The Fifth of July

Wow! Just in from the Trib:

U.S. Rep. Colin Allred, D-Dallas, raised nearly $6.2 million in roughly the first two months of his campaign against U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. He also transferred an additional $2.4 million from his House campaign account.

The numbers, first shared with The Texas Tribune, mean Allred will report about $8.6 million in total receipts between when he launched his Senate campaign on May 3 and the end of the second quarter, which was June 30. His campaign previously announced raising over $2 million in its first 36 hours.

Allred’s second-quarter fundraising cements his formidability as a fundraiser. Cruz’s last Democratic opponent, Beto O’Rourke, was a fundraising juggernaut at the height of the race, but it took him his first three fundraising quarters — nine months — to raise the $6.2 million that Allred collected in 59 days.

Here is the entire read: U.S. Rep. Colin Allred raises $6.2 million in first 2 months of Senate race | The Texas Tribune.



There is a lengthy story on the City of H-Town and spending on drainage projects. Here is one paragraph from the piece:

In 2010, Houston voters took action to try to reduce flooding. Instead of taking out debt to finance each road or drainage project, they approved a plan to set aside about a fifth of the city’s annual property taxes into a dedicated fund and added a new drainage fee to residents’ monthly water bills. 

The drainage fee is collected quarterly.

Here is the entire read: Why some critics say Houston shorted drainage projects by $420M (


The John Whitmire for Mayor Campaign had entries in the Kingwood and Lindale Park Fourth of July Parades yesterday. Commentary was at the Lindale Park Parade.  There were a lot of folks along the parade route.  Probably close to 3,000 down Irvington Boulevard.  The featured photo is from the Lindale Park Parade.


Crooked AG Ken Paxton won’t testify at his Texas State Senate impeachment trial. His attorney, Tony Buzbee, broke the news a couple of nights ago. Commentary is not going to sweat this. When the Texas House brought in ringers like Rusty Hardin and Dick DeGuerin, it kind of upped the game so to speak.  I don’t blame Paxton for not taking the stand.


Jose Altuve was scratched from yesterday’s lineup. We will know today how bad he is dinged up.

Kyle Tucker was added to the AL All Star team. 

The team won yesterday and wrap up the two-game series with the Rockies this afternoon.

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