Of 93,000 eligible voters, around 4,200 people showed up.
This despite the fact that at stake was the chance to add a second Hispanic to council. There is only one Hispanic on council despite the fact that something like 40% of our people in Houston are Hispanic.
Local bloggers Charles Kuffner and Marc Campos suggested an issue in the outcome of the race was the location of early voting centers.
Now in a narrow sense the location of the voting machines may have impacted the outcome of the race. But that is missing the larger story.
When you get 7% turnout the issue is not early voting locations, it is the fact that nobody cared about the election.
It’s a culture within the city as a whole that says who serves on City Council does not matter. It’s years of infighting within the Hispanic political class that have helped hold back the advancement of Hispanic political power.
It is campaigns that fail to motivate voters. It’s minority elected officials okay with low voter turnout because they can be elected every two years without real opposition.
It’s a Democratic Party as a whole that is content with how things are even as they count on strong minority support. It’s a Republican Party that has demonized people because they are different from most Republican voters.
After 11 years here, I’ve still yet to grasp the acceptance of the terrible turnout in our city elections. Mr. Kuffner does more than his bit to increase civic involvement and improve the quality of life in Houston. But as a general matter—and in many regards— it is remarkable what we accept in Houston as normal.
If you live in District H please consider these two candidates and vote in the runoff.
(Blogger’s Note 3/14/12—This policy has now been changed! You can now bring food and drink into Astros games.)
USA Today reports that the Houston Astros are the only team in Major League Baseball that does not allow fans to bring either food or water into the stadium. You have to buy the overpriced and often yucky stadium food.
( Above–None of these good-for-you apples would be permitted at the Houston Astros game. Here are many facts about apples. )
This despite the fact that the stadium the Astros play in was built in large part with taxpayer dollars.
From USA Today—
“Most teams don’t publicize it, but at least 21 of 30 major league clubs allow fans to bring some food and drink items to ballparks, according to a review of team websites. Another eight allows fans to bring their own bottled water. One, the Houston Astros, prohibits all outside food and drink.”
Please click here for the full story. The section about food and drink at stadiums is at the bottom.
(Below–Please consume your dried squid before attending the game.)
The price of food is high at the Astros’ games. Something like $4 for a water. $5 for a hot dog. You get the idea.
The Astros are the only team that can’t even allow you to bring in a bottle of water? They took the taxpayer money to build the stadium.
It would be very fan-friendly if the Astros would make some concession on the issue of concessions in this time of recession.
( Below–Deep fried giant water bugs are eaten in Thailand. You’ll have to finish that snack before your ticket is taken at an Astros game. Here is information about water bugs.)
I’m glad to announce I have joined the online group Democratic Women of Denton County.
This is a Facebook group run by the Denton County political activist and leader Judith Ford.
Above is my photo for when the annual handbook and yearbook of this group is published.
I’m radiant today.
Ms. Ford is my blogger friend and comrade. Some day she will visit Houston or I will visit Denton County and we will finally meet in-person.
Ms. Ford runs a blog serving her precinct —Precinct 224—and her county called Castle Hills Democrats.
Denton County is in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and has more than 600,000 people.
This will surprise you, but I am also a member of the Executive Women’s Golf Association of Seattle.
I’m a member of Chicago Women In Publishing.
I’m a member of Rural Women in New Zealand.
From the New Zealand group—
“Rural Women New Zealand serves women of all ages who share an interest in rural life. We offer support and friendship for women with an interest in the land and rural issues. Rural Women New Zealand is a leading voice for rural women and we make submissions on a wide range of topics affecting the rural sector. Rural Women New Zealand is an organisation with an impressive history of making a difference in rural communities. We are constantly moving forward with new initiatives to suit women of all ages.”
I’m a member of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women.
And, of course, I’m an Alpha Kappa Alpha.
(Below–Wilberforce chapter of AKA from 1922.)