Mr. Dana Brown

Today is National Chocolate Cake Day. Yesterday was National Peanut Brittle Day.

From the oh, well department, see this from the Chron today:

The Democratic National Convention told Houston officials this week the city will not host Democrats’ national convention in 2024.

Mayor Sylvester Turner’s office confirmed Thursday that Houston no longer is in the running. The snub leaves New York City, Chicago and Atlanta vying to host the convention, which Democrats have estimated could bring more than $230 million in economic activity.

It would have been nice to see all the Democratic Party star power come to H-Town.


This is what the Whitmire Campaign for Mayor put out yesterday:

John Whitmire Receives Endorsement

From Gulf Coast AFL-CIO in Houston Mayor’s Race

Senator John Whitmire today expressed his gratitude for the endorsement of the Texas Gulf Coast Area Labor Foundation, AFL-CIO in the Houston mayor’s race.

“I am proud to receive the endorsement of the Texas Gulf Coast Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO,” said Senator Whitmire. “I will always stand up for Houston’s working families and fight for fair wages, workplace protections and dignity at work. Labor will have a seat at the table in my administration. When working people win, we all win.

“I’m ready to get to work for Houston and there is no better ally than the women and men of labor.”

Whitmire has represented Senate District 15 in the Texas Senate for the past 40 years, after serving ten years in the Texas House. He knows Houston is a great city, where its diverse population comes together to tackle tough issues. Whitmire wants to see the city reach its full potential by taking on the tough issues facing our city. Those issues include public safety, illegal dumping, homelessness, flooding and drainage, street repair and neighborhood traffic safety. He also wants to boost the morale of police and firefighters and let them know that Houston has their backs.


This was put out yesterday by the Gulf Coast Area Labor Foundation:

Gulf Coast AFL-CIO Announces Early Endorsement of John Whitmire for Houston


HOUSTON -Following a vote by union delegates, the Texas Gulf Coast Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO today announced their endorsement of John Whitmire for Houston Mayor.

Texas Gulf Coast Area Labor Federation Executive Director Hany Khalil said,“John Whitmire won his first race campaigning out of the Ceole Speight AFL-CIO hall in Houston, and he’s been a steadfast ally of labor ever since. Even though much has changed in the subsequent 50 years, John has been a labor champion in the Texas Senate and is a union member himself. We know John Whitmire will be a strong advocate for working families, and we’re proud to stand with him today.”

The Texas Gulf Coast Area Labor Federation has an extensive endorsement process, requiring all candidates seeking labor’s endorsement to fill out a detailed questionnaire, meet with unions, and answer challenging questions. For early endorsements, candidates are required to obtain the support of at least 80% of affiliated unions.


The Texas Gulf Coast Area Labor Federation (TGCALF), AFL-CIO unites the power of 95 unions across 13 counties to advocate for working families in the Texas Gulf Coast, including over 45,000 workersin Houston. We mobilize our members and community partners to demand a fair shot at better lives for all working people — regardless of the color of our skin, which country we come from, or whom we love. Learn more: 


This was put out by the Astros yesterday:

Last (Wednesday) night, the Astros were honored at the Houston Sports Awards to celebrate the 2022 championship season. Nominated for six of the awards, the Astros swept every category they were up for.

With Alex Bregman serving as the emcee for the night, Astros Owner and Chairman Jim Crane won Executive of the Year, Jose Altuve took home the Sportsmanship Award, and Astros legend Larry Dierker was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Astros also won the Moment of the Year for their World Series Championship, Dusty Baker won Coach of the Year, and Yordan Alvarez was named Athlete of the Year.


The headline in yesterday’s hard copy Chron Sports section:

Crane: No timeline on GM

We got us a GM. The Astros also put this out yesterday: 

Astros Owner and Chairman Jim Crane announced today that longtime baseball executive Dana Brown has been hired as the next General Manager of the Houston Astros.

Brown joins the Astros after spending the last four seasons with the Atlanta Braves organization as their Vice President, Scouting. In that role, he oversaw several successful drafts in which the Braves selected impact players. Brown played a large part in the Braves success in recent years, which includes five straight division titles and a 2021 World Series championship.

“We are excited to have Dana join our organization,” Crane stated. “He brings championship caliber experience to our team and is the right fit for us to continue to deliver a winning franchise on and off the field. We welcome Dana and his family to the Astros family.”

Crane is one heck of an operator. No timeline my arse. That’s funny.

Welcome to H-Town, Mr. Dana Brown!

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