Monday, June 11, 2007

Melissa Monday -- and Tuesday, then Saturday

My dear Boadicea, Warrior Queen (Google it):

With a hat tip to Kuff, I'll let John Whiteside at Blue Bayou do the heavy lifting, because he does it so well:
When there are just two candidates, the distinctions become clearer than when you've got a whole pack running.

Front-runner Noriega has behaved like a front-runner, with some get out the vote activities. Morales has, to be kind, stopped making a lot of sense. Before the first election, his focus seemed to be statements about dramatic property tax cuts (but not, as far as I was able to see, any details about what cuts to city services would make this possible). Now he's talking about "sanctuary."

What that means, of course, is the police department's policy of not asking everyone they encounter whether they are in the country illegally. It's a reasonable policy, and one that you will find in a number of large cities; aside from the drain on police time (a particular problem for our understaffed department), there are practical matters. Could you prove that you're in the country legally during a traffic stop? I couldn't. Think what would happen next would depend on your accent and skin tone? You bet.

The police department does, of course, cooperate with Homeland Security on immigration enforcement activities and DHS has had positive things to say about the relationship. This is not "sanctuary," which means protecting someone. If you're providing "sanctuary" you're not cooperating with the authorities trying to catch somebody.

Anytime you hear someone talk about "sanctuary" it's a sure sign that they are misinformed, or - in the case of a politician - bending the truth to stir people up.

Election day for the runoff is June 16, but the number of voting locations has collapsed, so it's going to be confusing.

Better to early vote at a convenient location.

2% turnout is being expected. That's approx 15,000 voters deciding this city council race in the fourth largest city in the country.

If you're a Houstonian, be one of the few, the proud, the actual voting public.

Vote early.

Vote for Melissa Noriega.

Vote with a friend.

Be one of the approx 7,501 deciders of this race.

You'll be glad you did.

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