Local leaders rallied around League City Mayor Pat Hallisey on Wednesday, a day after he suffered a heart attack and was flown to Houston for treatment.

“Please pray for Mayor Pat Hallisey and continue to keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers as we wait to hear word on his condition,” Galveston County Judge Mark Henry wrote on Facebook.

U.S. Rep. Randy Weber asked his constituents to pray for Hallisey, who Weber called “my good friend.” District Court Judge Michelle Slaughter also asked for prayers.

Hallisey was listed in stable condition Wednesday morning. On Wednesday afternoon, the city released a statement that said Hallisey was “comfortable and in good spirits.”

IN ABSENTIA

It’s unclear when Hallisey may be ready to resume his duties as mayor, although officials said Wednesday that even an extended absence shouldn’t change things much in the city’s governance.

League City’s city code says the mayor or a council member may not miss three consecutive meetings, unless the absence is deemed justifiable by the city council.

In Hallisey’s absence, League City Mayor pro tem Todd Kinsey will handle any mayoral duties.

“Having been on council for five years, I have a strong grasp of the issues facing the city,” Kinsey said in an email to The Daily News. “I don’t see anything changing — my role as mayor pro tem is to fill in and keep things steady until the mayor returns. I just want to ensure we continue to recover from Harvey and get our infrastructure projects back on track as quickly as possible.”

If Kinsey must be absent from a council meeting, a quorum could elect a temporary acting mayor, according to the city code.

League City has a city-manager form of government, meaning most day-to-day duties of managing operations are handled by City Manager John Baumgartner.

CAMPAIGN SIGNS

There’s perpetual campaign season questions about where candidates can place their campaign signs and not run afoul of the law. With a Galveston Independent School District election now less than a month away, more signs are starting to appear on city streets.

Candidates are allowed to place campaign signs on private property, if they have permission of the property owner. City rules also allow signs to be placed in the city right-of-way if it’s adjacent to that private property or a polling place.

The right-of-way rule was changed in 2016 during a rewrite of the city’s sign code.

Galveston officials on Tuesday said they weren’t aware of any complaints about campaign signs and placement this year, or of any 2017 campaign signs that had been removed.

FREEDOM CAUCUS

AND TAX REFORM

Data-centric news website FiveThirtyEight has an interesting analysis on how Republicans in Congress might split as President Donald Trump‘s effort at tax reform is refined.

Republicans could split on the tax plan on issues involving the federal deficit, the length of the tax relief and who exactly gets the most cuts.

Leaders of the House Freedom Caucus — of which U.S. Rep. Randy Weber is a member — say they want tax cuts for small businesses and corporations. But that could put them in conflict with other Republicans who are against rules that would increase the federal deficit, like recent Trump Twitter target Sen. Bob Corker, of Tennessee.

NOTEBOOK

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz raised $2 million in the third quarter of 2017, according to The Texas Tribune. His opponent, U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, raised $1.7 million. ... Jeffrey Payne, a Dallas Democrat who is running against Greg Abbott for governor, campaigned in Galveston on Tuesday. ... Democrat Adrienne Bell, who is campaigning against U.S. Rep. Randy Weber for Texas House District 14, has seemed to step up campaigning in Galveston County. She recently went block-walking in Texas City, and has phone banks and more walking tours planned in League City and Galveston. ... Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is taking some heat from Alamo descendants over the General Land Office’s plan for the historical site, according to the Austin American-Statesman. Some believe, wrongly, that the historic mission is being taken over by the United Nations.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.

(1) comment

Ron Shelby

Problem is, no jurisdiction has ever put any real "teeth" into the campaign sign laws (or at least enforced those "teeth" if they did). You'd see a big change if that happened. Otherwise it will be status quo.

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