Chad’s Morning Brief for 01.07.13
Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of January 7, 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.
1. 22nd Amendment (link)
One of the big news stories from yesterday was about a New York Congressman that filed a bill that would get rid of the 22nd Amendment.
The bill, which has been referred to committee, would allow Barack President Obama to become the first president since Franklin Roosevelt to seek a third term in office.
H.J. Res. 15 proposes “an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President.”
The bill is a reintroduction of H.J. Res. 17, which Serrano introduced in Congress in January 2011. It was referred to the House judiciary committee, but did not make it to a floor vote.
Repealing the 22nd Amendment has been a longtime goal of Serrano’s, regardless of the sitting president’s political party. Serrano proposed similar resolutions in 1997 and 1999, during Bill Clinton’s administration, and in 2001, 2003, 2005, and 2007, during George W. Bush’s administration. He proposed the repeal again in 2009 after Obama took office.
None of his proposals has ever made it to a floor vote.
Democratic Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer also repeatedly proposed repealing the 22nd Amendment during both the Clinton and Bush administrations.
Current Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell sponsored a bill to repeal the amendment in 1995.
Don’t worry folks, this bill is going nowhere. It’s a bad idea and most politicians know it. I wonder how many people in the U.S. would favor it though. My fear is, most would be okay with it.
2. 83rd Legislature Starts Tuesday (link)
The Texas Tribune is gearing up for the 83rd Texas Legislature by releasing a list of some of the things that will be tackled in the session. One thing many people may not hear a lot of talk about? Immigration issues. According to the Tribune:
Unlike last session, lawmakers have not prefiled a mountain of immigration legislation. After President Obama’s strong showing among Hispanic voters in the November general election, analysts suggest, Texas Republicans may be revising their message.
Some state lawmakers, however, remain intent on keeping the issue front and center. Larson has filed a bill to repeal in-state tuition for illegal immigrants, and another that could make it easier for county governments to construct immigration detention centers.
Rep. Bill Zedler, R-Arlington, has filed a bill that would crack down on day labor centers where unauthorized workers congregate to look for temporary work.
Perry has not said whether legislation to ban so-called sanctuary cities in Texas would be a priority. But he recently reiterated his support for the measure, which would expand the immigration enforcement authority of local law enforcement officers.
After the United States Supreme Court’s decision in June to uphold what critics call the “show me your papers” provision of the controversial Arizona immigration law, Texans could see a similar bill filed this year.
But there could also be unprecedented pushback, as Texas Republicans watch the state’s demographics shift and seek to draw more Hispanics into the party’s ranks.
At their state party convention in June, Republicans voted to include a call for a national guest-worker program in their platform, a public acknowledgment that some of the party’s rhetoric may have alienated Hispanic voters.
I don’t think immigration will be a priority with lawmakers in this session. Republicans are worried about the political future of the state and country. Don’t expect to see much as far as immigration is concerned.
3. 101% Sure (link)
We still don’t know 100% yet if Governor Rick Perry will seek re-election, though I think he will, but we do know what Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst plans on doing. According to the Dallas Morning News:
“I am 101 percent committed to run for re-election. There is no question about it,” Dewhurst told The Dallas Morning News Friday.
“I will be doing things over the next six months and through the summer to make sure that I win re-election in 2014,” he said. “I am real excited about putting in place a legacy for the state and the things that are necessary for this state to stay No. 1 for decades to come.”
His comments appeared to be aimed at putting to rest speculation about his political plans after his failed bid for the U.S. Senate last year. Dewhurst lost a bruising primary battle with Ted Cruz, who was sworn into office this week.
Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson has been campaigning for lieutenant governor for several months, saying he believes Dewhurst will not seek another term. Also interested in the job are Texas Comptroller Susan Combs and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples. All three are Republicans.
It will be interesting to see if Dewhurst is able to run without another Republican challenging him. We have seen Dewhurst move to the right in the last few months and that is probably to because he fears another Ted Cruz type of challenge.
Appearing on today’s Chad Hasty Show:
9:05am- U.S. Senator Ted Cruz
10:05am: GOP Strategist & Co-founder of MustReadTexas.com, Matt Mackowiack
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