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These tweets came out this morning:

Teddy Schleifer ‏@teddyschleifer 23m23 minutes ago
Breaking: Henry Martinez, fmr HCC District Commander, will be nominated today to serve out rest of Constable Victor Tervino’s term. #hounews

Teddy Schleifer ‏@teddyschleifer 16m16 minutes ago
Henry Martinez, who has worked at HCC for 23 years, will fill out rest of term of Victor Trevino. Morman will make official today. #hounews

Teddy Schleifer ‏@teddyschleifer 11m11 minutes ago
.@SheriffGarcia on Martinez in stment: “I know that he shares the same concern for children and seniors as does Constable Trevino.” #hounews

Teddy Schleifer ‏@teddyschleifer 7m7 minutes ago
Breaking this AM: Henry Martinez, HCC cop for 23 yrs, to replace Victor Trevino as Precinct 6 Constable. | http://www.chron.com/news/politics/article/Henry-Martinez-to-replace-ousted-Trevino-5914007.php

Harris County Commissioners Court is expected to name the third ever Harris County Constable for Precinct 6 this morning – SEE ABOVE. If as if the Chron reported earlier the new Constable will agree not to run for election in 2016 then that is a real good thing if you ask me. Let’s let the voters of Precinct 6 decide in 2016. That is the way it should be – right? I don’t know who would want to argue with this.

The Commissioners Court didn’t create the vacancy. They are just trying to fill it. I think they are going about it the best way they can and that is all folks can expect. Stay tuned!

The MLB Hall of Fame ballot will be released today and pitching great Randy Johnson will be on it. How many games did the Big Unit win in his career and where does that put him on the all-time win list?

The GOP is still griping about how the President put it on them on immigration action. The GOP still doesn’t have a plan so it looks like Iowa GOP Congressman Steve King will continue to drive their response – what joke. I really don’t expect the GOP to come forward with anything meaningful on immigration – do you?

The Christmas tunes are now playing on the radio and both Hallmark channels have wall-to-wall Christmas shows. I’m OK with that.

Here are parts of Jose de Jesus Ortiz’s article in today’s Chron on B-G-O and the Hall of Fame ballot:

The list is quite impressive, appearing even more prestigious as time passes. From Grover Cleveland Alexander in 1938 and Lefty Grove in 1947 all the way to Ryne Sandberg in 2005 and Barry Larkin in 2012, 10 Hall of Famers fell short of election twice before earning their place among baseball’s immortals in Cooperstown, N.Y.

This year, former Astros star Craig Biggio has a chance to join Alexander, Grove, Sandberg, Larkin, Carl Hubbell, Catfish Hunter, Ferguson Jenkins, Juan Marichal, Mel Ott and Gaylord Perry among the Hall of Famers who earned induction in their third year on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America Hall of Fame ballot.

“That’s a pretty impressive list,” said Biggio, who missed induction by two votes last year. “Hopefully, it happens. We were extremely close last year, so hopefully this year is a magical year.”

The Baseball Hall of Fame will release its 2015 ballot to the public Monday, and eligible BBWAA members will receive their ballots in the mail before Thanksgiving so they can begin voting on the class that will be announced Jan. 6.

Five-time Cy Young Award winner Randy Johnson, who spent part of the 1998 season with Biggio and the Astros, and three-time Cy Young winner Pedro Martinez are the two biggest former stars among the players who will be on the Hall ballot for the first time in 2015. Also among those who will make their first appearance are former Cy Young winner John Smoltz and Gary Sheffield, a member of the 500-homer club.

Biggio, who had 3,060 hits over a 20-year career with the Astros, has been one of the top candidates in each of his two years on the ballot. Former Astros slugger Jeff Bagwell will be on the ballot for the fifth time, and seven-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens will be on the ballot for the third time.

And:

“Biggio will get in this time,” said the Cleveland Plain-Dealer’s Paul Hoynes, who has had a Hall vote for two decades. “Two votes? You’ve got to get that. I certainly hope he gets it.”

We will see!

The Big Unit of course won 303 games and is 22nd on the all-time career win list.

We will have to wait until January 6 for the Hall of Fame ballot results.

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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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Who wants to be the next Harris County Constable for Precinct 6? Here is from today’s Chron:

Harris County commissioners are preparing to accept the resignation of convicted Constable Victor Trevino and to start looking for his replacement.

And:

One local Hispanic leader expressed optimism that Trevino’s replacement will be a person who reflects the constable’s Precinct 6, which is overwhelmingly Hispanic and Democratic.

“It’s important to find someone who is qualified, and has a history of living and working in the precinct and is community-minded,” said state Rep. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, adding she has told commissioners she favors a Hispanic who is a Democrat.

Drawing a replacement from among Trevino’s staff could prove difficult because of a state law requiring the constable to reside in the precinct. Several of Trevino’s top deputies do not meet the residency requirement, Alvarado said.

And:

Most of Trevino’s precinct is located within the boundaries of Commissioner Jack Mormon’s district; about one-quarter is in Lee’s. Mormon’s staff confirmed the screening process is underway with 12 to 15 applicants under review.

David Walden, Mormon’s chief of staff, said all candidates are under consideration regardless of race or ethnicity, but added, “It’s obviously a Hispanic district, with an overwhelming majority, so you want someone there who has community support.”

A replacement is expected to be announced on Nov. 18, when commissioners officially canvass the results of last week’s election.

Commentary is hearing that former candidates, former elected officials, current elected officials, and current and former law enforcement types are interested in getting the appointment. Some live in the precinct, some used to, some say they do, and some say they will. Stay tuned!

Name the first African-American to win a MLB Rookie of the Year Award?

Check this out from the Chron:

David Dewhurst is not ready to leave Texas politics.

The outgoing lieutenant governor said Monday he is planning to start a “large public policy venture” and may consider a run for political office in the future.

He offered few details on either front, deferring questions about the policy venture until a formal announcement planned for next month and declining to answer specific questions about his future, but he seemed eager to keep as many options on the table as possible.

Among those he would not rule out: a run for Houston mayor next year.

“I ain’t riding off into the sunset, ever,” said Dewhurst, who keeps a home in Houston, adding, “I’m a real believer in the Lord’s will, and He’s got something else He wants me to do, and so I’m pursuing what I think is good for me and good for the state.”

And:

Dewhurst said he has been focused of late on border security – a problem he said he spotlighted when he first took office in 2003 and is finally getting the attention it deserves. In particular, Dewhurst said he supports indefinitely continuing the surge of Texas National Guard troopers and Department of Public Safety officers on the southern border.

“I want to make sure we don’t do in Texas what Barack Obama did in Iraq and Afghanistan – telling al-Qaeda when you were going to wind down,” he said.

He surely has to be kidding. I don’t think a lot of H-Town voters take too kindly to his years of bashing of The President. Voter ID isn’t a priority of ours. We kind of would like to see an expansion of Medicaid. A lot of us don’t like that bill that passed in the 2013 Special Session just to name a few. Best he could do is win Council Member Oliver Pennington’s seat if Pennington chose to run for Mayor.

Pitcher Don Newcombe of course of the Dodgers won the 1949 NL Rookie of the Year Award.

In today’s Chron, GM Luhnow acknowledges that the team has to get better productivity from our first baseman, shortstop, and third baseman. I am glad the GM is going public with this analysis.

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