Thursday, December 29, 2005
Campaign Filing Update on Ron Paul and Tom Delay
With the Monday, Jan 2nd filing deadline fast approaching, there has been some movement in the local congressional filings:
According to a fellow conservative blogger Chris Elam, Len Waterworth has officially withdrawn as a candidate against Congressman Ron Paul for the 14th CD which includes most of the Galveston County portion of League City.
And the Houston Press has done a story about attorney Tom Campbell, who is the third candidate to challenge Congressman Tom Delay in the Republican primary for the 22nd CD, which includes the rest of the Galveston Country portion of League City and the Harris County section of League City.
Monday, December 26, 2005
Will Congressman Tom Delay keep his seat in CD 22??
For the record, and thanks to local Dem Chris Mallios, Delay actually has some of League City in CD 22. Galveston County Pct 482, near FM 517 and McFarland Road and Harris County Pct 455, the Clear Creek shores neighborhood near Challenger 7 Park are in CD 22.
Two candidates have filed against Delay in the Republican primary: Mike Fjetland and Pat Baig.
Former congressman, and current liberal, Nick Lampson has filed for the seat for the Dems.
Local League City realtor, Larry “The Dirt Merchant” Corona has even gone do far as to accept my wager of a Perry’s Grille pork chop if Nick Lampson, the poster boy for the Hollywood and New York liberals like U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer and Ted Kennedy, defeats Congressman Delay.
Lampson is so far out of the mainstream for Texans, especially in the 22nd congressional district, that I almost feel like I am taking advantage of Larry; but I’ll get over it.
Larry, all I have to say is; I like my pork chop well done, herb crusted, and lightly glazed.
See you in November!!
Who should be responsible for rebuilding New Orleans??
Behold The Silver Lining
If anything good has come out of Hurricane Katrina, it’s that I now know I don't have to worry about anything.Here I always thought that if my house was flooded or damaged that I was just on my own, but now I know that the city, the state and the federal government are responsible for me.They will take me away from the floods, give me money, give me a place to stay and even rebuild my house for me.And people complain about the good old U.S.A. What a wonderful place to live. I agree with many people on the right and left who said that the hurricane was a natural disaster and the flawed response was a man-made disaster.
I think there is enough blame to go around starting with Mayor Ray “I can’t stop the buses from flooding” Nagin and Governor Mary “It’s not my fault” Blanco. FEMA missed the boat and the Director was rightfully fired.
Even President Bush slipped into the trap of thinking that you can spend first and ask questions later by authorizing FEMA to give out $2,000 debit cards to evacuees with little or no financial accountability.
But all of that misses two key points:
1. - If you build a house in a flood zone and don’t buy flood insurance, why should I as a taxpayer rebuild your house? What responsibility do you have to insure your own home? And why should I assume the risk of you not insuring your home??
2. - After what has happened, why are we using my tax money to rebuild your house in the same flood zone with levees that won’t protect you from the same risk?Somebody once said that the definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over again expecting different results. Maybe it’s really a definition of Louisiana liberalism run amuck. Either way, it’s also bad public policy.
Saturday, December 24, 2005
CCISD High School #6
No location has been picked, but according The Citizen early indications are that HS 6 will be a smaller campus (1600 students) designed for gifted and talented students to earn college credit and even an associate's degree while in high school.
There will be no athletics or band, so the focus will be on academics.
Early planning, public disclosure, and a back to basics philosophy; that's a public school concept a conservative can love.
How did League City Mayor Shults and the City Council do in their first 6 months in office?
I think there is clearly work to be done, but the Council is no longer fodder for the news and that is a good thing. Interim senior staff positions are being replaced by a permanent leadership team. Council meetings are shorter, more civil and professional, and more effective. Morale at City Hall is up and Mayor Shults and the Council are working together to make appointments to boards and commissions, which had stalled completely during the last 6 months of the previous administration.
We are better off now than we were 6 months ago and we will be better off 6 months from now than we are today. It's a process and reasonable people may disagree over the pace, or the priorities of the administration, but the Mayor and Council are tackling some tough issues (leftover from previous administrations, I might add) and moving League City forward.