Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of February 11, 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. Bond Election

The Lubbock City Council is getting closer and closer to officially announcing a bond election for May of 2014. Over the weekend we learned that the Mayor's goal will be a "cafeteria-style" list of potential projects. On February 18th, the council will discuss potential projects during a public work session.

So far we can pretty much say with certainty that a new police station, fire station, and Godeke Library building will all be part of a bond election in 2014 if the council calls one. What else will be on the list? No one knows for sure, but I predict you will see a few items that aren't needs at all.

I am concerned that the Mayor doesn't feel as though there is a need for a bond committee though. In the past, council's have formed such committee's of citizens that would recommend projects. Some of these committees have done a good job at keeping silly items off a bond election.

Keep your eyes on this.

2. Primary Change (link)

State Senator Dan Patrick is tired of Texas basically having no say in the presidential primaries. On Friday, he filed a bill that would move the primary date to the first Tuesday in February.

Senator Dan Patrick filed Senate Bill 452 on Friday that moves the primary date to the first Tuesday in February of even numbered years. The intent of the bill is to allow the people of Texas, in all parties, to have a stronger voice in the presidential election.

“I’m tired of other states, mostly smaller, picking the nominees for President,” said Patrick. “Texas is the leading economic engine in the nation, has the second largest and fastest growing population in the country, and we reflect the broad spectrum of demographics in America,” added Patrick.

“For far too long the race for President has been all but decided by the time Texans get a chance to cast their ballot,” said Patrick. “SB 452 will ensure that Texas will now be a leading voice in determining who will lead our country,” said Patrick.

If SB 452 passes, the filing deadline would move to the second week of November beginning with the 2014 elections. “I believe the people of Texas regardless of party affiliation will be in strong support of this legislation,” stated Senator Patrick.

What do you think about this? Personally, I'm all for it. Texas should have a greater say in Presidential politics.

3. Tea Party Response (link)

Republicans seem intent on continuing to fracture the party. Senator Rand Paul will deliver a Tea Party response to the State of the Union after Senator Marco Rubio.

Paul will make his remarks soon after Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, wraps up the GOP response Tuesday night, a Paul spokeswoman confirms to CNN.

“We are giving a voice to the tea party movement when the mainstream media and the Republican establishment wants to write us off as dead,” said Amy Kremer, chairman of the Tea Party Express…

“We expect many of our supporters and many of Rand Paul’s supporters, freedom loving, liberty loving Americans to be there because this is our time to be heard,” Kremer said. “We are proud that Marco Rubio is giving the official Republican Party response because he is a tea party conservative and one of our own. But the Republican Party doesn’t necessarily speak for all conservatives and the tea party movement has its own voice and this is our chance to be heard.”

I like Rand Paul, but there is no reason to have a Tea Party response after Rubio speaks. Republicans have got to stop this civil war within the party. It's not helping anyone but the Democrats.

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