Chad’s Morning Brief: District 1 Residents Have a Chance to Change The Direction of the Lubbock City Council, Republicans Fight Over Another Possible Shutdown, & Other Top Stories
Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of October 21, 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 on your iPhone/Android with the radioPup App.
District 1 residents of Lubbock will begin heading to the polls today and they have the opportunity to change the direction of the Lubbock City Council.
Early voting in the recall election against Councilman Victor Hernandez begins today and frankly, it's time for Hernandez to go. Hernandez claims to be an advocate for District 1, but can anyone name the triumphs he has had for his constituents? Hernandez doesn't seem to be interested in bettering District 1. Instead, Hernandez wants to be in the spotlight and to look like he is actually doing something for the people of Lubbock.
Controversy after controversy follows Hernandez. He likes to claim that he is the victim but that simply isn't true. Whether it be Mayor Tom Martin or Glen Robertson or even Windy Sitton, Hernandez can't seem to get along with anyone. I predict that if Hernandez isn't recalled and is elected later there will be a blow-up between him and someone else on the City Council. Hernandez just can't get along and act civil on the council.
While the residents in District 1 may not vote for someone more conservative in the future, they can vote to change the direction of this council and District 1. They can vote to throw out someone who is only concerned with themselves and not the people. They can vote to recall someone who is an embarrassment to the Lubbock City Council. They can begin voting today to search for real leadership and not someone who will just take up oxygen at City Hall.
Voters in District 1 should vote FOR recalling Victor Hernandez. Then go out and find a true leader for District 1.
Will there be another government shutdown in a few months? Mitch McConnell and John McCain say absolutely not. While Ted Cruz isn't saying. According to the Wall Street Journal, McConnell believes shutting down the government isn't the conservative thing to do.
“Shutting down the government in my view is not conservative policy,” the Kentucky senator said on CBS’s Face the Nation, noting that federal employees effectively received a paid two-week vacation.
“A number of us were saying in back in July that this strategy could not and would not work, and of course it didn’t,” Sen. McConnell said. “So there will not be another government shutdown. You can count on that.”
The senator, however, sought to downplay suggestions that he could have future difficulties with colleague Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas), whose efforts to defund President Barack Obama’s signature health-care law helped lead to the partial government shutdown.
“The fact that we have some tactical differences doesn’t mean we don’t all have the same goal,” Sen. McConnell said, adding that he agreed with Sen. Cruz that the health law was “a train wreck.”
According to Politico, Senator Ted Cruz isn't going along just yet with McConnell.
"The reason this deal, the lousy deal was reached, is because unfortunately Senate Republicans made the choice not to support House Republicans," he said in an interview aired Sunday on ABC's "This Week," adding later: "I think that was unfortunate. I think it was unfortunate that you saw multiple members of the Senate Republicans going on television attacking House conservatives, attacking the effort to defund Obamacare, saying it can not win, it's a fools errand, we will lose, this must fail. That is a recipe for losing the fight, and it's a shame."
While other senators, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), have ruled out a second government shutdown, Cruz said he is willing to repeat the last three weeks.
"I would do anything, and I will continue to do anything I can to stop the train wreck that is Obamacare," Cruz said when asked about a shutdown replay. "What I intend to do is continue standing with the American people to work to stop Obamacare, because it isn't working, it's costing people's jobs, and it's taking away their healthcare."
Cruz said the Senate needs to learn from the House, where a majority of Republicans didn't vote for the deal to open the government and raise the debt limit.
"We didn't win this battle, but I am encouraged that we have demonstrated when the American people stand up, the House of Representatives will listen, and I hope in time the Senate will listen also," he said.
ABC reporter Jon Karl said his fellow Senators "despised" Cruz. Cruz said he didn't care.
"There's an old saying that 'Politics, it ain't beanbag,'" Cruz said. "And, you know, I'm not serving in office because I desperately needed 99 new friends in the U.S. Senate, Given the choice between being reviled in Washington, D.C., and appreciated in Texas, or reviled in Texas and appreciated in Washington, I would take the former 100 out of 100 times."
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