Chad’s Morning Brief: Bill McCay Dodges Everything, LISD Dress Code Changed & More
Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of May 24, 2012. Give us your feedback below and tune in to Lubbock’s First News with Chad Hasty for these and many more topics from 6-9 am.
1. Bill McCay, the Dodger (link)
Bill McCay is seeking re-election for County Commissioner on Precinct 1. McCay appeared on LFN yesterday but didn't seem ready to answer much of anything. I asked McCay several times whether or not he would support a pay increase for the County Commissioners and got no answer. McCay kept pivoting to his point that he doesn't have the budget and dosn't know if the money would be there. From there, he never answered the question. You can listen to the interview above and judge for yourself.
McCay also wouldn't take a stand on raising taxes, broadcasting the Commissioners Court on TV and other topics. I have interviewed many candidates and politicians and none were as evasive and dodgy as Bill McCay. It was almost a waste of time, but it showed his mentality I think. His opponent, Frank Morrison, answered all questions and took a stand on the issues.
McCay promises he will work hard if re-elected. I just don't know what exactly where he stands on anything and that isn't good.
2. LISD Changes Dress Code (link)
The relaxed dress code at LISD just wasn't working and yesterday LISD made some changes. According to KFYO News:
The main changes are: students are no longer allowed to wear baggy or sagging pants, tattoos on students must be covered, extreme hair styles and colors are banned- and male students through eighth grade are not allowed to wear earrings.
Overall, good changes here. There seem to be two different mindsets when it comes to parents and the dress code. Some say, students should be able to express themselves. Others say to treat school like you would a business. As for myself? I tend to go along with the idea that school should be treated as a business. Kids can express themselves at home under the supervision of parents. I'm not even against uniforms to be honest. My parents treated school like it was my job and that's how it should be. Yes, have some fun, but first it's supposed to be a learning environment.
What do you think about the changes?
3. No Runoff? (link)
The U.S. Senate race here in Texas has tightened, but could Dewhurst win without a runoff? According to the Statesman, it may happen.
A runoff has seemed likely because of the crowded nine-person field and both Ted Cruz and Tom Leppert have been capturing enough votes to keep Dewhurst below 50 percent. The survey released on Thursday by Public Policy Polling found that Dewhurst has seen an eight-point bump since the firm’s previous poll in April and is leading the pack with support from 46 percent of likely Republican primary voters.
“David Dewhurst has shored up his standing as the Republican frontrunner over the last month. He’s at about even odds to win without a runoff and even if he doesn’t get to 50 percent on Tuesday he’ll be a very strong favorite in a head to head with Ted Cruz,” polling firm president Dean Debnam said in a statement.
Cruz had support from 29 percent of the respondents followed by Leppert at 15 percent.
The poll’s methodology, which relies on auto-dialing rather than live interviews, has raised questions among some campaigns as has the firm’s ties to Democrats. But in the past, the Cruz campaign and its allies have seized on the poll results as evidence of a Cruz surge.
The poll, which was conducted earlier this week, surveyed 482 likely GOP voters and has a margin of error of 4.5 percent.
I still believe that we will see a runoff between Ted Cruz and David Dewhurst.
4. Romney, Gingrich, Trump to Campaign Together (link)
Next week in Las Vegas, Mitt Romney will be joined by Newt Gingrich and Donald Trump. The event will take place at Donald Trumps Hotel on the Strip. The Romney camp is even raffling off a chance to dine with Trump and Romney. Gotta say, that might be interesting. According to CNN:
The campaign offers: "Airport transportation in the Trump vehicle; Stay at the Trump International Hotel & Tower New York; Tour the Celebrity Apprentice Boardroom; Dine with Donald Trump and Mitt Romney."
Trump, who flirted with a bid for the White House last year, said he wouldn't run for the White House because he didn't want to cancel his reality show, "The Apprentice" in order to comply with equal air time laws for candidates.
After a parade of GOP candidates visited Trump in Manhattan, the celebrity business magnate finally announced he was backing Romney in February.
"It's my honor, real honor, to endorse Mitt Romney," Trump said, with Romney and his wife standing nearby. Calling Romney "tough" and "smart," Trump said, "he's not going to continue to allow bad things to happen to this country."
Would you pay to have dinner with Mitt Romney and Donald Trump?
5. Dumb Story of the Morning (link)
Dumb criminals are the best.
An hour after a Metro rider lost her smartphone to a thief, a strange picture appeared on her Facebook page.
Two young men were posing for a shot. One of them was making a gesture with his hands. Jackie Williams knew it had come from the Facebook app on her stolen phone.
But why? Were they taunting her?
Williams had just returned home after filing a police report when she turned on her computer, logged on to Facebook and found a photo that made her head spin.
One of the men looked familiar and as she looked closer and closer, she suddenly realized the photo had to have come from her stolen phone.
The phone was taken last Friday night when Williams said a man suddenly grabbed the bag sitting on her lap and took off, running with two others through the Benning Road station.
"I tried to run after him, but he's just too fast, so I got back onto the train," said Williams.
She reported the theft and thought that would be the end of it until she got home and found a photo showing two young men looking into the camera on her phone.
"I couldn't believe it," said Williams. "I was just astounded. I couldn't believe they would be that stupid."
Williams, a former New York City prosecutor, said the description she gave police closely matches the man on the left, but she can't be absolutely certain. It happened so fast.
"For the most part, this guy fits the description," she said. "His face is what I remember his face to be. Though it's slightly blurry, I still remember the basic structure of his face."
School nurse springs into action.
A violent crash in Bethel Township brought out the nurse's instinct in a woman used to applying Band-aids and comforting sick students.
Dianna Accurso, a school nurse, rushed to the scene on Dille Road and State Route 235 just outside Park Layne Elementary.
With skidding tires, a violent impact and smoke pouring form underneath the car, it didn’t take long for Accurso to hear about the crash.
“My natural nursing instinct was to run out and provide what help I could until further medical help arrived,” she said.
When Accurso got to the scene, she found an elderly couple, trapped in the vehicle and bleeding.
And also offering aid was Janette Radford, a Miami Valley Hospital nurse who was just finishing her shift when she drove up on the crash.
“You just stop and you help, you see what you can do and at least be there for them and let them know that someone’s here for them,” Radford explained.
When medics arrived, the nurses helped first responders without hesitation.
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