Texas: Details emerge of new Harris County county judge’s first 30 days in office

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Texas: Details emerge of new Harris County county judge’s first 30 days in office

A Saturday phone call with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on his personal cell. A meeting with the TXDOT Commissioner. Discussions with multiple policy advisors on flood control and immigration.  Consultations with a non-profit recipient of Hurricane Harvey donations.

And lunch with THE mega-philanthropists of Houston.

Today Little Jolly Politics releases 21 pages of the calendar representing the activities of the first 30 days for newly-elected Harris County county judge Lina Hidalgo. Review them here: Hidalgo Jan calendar

Highlights of the first 30 days include:

  • January 3 – 4:             discussions with Gabe Baker, Russ Poppe and Matt Zeve of the Harris County Flood Control District and a meeting with the Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative


  • January 12:             a conversation with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on his personal cell about the Port of Houston


  • January 17 – 22: two sessions with HR&A Advisor staff and one meeting with the CEO of Baker Ripley


  • January 25: a consultation with TXDOT Commissioner Laura Ryan


  • January 30: another conference with HR&A Advisors, followed by “lunch with John and Laura Arnold of the Arnold Foundation”


The meetings with HR&A Advisors are only a surprise to those who were not paying attention during the 2018 election cycle. Revealed in a recent Houston Chronicle story was this little gem:

“Hidalgo first hired HR&A in November and paid the firm using her campaign funds.

Commissioners Court on Tuesday shifted that cost onto the county’s books . Hidalgo

will pay the firm, which also assisted New York City mayor Bill de Blasio with his

transition, out of the county judge’s budget.”


Omitted from that same article was mentioned that HR&A Advisors worked with the Kushner Companies owned by President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

Wonder how Houston’s progressives will handle THAT one. Seems they should like something about President Trump after all.

David Jennings over the Big Jolly Times has a great article containing several links about the consultants who worked to get the county judge elected in the final weeks of her election.

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