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Chad’s Morning Brief for 01.03.13

Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of January 3, 2013. Give Chad your feedback below and tune in to The Chad Hasty Show for these and many more topics from 8:30 to 11 am.

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1. Moving Quickly (link)

According to the Huffington Post, President Obama will move quickly on two key issues. Gun Control and Immigration. Obama has done a good job at splitting the Republicans in the house, now will he use it to his advantage?

“An Obama administration official said the president plans to push for immigration reform this January. The official, who spoke about legislative plans only on condition of anonymity, said that coming standoffs over deficit reduction are unlikely to drain momentum from other priorities. The White House plans to push forward quickly, not just on immigration reform but gun control laws as well,” reports the Huffington Post.

 

“The timeframe is likely to be cheered by Democrats and immigration reform advocates alike, who have privately expressed fears that Obama’s second term will be drowned out in seemingly unending showdowns between parties.”

No details have surfaced yet about guns or immigration. The time is right for the President to move on the issues though. Republicans are weak and are running scared.

2. Speaker John Boehner (link)

House Speaker John Boehner doesn’t have the smoothest path towards being re-elected Speaker. Many Republicans are upset with Boehner and feel as though he has failed. Yesterday on the show, Congressman Randy Neugebauer would only say that Boehner has been an “adequate” Speaker. Not a glowing endorsement. According to FOX News:

For the near term, the speaker appears to have weathered those complaints, assuring members in a closed-door meeting Wednesday afternoon they will vote by Jan. 15. Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., who initially described the postponement as a “betrayal” and threatened to abstain from voting for Boehner, said after the meeting he would back Boehner.

 

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., who earlier lashed out at the GOP leadership in a string of interviews and remarks, said the same.

 

But a spate of other flare-ups over the past several days and weeks among House Republicans has stoked threats about resistance — or at least some drama — Thursday. Conservatives were already miffed that Boehner, early on in talks over the fiscal crisis, had agreed to new revenue. Boehner suffered another blow two weeks ago when his “Plan B” fiscal bill failed to garner enough Republican backers. But the final fiscal-crisis bill, which arrived from the Senate early Tuesday morning, ultimately garnered thin support from the GOP ranks. While Boehner and 84 other Republicans voted for it, 151 Republicans opposed it — more Democrats than Republicans voted for the bill.

Amid the angst, a draft plan was supposedly circulating on Capitol Hill laying out a possible path for challenging Boehner. Ron Meyer, press secretary for the anti-Boehner group American Majority Action, told FoxNews.com that the document is legitimate, though he wasn’t sure who started circulating it.

 

“I’ve talked to members who’ve seen it,” he said.

A copy of the supposed plan posted by Breitbart.com lays out a two-stage process for challenging Boehner. First, it calls for somebody coming forward to urge a vote by secret ballot — which would allow members to vote without fear of retaliation. Then, the document suggests, challengers could emerge.

This could get interesting and nothing would surprise me at this point.

3. ObamaCare & Business (link)

CBS News is now wondering if ObamaCare is actually bad for business. According to Real Clear Politics:

(CBS News) NEW YORK CITY – Most parts of Obamacare will take effect next year, but a lot of small businesses are already making plans.

At the Five Guys restaurant in New York City, burgers and fries are the specialties, but owner John Rigos worries he’ll have to cook up some cost savings when the affordable care act is fully implemented.

“It’ll likely affect the number of people we can hire,” Rigos said.

Rigos, who has 10 New York franchises and 250 employees, was waiting until after the election to confront the new health care legislation — officially called the Affordable Care Act — which will force him to provide insurance for all his full time workers, or face hefty fines.

“It’ll probably have to reduce the staff to some degree, and again, focus on building smaller stronger team rather than being as aggressive in opening up new stores and creating new jobs,” Rigos said.

Hey look, CBS News is finally taking a look into what ObamaCare might mean for businesses. It only took them a couple of years.

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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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