By Marc Campos

Trans This!

Dem State Rep Carol Alvarado’s bill on banning trans fats from restaurants in the Lone Star State is featured in today’s Chron editorial. Check it out. Way to go Carol!

City Controller and Mayoral candidate Annise Parker announced the “Hire Houston First policy to encourage the hiring of Houston residents for taxpayer-funded projects and give a preference to Houston firms seeking city contracts.”

She said: “The city would award bonus points in the evaluation process to proposals meeting local hiring goals.”

She also said: “In these tough times our leaders should be doing everything we can to create new jobs and keep Houstonians working.”

Next thing you know, someone is going to come up with the idea of making sure city employees that live in H-Town also get bonus points. Like why don’t we make city employees that get a taxpayer pay check live in H-Town.

Hire Houston First sounds like a good idea but what happens if neighboring burgs do the same thing like Sugar Land, Pearland, Pasadena – you get the point – and it hurts H-Town businesses trying to get gigs with other cities. We’re all in this economic mess together. I just don’t think it is worth the hassle if a firm with some of the crew living in Webster or Missouri City does City of H-Town work. Critics will probably argue that these folks and firms do come into town and spend their buckos at our establishments and we collect a part of the sales tax – you get the picture. I don’t think we need to stir this up.

Speaking of, why don’t we give out bonus votes to the mayoral campaigns for having campaign team members that are from H-Town and delete bonus votes if team members are from outside of H-Town? I wonder who would come out on top or bottom.

CNN boasts of having the best political team on the air. Why are their two Latino political team members both GOPers? Aren’t there any Latino Dem potential taking heads in D.C.? You can’t tell me there isn’t a Commentary type inside the Beltway.

One of the CNBC financial talking heads dissed John Stewart last week so Stewart has been nailing CNBC financial talking heads for their bad calls before and during the current financial meltdown. When are we going to finally conclude that financial TV shows are right down there with reality TV?

Commentary is not at all worried bout the fact that the ‘Stros have just won one game in the Grapefruit League because Opening Day is still 27 days away.

March 10, 2009 9:00AM

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