By Marc Campos

The Statewide Democratic Field

By Marc Campos

Two Houston lawyers have emerged as statewide Democratic candidates for the 2006 general election.

Barbara Radnofsky, a partner at Vinson and Elkins, is campaigning throughout the state for the Democratic Party's U.S. Senate nomination.

Former congressman Chris Bell is campaigning for the Party's gubernatorial nomination. Bell has created an exploratory committee and has set up shop in Austin. (There is a Kristen Mack story on Bell in today's Chron.)

Both Radnofsky and Bell are getting encouragement and significant support.

Commentary has not picked up signs that other Democrats are considering jumping into the statewide pool any time soon. That's too bad. It would be nice to have a Latino and African American on the statewide Dem ticket. It would not bode well for Dems if they have a colorless ticket in light of the fact that GOP Congressman Henry Bonilla could very well be the Repub U.S. Senate nominee.

If U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutcheson runs for governor, Bonilla is in. He has apparently lined up commitments from some of his GOP congressional colleagues from Texas.

Let's hope the Dems are not gun shy about statewide prospects in 2006.

It wasn't even close. 109 to 30 was the vote in support of the anti red light camera bill in the Texas House of Representatives yesterday. That's pretty strong. The bill now has the "Big Mo" going over to the Senate. If the City of Houston has any tricks up their sleeve, now is the time to use them.

In today's Chron, there is an editorial that blisters Harris County GOP Chair Jared Woodchip for his poorly planned effort to inject partisan politics into Houston City Hall. There are also four letters to the editor against Woodchip's failed initiative. Dude, if you are going to inject partisan politics, pick a better issue. Dude says, "We’re looking for council members who are going to stand up for conservative values". How does the Safe Clear freeway towing program figure into this thinking? Hey, that looks like a conservative value flat tire. Because of my conservative values, I ran out of gas on the freeway. Hey wrecker driver, make sure my car gets towed to a conservative value storage lot. Dude has a lot of 'splaining to do.

More on the Academy Awards. Memorable Best Song Losses: 1938 - "Jeepers Creepers" to "Thanks For The Memory", 1965 - "What's New Pussycat" to "The Shadow Of Your Smile", 1966 - "Alfie" and "Georgy Girl" to "Born Free", 1984 - "Take A Look At Me Now" and "Ghostbusters" to "I Just Called To Say I Love You".

A movie that should have received a nomination in any category but was shut out - "Friday Night Lights".

February 25, 2005, 9:00AM

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