Are you ready for some elections?

There’s only one day left for Galveston County voters to cast ballots in the May municipal elections — on Saturday at their local polling places. Voters across the county will be voting on bonds, council members, school board trustees and other issues.

Early voting for the local elections closed Tuesday. According to the Galveston County clerk’s office, 6,704 people across the county voted early, either through the mail or by going to an early voting location.

A school bond election and city commission race in Texas City seem to be driving the most activity at the polls. Texas City and La Marque — which are voting on a $136.1 million school bond — drew 2,805 in-person votes and another 697 votes by mail. Together that combines for 42 percent of the total votes cast so far in the election.

Galveston, where there are three city council races and a school bond vote, drew 2,415 early votes.

The Daily News team will cover elections across the county on Saturday evening.

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Results will be up online at galvnews.com as we get them, and in Sunday’s print edition.

IMPEACH HIM?

The Washington Post and Fox News both reported on Tuesday that U.S. House Freedom Caucus had drafted articles of impeachment for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein — the man who appointed Robert Mueller as a special counsel to investigate president Donald Trump.

The Freedom Caucus is a group of some of the most conservative members of the Congress, which includes U.S. Rep. Randy Weber, a Friendswood Republican.

The caucus’ leaders have criticized Rosenstein and the Justice Department over the Justice Department’s response to congressional requests for documents “about the decisions and behavior of federal law enforcement officials working on the Russia investigation and other federal probes, including the investigation into 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s email server,” according to redstate.com.

Rosenstein responded to news by saying “the Department of Justice is not going to be extorted.”

Weber’s office on Wednesday declined to comment about his thoughts on Rosenstein.

“With the recent developments, we are reserving judgment and have no comment at this time,” Weber spokeswoman Emma Polefko said.

Even if the Freedom Caucus formally moved for impeachment, its proposal would still have to gain the support of a House committee and receive majority votes to pass. It would also need to receive a 2/3 votes in the Senate.

In more-or-less-related news, a bill that would protect Mueller from removal passed the Senate Judiciary committee last week, despite opposition from Texas Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz.

HOUSES OF GOD

A nutty political story out of Arkansas on Tuesday involves a League City house.

The Rev. Randy Caldwell, a Republican congressional candidate for Arkansas’ Fourth District, owns a house in League City, through his ministry, Randy Caldwell Ministries. The house, on Oak Creek Court, received a state tax exemption meant for clergy residences, according to the report.

State law allows clergy to claim the residence if it is “reasonably necessary for use as a residence” and is used “exclusively as a residence” by people whose job it is to serve in the clergy.

The Galveston County Central Appraisal District revoked the tax exemption in April, after the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette started asking about the house and Caldwell’s residency status, according to the report.

Caldwell has the right to appeal his tax status, but Galveston County Tax Assessor-Collector Cheryl Johnson told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that she was skeptical of the arrangement.

“I have no problem with somebody gaining riches through their own efforts,” she said. “But I do have a problem with them making money and hiding it behind the cloth. That’s my moral compass versus his moral compass.”

NOTEBOOK

Texas Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, along with Gov. Greg Abbott, on Wednesday called for Texas to be the new home for the Army Futures Command. The command is an army division that handles modernization of the the military. Last month, the Army announced that Austin, Dallas and Houston, were among the 15 cities being considered for a new command headquarters. ... The National Rifle Association’s 147th annual meeting is in Dallas this weekend. President Donald Trump is expected to speak there Friday. Multiple groups have said they plan to protest the convention, including with a die-in protest on Friday evening. ... Friendswood businessman Kenny Koncaba was named to Texas Southern University’s Board of Regents on Monday by Gov. Greg Abbott.

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

Senior Reporter

(51) comments

Carlos Ponce

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is considered for impeachment for ignoring Congressional subpoenas for information. At least he should be held in contempt of Congress.
Why the slow-walk on the release from the Justice Department?
He is dragging this out to beyond the 2018 mid-terms hoping for a change in Congress, doctoring the information or both. When the Peter Strzok -Lisa Page emails were released by the Justice Department to Congress they were heavily redacted. Initial explanation was they were redacted to remove irrelevant personal messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. In context, however, this made no sense. The redacted material revealed names of FBI, Obama White House and Justice Department officials pertinent to the Congressional investigation. In other words, the Justice Department was COVERING UP. The Justice Department and FBI need cleaning up. Removing Rosenstein is justified.

Steve Fouga

Seems like I read somewhere that Rosenstein had relented, and provided the requested documentation.

Carlos Ponce

Steve, he's SLOW-WALKING some, some, some of the requested information. And like those e-mails, information has been redacted - COVER UP.

Diane Turski

The name on those impeachment papers should be Donald Trump!! Vote these traitors OUT in November!!

Paul Hyatt

The names should have been Obama and his ilk for all of the damage that they did during his 8 years in office and for all of the damage the people he put into power that are still doing damage to our nation.... Hillary, Kerry, Holder, Lynch and many others should be up there with him, but the progressives are to blind to see the real truth of life!

Carlos Ponce

Paul, indictments against Obama, Hillary, Kerry, Holder, Lynch are coming. Be patient.

Daniel Hochman

[lol][lol][lol][lol][lol][lol][lol][lol][lol][lol] Your brainwashed bs has no grounding in truth... but keep on thinking that crap...ignorance is bliss, right?

Carlos Ponce

Dianne, please give me one thing Trump has done to deserve impeachment. If you give a mere allegation, without proof it's worthless.

Gary Scoggin

Carlos— you are correct. Unless and until Trump is convicted of a high crime or misdemeanor, impeachment is inappropriate.

Diane Turski

Too many to list. Tick! Tock!

Carlos Ponce

In other words, you got nothing!

Carol Dean

Can't list any can you, Diane. The truth of the matter is that we are all better off under Trump then we ever were under B.O.

Gary Scoggin

How’s that Hannity KoolAid you’ve obviously been drinking?

Carlos Ponce

What's Hannity got to do with this? Information was provided from Congressional sources, not a radio talk show host. If he's providing the same information then it looks like you want to kill the messenger because you don't like the message. That's not right.

Gary Scoggin

Go back and look at your allegations and interpretations. Sure sounds like the viewpoint Sean is serving.

Carlos Ponce

I call it Constitutional Law and Common Sense. If you say Hannity has the same viewpoints then good for him.

Jim Forsythe

It is possible that Trump could be impeached, but not likely. As far as removal, at this time it will not happen. The amount of time required for removal, would require him to have a second term .
The other way of removal is using the 25th Amendment, but in addition to sign-off from the Vice President, this path would likely require supermajorities in both houses of Congress to override a presidential veto.
" This approach could give Congress the ability to enforce its own criteria for presidential fitness. For example, Congress could deem the President “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office” if he is unable to be trusted with classified information by intelligence agencies. Congress could even use the threat of removal to exercise additional leverage over the President’s actions." .


Jim Forsythe

History would dictate that impeachment most likely will not happen, Even if Rosenstein is impeached with a majority of the votes in the House, it takes a two-thirds majority to convict someone in the Senate
What may happen is they issue a subpoena and then pursue a contempt of Congress case against him if he does not comply. With the midterms elections coming up, impeachment and removal will not happen anytime soon.
As far as history of impeachment and removal for anyone other than a President. The last one is below.
Secretary of War, William Belknap, who was charged in 1876 with bribery "for accepting payments in exchange for making official appointments. He was acquitted by the Senate a few months later.
"But if they actually pulled the trigger, it might blow up in their face," "If they moved forward and had impeachment hearings and an investigation, they could turn over some rocks that don't make the Trump administration look good." or themselves.
.

George Croix

Morning Joe
Joy Reid
Chris Mathews
Rachel Maddow
Keith Olbermann
Joy Behar
CNN
MSNBC
NBC
ABC
CBS
etc
etc
etc

Poor 'ol Hannity is outnumbered.....by several orders of magnitude...[beam][beam]

Nothing to warrant impeachment of the Pres.?
Well, so far, no, but then again there's supposed to be some evidence of a crime committed for a fishing expedition like the one going on now, which is working in reverese by trying to find a crime to then find proof of it happening.
It's called the left because it's not right.....
[beam][beam][beam][beam][rolleyes][whistling][wink]

Steve Fouga

Outnumbered is what happens to outliers. Ooooo, I just thought of something clever: outliers... outLIARS... Get it, Hannity is an outliar! And his favorite subject is an outliar too! That's why Hannity is outnumbered. That much prevarication, fabricating, fibbing, dissembling, and just plain lying is not normal. Most viewers won't tolerate it for long, and that's why most viewers watch something other than Hannity. But he does great among a small and loyal segment of the population.

No, nothing to warrant impeachment yet, that we know about. Bob Mueller knows more than we do, though.

Carlos Ponce

James S. Davidson, FBI special agent for 23 years characterized Mueller's nature with this scenario:
“When asked to describe the vehicle you drove to the dinner party, you said the vehicle’s color is red. However, the manufacturer lists the color as scarlet. Since you attended a university whose official color is scarlet, you should have known the difference between scarlet and red. I, therefore, charge you with ‘lying under oath,’ and if found to be true, that you be dismissed from the FBI.”
http://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/375545-scarlett-is-red-and-thats-no-lie
Sigmund Freud would have characterized Mueller as "anal".

Steve Fouga

He does seem anal, doesn't he? It's probably considered a strong point for a prosecutor.

George Croix

It was easy to think of due to thelead in provided, Steve...I gave you several examples there of prevaricating in it's finest multi-faceted, continual, left handed forms.....[whistling]

Anyway,

George Croix

It was easy to think of due to the lead in provided, Steve...I gave you several examples there of prevaricating in it's finest multi-faceted, continual, left handed forms.....[whistling]

Anyway, when Mueller gets through playing around and searching back to, oh, the Pleistocene for dirt on Trump, he can save his investigation and rep by simply 'branching out' and nailing the already known and proven criminal who's now up to Reason 7,543 Why She Lost The Election....latest is she says she PO'd the Socialists and lost their votes....
Gotta love it...a candidadate for the Presidency, along with that other nut from Vermont, concerned about the Socialist vote.....
If she'd move the homebrew server out of the way in her basement potty room, she could put up a mirror, and see the only reason that mattrered in the end.....[wink]

Carol Dean

This list is hysterical! All masters of "Fake News"!

Steve Fouga

Do you watch them?

George Croix

I watch every one of them as often as I can get some time to do so, Steve, or I wouldn't have listed them. It's good to know what others think, and do...and a little suffering is good for the soul.....
I post my opinions based on my own personal experiences and observations.
It would be an understatement to say...imo....that the list shown contains a near, and in multiple cases total...always one sided, left to far left to off the cliff, news programming and political commentary. It's as rare as hens teeth to run across a conservative viewpoint or expressed commentary on any of them.
That's one reason I like back-and-forthing with you...often different viewpoint, sometimes totally so, but straight up. In other words...reality.
Life brings differences we can learn FROM or how to better deal WITH, and I respect an honest opinion given, as long as it doesn't come from an obvious troll, or some character who posts in the accusatory to near insulting then claims they won't be drawn into a conversation (not a name calling session, a talk...) about it.
That's just like my Choctaw pecan tree that produced none last year, while my Kiowa had lots of nuts.......
[beam][wink][smile][whistling]

Carol Dean

Of course, Steve. Don't you remember the saying...Keep your friends closer and your enemies even closer?

George Croix

ps:
Rosenstein should NOT be impeached. Too much grandstanding there by the 'freedom caucus', or 'the stumbling block to conservative success by actually getting something done caucus' as I like to think of them.....
He should simply be fired.
Holder already beat him out in the category of impeached ultra-partisan hack, so that's enough drama for a while.
Here's your cardboard box to clean out your desk...and goodbye......
Simple.....

Steve Fouga

I hope Rosenstein is retained, but George is right that if you want him gone, you're gonna have to fire him. There's no way the Senate would convict Rod Rosenstein.

George Croix

It's an eye opener that so many people would rather be served a bowl of poop that a smiling and personable waiter tells you is pate' than a T-bone steak by an unlikeable one.....
Just no accounting for tastes.....[beam][wink]

Diane Turski

Okay, Carlos, since you are begging, I will throw you a bone to gnaw on for however long it amuses you. Trump is guilty of the charge of Obstruction of Justice by firing Comey with the corrupt intent of interfering in the Russia investigation. Trump admitted this to Lester Holt in a public interview and to high level Russians who visited the White House the following day. It is a matter of public record, so I will not be arguing about this point with you, as you clearly are hoping to do, but you now have one basis for impeachment.

Carlos Ponce

No basis for impeachment under the Constitution of the United States.
"Trump is guilty of the charge of Obstruction of Justice by firing Comey with the corrupt intent of interfering in the Russia investigation."
Did you read Rosenstein's letter of recommendation to fire Comey? I suggest you read it.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39866767
Trump Lester Holt interview
TRUMP: And in fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself -- I said, you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story. It's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should've won.

HOLT: ...angry with Mr. Comey because of his Russia investigation?
TRUMP: I just want somebody that's competent. I am a big fan of the FBI. I love the FBI.

HOLT: No, about -- about the Russian investigation and possible...
TRUMP: No, I don't care...

No where does Trump say he fired Comey for the Russia investigation.
https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2017/05/11/president_trumps_full_interview_with_lester_holt.html
To conclude that Trump fired Comey over the Russia investigation is ludicrous since Comey was NOT DIRECTLY INVOLVED WITH THE INVESTIGATION. That's up to the FBI agents, not the FBI director. And the investigation continues. So your point is WRONG.
By the way, if Hillary had won she would have fired Comey immediately.
"Hillary Clinton would’ve fired Comey, too"
https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/05/11/hillary-clinton-would-have-fired-comey-aderholt-editorials-debates/101571314/
"Lanny Davis: I would’ve advised President Hillary to fire Comey"
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/apr/12/lanny-davis-i-wouldve-advised-president-hillary-fi/


Diane Turski

Okay, just one comment and then I have reached my threshold of dealing with your willful ignorance. I watched the original interview with Lester Holt (not the altered one that you think is real) and I read the letter of recommendation from Rosenstein, who by the way, is a Republican appointed by Trump. Your sources are completely bogus. It looks like all that C.S.P.O.A.nonsense is where you are getting these views of yours about the Constitution. My points are Right and yours are Wrong, Carlos. The investigation was an FBI investigation when Comey was the Director of the FBI. After Trump fired Comey, Rosenstein appointed the Special Counsel to investigate the Russia campaign connection. As usual, your deflection Again to Hillary has Nothing to do with the topic. Yes, the investigation continues because there is a lot of corruption to investigate. There is no doubt that it will lead to the downfall of Trump and along with him, the entire criminal enterprise of the Trump Organization. Then it will finally be a great relief when this country can shake off its bout of Trump "tulip fever" and get on with improving this country instead of destroying it. Sadly, the job of undoing all the damage that Trump and his totally unfit Cabinet are doing will make the job longer and harder for the Democrats, who will inherit the mess he is creating. There is no time to waste - we the citizens must vote to end this madness in November!

Carlos Ponce

Ignorance? Perhaps time has doctored your recollection of the Trump - Lester Holt interview. The Real Clear Politics website I took excerpts from but provided the link has "President Trump's Full Interview With Lester Holt: Firing Of James Comey" as the title. THE FULL TRANSCRIPT IS THERE. Show me where you think Trump says he fired Comey because of the Russia investigation.
https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2017/05/11/president_trumps_full_interview_with_lester_holt.html
I believe your mind confused what Trump actually said with the Liberal misinterpretation that followed.
Comey admitted that Hillary's election was a foregone conclusion. Using political forecasting to run the FBI is unacceptable, reason enough to be fired.
"As usual, your deflection Again to Hillary has Nothing to do with the topic." Now That's IGNORANCE since Rosenstein's recommendation to Trump gives that as the reason for Comey's termination.


Jim Forsythe

Trump has wavered in his explanations for Comey’s firing. He told NBC’s Lester Holt last year that it was at least in part due to the Russia investigation.
“I was going to fire Comey, knowing there was no good time to do it,” he said in May 2017. “And, in fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said, ‘You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story, it’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election.’”

Carol Dean

Diane, Carlos has more credible knowledge then most of us will have in a lifetime. I believe you would support anyone who had a D behind their name or was fighting against a Republican. Thank goodness, America has a justice system where, most of the time, the truth will prevail!

Carlos Ponce

“I was going to fire Comey, knowing there was no good time to do it,”
Do you REALLY think that's evidence of obstruction of justice? So sad. [sad]
Like I posted earlier there are MANY MANY MANY reasons for firing Comey.

Jim Forsythe

President Donald Trump's explanation for why he fired FBI Director James Comey has shifted again.
Rudy Giuliani, Trump's new attorney, said in an interview on Fox News that Trump fired Comey last year because Comey would not state "that he wasn't a target" of the special counsel's Russia investigation. He said Trump felt that he was treated worse than Hillary Clinton, who was publicly cleared of criminal wrongdoing at an unusual FBI headquarters news conference in July 2016.
"He fired Comey because Comey would not, among other things, say that he wasn't a target of the investigation," Giuliani said. "He's entitled to that. Hillary Clinton got that. Actually, he couldn't get that.

Carlos Ponce

"President Donald Trump's explanation for why he fired FBI Director James Comey has shifted again. Rudy Giuliani, Trump's new attorney, said....."
Old news, Jim, old news. There are MANY MANY MANY reasons for firing Comey. The OFFICIAL ones come from Rod Rosenstein's letter of recommendation to fire Comey.
In comparison count the number of reasons Hillary said she lost. I lost cont after 40. Her latest claim was because she was a capitalist. Can I say "Hillary Clinton's explanation for why she lost the 2016 presidential election has shifted again"? There are MANY MANY MANY reasons why she lost. Perhaps Hillary should not have relied on her collusion with the Russians to help her campaign by writing that fake dossier.

Jim Forsythe

Rudy Giuliani is on the job two weeks , and it is old news.

Carlos Ponce

Jim Forsythe posted "Rudy Giuliani, Trump's new attorney, said in an interview on Fox News that Trump fired Comey last year because Comey would not state 'that he wasn't a target' of the special counsel's Russia investigation."
WAPO June 7, 2017 Read the article
"Here’s why James Comey wouldn’t tell the world that Trump wasn’t under investigation"
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/06/07/heres-why-james-comey-wouldnt-tell-the-world-that-trump-wasnt-under-investigation/?utm_term=.431ca182c60b
June 7, 2017 Business Insider
"Comey told Trump 3 times that he wasn't under investigation, but his refusal to publicly say so infuriated Trump"
http://www.businessinsider.com/comey-told-trump-he-wasnt-under-investigation-2017-6
Old News. Rudy revealing it is new but the story itself is old.

George Croix

Hmmmmmm....looks like there was an echo in the first part of that last post....

George Croix

Sgt. Joe Friday, where are you when we really need you.....[beam][wink][smile][whistling]

Steve Fouga

Even Adam Schiff, who ardently dislikes Trump, doesn't think there's a case for his impeachment, revealing his opinion in an NYT op-ed this morning entitled "Democrats: Don't Take the Bait on Impeachment."

Here's an excellent (but long) quote from the article: "Was the president’s conduct so incompatible with the office he holds that Democratic and Republican members of Congress can make the case to their constituents that they were obligated to remove him?

If they cannot, if impeachment is seen by a substantial part of the country as merely an effort to nullify an election by other means, there will be no impeachment, no matter how high the crime or serious the misdemeanor.

This is a very high bar, and it should be. Impeachment is an extraordinary remedy, not to be entertained lightly, and in the case of a president, would mean putting the country through a deeply wrenching process. It is instead a remedy that must considered soberly, mindful of the fact that removing a president from office should be the recourse for only the most serious transgressions.

Should the facts warrant impeachment, that case will be made more difficult politically if part of the country feels that removing Mr. Trump was the result that some of their fellow Americans were wishing for all along."

He further makes the point that the public should just let the investigations run their course. In other words, "We'll see what happens." I think his subliminal message is that there is no way the president will be removed from office no matter what the investigations discover, and if Democrats want him removed, they'll have to vote him out in 2020.

Carlos Ponce

Trump will win again in 2020.

Jim Forsythe

When asked about Stormy, the President said, ask his lawyer, Cohen. Then he said Rudolph W. Giuliani was incorrect? The only way he would know Rudolph W. Giuliani was wrong, is if he knows the facts. If you are going to be the spoke person for the President you must know the facts before speaking. Who is not telling the truth?
It's hard to say, I know nothing, but this other guy is wrong because I know the facts.
"President Trump undercut his attorney, Rudolph W. Giuliani, on Friday, and said the former New York mayor will eventually get the facts right regarding a payment to a pornographic actress who said she had an affair with Mr. Trump. Everything “has been said incorrectly,” Mr. Trump said, blaming the media coverage and Mr. Giuliani’s short time on the job."

Carlos Ponce

Rudy was not exactly wrong but did not elaborate on the details which the Liberal media then got all backas*wards.

Steve Fouga

"We'll see what happens."

George Croix

Steve, admitted and unrepentant cynic about all politics that I am, and basing my conclusion on having watched Schiff's performances and listened to his...reasoning....which to date have not cared much about realities or actual facts or proof or even probable cause or the Constitution, I'll bet a dollar to a donut that Schiff has already got a copy of draft impeachment papers stashed away somewhere right next to a bottle of champaign, and a guest list lying next to it for the celebration to follow.
This 'leave it alone fellow Democrats' message is simply a smokescreen ploy to try to get his Party facing the mid-terms to avoid listening to nutty Maxine and such types and lay off possibly P-ing off independent voters who still know what fair means, or worse motivating pro-Trump folks to get up and vote, by having to justify an unjustifiable position...impeachment without any evidence to date evidence of a crime...while at the same time avoiding like the plague the known crimes of some of their own.
As such, I think his subliminal message is 'shut up you idiots and stop tweaking the noses of the folks who chewed on us last election'....
May be wrong, but I doubt so....

Steve Fouga

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