It has been sad to witness the decline and fall of Bill King. In 2015 TCR supported Bill as the better choice for Mayor. Unfortunately he lost. Bill eagerly sought our endorsement and he was glad to receive our endorsement then. He also sought our endorsement this year.
In 2019, we studied the field for Mayor of Houston understanding that the incumbent Sylvester Turner needs to be defeated due to the totally unacceptable way he has served. Quite frankly, the city cannot survive four more years of the Turner trainwreck. After reviewing the state of the race, the only candidate who we believe can defeat Turner is Tony Buzbee. King is mired in the low teens in recent polls with no momentum.
We published our 2019 Mayoral Election Preview recently, which factually details the three major mayoral candidates. None of that content has been contested by anyone.
King has sent out an email attacking TCR and your editor clearly misrepresenting the facts in an attempt to attack Tony Buzbee based on who is supporting him. So your editor is attacked for representing a client seven years ago and being part of the team that settled with the City. He also claims TCR endorsed Annise Parker for Mayor in 2009. It is unfortunate Mr. King has his facts wrong.
The representation of the client King refers to ended long before the November 2013 settlement. As for Mayor Parker here are the real facts: based on our conservative questionnaire in 2009 - Annise Parker was tied with some minor candidates as the most fiscally conservative candidate. Gene Locke was not even close. At no time did TCR endorse Annise Parker. We merely reported the results of our questionnaire. This particular issue from 2009, can be found on our website.
What is most significant is that Bill King has taken the time and effort to attack us but never challenged any of the facts detailed in our article analyzing his background. As to his attacks on TCR, he is flatly wrong.
Finally, when a candidate attacks a third party non-candidate, it tells you that any vote for them is wasted, as the campaign has imploded. Bill King is at this point a distraction from the coming main event, Buzbee v. Turner in the runoff.
It has become clear that voters should vote for Tony Buzbee. He is the only candidate who can defeat Turner and change the current incompetent and corrupt City Hall.
The Houston Mayor's Race 2019
Is All About Turner's Record
Don't be confused by the attacks by Sylvester Turner's campaign on his key opponents. This race for re-election is solely about his track record. As detailed in the special edition of Texas Conservative Review, mailed in Houston and available online, Turner's track record is an embarrassing failure.
In every critical area the City is dealing with, Turner has failed flood control, street repair and mobility, homelessness and crime, while at the same time being involved in a historical level of corruption.
Simply put, Houston cannot afford four more years of Turner's destructive so-called "leadership."
If Elizabeth Warren And Bernie Sanders
Get Their Way For Nationalized Medicine,
Here Comes The Waiting
Last week, Senator Bernie Sanders went for surgery to place two stents in his heart to deal with an artery blockage. He should recover, but what is important to note is how long Sanders would've waited for the surgery if he lived in a country with "Medicare for All," which is called in England the National Health Service (NHS) or socialized medicine in Canada.
The wait in England, from assessment to treatment is an incredible 55.3 days, better than Canada with 80 days. Other socialized medicare programs in Norway, Finland or Sweden all have significant waits. For Sanders the wait was about a day! He was lucky we haven't adopted his and Warren's dangerous socialized Medicare plan.
Clint Moore RIP
Conservatives lost two giants last week. Clint Moore, key conservative leader in the Harris County Republican Party as a Senatorial District Chair and as a long-time member of the State Republican Executive Committee. A personal note, Clint was a key part of our team when your Editor led the Harris County Republican Party for three terms. That era was, for Republicans, the most dominant one of modern times. We lost a great conservative at age 63.
Bob Lemer RIP
We also lost Bob Lemer. Bob was a terrific accountant who devoted his retirement years to evaluate fraud and waste abuse in local government budgets. He was always accurate and correct. He served as Chairman of Citizens for Public Accountability. He was 91. Too bad he wasn't listened to as much as he should've been.
Daryl Morey Tweets About Hong Kong And The
NBA And Affiliated Business Swoon For China
Houston Rockets G.M. Daryl Morey tweeted about support for the protesters in Hong Kong seeking freedom and LeBron James, the NBA, Nike, media Democrats, etc., all were condemning him, supporting the communist Chinese, and opposing free speech.
This is the same group that was against and for boycotting North Carolina due to its bathroom law (no men in women's bathrooms) in the name of equality, tolerance and mutual respect.
Let's be clear, this is about a potential 1.2 billion customers in China and the money it brings. Vladimir Lenin, the original communist dictator in Russia said, "Capitalists will sell us the rope which we will hang them with."
Daryl Morey tells it like it is and should be applauded for his courageous effort to speak the truth about Hong Kong. The rest should be ashamed and owe the freedom loving people of the world an apology.
Coming Soon: Election Guide For Houston, Bellaire And Related Races And Our Advice
On Constitutional Amendments For Texas
Be on the lookout for TCR's 2019 Voter's Guide. Prepared as a public service since 2002.
Two Important Stories Not About Trump
By Bruce Bialosky, Contributing Editor
When our President is not sucking up all the oxygen in the country, his political opponents are creating a hysteria that they tell us will be the end of him that turns out to be a big pile of cow dung. That leaves little room for the remaining stories of interest that have major effects on our lives. They are basically ignored because of the glow going elsewhere. Let's spend some time on two issues that deserve some of that glow.
The first story is the medical episode that Senator Bernie Sanders had last week. We were told he had stents put in around his heart. Then we found out he had a heart attack. We were not told how much damage was sustained by his heart as a result of the attack. It may be miniscule or possibly more concerning. I am sure we all wish him good health and a long life in one of his three houses far away from our political system eating lots of beef now that it has been taken off the deadly killer list.
As someone who had three stents put in my main artery and surrounding parts of my heart which had no damage, I can testify that it is not a big deal medically. With capable medical help I was in and out of the hospital in seven hours and went to work the next day under direction from the surgeon. It is quite phenomenal, especially for us lay people who know nothing about this kind of stuff.
The important story is that Senator Sanders - who wants all of us on government-run health care - was whipped into an operating room and had a procedure that may not only have saved his life, but likely prolonged it for many years.
The entire incident gave me a good chuckle. Some might wonder why anyone would be amused by something like this. Because here was Mr. Sanders as the living, breathing proof we should never have government-run health care like his examples Canada or Great Britain. The American medical system saved his life with virtually no risk. He did not have to sit around for hours or days because there were not adequate facilities or personnel to handle the emergency care he needed. Our system treated it as a medical emergency not controlled by a faceless government bureaucrat.
There are plenty of confirmations that it could have been otherwise elsewhere under government run health care. A 2013 analysis showed that the death rates for patients with congestive heart failure was three times higher in Great Britain than the U.S. Senator, please retire but you might not want to cross over to Canada to experience their medical system - the one you have been touting.
One caveat. The elite will always get the medical care in whatever system they design. We want to see that you get the same care that Senator Sanders did so your life would likewise be saved.
The next story centers more on the false take that occurred from it. California lawmakers enacted a law that begins in 2023 allowing college athletes to earn compensation for use of their likeness, sign endorsement deals and hire an agent. This bill is exactly why California government is dysfunctional as they always have the wrong solution for a problem.
I have written on this subject a few times. Here is one https://townhall.com/columnists/brucebialosky/2011/07/25/is-the-ncaa-anti-male-n935340
where I call the NCAA racist for their policy of producing revenues on two sports populated predominately with black athletes (football and men's basketball) and using that to fund all the white athlete sports. I have supported pay for these black athletes for years as they produce billions in revenue and don't even have adequate funds to go out on a date and buy a pizza.
The solution is to take the revenue that the universities generate and pay a stipend or a salary to the students producing it. The new law does not address that. It says if an athlete can get someone else to pay them money if they can have it, but don't look to the colleges raking in the money. What a stupendously abysmal idea.
Our grossly foolish Governor Newsom made this statement, "Collegiate student athletes put everything on the line - their physical health, future career prospects and years of their lives to compete. Colleges reap billions from these student athletes' sacrifices and success but, in the same breath, block them from earning a single dollar. That's a bankrupt model - one that puts institutions ahead of the students they are supposed to serve. It needs to be disrupted."
He says the right thing, actually an excellent statement, about the student athletes and then he signs a law that they should go find their money from someone else.
Here are a few of the problems with that:
1. The athletes are cut off from getting endorsements from the main suspects – shoe and clothing suppliers like Nike, Under Armour and Adidas. Their teams already have an endorsement deal in place so they cannot negotiate in an open market. They can only sign with the outfit the college already has a deal with because the athletes are wearing that gear.
2. Which football players are going to get deals which generate the most revenue? You know – the quarterback, running backs and receivers. How many hogs (down linemen) are going to get a nickel of income? This could create tremendous dissension within the teams as the few will make off while the many still get nothing except their "education" and prayers for a pro career.
3. Graft – What is to stop these starving students from being bribed? You can say that could happen in any sport, but in professional sports everyone gets paid with pretty decent minimums unless you are trying to make it on the golf tour.
This is a charade composed by a group of people who never did a real business deal (California Legislature) and signed by another one who has almost no clue either – Governor Newsom. They did not want to upset the people raking in millions on the backs of the athletes, but they are do-gooders and thought they could come up with a plan. This one isn't even half-baked.
What needs to be done is the college athletes who produce the revenue - football and basketball players, many from financially challenged black families - need to get, in addition to their free education of dubious value, a real cash stipend of say $25,000 or more a year and comprehensive medical care for any injuries incurred while playing and for the duration of the injury. It might mean the university will have to cut a few white diversity administrators, but then this would be a real act of diversity.
The fact that this law has not been roundly rejected as the laughable plan it is shows how ingrained this racist practice has become. Even LeBron fell for this garbage.
See, there are things of importance other than Trump and those screaming ninnies.
Bruce Bialosky is the founder of the Republican Jewish Coalition of California and a former Presidential appointee. You can follow Bruce on Twitter @brucebialosky.
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About Your Editor
10-11-19 - The 116th U.S. Congress includes interviews with Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia, for Texas 29th Congressional District (D- Houston); and Congressman Randy Weber for Texas 14th Congressional District (R-Friendswood).
Gary Polland is a long-time conservative and Republican spokesman, fund-raiser, and leader who completed three terms as the Harris County Republican Chairman. During his three terms, Gary was described as the most successful county Chairman in America by Human Events - The National Conservative Weekly. He is in his twenty-second year of editing a newsletter dealing with key conservative and Republican issues. The last eighteen years he has edited Texas Conservative Review. As a public service for the last 16 years, Gary has published election guides for the GOP primary, general elections and city elections, all with the purpose of assisting conservative candidates. Gary is also in his 18th year of co-hosting Red, White and Blue on Houston Public Media TV 8 PBS Houston, longest running political talk show in Texas history. Gary serves on the Board of Directors of American Values, a national pro-family, pro-faith, conservative organization supporting the unity of the American people around the vision of our founding fathers and dedicated to reminding the public of the conservative principles fundamental to the survival of our nation. Gary is a practicing attorney and strategic consultant. He can be reached at (713) 621-6335.