Chad’s Morning Brief: Democratic Governors Are Upset With Rick Perry, LISD Picks Superintendent, & More
Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of June 3, 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.
1. Perry vs. Democratic Governors (link)
Governor Rick Perry is facing a political backlash over jobs raids according to Politico. Once you start reading the story it actually becomes pretty humorous and makes the politicians in other states look like a bunch of whiners.
Gov. Rick Perry’s high-profile efforts to lure jobs to Texas from other states may be good business and smart politics back home, but they’re infuriating to prominent Democrats around the country.
And now at least one Republican business leader says Perry’s taking the Lone Star swagger a little too far.
Perry’s forceful recruitment campaigns, featuring radio and magazine ads as well as personal appearances, promise low-tax, pro-growth policies in Texas —and they also trash the business climate in places like California (“…I hear building a business in California is next to impossible”) and Illinois (“…an environment that, intentionally or not, is designed for you to fail.”)
Those attacks hit where it hurts and have touched off an angry political backlash against Perry outside the Texas borders, with Democrats mocking his attempts to steal jobs as clownish – and warning the Republican governor to keep his hands off. In a memorable put-down, Gov. Jerry Brown said Perry’s incursions into California were about as effective as breaking wind.
But other observers say Perry knows exactly what he’s doing.
“At the end of the day, no matter how any of the [states] respond, people are left with two distinct messages: That guy down in Texas has got big brass balls and he’s creating a lot of jobs,” Mark McKinnon, a political strategist with deep Texas ties, told POLITICO. “It’s brilliant marketing and very smart politics.”
McKinnon also noted, “Of course it breaks all the rules of inter-state diplomacy and protocol.”
Perry has stepped up jobs raids into the blue states of Illinois and California this year, efforts that come as he looks to announce his next political step after the Texas legislative session concludes. His current gubernatorial term is up in 2014, and he hasn’t ruled out a 2016 presidential run.
The governor’s bids to encourage companies to relocate — critics call it “poaching” — are the most aggressive in the nation, according to experts.
“It’s irresistible to a lot of governors, but Perry has been the leader,” said Mark Muro, a senior fellow and director of policy for the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institute. “This is not necessarily the best way for state executives to spend time, but it’s hard to resist. It’s politically attractive, the chief executive is seen as, quote, ‘trying to do something.’ Any successful relocation offers the tried-and-true moment of the ribbon cutting, so it’s pretty intoxicating stuff.”
You can tell that Governor Perry has gotten under the skin of Democrats when they complain about his swagger. The opposition isn’t claiming that Perry’s facts are wrong, just that it’s mean to poach business.
Well done Governor Perry. Keep selling that message. It will set you up nicely for 2016.
2. IRS Employee Speaks Out (link)
Well the employees in the Cincinnati IRS office aren’t ready to go down and be thrown under the bus for President Obama. In interviews the employees said they believe the marching orders came from Washington.
In interviews with House Oversight Committee investigators, Cincinnati IRS employees said that they believed that targeting of conservative groups came from Washington, not from a couple of “rogue agents. “
Sunday the House Oversight Committee released partial transcripts of Oversight Committee investigators’ interviews with unnamed Cincinnati IRS employees, which contradicts the line coming from the White House.
“It’s impossible,” an IRS employee responded to an investigator’s question about the allegations that the targeting of conservative groups was due to “two ‘rogue agents.” “As an agent we are controlled by many, many people. We have to submit many, many reports. So the chance of two agents being rogue and doing things like that could never happen.”
Of course the orders came from Washington, D.C. Does anyone really think to low-level employees were responsible for targeting conservatives?
3. Lubbock ISD Superintendent (link)
I had a feeling that this is how the candidate search would play out.
Saturday afternoon, the Lubbock ISD Board of Trustees unanimously named Dr. Berhl Robertson the lone finalist to fill the vacant superintendent’s position. The announcement was made in between graduation ceremonies at the United Spirit Arena.
Dr. Robertson was hired by Lubbock ISD as Chief Administrative Officer in 2009. He is also serving as interim superintendent with the departure of Dr. Karen Garza. Before being hired by LISD, Robertson was superintendent for both Roosevelt and Southland ISD’s.
Robertson graduated from Texas Tech in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Education and a Doctorate of Education in 2005. He also earned various certifications from Texas Tech, including Special Education Certification in 1993 and Superintendent Certification in 1995.
According to KFYO News, Robertson was the only candidate interviewed.
What do you think about the selection?
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