Jill’s Journey

The featured photo is Jill Martin of Today, her doctor, Dr. Elisa Port, and Savannah and Hoda. In heartbreaking news, Jill announced this morning that she has breast cancer and will be undergoing a double mastectomy later this week.

Here is what Jill posted this morning:

Honestly, I am doing OK. I have a loving husband, amazing family and friends and an incredible support system. I have my head on straight and know exactly what needs to be done. Am I scared? Of course. Who wouldn’t be? But I know cancer has nothing on me. We lost my incredible grandmother to this disease because the science wasn’t there. But it is now, and I will know she is with me all the way. 

I admit I teared up watching Jill tell her story on live TV this morning. I wish Jill the best on her journey.


The Houston LGBTQ+ Political Caucus held a H-Town mayoral forum this past Saturday.  Sen. John Whitmire reminded those in attendance about his steadfast support of the LGBTQ+ community.

I am certain that some folks were surprised to hear that 30 years ago in the legislature, Sen. Whitmire had the Texas Senate remove Section 21.06 from the Texas Penal Code. Sec. 21.06 is a Class C misdemeanor and here is the language:

“A person commits an offense if he engages in deviate sexual intercourse with another individual of the same sex.”

in 1993, Sen. John Whitmire was the architect of sweeping criminal justice reforms. SB 1067 by Sen. Whitmire included a provision to remove Sec. 21.06 of the Texas Penal Code.  The bill with Sec. 21.06 eliminated passed the Texas Senate. In 1993, the Texas Senate included 18 Democrats and 13 Republicans.

Texas House members threatened to kill the entire criminal justice reform bill if Sec. 21.06 was removed. The House at the time was 91 Democrat and 59 Republicans.  Sec. 21.06 stayed in the bill.

In 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court issued Lawrence v Texas which ruled that Sec. 21.06 was unconstitutional. The language in 21.06 is still in the Texas Penal Code.

Now you know.


The campaign contribution and expenditure reports are due today. Stay tuned.


We lost a close game that we should have won Saturday night in Anaheim.  We won a close game last night that I thought we were going to lose. We have today off then play tomorrow night in Denver.

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