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JP 1-2 Candidate Victor Lombraña Featured on Univision

The local Univision station did a short story on Victor Lombraña recently.

Victor is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1-Place 2 and is the son of Judge Julia Maldonado (507th Family Court), who will be a Dem candidate for the Supreme Court of Texas.

Lombraña lives with retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease that causes severe vision impairment. Despite the challenges, he has achieved much success in life professionally and personally as a husband and as a father of two boys. But one challenge he overcame was running the Aramco half-marathon this past weekend, which was the reason for the story.

I’ve known Victor for around ten years having worked on his Mom’s campaigns. He’s been an avid volunteer on her campaigns despite a busy career and home life. And he’s just a genuine, good-hearted, service-oriented person who would be an excellent JP.

The Chron told us in 2017 that he’s also a big Astros fan.

Victor’s in a six-way race, so it’ll be a busy race. I’ll be following his journey–a quick one as early voting is set to begin February 14th!

Kuff Interviews Precinct 4 Hopefuls

Thanks to Charles at OffTheKuff.com for interviewing those running for the Democratic nomination for Harris County Commissioner Precinct 4. The interviews are informative and allow one to get a feel for a candidate’s views without having to sit through a mass event, like a candidate forum during a pandemic.

Here’s the list of interviews in the order Kuff presented them:

Ben Chou, Harris County Commissioners Court Precinct 4
Ann Williams, Harris County Commissioners Court Precinct 4
Gina Calanni, Harris County Commissioners Court Precinct 4
Lesley Briones, Harris County Commissioners Court Precinct 4
Clarence Miller, Harris County Commissioners Court Precinct 4

Also, click here for all of the interviews he has done, thus far.

Tacho’s Sabado Playlist

As long as new music is released, my playlist will continue to grow, as will yours. Congrats to El Plan on the Tejano Latin Grammy they won. Still think La Fiebre and/or Ram Herrera should have won since they had original material, but I don’t make the Latin Grammy rules. I think they’re still made by the Estefans or something. Anyway…

South Texas Homies – Por Fin Decidi – STH dropped a new single which will be on their new album. If you want to know what kind of music STH plays, think of the original sound of the Hometown Boys. And we do need more acordeon-based conjuntos.

Mike Torres, Jr. Presents Trio Meets Tejano – Diganle (f/ Johnny Hernandez) – I had heard that my friends at NextGen Latinx Records were cooking up this album of trio-based tunes featuring classic songs performed by the original artists. This rendition of the Johnny Hernandez (y La Familia) classic in trio format blew my mind. Check out the whole album on YouTube, which features Ram Herrera, the late Jessy Serrata, and even Johnny’s brother, Joe.

Gabriel Zavala – Yo Te Adoro – Zavala is one of my favorite producers because he’s innovative, creative, and willing to take his productions to the next level. This cumbia is fire and #1 on Tejano Gold Countdown.

Ben Chou Files for Harris Commish Pct 4

We knew it would get busy in the newly redrawn Harris County Precinct 4 and we have another candidate with Ben Chou announcing his candidacy for Commish. Chou is an attorney with government experience. If elected, he would be the first Asian-American and openly gay person on the Commissioner’s Court.

Experienced in the community (he grew up in SW Houston), in DC (worked with Martin O’Malley and Nancy Pelosi), and in the local elections office defending democracy, Chou seems qualified to serve in the office of Commissioner.

From his announcement:

I’m a progressive Democrat, lawyer, and community organizer. I’m running for County Commissioner because I think we need to build a Harris County for all of our residents — one that centers our efforts around the pursuit of economic, racial, and environmental justice; a future we are proud to pass down to our kids.

I’m running because we can accomplish bold reforms while getting the basics done. We’ve got streets filled with potholes, sidewalks left broken for too long, and street lights that don’t turn on. Meanwhile flooding continues to plague our communities as small businesses and neighborhood safety teeter on the brink.

What’s happening in Texas today is appalling. Republicans have effectively banned abortion, are limiting what books can be taught in schools, and are trying to suppress the right to vote. That’s why this moment is so important. I’m running to bring the progressive, bold change needed to Harris County while also fighting back against Republican extremism.

We can’t afford to wait for change. We need leaders who embrace innovation and have a proven record of getting things done – now.

Chou’s priorities outline addressing neighborhood services, flooding and climate change, public safe and criminal justice reform, and democracy and voting rights. His priorities are buttressed by the statement, “We need to create a society where people do not merely support progressive change, but fight for it.”

That said, his endorsers include his former boss, Martin O’Malley, 2020 Pct 3 Commish candidate Diana Martinez Alexander (whom DC supported), former HCDP chair Lane Lewis, among several precinct chairs who reside in Precinct 4.

At this point, I’m taking in all of the information from whomever files before making a decision. So, I urge voters to take in all of the information, as well, before making a decision.

Tacho’s Sabado Playlist

It’s been a while, but here are a few new(ish) tunes to add to your playlist for the weekend. It’s traditional, eclectic, and diverse, so, enjoy!

Intocable – Te Voy A Amar – Intocable never ceases to amaze fans with their versatility and diversity in styles. This country-tinged tune and video (which seems to have been recorded at that old airplane hanger at Brooks City Base, SATX) is beautifully-written (by Ricky Munoz and Josue Contreras). Check it out!

Joshua Ray Walker – Sexy After Dark – I read an article about this guy and decided to check out his Americana styled music. Walker, from Dallas, is an excellent songwriter and guitarist who seems to meet the needs of some of their listeners with lyrics that are sometimes too real. Sexy After Dark just speaks to me, along with its big band sound.

Joshua Ray Walker – Canyon – Yes, a two-fer. Walker is already on his third album, but this tune is from an earlier one. It’s a live shot from Dallas. Another tune that reaches into your soul.

Joss Favela Gets A Turn at NPR Tiny Desk

Regional Mexican artist Joss Favela recently put on a 17-minute performance that was quite impressive on NPRs Tiny Desk Concert (at Home) series. It was a history-making performance as he was the first Regional Mexican artist to appear on Tiny Desk. Kudos to NPR for that effort.

Favela, from Sinaloa, MX, is a 30 year old composer, musician, and vocalist whose Latin Grammy-nominated music (Llegando Al Rancho) usually lands in the “banda” category as he is backed up by a Mexican horn band at his performances and on his albums, though he does take his music to the pop genre, too. By age 27, he had already been chosen as ASCAPs Songwriter of the Year. In fact, I didn’t know about him until Grupo Intocable recorded some of his tunes on their album, Percepcion. Soon, I found out his songs and videos had thousands and thousands of views and that he was in fact “a thing.” I’ve become a fan even though banda is not my thing.

This performance on NPR, though, took more of a Norteño pop feel as he belted out some of his popular hits backed by acoustic musicians, like Pienso En Ti and Me Vas A Extrañar. The former was originally recorded with pop star Becky G. My favorite is El Alumno. Favela’s guitar playing is also pretty impressive. Here’s his performance:

Rochelle Garza Announces for Texas Attorney General

The race for Texas Attorney General had a couple of active candidates in Joe Jaworski and Lee Merritt. They’ve been pressing the flesh and working the state of Texas for a few months. Yesterday, the race added another candidate with former ACLU lawyer Rochelle Garza announcing her candidacy. Here’s her intro video and it’s pretty good.

Garza hits on all the right issues, but also backs it up with experience. As an ACLU lawyer, she represented “Jane,” a 17 year-old immigrant who found out she was pregnant while in detention and wanted to exercise her right to an abortion. ACLU took on the Trump administration who wanted to force the young woman to remain pregnant and ultimately give birth, while Ken Paxton supported that effort. A federal judge ruled in favor of Jane.

As a sister to a brother injured at childbirth, she and her family took on a health care system that fell short to ensure her brother received the care they needed. It’s a story that many Texans experience everyday.

Check out Garza’s intro video. Check out her website. Her entry into the race certainly makes it a battle of regions as far as voter behavior goes. With a couple of months left to finally file, Garza will have to do some catch-up work, but can certainly get some attention in a short time.

Stay connected!

La Fiebre On the AC Cruz Podcast

The Monsters of Tejano Rock. The Pride of Pasadena. And now, the Latin Grammy-nominated. Those are a few descriptors for Tejano legends, La Fiebre.

Riding high with the release of their album, Historico, and a single that continues to top various Tejano charts, Cuidala, La Fiebre is getting ready attend the Latin Grammys later this year. The legendary radio personality and music promoter, AC Cruz, got them into his studio (virtually) for an interview.

Within a 30 minute platica, AC and Luis, Joe, Rudy and the guys go through some Tejano music history, La Fiebre’s start as a garage rock band, their 90s tours with other big name bands, and the story behind their biggest radio hit, Borracho De Besos. All this and more about their Latin Grammy-nominated album. Give it a listen here.

And make sure to listen to all of AC’s interviews, including talks with Abraham Quintanilla regarding his recent book.

Los Blogs de Tejas – TPA Round-Up

The Texas Progressive Alliance notes a freshness to the air now that the Lege is adjourned. That’s it, that’s the intro, now here’s the weekly roundup.

Off the Kuff warns about Greg Abbott’s pick for Secretary of State and his role in trying to overturn the 2020 election.

SocraticGadfly took note of Fauci’s latest anger, calling people who disagree with him conspiracy theorists, and from the left, wrote about Fauci’s self-inflicted mistakes. (And, this was before NIH said the US DID fund gain of function work at WIV, and Fauci’s puppies issue, which will be in a new post.)

Stace reminds us that we are in the middle of an election, which includes races and bonds in Alief ISD. Get out and vote!

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And here are some posts of interest from other Texas blogs.

Keep Austin Wonky shows how that city’s Proposition A will cost a lot more than its proponents suggest.

Space City Weather presents its official 2021-2022 winter outlook.

Texas Monthly reports on advances in pet cloning.

Karen Brooks Harper takes a closer look at public statements about vaccination rates.

The Texas Living Waters Project finds good news in Austin’s plans for its future water supply.

The Dallas Observer addresses a classic question about the band Bowling for Soup.

Harris Dems Respond to Pro-Migrant Protest

As I wrote last week, a group of pro-migrant groups protested at the HQ of the Harris County Democratic Party demanding they publicly support and join the demand for VP Kamala Harris and Congressional Dems to ignore the advice of the parliamentarian to not include portions of immigration reform in the budget reconciliation, thus including it in the reconciliation.

Although no one from within the doors of HCDP responded on the day of the protest, HCDP joined the groups this past week to agree that the parliamentary advice should be ignored and immigration reform be passed through the reconciliation bill.

Stated County Chair Odus Evbagahru:

“We have some friends here…. Last week, they came to our office; they were protesting & making sure that we’re living what we’re speaking & that we’re really intentional about that,” he said, welcoming reps from with Workers Defense Action Fund, Fiel Houston & Crecen.

“We need immigration reform now…. We can’t do it while our government is being obstructed. We’ve got to push…and we’ve got to push here at the local level. We’ve had these Parliamentarian rulings. We’ve had these filibusters that have been obstructing justice and obstructing progress. And we want to get rid of those because we know the importance of the lives at stake.”

We’ve got to make sure our voices are being heard; we’ve got to be sure that we are taking action and we’ve got to — as the Democratic Party — stand up and stand behind our folks who are asking for these actions to be delivered.”

President Joe Biden called for including an overhaul in the budget reconciliation originally, but it was suggested by the parliamentarian that it not be included as it would not have a budgetary impact as required by Senate rules. President Biden and Senate Dems are attempting to include some sort of immigration reform.

Mr. Biden’s plan would recapture hundreds of thousands of unused visas dating back to 1992 and protect millions of undocumented immigrants who have lived in the United States for years from deportation. It also includes $2.8 billion for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to more efficiently process migrants’ paperwork.

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Senate Democrats have embraced a backup plan to expand the Homeland Security secretary’s authority to grant a temporary status known as parole to undocumented immigrants who have lived in the country for a decade, providing them with work permits and shielding them from deportation. The work permits would last five years, and then would need to be renewed for another five. The parliamentarian has not yet ruled on that proposal.

There is work to be done on a more complete immigration package which provides a path to citizenship and/or permanent residency, rather than a piecemeal and temporary permit approach that could change with a new administration. Where that lies in Biden’s and Congress’s priorities is still to be determined.

For now, it would seem that continued protest and calling out leaders at all levels works, even a little. It’s the ones who whine and moan about protests that we should distrust. Ultimately, the ballot box will determine who gets to stay in Congress and these pro-migrant leaders will remind us who is on the right side of history. (Looking at you, Synema and Manchin!)