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The Texas Observer looks at the bad year for Battleground Texas. Here it is: http://www.texasobserver.org/losing-ground-battleground-texas-democratic-party/.

Nick Anderson’s Battleground Texas cartoon sums it up best. Check it here: http://blog.chron.com/nickanderson/2014/11/bloodbath-2/.

Like I said yesterday, scoreboard matters. Before the election, some in the GOP were worried about Dems making progress in the Lone Star State. Since the election I have yet to hear a concern from key GOPer that Dems are a threat anytime soon. That ought to tell you something.

I guess heading into 2015, local politics will be dominated by the H-Town mayoral contest and national politics by the race for Prez. Here is what Burkablog has to say about Jeb Bush:

That didn’t take long. Jeb Bush is the “clear Republican frontrunner for president,” according to a new CNN/ORC poll. Bush received 23% of Republicans surveyed in the nationwide poll, ten points ahead of his nearest competitor, New Jersey governor Chris Christie, who tallied 13%. Physician Ben Carson ran third, with 7%, and Rand Paul and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee tied for fourth with 6%.

As I’ve written before, Jeb is going to be hard to beat. He is backed by the prodigious clout of the Bush family and their nationwide fundraising ability. No one else on the GOP wannabe list is very attractive, especially since Christie’s popularity has waned in recent months. It’s hard to envision anyone else matching Jeb’s positives as a candidate.

Nothing about Guv Dude or Sen. Ted Cruz.

Speaking of local politics, John Arnold got some run in Politico today on pensions. H-Town’s pensions are not part of the story though. Check it here: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/12/enron-billionaire-frets-about-public-pensions-solvency-113842.html?hp=r3_3.

Don’t worry, pensions will get some major run in the mayoral race.

A 2014 shout out goes to the Chron’s Lisa Falkenberg for her columns on our messed up grand jury system. I am thinking Falkenberg will some major accolades for her great work.

A 2014 shout out goes to the President for acting on immigration. Si se puede!

H-Town City Hall gave us Uber in 2014 and tonight folks using the service will get Uberized. Here is from Chron.com:

Right off the bat, it’s important to note that Keith Livingston is a fan of Uber, although he wasn’t thrilled after recently taking a 13-mile trip with the service that cost $247.50.

“I knew I was going to be paying more because it asks you to confirm, but it’s just crazy,” Livingston said Tuesday. ” You’re almost at their mercy because you don’t want to wait longer for a cab.”

It’s also a timely warning. One of Uber’s busiest nights is coming up as folks head out to celebrate New Year’s Eve, and “surge pricing” — raising fares when demand increases – probably will be in effect in Houston.

The trip went down like this: Livingston took an $18 Uber ride from Oak Forest to Rice Village and met some friends. From there, he went to the Texas Bowl to see Texas play Arkansas at NRG Stadium. His group left before the game ended, around 11 p.m., and he and his friends planned to split a fare back to Oak Forest. It would normally be about a $45 ride, with the various fees and taxes.

“We walked to the Fiesta parking lot and found our Uber driver,” Livingston explained in an email. “He told us it would be at a higher rate because of the surge pricing … but we were tired of walking and looking for a ride so we accepted.”

Tuesday morning, Livingston posted his details on Twitter, chiding Uber for the big up-charge and wishing he’d just waited for a cab.

“I love Uber, don’t get me wrong, but the price gouging needs to be brought to people’s attention,” he said.

The increase is part of a practice called surge pricing.

What a racket! Hey, if you don’t like it, call your Mayor or City Council member.

I am skipping the MLB question today.

According to the Chron, Baggy would be interested in doing something meaningful for the team this season.

In 2015, we may have our first MLB Hall of Famer wearing ‘Stros gear.

That’s all I have so be careful tonight, stay warm, and have a Happy New Year and I will be back on Friday.

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A new Harris County Constable for Precinct 6 will be selected Friday or Monday. I think it will be the third Constable ever in the history of Precinct 6. The Chron reported last week that the Constable selected would be a placeholder or caretaker meaning he or she would agree not to run in 2016. We will see.

This tweet just came in:

Teddy Schleifer retweeted:
Joe Stinebaker ‏@stinebaker · 14m14 minutes ago
County Commissioner Jack Morman says he hopes to have nominee to replace Constable Victor Trevino in time for vote on Friday or Monday..

The State Senate District 18 Special Election campaign is underway. In 2012, 198,175 SD 18 voters voted for Mitt Romney and 92,809 for the President. I wonder how many of the 92,809 President supporters will vote in the special.

It has been two weeks since the election and Politico now has a story on what went wrong with Battleground Texas. Politico is kind of saying that the folks in charge of Battleground Texas need to be from the Lone Star State and not the out-of-towners. That kind of make sense to me, but then again who from the Lone Star State is worthy? It is not as if anybody around has a whole lot of experience with winning statewide races for Dems lately.

Well anyway, here is a piece of Poltico:

In January 2013, Jeremy Bird, the former field director for the Obama campaign, announced the formation of Battleground Texas to much fanfare and media attention. Backed by a number of major Democratic donors, the new effort was committed to turning Texas blue by rebuilding party infrastructure, recruiting strong candidates, registering new voters and turning out those whose voting history was erratic at best. Bird would be the overall strategist and spokesman for the effort while Jenn Brown, an Obama veteran from Ohio, would move to the state to oversee daily operations. In the end, Battleground Texas would raise a hefty nine million dollars to finance its operations.

Many observers believe Battleground Texas made a strategic mistake right from the start. Rather than recruit a prominent Texas Democrat to serve as nominal chairman or prime spokesman for the effort, Battleground Texas chose two non-Texan Obama organizers, Bird and Brown, to be the faces of the organization. Working apart from the existing state and county Democratic organizations, Battleground was viewed by some as an invading army made up of outside political operatives who might have understood politics better than the local folk, but who couldn’t relate. As Glenn Smith, a longtime Texas Democratic consultant, notes, “You have to speak Texan if you’re going to do well here. They didn’t. There was this belief after 2012 that if ya waved this turnout wand you would wake up some progressive majority. It didn’t exist.”

Here is all of Politico:
http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/11/how-the-democrats-lost-texas-112956.html?hp=t4_r#.VGtKZNgtDVg.

Everybody knows that Jose Altuve led the ‘Stros in stolen bases this past season with 56. Who had the second most stolen bases for the ‘Stros?

I am thinking that the President’s executive action on immigration will end up being a great move. He will for sure get the support from Latinos. Throw in some key business leaders. Throw in some key clergy. It will be a plus.

Jonathan Villar of course had 17 stolen bases and was second behind Altuve.

No news to report from The Yard today.

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