Posts Tagged ‘Greg Abbott’

I honestly didn’t think that this Governor would make us a national punchline just a little over three months into his administration. Here is Nick Anderson’s cartoon from today’s Chron: http://blog.chron.com/nickanderson/2015/04/commander-in-chief/.

Here is from the Chron:

Greg Abbott’s letter directing the Texas State Guard to monitor U.S. Army soldiers taking part in training exercises in Bastrop and other parts of the state drew widespread surprise and criticism from Austin to Washington on Wednesday as pundits and officials questioned what the governor was thinking.

And this:

“Governor Abbott deeply trusts and respects the United States military,” said Amelia Chasse, Abbott’s press secretary.

No he doesn’t! Why else would he go through this exercise!

The ‘Stros are 14-7. What was our record after 21 games last season?

You can say, err tweet this again:

Bill King ‏@BillKingForHou 32m32 minutes ago
Getting from point A to point B without fear of blowing out a tire is definitely part of getting #BackToBasics

It certainly wasn’t one of our nation’s finest hours. I am talking about 40 years ago today when we got the heck out of Saigon. Yesterday at the H-Town City Council meeting, District F Council Member Richard Nguyen got very emotional as he discussed the events before and after April 30, 1975. NPR did a powerful piece yesterday about the last two U.S. servicemen who lost their lives in Vietnam. I still remember watching the tube and seeing the chaos unfold as folks tried to climb into the choppers on the roof of the U.S. Embassy.

Before yesterday, nobody had ever heard of Chad Shanks. Check this:

Alyson Footer @alysonfooter • 15h 15 hours ago
I’ve never met the Rockets SM manager and never heard of him before today. But he seems to be well-liked and he did a good job. Come on.

Shanks was the fella behind the Rockets tweets.

The ‘Stros were 7-14 after 21 games last season of course.

On the MLB Network they showed the first part of the White Sox and Orioles from an empty Camden yesterday and I had to tweet the following:

Marc Campos @MarcCommentary • 21h 21 hours ago
Why do they need a PA announcer at @whitesox vs @Orioles if nobody is there? #BaltimoreUprising #MLB

That was weird.

It looks like folks are finally to show an interest in the ‘Stros these days. Are they the real deal! Head on out to The Yard to find out!

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Randy Johnson was the top vote getter in the MLB Hall of Fame voting earlier this week with a yes vote on 97.3% of ballots cast. Name the Hall of Famer with the highest vote percentage of ballots cast since 2006?

Have I been spending too much time heaping praise on new Hall of Famer Craig Biggio that I missed the soon to be Governor Greg Abbott resolving our highway funding mess. Did he already fix our public schools and made college more affordable. What the heck is he doing cracking on local officials on how they run their cities?

I thought Abbott ran for governor and not big brother.

Why does he give a rat’s arse on our going plastic, paper or none of the above?

City government is probably the closest form of government to the people you can have. It is where folks first turn to on issues of public safety, infrastructure, transportation, and quality of life issues. Mayors and council members interact on a near hourly basis with the folks they represent. City Hall doesn’t act in a vacuum. Does Abbott not respect this?

Here is from the Chron:

Gov.-elect Greg Abbott on Thursday took aim at local regulations affecting tree cutting, plastic bags and fracking, saying that they are contrary to his vision for the state.

“Texas is being California-ized and you may not even be noticing it,” Abbott told the Texas Public Policy Foundation, an organization in favor of limited government. “This is being done at the city level with bag bans, fracking bans, tree-cutting bans. We’re forming a patchwork quilt of bans and rules nd regulations that is eroding the Texas model.”

Since when did local control become California-ized? California is the state that operates as the result of statewide voter initiatives. Our cities and towns make up the backbone, brains, and character of our state. The last thing we need is Big Brother from the State Capitol telling us how to run our local business and completely ignore local control. Here is more from the Chron:

Abbott took particular aim at tree-cutting measures, saying they amount to “collectivism.” Numerous Texas cities, including Houston and San Antonio, have tree ordinances.

“Now think about it — few things are more important in Texas than private property rights. Yet some cities are telling citizens that you don’t own some of the things on your own property that you have bought and purchased and owned for a long time. Things like trees. This is a form of collectivism,” Abbott said.

“Some cities claim that the trees on private property belong to the community, not to the private property owner. Large cities that represent about 75 percent of the population in this state are doing this to us,” Abbott said, and referring to the organizations’ name, added, “Unchecked overregulation by cities will turn the Texas miracle into the California nightmare faster than you can spell TPPF.”

Besides tree-cutting regulations in various cities, Denton voters approved a fracking ban that is being challenged by the oil and gas industry and the state.

Austin, Laredo and South Padre Island have plastic-bag bans, and Dallas has imposed a 5-cent environmental fee on paper and plastic sacks to be collected by retailers.

Legislative efforts in the past to infringe on cities’ rule-making authority have met with pushback from those citing the need for local control.

“My vision is one where individual liberties are not bound by city limit signs,” Abbott said. “I will insist on protecing unlimited liberty to ensure that Texas will continue to grow and prosper.”

Honestly, I think Abbott has been living in Austin for way too long. Remember, for decades he’s been a district judge, a Supreme Court Justice, the AG, and now he will be Governor. He has never served on City Council. He has never had to deal on a daily basis with neighborhood/civic clubs. He has no idea how local city governments operate in today’s world. He certainly doesn’t have an idea on what is going on in H-Town. Yeah, maybe here locally there have been some folks that didn’t get what they wanted the last year or so, but for the most part we are pretty much a collaborative bunch that work stuff out with input from the stakeholders.

Cities do Ok and for the most part operate free of partisanship. We have all heard the line before – there are no Republican or Democratic potholes. If after a lengthy debate and discussion a local City Hall decides plastic bags are a problem, what business is it of Big Brother?

In 2007, Cal Ripken, Jr. of course scored 98.5% of Hall of Fame Ballots cast.

Craig Biggio will be honored late this afternoon at The Yard!

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Here we go again. I am talking about AG Abbott putting out another press release, err, I mean filing another lawsuit against the President – his 31st. I think I have mentioned it before but is anybody keeping score on who is winning the lawsuits? Is a box score on the AG’s website? Does the Trib have a page devoted to a won-loss record for AG Abbott? Here is a bit from the Trib:

Leading a 17-state charge up a steep legal hill, Attorney General and soon-to-be-Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s moves to expand legal protections for undocumented immigrants.

The lawsuit, the 31st Abbott has filed against the Obama administration during his 12-year tenure, fulfills his gubernatorial campaign pledge to challenge President Obama’s executive action to protect up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from the threat of immediate deportation.

Meanwhile, Jorge Ramos didn’t let up on putting it on the GOP on immigration again. Here are a couple of his tweets from yesterday:

JORGE RAMOS @jorgeramosnews • 18h 18 hours ago
Who do Latinos blame for lack of immigration reform? 64% blame Republicans in Congress, 24% Obama and Democrats (from @LatinoDecisions )

JORGE RAMOS @jorgeramosnews • 18h 18 hours ago
Food for thought for Republicans: 89% Latinos support Obama’s executive action; 80% oppose efforts to block it (from @LatinoDecisions )

The ‘Stros are in the market for a closer. Chad Qualls handled most of the closer duties this past season. How many saves did Qualls record last season?

I was watching the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree last night on NBC and tweeted the following:

Marc Campos @MarcCommentary • 12h 12 hours ago
Good for @TODAYshow hosts for giving a mention during the #ChristmasTreeLighting tonight to today’s grand jury decision and protests.

Apparently the protesters were a few blocks away from Rockefeller Plaza.

I watched some of the talking heads last night on the Staten Island grand jury refusing to indict the cop who put the chokehold on Eric Garner. The few that dared to defend the grand jury’s decision looked incredibly stupid.

Today the Houston City Council Ad Hoc Charter Review Committee will meet at 1 PM at City Hall Council Chamber to discuss proposed City Charter changes. I am thinking that some folks at City Hall have pretty much made up their minds on what changes they want to advance – I get that. I know a little about political body language. I just hope they have a parade of experts and witnesses who will testify and make the case for taking it the voters. I hope more than the regular insiders participate in this process. I also hope to be watching online so stay tuned!

This just came out:

Mike Morris retweeted
Peggy Fikac ‏@pfikac 15m15 minutes ago Conroe, TX
.@DavidHDewhurst re potential Houston mayor bid ‘At the present time I have no plans to run’ #mysa #hounews #ttevents

Who wants the Lite Guv to run for Mayor anyway? Oh well!

Chad Qualls of course had 19 saves this past season and the MLB leader was Fernando Rodney of the Mariners with 48.

The ‘Stros coaching staff was sitting courtside last night at Toyota checking out the Rockets and that is all I have from The Yard.

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