Nice Quote

Hall of Fame great Jeff Bagwell was at Spring Training a week or so ago. We all know Baggy had 449 career dingers. Which MLB team did he do the most damage to in the career dinger department?

“I wanted to be the best” by State Sen. Sylvia Garcia in the Trib yesterday has to be one of the best quotes of this election week. Here is a bit from the Trib:

But when asked about potentially being one of the first Texas Latinas in Congress, Garcia said that wouldn’t be her focus.

“Well, I don’t really ever think about those things,” she said. “I never really wanted to be the first. I wanted to be the best.”

Here is the entire Trib article: https://www.texastribune.org/2018/03/06/texas-poised-send-first-two-latinas-congress/.

A very good take by Stace on Sen. Beto O’Rourke and his showing in South Texas. Here is how Stace starts:

Much is being said about Beto O’Rourke’s losses in various counties in South Texas to his opponent Sema Hernandez. I’m not saying either was a better or worse candidate to voters in those areas. Hell, I liked both of them. But stuff like this happens. It’s also argued that the same happened for Lupe Valdez, Miguel Suazo, and even Roman McAllen. (Some of us visit McAllen when we visit La Virgen.)

Chicanos in South Texas enjoy voting for Chicanos (or people they think are Chicanos). And there’s nothing wrong with that when Chicano representation at the top levels is dismal and you’ve got a bunch of mean gringos (bad anglos) and vendidos (Cruz) trying to build walls and threatening the well-being of families and communities. The familiar is a lot more warm and fuzzy sometimes to a lot of people of different colors and groups, but it seems people only get mad when Chicanos do it. 

Why get mad at South Texas when little has been done in the form of outreach? You can visit most of the counties (Beto) and still miss most of the voters. I mean, I’m not afraid to say that Beto probably saw the same people over and over again at his Houston visits since these events are sold to Democratic activists and not your regular voter. (I didn’t attend any of them.) The differences between March and November voters is pretty obvious too. I’d even venture to say that social media targeting is a lot easier in a big city than in rural areas, since that was the tool of choice for many campaigns. But did they even try in Rural South Texas?

Advertising in South Texas newspapers and radio stations is relatively cheap, compared to the big markets Democrats complain about not being able to afford. Perhaps some ads and outreach to those news and info sources may have helped. Hell, they’re cheaper than a politiquera (google it), that’s for sure.

Here is all of Stace: https://doscentavos.net/.

Stace makes some very good points.

It could have been worse. It could have been a Cabbage Patch doll. Here is from the Daily Beast:

The family of late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo has voiced its anger after a Barbie doll was created in the feminist icon’s image. Toy company Mattel launched a new Barbie range this week based on “inspiring women” to coincide with International Women’s Day, including one of Kahlo. The artist’s family said in a statement that Mattel had no right to use her image for the doll, and criticized the inaccuracies in the doll’s likeness to Kahlo. “Mrs. Mara Romeo, great-niece of Frida Kahlo, is the sole owner of the rights of the image of the illustrious Mexican painter Frida Kahlo,” said the family, with Romeo later adding: “I would have liked the doll to have traits more like Frida’s, not this doll with light-colored eyes.” Mattel insisted that it had obtained the rights to Kahlo’s image from the Frida Kahlo Corporation, saying in a statement: “Mattel has worked in close partnership with the Frida Kahlo Corporation, the owner of all rights related to the name and identity of Frida Kahlo, on the creation of this doll.”

The question is, what would Frida say about this?

Jeff Bagwell of course did the most damage to the Reds with 49 career dingers against them.

Hall of Fame great Craig Biggio is at Spring Training, just so you know.



SD 6

Alex Bregman will be making his second Opening Day start at third base three weeks from today. Name the ‘Stro with the most Opening Day starts at third base?

Just in case you missed it from State Rep. Carol Alvarado yesterday:

Dear Friends,

I would like to congratulate State Senator Sylvia Garcia on her hard-earned victory for the Democratic nomination for the 29th District of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Sylvia Garcia is well on her way to becoming the first Latina to represent the 29th District.  I am very confident she will be a fighter for us in Washington D.C. and stand up to Donald Trump and fight for the working families of our community.  I am proud to have endorsed her and campaigned with her, and I look forward to working with Congresswoman Garcia when she is sworn into office. 

It is now likely that there will be a vacancy and I am taking this opportunity to formally announce our campaign to become the next Senator from District 6. (Click here to view my announcement.)  

As Chair of a major House committee and successful leader in other legislative positions, I have built relationships that will help me advocate an agenda that benefits all the members of our dynamic community, including protection for our DREAMERs, proper funding for public education, women’s reproductive health, healthcare that is accessible, affordable and attainable higher education, good-paying jobs for our community in our emerging high-tech economy, and full recovery from Hurricane Harvey. 

I am honored by the encouragement I have received from the civic, business and political leadership to seek this position.  In the coming months, I will continue to represent the interests of our community and build a winning campaign for State Senator, District 6.

From the Chron’s website:

AUSTIN — Rep. Carol Alvarado announced her plans to run to replace state Sen. Sylvia Garcia Wednesday, diving into the race only hours after the incumbent won the Democratic Party’s nod to pursue a seat in Congress.

Alvarado, a Houston Democrat and a member of the Texas House since 2008, pitched herself to voters has someone who has built relationships within the Legislature to help her advocate for issues such as protection for immigrants bought illegally to the country as children, funding public education, women’s reproductive health and other issues.

In a nearly three-minute video announcing her her bid for the state Senate District 6, Alvarado explained her connection with people reeling and recovering from Hurricane Harvey and how she’s worked to make communities safer. The district encompasses much of Houston’s east side.

Here is the entire article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/texas/article/Alvarado-wastes-no-time-announces-bid-to-replace-12735821.php.

Commentary saw this yesterday:

Robert Downen‏ @RobDownenChron 20h20 hours ago

-Women accounted for 58 percent of @harrisdemocrats in-person early votes in Harris County, per breakdowns from the clerks spox.

Remember, Commentary said this yesterday:

It was a good day for a few female Dems. Look at what happened in CD 7, of course CD 29, and CD 16. Look who is leading in CD 23.

My old pal State Rep. Roberto Alonzo was knocked off by Jessica Gonzalez. Longtime East Harris County JP Don Coffey was defeated by Lucia Bates.

Then this from today’s Trib:

A wave of Texas women candidates won or made it to runoffs in more than 50 primary races statewide amid a surge of interest in running for office among women around the country.

Texas women dominated in dozens of congressional, legislative and statewide primary races on Tuesday night in the wake of federal elected officials retiring, the #MeToo movement, mounting frustration over a lack of elected women and President Donald Trump’s win in 2016.

Here is all of the Trib:  https://www.texastribune.org/2018/03/07/texas-primaries-2018-women/.

Dem Women doing well on E-Day is all good if you ask me.

There is another Chron story today on the HISD Superintendent. The HISD Board of Education asked him not to attend today’s board meeting. That’s all you need to know and that’s OK with Commentary.

Ken Caminiti of course leads the ‘Stros with eight Opening Day starts at third base.

The team let season ticket holders know that for $350, we don’t have to show up an hour or so before the gates open to stand in line and pick up the giveaways. I don’t know about that. $350 for four bobbles, World Series replica ring and trophy, a scarf and other goodies?




H-Town Council Member Larry Green left us way too early. I was stunned when I heard the news. Way too early. Way too early.

No MLB question today.

27 years ago, then State Rep. Roman Martinez led the effort in the Texas Legislature to draw the 29th Congressional District in hopes that a Latina or Latino could get elected to Congress. Commentary chaired the H-Town Latino Redistricting Committee that year and I traveled to Austin on many occasions to testify and meet with legislators.

Last night a Latino finally got elected. I guess all those folks who said this might be runoff material were dead wrong. Congrats to State Sen. Sylvia Garcia and her team for running a great campaign.

The H-Town area will now have a Latina Dem in Congress. History was made.

If you run into Roman, give him a thank you.

Commentary doesn’t need a thank you.

It was a good day for a few female Dems. Look at what happened in CD 7, of course CD 29, and CD 16. Look who is leading in CD 23.

My old pal State Rep. Roberto Alonzo was knocked off by Jessica Gonzalez. Longtime East Harris County JP Don Coffey was defeated by Lucia Bates.

Lupe Valdez is leading for the Dem nomination for Governor.

I am thinking Laura Moser got a boost from the DCCC.

Over on the GOP side, Rep. Sarah Davis stuck it to Gov. Greg Abbott. Kathaleen Wall who spent a kazillion of her own dough and was endorsed by Gov. Abbott didn’t even make the runoff.

I don’t understand why some folks think Cong. Beto O’Rourke should have done better than 62%. What is wrong with 62%?

I can’t disagree with this from Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Lisa Falkenberg today:

The Houston superintendent who sought to connect with the district’s Latino majority through his love of mariachi music is taking his song to a new city before he even finishes his first verse here.

It’s unclear whether Houstonians should wail at his abrupt departure, or let out a joyful grito.

Without question, Houston ISD Superintendent Richard Carranza had charisma on the job, and energy, and a disarming approach that seemed to bolster morale in the district and endear him with parents and students.

But in the end, his song lacked substance. In his brief 18 months in Houston, he took his time fashioning a vision for the district, and when he did propose plans, they resembled a dramatic, cacophonous jumble of notes rather than a well-orchestrated composition.

Here is her entire column: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/columnists/falkenberg/article/HISD-Superintendent-Richard-Carranza-hit-the-12733270.php.

I am sure some sensitive Latino types will take offense to Falkenberg’s use of the term “grito.” Not Commentary. I kind of laughed.

The Chron E-Board also had a take on Carranza and here is how it starts today:

Last week we described the Houston Independent School District as barreling down a hill with no sense of direction. Rather than steer us onto a clear course, it looks like our dutiful driver has decided to bail out.

Commitment is the hallmark of great leadership, yet Superintendent Richard Carranza has accepted the position as New York City’s next chancellor of schools, leaving Texas’ largest school district after a mere 18 months on the job.

All too often it feels like our city is used as a stepping stone for ambitious tuft-hunters, but if Mayor Bill de Blasio and others think they’ve scored the next great wunderkind, they should think again. We’d like to say that Carranza’s legacy will be marred by his abrupt departure but that presumes he has a legacy to tarnish.

Carranza leaves behind the chaos of unfinished work. He inherited a tumultuous situation and fed the flames.

While our city welcomed him so recently with joyful mariachi bands, his send-off will be more subdued.

Here is the entire take: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Carranza-bails-on-Houston-Good-luck-New-York-12733217.php.

Good riddance!

My pal Monica Richart has a different take of sorts and here is how it starts:

At the HISD Hispanic Advisory Committee Meeting in mid-February, Superintendent Richard Carranza spoke in a way I had never heard him speak before. There was a fire in his voice, and with a look that was full of emotion, he told the assembled members that he was kept up at night worried about how one third grader’s experience was completely different from that of another third grader across town.

He talked about equity and our failures, excellence and responsibility, and the drive to make decisions that may be difficult politically, but that were necessary so that all students in the Houston Independent School District excelled. In that moment I had hope about the direction our district was going, and the potential to confront, honestly and effectively, problems that have been vexing our system for years.

Earlier this week the leader who pleaded so passionately for equity announced he was leaving the district, and we are reeling.

Here is all of Monica’s Op-Ed: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Richart-The-HISD-community-not-Richard-12732952.php.

That is all I have for today and thanks for voting yesterday.

Remember the Alamo!

Remember March 6, 1836!

Justin Verlander will be our Opening Day starting pitcher. This will be Verlander’s tenth Opening Day start. What is his record on Opening Day?

Go vote today!

Well that is what I call a quickie. Commentary is talking about the HISD Superintendent leaving us high and dry and headed to New York City. Here is from the front page of today’s Chron:

Less than two years after he arrived in Houston with a mandate to restore trust and equity in Texas’ largest school district, Superintendent Richard Carranza shocked the city’s education community Monday by taking the job of leading New York City’s school system, a stunning departure as Houston ISD works to close a $115 million budget deficit, stave off a potential state takeover and recover after Hurricane Harvey.

Carranza’s departure came without warning in Houston, where many first learned of his decision through social media posts that showed Carranza walking into a New York City press conference. Mayor Bill De Blasio tapped the 51-year-old after his first choice for the job, Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, backed out last week during a televised school board meeting.

Carranza, who took over HISD just over 18 months ago called De Blasio’s offer “an opportunity that I could not say ‘no’ to.”

The timing of Carranza’s departure could not be much worse for HISD, which serves about 215,000 students.

The district faces a massive budget deficit and a hefty “recapture” payment under Texas’ school finance law, which could balloon by tens of millions of dollars depending on the outcome of a lawsuit against the state. Amid that, Carranza has offered a series of ambitious proposals in recent months, including changes to the district’s magnet programs and campus funding models.

Here is the entire article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/article/Richard-Carranza-houston-ISD-new-york-city-deblasi-12730165.php.

Then I saw this on the Channel 13 website:

Monday, March 05, 2018 05:08PM

HOUSTON, Texas —

Several individuals have been superintendent for HISD over there years, here is a look back at a few:

Roderick “Rod” Paige

Feb. 7, 1994 – Feb. 2001

Kathryn “Kaye” Stripling

Feb. 9, 2001 – Aug. 26, 2004

Abelardo Saavedra

Aug. 27, 2004 – Aug. 2009

Terry Grier

Aug. 2009 – March 1, 2016

Richard Carranza

Aug. 18, 2016 – March 4, 2018

Don’t know when Carranza is leaving though.

Don’t count on Commentary to be one of those to say good luck on your next gig. He’s pretty weak if you ask me. Maybe he didn’t want to put up with the scrutiny Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Lisa Falkenberg had him under. Running away from a challenge. Does not speak well of him. He’s out the door. Good riddance is all I can say.

I don’t have much else to say today other than to go vote.

Justin Verlander is 2-1 on Opening Day of course.

That’s all I have from The Yard today so go vote, please!


This NL Central Division outfielder has 302 career dingers and 27 of them are off of ‘Stros pitchers. Who am I talking about?

Commentary has an Election Day tradition that some who know me know about.   I have Shipley’s Donuts and pigs-in-a-blankets for breakfast on Election Day. I started doing Shipley’s Donuts on Election Days back in the 1990s.   I don’t know if I can continue with this tomorrow morning morning. Here is from the Chron:

Three former Shipley’s Do-Nuts employees are suing the company’s owner for allegedly groping them and making derogatory and racist remarks toward them, accusations that mirror those made by other former Shipley’s employees in a bevy of legal actions in the last 15 years.

In their suit, filed in Harris County on Friday against the donut maker and its owner, the three women claim that Lawrence Shipley III “regularly subjected them to unwelcome touching, other inappropriate physical behavior and unwelcome sexual comments.”

“(Shipley) hugged Elizabeth Peralta tight across her front and touched her rear and buttocks,” the suit says. “He stared at her breasts and crotch areas. He spanked her rear.”

The other plaintiffs allege similar action from Shipley while working at the Houston-based chain’s North Main Street location. During one incident, plaintiff Esmeralda Sanchez claims Shipley did not punish a male supervisor who made sexual innuendos to her, instead saying that the way she dressed encouraged the behavior.

Here is the entire read:  https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Shipley-s-Do-nuts-owner-regularly-groped-12726863.php.

The North Main location is the one I go to. What to do? What to do?

Early Voting in the 2018 primaries here in Harris County is in the books. 70,172 Dems showed up in person. 61,462 GOPers voted in person. 17,744 Dems have voted by mail, GOPers 20,075. The Dem campaigns and the Dem Party better start calling those 15,000 folks or so that have mail ballots and tell them to send them in. In the 2016 Dem Primary here in Harris County, 72,782 voted Early in Person and 13,034 had mailed in their ballot by the end of Early Voting. In the GOP Primary in 2016, 110,365 voted Early in Person and 20,780 by mail by the end of Early Voting.

More Dems this primary here in Harris County than 2 years ago, a presidential primary. Now that’s what I call Dem voter intensity! Can’t say that about the GOP.

I am sure you saw this from this past weekend:

Rep. Carol Alvarado Endorses Sylvia Garcia for Congress

HOUSTON, Texas — Rep. Carol Alvarado endorses Senator Sylvia Garcia for 29th District of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“Now more than ever, we need fighters in Congress who will stand up to Donald Trump and push back against policies that are hurting local families. As City Controller, County Commissioner and State Senator, Sylvia Garcia has proven that she is a leader we can trust to fight for our communities in Washington. I strongly urge the people of Congressional District 29 to support Sylvia Garcia on March 6,” said Alvarado.

Commentary did an interview with Houston Public Media last week on the #TXCD29 Dem primary race. The interview is airing today. I confidently predicted to the reporter that State Sen. Sylvia Garcia would win without a runoff. Woah! Check this from the Trib from this past weekend:

Months ago, Garcia appeared poised to easily win this race, but something happened along the way to the nomination: Out of nowhere, health care executive Tahir Javed, declared his candidacy for the seat and has, so far, raised $1.2 million, most of that his own money. 

Garcia is widely expected to take first place here on Tuesday, but the operative question is will she win by enough to avoid a runoff? 

“We’re still confident we can get out of this without a runoff,” she said. “It’s a crowded field but we’ve worked it really hard.” 

And this:

The sense among most Houston Democratic insiders is that the combination of the large field and Javed’s spending are likely to be too much for Garcia to overcome on Tuesday, meaning a runoff is likely. But, eventually, many expect that her decades of time in Houston politics will carry the day and she will win this race – eventually.

Here is the entire read: https://www.texastribune.org/2018/03/03/can-sylvia-garcia-avoid-runoff-race-us-rep-gene-greens-seat-houston/.

Here is what Kuffer has to say about the #TXCD29 race:

As far as this race goes, let me say this. I have lunch once a month or so with a group of political types. We got together this past Friday, and the CD29 race was one of the things we discussed. We were split on whether Garcia would win in March or not, but the person most of us thought might push her into a runoff was not Tahir Javed but Augustine Reyes, son of former City Council member Ben Reyes. That’s a name a lot of people recognize, with ties at least as deep to the district. I’ll confess that I hadn’t thought much about Reyes before then, but it makes sense to me. We’ll know soon enough.

Here is all of Kuffer: http://offthekuff.com/wp/?p=85260.

How does this happen? Sen. Garcia has all of the endorsements – Labor, GLBT, the Dem Party groups, the elected officials, the Chron, Emily’s List, and others. She has ballot history. She practically has the Dem Party infrastructure behind her. We will see tomorrow I guess.

Commentary has said before that the folks who run the Texans aren’t smarter than the rest of us. Here is from the Chron’s Jerome Solomon’s column yesterday:

I spoke with two NFL agents this week who said word is the Texans aren’t interested in any players who participated in pregame kneel-downs in protest of police brutality.

There is no directive within the organization, but it is considered to be understood that as desperate as the Texans are to bring in talent, the pool of potential signees and draftees will not include anyone who has participated in protests or are likely to.

Relax. The Houston Texans are not a racist organization.

Passing such judgment on another’s moral compass is grossly unfair when based on a few incidents.

Yet, the Texans’ owner has been racially tone deaf often enough that many believe race is a significant factor in how the team runs its business.

There are many who believe if McNair could field a team with all-white, all-conforming all-pro talent, he would.

And this:

If the Texans have decided players who have or will participate in peaceful protests of injustice are bad guys, they will miss out on some good football players. Not to mention, some truly good guys, good citizens.

Such a team wouldn’t deserve to win.

Here is the entire column: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/columnists/solomon/article/Texans-would-miss-out-if-they-aren-t-interested-12726004.php.

I sure am glad the fella who owns the Texans didn’t get a statue at NRG.

I said this was coming. I got a big taste of it last season when they told me they were increasing the price of my tickets. Here is this from the Chron this past Saturday that was one of the lead stories on the Chron front page.

On the field, the Astros’ official hashtag for the 2018 season is #NeverSettle.

But in the ticket office, based on the first day of public single-game ticket sales that included an official sellout of the April 2 home opener, the unofficial mantra is #WePriceToDemand.

Demand to watch the team that won the 2017 World Series championship, needless to say, is considerable.

And, depending on the game and the seat location, prices can be considerable, too. But how much more? The Astros won’t give specifics.

“We are pricing to demand,” said Reid Ryan, the ballclub’s president for business operations. “We price like the airlines do and like hotels do and like concerts do.

“Opening Day is the first opportunity for our fans to see us back at Minute Maid Park and to raise the World Series banner, and we are pricing to the demand for the tickets.”

Read the entire article here: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/astros/article/On-demand-Astros-a-hot-but-more-expensive-ticket-12723821.php.

Yeah, we own a World Series but don’t use up a lot of good will. I am surprised Dollar Dog Night didn’t go to Two Dollar Dog Night.

On last night at the Oscars, Jimmy Kimmel did a great job and had an outstanding opening. I loved the visit to the movie theater. And yes, I was like a few other million viewers last night wondering what the heck was an “inclusion writer,” then found out five or ten minutes later it was “inclusion rider.”  Got it?

A slight correction from last night to Best Director winner Guillermo del Toro who in his acceptance speech attributed this quote to the late and great Jimmy Cagney – “my mother thanks you, my father thanks you, my brothers and sisters thank you, and I thank you!” It was actually George M. Cohan who was portrayed by Cagney in “Yankee Doodle Dandy” who said “Ladies and gentlemen, my mother thanks you, my father thanks you, my sister thanks you, and I thank you!”

There is nothing much I can add to Frances McDormand’s rousing acceptance.

If you are waiting until tomorrow to go vote, you are probably going to have to go online to see where you are voting.

Ryan Braun of the Brewers of course has 27 of his 302 career dingers against the ‘Stros.

MLB play returns to The Yard three weeks from today when Braun and the Brewers visit.



Last Day of EV

Today is Texas Independence Day! If you don’t know what happened on March 2, 1836, well, google it, then.

Here is a gimme for you. Who wears the numero 2 for the ‘Stros?

From Keir:

After 10 days in Harris County – Dem in person vote is 306% of 2014 turnout, total vote with VBM is 289% of 2014 turnout. #TexasPrimaries

After 10 days in Harris County – GOP in person vote is 110% of 2014 turnout, total vote with VBM is 111% of 2014 total. #TexasPrimaries

More Total 2018 Vote – in person + VBM – in Harris County after ten days: 68,876 Ds, 66,146 Rs. In 2014? 23,844 Ds, 59,711 Rs. Ds entire 2014 turnout (early, mail & e-day): 53,788 Rs entire 2014 turnout (early, mail & e-day): 139,703 #TexasPrimaries

With 1 day remaining in Early Voting in the 2018 primaries here in Harris County, 52,344 Dems have showed up in person. 47,298 GOPer have voted in person. 16,532 Dems have voted by mail, GOPers 18,848. The Dem campaigns and the Dem Party better start calling those 16,000 folks or so that have mail ballots and tell them to send them in. With 1 day left, in the 2016 Dem Primary here in Harris County, 53,302 had voted in person and 12,152 had mailed in their ballot. In the GOP Primary in 2016, with 1 day left, 79,276 had voted in person and 18,876 by mail.

Dem voter intensity?

This is an interesting article from the Chron and here is how it starts:

A record number of Latino candidates are on the local ballot for Tuesday’s primary election, a dramatic shift in a county where 40 percent of the population is Hispanic but none has been elected to the highest leadership positions.

Today, there are no Hispanics on the commissioners court and no Latino congressional members, though a district on Houston’s east side was specifically drawn in 1992 to elect a Hispanic. And no Latinos have been elected county judge or Houston mayor.

But times appear to be changing.

A flock of newcomers — many under the age of 40 — has joined a group of political veterans on the ballot, driving up the number of Hispanic candidates in the Democratic and Republican primaries by more than 40 percent, from 31 to at least 53 candidates compared to the last midterm election in 2014.

The numbers even beat the 47 Hispanics on the ballot in Harris County in 2016, a presidential election year that typically draws more candidates, according to a Chronicle review of candidates since 2010 with Hispanic surnames.

They say they are energized by the President Donald J. Trump’s divisive rhetoric from the 2016 presidential election and his subsequent focus on the border wall, restrictive immigration reform and the deportation of undocumented immigrants, all of which hit close to home in Houston’s Latino neighborhoods. Trump’s election also sent a message to aspiring candidates that even a political neophyte can win.

“There is tremendous energy going on this year,” said Lina Hidalgo, a 27-year-old Stanford University graduate running as the lone Democrat looking to challenge incumbent Republican County Judge Ed Emmett.

“The election of Donald Trump, his rhetoric, his attacks on immigrants elevated a toxic and divisive national discourse and took the focus away from really crucial issues affecting our communities.”

Here is the entire read: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/More-Latinos-than-ever-are-running-as-candidates-12721268.php.

Si se puede!

Commentary doesn’t have much to say about George P. Bush going all in with Donald Trump other than to say he doesn’t want to be low energy.

Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty will hand out the Best Picture Oscar Sunday night again in a Mulligan move of sorts.

Everyone knows that Alex Bregman of course wears the numero 2.

Everybody Commentary knows Votes Early in Person – I think! I don’t think I know anyone who waits until Election Day – I think.

Go Vote Early Today!

One month from today, Opening Day at The Yard!

2 EV Days Remain

Craig Biggio holds the ‘Stros record for being in the most consecutive Opening Day starting lineups – how many?

From Keir:

After 9 days in Harris County – Dem in person vote is 311% of 2014 turnout, total vote with VBM is 290% of 2014 turnout.

#TexasPrimariesAfter 9 days in Harris County – GOP in person vote is 115% of 2014 turnout, total vote with VBM is 114% of 2014 total.

#TexasPrimariesTotal 2018 Vote – in person + VBM – in Harris County after nine days: 59,092 Ds, 57,108 Rs. In 2014? 20,342 Ds, 50,092 Rs. Ds have now surpassed their entire 2014 turnout (early, mail & e-day) of 53,788 #TexasPrimaries

With 2 days remaining in Early Voting in the 2018 primaries here in Harris County, 43,922 Dems have showed up in person. 39,412 GOPer have voted in person. 15,126 Dems have voted by mail, GOPers 17,696. The Dem campaigns and the Dem Party better start calling those 18,000 folks or so that have mail ballots and tell them to send them in. With 2 days left, in the 2016 Dem Primary here in Harris County, 42,169 had voted in person and 11,755 had mailed in their ballot. In the GOP Primary in 2016, with 2 days left, 62,082 had voted in person and 17,964 by mail.

My buddy Jay Aiyer has an Op-Ed in today’s Chron and here is how it starts:

One of the biggest political questions in Texas this year was how the so-called blue wave that seemed to be surging across the country since the election of President Donald Trump would fair in the Lone Star State. Would it crash on the red seawall, as Gov. Greg Abbott had predicted, or would it lead to overwhelming change in our politics?

If the first week of early voting is any indication, that blue wave is clearly surging and building strength, possibly setting up the most interesting midterm election our state has had since 1990.

Don’t believe me? Look at the numbers.

Through the first week of early voting, Democrats have had record turnout in every major county in the state, with most counties equaling or exceeding turnouts levels seen only during presidential election years.

Here is all of Jay’s Op-Ed: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/Primary-turnout-shows-a-blue-wave-aimed-at-Texas-12718475.php.

Dem voter intensity?

Also in today’s Chron:

The biggest threat to a blue wave forming in Texas in 2018 may be the very Democrats who are trying to generate it.

In less than 10 days, national Democrats have jumped into two key congressional races in Houston and provoked a firestorm of controversy that threatens to undermine Democratic momentum that has been building for over a year, Texas political experts warn.

Here is the entire read: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/texas/article/National-Democrats-could-undermine-Texas-momentum-12714873.php.

From the He Didn’t Ask Me Dept.:

Houston, TX – On Wednesday, February 28th, Houston City Council Member for District D Dwight Boykins endorsed Tahir Javed for Congress in the Texas’ 29th Congressional District.

“Tahir Javed has been successful as a healthcare professional and has the passion to make our communities stronger,” said Councilman Boykins. “Washington is broken, and we won’t get the change we need unless we send the right person to Congress. It is time to stand up for change.”

“I look forward to working with Councilman Boykins to improve our communities,” said Javed. “Whether it is jobs, healthcare, or better schools, the needs are clear, and we must all work together to deliver meaningful change.”

Tahir Javed has also received endorsements from 19 Precinct Chairs in District 29, Texas Coalition of Black Democrats (TCBD), Commissioner Barry Ponder, former Judge Mike Parrott, former Houston Council Member Carroll G. Robinson, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Rep. Henry C. Johnson (D-GA), and Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), to represents District 29 in Congress.

I have no idea why Council Member Boykins felt it was necessary to wade into this race. Oh, well!

Craig Biggio of course had 3 consecutive Opening Day starts at catcher, then 11 at second base, then 2 in center field, then 3 at second base for 19 consecutive Opening Day starts for the ‘Stros.

For the 9th consecutive year, we will have a different Opening Day starter at first base.