By Marc Campos

Latino Voters Go To Class

HISDNation needs to say a huge “muchas gracias” to Latino voters for supporting the HISD bonds. Commentary looked at the unofficial precinct by precinct returns – wow! The vote was overwhelming. 76% in favor in a Second Ward precinct, 71% in favor in a North Side box, 67% in a Denver Harbor box, and 77% in favor in a Magnolia precinct. Latino voters pulled HISDNation’s arse out of the fire on the HISD bond vote big time. This is one of the few times in the historia of local politics that the Latino vote has made this much of a difference in an election. I hope HISD and HISDNation remember this. I hope the local Latino groups like the Hispanic Chamber, LULAC and others take credit and even do a little crowing, because if they don’t, well, somebody else will. Next time HISD disses the Latino community, throw the election results back in their face – take that.

As we now move into the 2008 elections, maybe now local and statewide Dems will start recognizing the potential of the local Latino voter – maybe.

“Lost Ballparks” by Lawrence Ritter should be required reading for all local public officials and candidates that will be asked to give a take on the future of the Astrodome. There is a front page story in today’s Chron on what to do with the Dome. In America, the only thing that ever happens to out of use ballparks is a date with the wrecking ball or the dynamite stick. We need to come to grips with the fact that the Dome is history.

The Rodeo folks and the Texans don’t want the dome redeveloped, so will some elected or candidate please step forward with a sledge hammer and be the first to say goodbye.

I also looked at Council Member-Elect James Rodriguez’ precinct returns – pretty impressive.

Commentary will be involved in baseball activities this weekend thanks to Pam-In-Charge. I’ll try to have a full report first thing Monday.

November 9, 2007 9:00AM

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