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Texas Monthly put out a lengthy piece on the future of Battleground Texas. It is different from the Texas Observer take of a couple of months ago. Here it is: http://www.texasmonthly.com/story/future-battleground-texas.

I don’t know those fellas. I know they want Dems to win here in Texas. I mentioned the other day that Dems really don’t have state leaders. Nobody is really in charge of the Dem effort in Texas and there is no Dem strategy so the Battleground folks for now are filling a void, but they are not accountable to Dem elected officials or grass roots Dems. They are accountable to the folks that give them money to operate.

In the foreseeable future, nothing is really going to happen on a statewide level. Change has to come locally. So local Dem folks still have a say. Check out the Texas Monthly read.

Governor Abbott came to town yesterday to speak to the Greater Houston Partnership and he was met by immigration reform protesters – a lot of young kids – who are not too happy with the Governor and his position on the President’s immigration moves. Here is from a Channel 11 story:

“When he ran for office, he said he was all for families and he brought out his mother-in-law, who’s Latina,” said Mary Moreno, one of the protesters. “And then he turns around and he does this, right? He’s hurting Latino families.”

And this:

“That is not within the constitutional power of the president,” Abbott said. “That is why I filed the lawsuit. The lawsuit really doesn’t have anything to do with immigration. It has everything to do with an abuse of executive power.”

Doesn’t have anything to do with immigration? Are you kidding me? Sounds like a bunch of young Latino kids got to you! Keep the heat on!

And this is from the GOP bunch that worship at the altar of border security. From an internet story yesterday:

Numerous House Republicans say it’s preferable to let the Homeland Security Department go unfunded for a few days, at least, if that’s the cost of undoing a White House immigration policy they consider unlawful. These lawmakers say the impact on national security would be minimal, as would the political risks.

“Shutting down” the agency known as DHS “is a set of words that don’t really have the meaning that people attribute to it,” said Republican Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama. “There was hardly any effect whatsoever on the Department of Homeland Security from the last shutdown, and I would anticipate a similar effect this time.”

Brooks was referring to the 2013 partial federal government shutdown that Americans blamed mostly on Republicans, and which many GOP leaders have vowed not to repeat.

I am so sorry! You can’t be screaming for border security and then let Homeland Security close. You just can’t!

Name the MLBer who is currently still pitching with the most all-time career saves for a pitcher born in Texas?

Commentary mentioned the other day that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker would not be president. Yesterday he compared ISIS to labor unions. Looks like he is not ready for prime time.

Next time I run into Harris County Tax Assessor Collector Mike Sullivan, I am going to ask him why he didn’t place his mug on the educational billboards promoting the switchover to the new single-sticker system for vehicle registrations and inspections. I saw one of his billboards off of I-45 and North Main.

I have seen Hunker Down on billboards in the past. I have seen the Harris County Sheriff on promotions. On the I-45/North Main billboard only Tax Assessor Collector Sullivan’s name is displayed. Maybe the ad funders stipulated that photos of elected officials were not allowed. Oh, well!

Joe Nathan of course was born in H-Town and has 376 saves to lead all closers born in Texas.

The AL Champs Royals will visit The Yard five weeks from today to wrap up Spring Training.

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Channel 13’s Ted Oberg tweeted this a couple of days ago:

Ted Oberg @tedoberg • Dec 10
I’ve been BLOCKED! @SheriffGarcia blocked me and @trentseibert after this story aired last night: http://abc13.com/429120/.

Oh well, maybe this was an accidental block.

Commentary has certainly had his share of disagreements with media coverage and stories, but that is all they are – disagreements. I don’t hold grudges or that kind of stuff. I just move on.

I would hope that the Sheriff’s folks didn’t block Ted and Trent. That would be kind of silly and unproductive. What is accomplished? Absolutely nothing!

Yesterday Texas Monthly handed out their 2014 Bum Steer Award to Team Davis. Was Team Davis worthy of the award? Scoreboard says so. 2014 wasn’t pretty for Lone Star State Dems. I wonder who is going to accept the award for Team Davis.

CEWDEM kind of responded by saying nice stuff about Sen. Davis but did not “block” Texas Monthly so to speak. Here is from CEWDEM:

I think all should remember that Wendy Davis is a good and decent human being who was willing to put her life and herself on hold for almost two years to carry the torch of the Democratic Party in the last election. She fell short – hardly the first person to suffer the fate – but she does not deserve the ridicule and truly unflattering articles and caricatures she has gotten since her loss. Personally, she gave what she could. She was served badly by mercenaries and that is the shame here – that we have allowed the privatization of politics – whose leaders are in it for a buck and those followers who work their hearts out with the only goal of making a better Texas are used and then disillusioned. I am proud that Harris County Democratic Party Chair Lane Lewis, on behalf of the Democrats of Harris County, has extended an invitation to Senator Wendy Davis, and she has accepted, to be the special guest on January 29 at the Toast to a Blue Year – 2015, gathering where we can all stop by and say “THANKS” and hug her neck for the herculean effort put forth on our behalf. Other statewide candidates have been invited, have accepted and will be in attendance. Bum Steer? – Wendy Davis? – hardly! Harris County says Thank you!

Now that was nice!

The final episode of “The Newsroom” will air Sunday night and I will be watching – just me and a little more than a million folks. Apparently, it wasn’t a hit with media big shots and they nailed it from the beginning. They liked Aaron Sorkin’s “The West Wing” but not Sorkin’s “The Newsroom.” I don’t know why. I loved “The West Wing” but never really believed that is how the real West Wing operates. I love “The Newsroom” but don’t really believe that is how newsrooms operate. I have said it before – it’s entertainment. The media elites, err critics obviously were not entertained.

Commentary mentioned the ‘Stros signed relievers Pat Neshak and Luke Gregerson. Of the two, who has the most post season experience?

BTW: 40 years ago today, “The Godfather, Part II” was released.

BTW: 14 years ago today, Bush v. Gore was decided.

Commentary is a fan of Jennifer Aniston. I am glad to see she is getting some recognition for her latest role in “Cake.” She just got nominated for Best Actress by SAG and the Golden Globes.

Pat Neshak of course went to the playoffs with the Twins (2006), A’s (2012), and San Luis (2014) and Luke Gregerson went with the A’s last season.

Maybe both will be introduced to the local media today at The Yard.

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