Chad’s Morning Brief: All Eyes Now on Greg Abbott, House Won’t Vote on Senate Immigration Bill, & More
Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of July 9, 2013. Give me your feedback below and tune in to The Chad Hasty Show for these and many more topics from 8:30 to 11am. Remember, you can listen online at KFYO.com or with the radioPup App.
1. Perry Out, Abbott In? (link)
Governor Rick Perry announced yesterday that he would not seek reelection next year. The announcement was expected, but Perry did leave some questions unanswered. The biggest question of course has to deal with 2016.
Gov. Rick Perry announced Monday that he will not run for re-election next year, creating the first open race for Texas governor since 1990 and making Attorney General Greg Abbott the instant favorite to replace him.
“I remain excited about the future and the challenges ahead, but the time has come to pass on the mantle of leadership,” Perry said. “Today I am announcing I will not seek re-election as governor of Texas. I will spend the next 18 months working to create more jobs, opportunity and innovation. I will actively lead this great state.”
Abbott hasn’t formally said what job he wants, but with the biggest war chest in Texas politics and a growing staff to match, his ambition for the top job in state government is not a secret. In a brief written statement, Abbott applauded Perry for helping to create the “best business climate in the nation” but said nothing about his intentions. His spokesman, Matt Hirsch, said Abbott would reveal his plans in “the coming weeks.”
Perry’s exit from the statewide stage after nearly a quarter century doesn’t necessarily end his political ambition. He has said previously that he would make his decision about a White House bid before the end of this year; Perry made a brief and oblique mention of another run for national office.
“Any future considerations I will announce in due time, and I will arrive at that decision appropriately,” Perry said.
Watching yesterday’s press conference, I saw a man in Rick Perry who was happy and content with what he had done as Governor of Texas. Texans should be grateful for all Rick Perry did as Governor of this state. Some Republicans complain that Perry was in office too long, but look at the results. I didn’t always agree with Perry, but overall he was a great Governor.
Now all eyes are on Attorney General Greg Abbott. Abbott is seen as the favorite to become the next Governor of Texas. Abbott could announce as early as this Sunday that he intends on running for Governor.
2. Boehner: No Vote (link)
House Speaker John Boehner is sticking to his guns when it comes to immigration. The Speaker on Monday said that the House will not be voting on the Senate immigration bill.
“I’ve made it clear and I’ll make it clear again, the House does not intend to take up the Senate bill,” Boehner said Monday. “The House is going to do its own job in developing an immigration bill.”
He added, “It is time for Congress to act. But I believe the House has its job to do, and we will do our job.”
On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pushed at Boehner’s insistence that he will obey by the “Hastert rule,” which requires a majority of the Republican caucus support any legislation before it moves to the floor.
“Eventually he’ll be forced to take the bill that we passed here, or the country will be left with no immigration reform at all. Which is a bad, bad outcome,” Reid said on the Senate floor.
Boehner, asked about Reid’s specific comments, didn’t answer the senator directly.
“The American people expect that we’ll have strong border security in place before we begin the process of legalizing and fixing our legal immigration system,” Boehner said. “We’re going to have a conversation with our members on Wednesday on how we would move ahead. We have a broken immigration system, we have undocumented workers here in record numbers. We just can’t turn a blind eye to this problem and think it’s going to go away.”
At the press conference, where Boehner spoke about rising student loan rates, a group of “Dreamers,” students who were brought illegally into the country as small children and are seeking legal status after completing school, stood across the plaza. As Boehner finished his remarks the small crowd began chanting, “education not deportation.”
Many will be watching Boehner on this but so far he is doing what he needs to do. What will be really important is when the House passes their version and then when the House and Senate negotiate the bill.
3. ACP to Provide Guns (link)
The Armed Citizen Project based out of Houston has announced an effort to arm and train 500 single mothers in the U.S.
The Houston, Texas-based Armed Citizen Project has announced its National Empowerment Day, an effort to train and arm 500 single mothers and other women across the United States.
August 10, 2013 is the set date for the massive expansion of the group’s effort to begin, according to the group’s founder and executive director, Kyle Coplin, in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News.
“We will be working with shooting ranges and gun clubs across the country,” he said.
“There exists a subtle misogyny used in the messaging of anti-gun groups, keeping women dependent on others to provide their protection, when our nation’s constitution makes clear they have the right to provide this protection for themselves,” he added.
In April, Coplin and his allies entered a crime-riddled Houston neighborhood and worked with community leaders to provide training and 12-gauge pump-action shotguns to law-abiding citizens who took the group’s concentrated tactical and safety training course.
“Almost immediately after we began our efforts to empower law-abiding residents in Houston, we began laying the groundwork to open ten chapters of the Armed Citizen Project across the nation,” said Coplen. “Our National Empowerment Day will be the kick-off for these chapters.”
The organization, fast becoming a movement, can be further researched by visiting armedcitizenproject.org.
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