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  • #TXHD148SpecialRunoffElection Early Voting in Person Day 4
    January 24, 2020

    Name The ATL’s ballpark?

    For those that are interested, in the #TXHD148SpecialRunoffElection, as of yesterday evening, 1,113 have voted early in person and 1,261 have voted by mail for a total of 2,374 votes cast or about 2.7% turnout.

    I checked out my Dem Primary sample ballot yesterday.

    At the end of the Dem Primary ballot there are eleven propositions to vote on. Yep, eleven.

    They are a right to: Healthcare, 21st Century Public Education, Clean Air, Safe Water and Responsible Climate Policy, Economic Security, Dignity & Respect, Be Free from Violence, Housing, Vote, Fair Criminal Justice System, and Fair Taxation. There is also one on Immigrant Rights.

    I did not know that my old buddy former State Rep. Roberto Alonzo went by “Beto.” He is running for Railroad Commissioner. So, we have a Beto on the ballot, again.

    I did not know that MJ Hegar had a first name. It is Mary.

    I did not know that my member of Congress, Cong. Sheila Jackson Lee, had six primary opponents.

    I need to figure out who gets my vote on some of these contested statewide and local judicial races.

    Commentary said this yesterday:

    Commentary is not going to weigh in on the U.S. Senators who are running for president and are having to sit in the Senate Chamber during the impeachment trail instead of campaigning in Iowa. They have to take care of business. Don’t feel sorry for them for having to do their jobs.

    Royko responded with this:

    Why shouldn’t the 3 Senators recuse themselves, and go campaign in Iowa? Is it not a direct conflict of interest to participate in the attempted Coup Impeachment sham, which House Democrats openly stated they must do, otherwise Trump is certain to be reelected?

    No thought of ethics is considered while the Washington, D.C. swamp is engaged in this Socialist “Squad” inspired resistance, or, more aptly labeled “Marxist Revolution.”

    Thank you.

    The ATL plays at Truist Park of course. Huh?

    If you live in HD 148, go vote today, please.

  • #TXHD148SpecialRunoffElection Early Voting in Person Day 3
    January 23, 2020

    Larry Walker also made the Baseball Hall of Fame a couple of days ago. Did he ever win the NL MVP Award?

    The #TXHD28SpecialRunoffElection is getting all the attention. Over a million has been spent by the candidates. Both candidates are running TV ads. Armies of folks have been deployed over there. That’s why they are getting a pretty good turnout.

    The #TXHD148SpecialRunoffElection is a different animal all together. I will say that our runoff Early Vote in Person and mail ballot totals are better than the #TXHD145SpecialRunoffElection turnout totals from last March.

    Let’s see if better weather today spurs Early Voting in Person.

    Mail ballots for the Dem Primary should be hitting mailboxes any day now. That ought to add to a bit of confusion to HD 148 voters in the last few days of the special runoff.

    Speaking of HD 145, State Rep. Christina Morales will have an open house at her district office at 5 pm today. It is located in the garage building at HCC Southeast on Rustic.

    Commentary is not going to weigh in on the U.S. Senators who are running for president and are having to sit in the Senate Chamber during the impeachment trail instead of campaigning in Iowa. They have to take care of business. Don’t feel sorry for them for having to do their jobs.

    I was at my Dad’s yesterday and he had on the impeachment trial. I will say this. This is a slam dunk case.

    In 1997, Larry Walker won the NL MVP Award of course.

    You have to figure this cheating scandal is going to impact our players in a negative way once voting begins for the AL All Star Team.

  • #TXHD148SpecialRunoffElection Early Voting in Person Day 2
    January 22, 2020

    Derek Jeter is in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Did he ever win the AL MVP Award?

    In the #TXHD148SpecialRunoffElection Early Voting in Person Day 1, 416 voted in person. The County is posting that 2,326 have returned mail ballots but only 1,238 have been posted online. Interesting.

    The #TXHD28SpecialRunoffElection is getting all the attention and that is cool with me.

    I posted this from Texas Monthly yesterday:

    Monthly median housing costs in Houston in 2016 (the most recent year data was available) were $1,379, nearly $400 less than New York City. However, median transportation costs were $1,152, a figure 38 percent higher than for New Yorkers. In total, the study found, living in Houston was only $79 cheaper each month than New York.

    Here is how Royko responded:

    Okay. Is that difference related to taxes? One might wonder, if the difference is a mere $79.00, why haven’t them damned Yankees moved back to that Utopian Hellhole?

    With METRO boardings below projections, BRT delayed, and not enough boondoggle 3rd-world-class urban rail to have any significant impact on mobility, and no snow, why would they want to suffer in our flood-prone, sub-tropical climate riding their CHICOM-built bicycles on the deteriorated streets?

    I started to watch the impeachment yesterday, or rather I had it on, then I realized I had heard this stuff during the hearings, so I just shut it off. We all know how it is going to end.

    Derek Jeter won the AL Rookie of the Year in 1996 but he never won the AL MVP of course, but he was runner-up once.

    The MLB Commissioner said he wasn’t going to take away our World Series title and the owner of the Astros said the players would be apologizing.

    The owner must have read Commentary and he doesn’t want his players to become jokes. Good.

  • #TXHD148SpecialRunoffElection Early Voting in Person Day 1
    January 21, 2020

    Everyone knows the Astros have won 100 plus games in each of the past three seasons. How many other teams have won 100 or more games the past three seasons?

    There is no Early Voting in Person at West Gray today. I mention this because a lot of HD 148 voters use the West Gray Early Voting in Person location.

    Early Voting Schedule and Locations:

    Tuesday, January 21 – Friday, January 24
    7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m

    Harris County Law Library – Conference Center
    1019 Congress Avenue, 77002

    Moody Park Community Center
    3725 Fulton Street, 77009

    SPJST Lodge #88
    1435 Beall Street, 77008

    Trini Mendenhall Community Center
    1414 Wirt Road, 77055

    The Grand Tuscany Hotel
    12801 Northwest Freeway, 77040

    Election Day: Tuesday, January 28

    In 2017, the Dodgers won 104 games and Cleveland 102. In 2018, Boston won 108 and the Yankees 100. Last season, the Dodgers won 106, Yankees 103 and the Twins 101 of course.

    Go vote or tell your family, friends or co-workers who live in #HD 28 or HD 148 to go vote, please.

  • On Becoming a Joke
    January 20, 2020

    Have a wonderful MLK Day!

    Dusty Baker is being interviewed for the skipper position today. Baker made his MLB debut with The ATL on September 7, 1968. Care to guess who he played against that day?

    Chron columnist Erica Grieder tweeted this earlier in the morning:

    Considering the possibility that Dems could get caught sleeping on #HD148

    I get it. The #TXHD148SpecialRunoffElection is getting totally overlooked by the punditry class. The #TXHD28SpecialRunoffElection is getting all the attention. We are certainly not laying out what we are doing other than Anne Eastman tweeting her thing.

    I would gladly visit with Ms. Grieder if she were to call and I would gladly answer what I could about campaign stuff.

    BTW: Early Voting in Person begins tomorrow.

    The Astros had their fan fest this past Saturday and about 10,000 or so fans showed up. The local media was there and asked Alex Bregman about the cheating scandal and here is from yesterday’s Chron:

    “The commissioner made his report, made his decision, the Astros made their decision and no further comment on it,” Bregman said.

    And this:

    In response to a deluge of questions, Bregman offered six other variations of his initial statement. “The commissioner made his report,” he said.

    What a joke.

    The team is already becoming a national joke and now Bregman acts like that. Dude, we want to support you but don’t start acting like a joke.

    He was in front of the local friendly media. Just wait until the national media types start asking questions in person on why you cheated. Get it done with, please.

    This is going to be with us all season long. They got caught. The owner has admitted it. It is time for the players to atone. Nothing less is acceptable.

    Don’t become a joke in my book.

    Here is from Texas Monthly:

    Monthly median housing costs in Houston in 2016 (the most recent year data was available) were $1,379, nearly $400 less than New York City. However, median transportation costs were $1,152, a figure 38 percent higher than for New Yorkers. In total, the study found, living in Houston was only $79 cheaper each month than New York.

    Here is the entire read: https://www.texasmonthly.com/news/houston-affordability-transportation-costs/.

    That is not news to Commentary.

    On September 7, 1968, Dusty Baker made his MLB with The ATL against the Astros of course.

    He would be a good skipper.