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  1. Unless anybody has been living under rocks, the 2019 campaign for Houston, TX Mayor just got kick-started..... Prominent Houston attorney Tony Buzbee has announced his candidacy for the Bayou City's top job. Buzbee was also the legal counsel for then-TX Governor (now US Energy Secretary) Rick Perry in 2014 after Perry was indicted on 2 felony counts. In 2009, Buzbee won the largest jury verdict against BP in history. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University: where he was a member of the Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets (where he served as Battalion Commander) & was named Distinguished Naval Graduate, Distinguished Student, Outstanding NROTC Senior & Outstanding Commander in the Corps of Cadets. Following graduating from TAMU, Buzbee served as Marine Corps infantry officer in the Persian Gulf & Somalia. He commanded the Recon Company of the First Marine Regiment, awarded the Naval Commendation Medal & was promoted to the rank of Captain. https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2018/11/07/mayor-turner-tony-buzbee-sound-off-on-houstons.html https://abc13.com/politics/prominent-attorney-tony-buzbee-to-run-for-mayor-of-houston/4603317/ https://www.texastribune.org/2018/10/31/prominent-attorney-tony-buzbee-says-hes-running-houston-mayor/ Besides Buzbee & Houston, TX Mayor Sylvester Turner (D), who's seeking reelection., there's also the possibility of former Kemah, TX Mayor Bill King (R) seeking a rematch against Turner. Any thoughts on Buzbee running for Houston Mayor & how do you think he'll do ?
  2. In a surprise to nobody, former Houston City Councilwoman At-Large 2 Sue Lovell (D) jumped into the crowded campaign for Houston Mayor, some think she might take more progressive votes away from incumbent Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (D) in November. Any thoughts on how Lovell's entry will impact the overall contest ? https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Former-Houston-councilwoman-Sue-Lovell-running-14063773.php https://theleadernews.com/lovell-running-for-mayor/
  3. Ch. 13 KTRK-TV Houston has reported that Houston City Councilman Larry Green (D) of District K since 2012, was found dead at his residence this morning according to HPD. He was 52 years old. According to HPD, a missed meeting had people concerned & welfare check at the Green residence, where they found him. It appears that Green died of natural causes. HPD says that Green's death remains under investigation, but there appeared to be no foul play. He was first elected to the newly-formed District K in 2011, which serves from the edge of the TX Medical Center to the portion of Houston within Fort Bend County. He was sworn into office on January 2nd, 2012 & was reelected in 2013 & 2015, which included the first 4-year term when Green won his 3rd & final term of office. During his 1st term on the Houston City Council, Green brought more than $20 million worth of economic development projects to his district, which includes the Houston police station & street construction & repairs. He also pushed to see that women-owned businesses were included into Houston's affirmative action contracting program. Green earned his BA in Political Science from the University of Houston & JD from the Thurgood Marshall Law School of TX Southern University. He was also a member of the Greater Houston Partnership, a former Board Trustee of Brentwood Baptist Church; board member of the TX Black Expo & College of Science & Technology Advisory Board at TX Southern University. http://abc13.com/politics/houston-council-member-larry-green-dies-at-52/3182154/ http://www.houstontx.gov/council/k/about.html
  4. Following the immediate resignation of Darian Ward as Press Secretary, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (D) announced former NBC 2 KPRC-TV Houston Reporter Mary Benton will be named the interim Press Secretary. Thoughts on this news development ? https://mikemcguff.blogspot.com/2018/01/mayor-turner-names-mary-benton-interim-press-secretary.html?m=1 PS: Darian Ward used to be with FOX 26 KRIV-TV Houston for many years.
  5. The revolving door from Capitol Hill continues.... US Rep. Gene Green (D-TX), who has represented the 29th Congressional District since 1993, announced he will not be seeking reelection to another term in 2018, ending almost 46 years of public service. He previously served in the TX State Senate in the 6th District from 1985 until his election to Congress in 1992 & the TX House of Representatives in the 95th & 140th Districts from 1973 to 1985. This will open the doors for several ambitious politicos, could we see former Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia (D) running for this US House seat again ? https://www.texastribune.org/2017/11/13/us-rep-gene-green-democrat-retire-congress/
  6. The Houston Chronicle reported that the TX Supreme Court's decision this week on Houston's 2015 Term Limits Referendum all but ensures voters of the Space City will NOT be seeing the November Mayoral elections that the plaintiffs were hoping to see badly. The TX Supreme Court on Monday, denied plaintiffs' attempts to expedite their case challenging the ballot language that lengthened citywide officeholders' terms from 3 2-year terms to 2 4-year terms back in the November 3rd, 2015 elections, making it unlikely the matter will be resolved before the state's August 21st deadline to ordering a fall election. Instead, the case is being repositioned to return to trial court for a hearing on whether the wording on the city's Proposition 2 authorizing 2 4-year terms instead of 3 2-year terms (which was originally put in place back in 1991), was too obscure. "There's no way," Austin election lawyer Buck Wood said. "I don't see any way that they're going to get any final order in time for the filing deadline." Plaintiffs' attorney Erick Dick (who ran unsuccessfully for Mayor), conceded the timing makes a November Mayoral election unlikely. "But I don't think it's impossible," Dick added, saying he plans to ask the TX Supreme Court to reconsider it's decision. The TX First Court of Appeals sided with Dick in January on a procedural issue, but the trial court has yet to consider the substance of the case. http://www.chron.com/news/politics/houston/article/Attorney-No-way-term-limits-case-forces-11397494.php http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/article/City-loses-appeal-on-procedural-challenge-to-term-10854478.php Like to hear your thoughts on these developments considering those, who were part of the 1991 Term Limits Initiative, are hell-bent on going back to the Status Quo & if their efforts will be successful.
  7. It's not too early to discuss who's going to run for which political office in the Space City, will we see a rematch between Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (D) & former Kemah, TX Mayor Bill King [R] in 2019 ? A.) YES B.) NO
  8. Will the Pension Reform Plan pushed aggressively by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (D) get passed by the TX Legislature ? A.) YES B.) NO http://abc13.com/politics/mayor-warns-of-massive-layoffs-if-pension-plan-fails/1919766/
  9. In the hotly-contested campaign for Harris County DA between incumbent Devon Anderson [R], who seeking a 1st full 4-year term & her challenger, Kim Ogg (D), this campaign has gone completely nasty in the last several months with non-stop negative TV advertising with vicious accusations against each other. The debates & forums have gotten out of hand too including dueling press conferences with who lied, etc., Who wins this office on November 8th ? A.) Harris County DA Devon Anderson [R-Incumbent] B.) Kim Ogg (D)
  10. In the wake of 16 people hospitalized from overdoses of synthetic cannabinoids known as Kush or K2, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has vowed to "take back our parks" by bulking up police presence there & in other "hot spots" across citywide. Turner had announced on Thursday an "aggressive plan" in creating a 50-person downtown police patrol division, the transfer of about 175 officers to patrol beats, an overtime program to add roving bike & golf-cart patrols in city parks & the hiring of 13 park rangers. "They are scaring away families & taxing our emergency medical services with their calls for help when they overdose," Turner said. "We can't have people smoking Kush & passing out just feet from where our children are playing." http://abc13.com/news/houston-mayor-takes-aim-at-citys-kush-epidemic/1407870/
  11. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (D) unveiled the preliminary General Fund budget, his office said this would close a $160 million budget gap that his predecessor, former Mayor Annise Parker (D) left him when he took office on January 4th! http://abc13.com/news/mayor-turners-budget-plan-includes-job-cuts/1292967/ Thoughts on Turner's budgeting plans ?
  12. Houston Police Department Chief Charles McClelland announced his retirement after 6 years of leading the department & 39 years of service with the Houston Police Department. Mayor Sylvester Turner (D) is expected to appoint a replacement: whether the replacement will be someone inside HPD or outside in terms of national remains to be seen! http://www.click2houston.com/news/houston-police-chief-charles-mcclelland-retiring Reaction on McClelland's retirement & who do you think will replace him as HPD Chief!
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