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Chad’s Morning Brief: Dan Patrick and Julian Castro to Debate, Eric Holder Says He Wasn’t Talking About Race, and Other Top Stories

Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of April 15, 2014. 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 on your iPhone/Android with the radioPup App.

Important Election Dates:

Early Voting for City and School Board Election: April 28 – May 6

Election Day for City and School Board: May 10

Early Voting for GOP and Dem. Primary Runoff: May 19 – May 23

Election Day for GOP and Dem. Primary Runoff: May 27

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Castro vs. Patrick

State Senator Dan Patrick and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro will debate tonight at 6pm on immigration. Yesterday I wrote on how this could have an impact on both of their political careers.

Patrick repeatedly attacked Castro in campaign commercials calling Castro, “Obama’s favorite Democrat”. Castro has scored points with Democrats by attacking Patrick’s language on the issue of immigration. In January, Castro described Patrick as anti-immigrant according to the San Antonio Express-News.

The debate could have an impact on the future political careers of both men. Patrick is in a runoff with Lt. Governor David Dewhurst with election day on May 27th. Castro’s name has been floated as a possible candidate for various elected positions from Texas Governor to the White House, though he is not expected to be a candidate for 2016.

The debate should be interesting an one that many, including Lt. Governor David Dewhurst will be watching. If Patrick slips up against Castro it could have a huge negative impact on Patrick’s campaign for Lieutenant Governor. If Castro slips up badly it could have a huge impact on his political future as well.

You can watch the stream of the debate on the Texas Tribune’s website, www.texastribune.org at 6pm on Tuesday.

I will be very interested to see how Dan Patrick does against Castro. I’m sure many in Texas will be interested as well.

Eric Holder Claims He Wasn’t Talking About Race

According to the Daily Caller, Eric Holder is now saying that he wasn’t referring to racial division last week in a speech to Al Sharpton’s organization.

Attorney General Eric Holder says he was referring to the lack of civility in Washington, not racial division when he highlighted his treatment at the House Judiciary Committee during a speech before Al Sharpton’s National Action Network last week.

“I didn’t say there was a racial component. I was very careful not to say that,” Holder told The Huffington Post.

Speaking before the civil rights group, Holder strayed from his prepared remarks to comment on the relatively testy exchanges he had while testifying before the House Judiciary Committee.

“I’m pleased to note the last five years have been defined by significant strides and by lasting reforms even in the face, even in the face of unprecedented, unwarranted, ugly and divisive adversity,” He said before the NAN. “If you don’t believe that, you look at the way, forget about me, forget about me. You look at the way the attorney general of the United States was treated yesterday by a House committee, has nothing to do with me, forget that. What attorney general has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment? What president has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?”

While there was much speculation that Holder was alluding to racial divisions, Holder told The Huffington Post his intent was to highlight the current lack of civility in the nation’s capital.

“I think what we have seen is kind of a breakdown in civility in Washington, D.C., and that becomes important because I think it has substantive impact,” Holder told the liberal publication. “We are celebrating the 50th anniversary passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. If we had a Congress or an executive branch-legislative branch relationship in the way that we now have one, where there’s this lack of civility, I wonder whether or not you could have forged the necessary compromises, things that involved personal relationships, in order to get such a landmark piece of legislation passed.”

“And that’s essentially what I was decrying, the fact that we can’t somehow separate whatever our personal feelings are and focus on our functions as members of the executive branch or as legislators. I think that I’ve done a pretty good job in doing that, but it’s frustrating at times,” Holder said.

He added that — during one of his more heated exchanges with Texas Republican Rep. Louis Gohmert — he had not originally planned to mock the congressman at the end of his questioning but that Gohmert’s “asparagus” remark has “sort of stuck” in his head.

This is pretty typical of those who play the race card. They play it and then realize how stupid it was to play the race card so they attempt to take it back.

Even if Holder was talking about civility, what about the way Democrats treated President Bush and his AG’s? There was nothing civil about it.

Other Top Stories:

District 3 City Council Candidate Forum on Thursday

Dangerous Driving in Lubbock 

Man Who Urinated on Alamo Will Spend Time in Jail

Davis Says Her Top Priority Has Been to Work for the People

Did Wendy Davis ‘Blur the Facts’ About Not Ducking Obama

Affluenza Teens’ Parents Only Paying Fraction of Treatment Costs

Open-Carry Protest in San Antonio 

Most Americans Say Obama Isn’t Black

Rand Paul and Ted Cruz Testing Presidential Waters

These and many more topics coming up on today’s edition of The Chad Hasty Show. Tune in mornings 8:30-11am on News/Talk 790 KFYO, streaming online at kfyo.com, and now on your iPhone and Android device with the radioPup App. All guest interviews can be heard online in our podcast section after the show at kfyo.com.

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