalists, “The Today Show’s” Natalie Morales and former White House correspondent Savannah Guthrie were assigned red carpet duty last January for NBC’s coverage of the celebrity infested hedonistic Golden Globe Awards.  I didn’t hear a peep from Brokaw on this.

Check out the entire Huffington Post piece here.

I think Brokaw is chasing the wrong boogeyman.

Who holds the MLB record for most base hits in a season?

Late this summer, Democrats will be holding their National Convention in North Carolina.  I don’t know about that.

I don’t feel sorry for Indiana GOP Senator Richard Lugar this morning.  He deserved it.  That’s what he gets for towing the party line.

Ichiro Suzuki of the Mariners of course holds the MLB record for most base hits in a season with 262 in 2004.

The ‘Stros got back on track last night and are now 14-16.

 

 

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Commentary doesn’t know what to make of GOP State Senators Dan Patrick of H-Town and John Carona of Dallas and their email spat that has gone public. 
Just in case you haven’t heard, here is the Chron story.
Why would Patrick want the story to go public?  I definitely think we need to stay tuned.

Carlos “The Big Z” Zambrano dominated the ‘Stros last night giving up only three base hits in a 4-0 win.  Of course, everybody knows that back on September 14, 2008 in the Ike Games held in Milwaukee, The Big Z threw a no-no against the ‘Stros.  How many ‘Stros batted the night The Big Z threw his no-no? 

In Harris County, if you are running for Constable, Justice of the Peace, State Board of Education, and a few other races, you won’t get screened by the Chron E-Board.  That’s the way it goes these days.

NY Giants QB Eli Manning was definitely must see TV when he guest hosted “SNL” this past weekend.  I don’t think I’ve seen a better performance by a professional athlete on “SNL.”  Sorry Sir Charles!

Commentary doesn’t think the Lone Star Project likes Domingo Garcia.  Here is a part of what he put out the other day:

Domingo Garcia’s thin skin and temper were on display following the decision by the Dallas Morning News to reject Garcia and, instead, recommend Representative Marc Veasey for the Democratic nomination in new Congressional District 33.

In an email sent to his supporters late yesterday afternoon, Garcia seemed so desperate to blunt the damage of the DMN recommendation that he made matters worse. He not only improperly used the Democratic National Committee logo and made a series of statements that simply do not stand up to scrutiny, he also misspelled President Barack Obama’s name.

Rather than give his supporters comfort, Garcia likely reinforced the opinion of the Dallas Morning News that Domingo Garcia simply does not have the temperament or the judgment needed to represent a racially and geographically diverse district like CD33.

I don’t know the Lone Star Project and I know he didn’t mean this but it kind of gives the impression that the old stereotype of Latino fellas being hot tempered exists within Domingo.  Oh, well!  Commentary doesn’t have a dog in this hunt.  Of course, the voters of CD 33 will be the ultimate deciders.

Back on September 14, 2008 at the Ike Games, 28 ‘Stros came up to the batters’ box to face The Big Z of course.  Michael Bourn walked and then got rubbed out on a double play and Hunter Pence was hit by a pitch.

We’ve gone from winning five in a row to losing two in a row and 4 ½ back. 

 

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