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Chad’s Morning Brief: Lubbock City Council, President Obama & Guns, and More

Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of July 27, 2012. Give us your feedback below and tune in to Lubbock’s First News with Chad Hasty for these and many more topics from 6-9 am.

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1. Lubbock City Council

It’s been an interesting week for the City of Lubbock and for the Lubbock City Council. Today, Mayor Glen Robertson will join the show to discuss LP&L, the water department, maintenance, and much more including yesterday’s City Council meeting.

You can view Cole Shooter’s wrap-up of yesterday’s council meeting by clicking here.

2. President Obama Talks Guns (link)

President Obama is ready to strengthen gun rules. Harry Reid? Not so much.

As President Obama added his voice to the push for stricter gun rules in the wake of the Colorado movie theater massacre, the suggestion made a prompt thud on Capitol Hill when the top Senate Democrat said he can’t fit the gun control debate in the schedule.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, asked Thursday about Obama’s remarks on gun control the night before, said the Senate’s packed schedule precludes any action on firearms legislation. Asked if the Senate might debate the issue next year, Reid said, “Nice try.”

The president was vague in what specific measures he’d like to see enacted when he touched on the issue Wednesday evening in a speech to the National Urban League. He affirmed his belief in Americans’ right to own guns, but he singled out assault rifles as better suited for the battlefield.

“I believe the Second Amendment guarantees an individual the right to bear arms,” Obama said. “But I also believe that a lot of gun owners would agree that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not on the streets of our cities.”

He called for stepped-up background checks for people who want to purchase guns and said he would also seek a national consensus on combating violence.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney clarified Thursday that the president is not necessarily talking about new laws.

“He believes that we can enhance the enforcement of existing laws by making it more difficult for those who should not have weapons under existing laws … to obtain weapons,” Carney said.

If Obama is re-elected, does anyone really think he won’t try and go for our guns?

3. Boston Mayor Backs Down (link)

The Mayor of Boston finally realized that he couldn’t stop Chick-fil-a. Still, he is sorta trying.

Mayor Thomas M. Menino repeated today that he doesn’t want Chick-fil-A in Boston, but he backed away from a threat to actively block the fast-food chain from setting up shop in the city.

“I can’t do that. That would be interference to his rights to go there,” Menino said, referring to company president Dan Cathy, who drew the mayor’s wrath by going public with his views against same-sex marriage.

The mayor added: “I make mistakes all the time. That’s a Menino-ism.”

“I sent (the landlord) a letter, but that’s all. There’s no pressure by me to allow this place to be rented,” he said.

Menino acknowledged Cathy’s freedom to express his views, but was unapologetic about his own tough stance that’s become national news.

“Some people might not like these positions, but as mayor of the city of Boston, you can’t run and hide, and I’ll always protect people’s rights,” Menino said. “I’m right out front there and if people don’t like it, I feel sorry for them. But I’m the mayor of Boston and I get elected to make my opinions known.”

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel still opposes Chick-fil-a because of what their President thinks. Emanuel said that Chick-fil-a’s values aren’t Chicago’s. Who’s values are Chicago’s? Well, that would be Louis Farrakhan‘s.

4. Romney in London (link)

Well Mitt Romney has already started a fight with a foreign leader. Not over the world economy or military issues. No, this is an Olympic size fight. According to FOX:

In an interview last night with the Tower of London lit up behind him, Romney questioned the readiness of the UK to play host to the world’s greatest athletes.

“You know, it’s hard to know just how well it… will turn out,” he speculated and went on to cite reports of logistical problems surrounding the planning calling it “disconcerting.”

“The stories about the private security firm not having enough people… the supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials, that obviously is not something which is encouraging,” Romney stated.

Cameron volleyed back at a press conference this morning in a not-so-subtle swipe at Romney’s stewardship of the 2002 Salt Lake City, Utah, Olympics.

“We are holding an Olympic Games in one of the most active bustling cities in the world and of course it is easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere,” he quipped. The British press doubled down on the hit with headlines reading,”Who invited you?”

After meeting with several British officials in the morning, Romney and Cameron met for a sit down at the iconic 10 Downing compound and seemed to have put an end to their face-off as they exchanged pleasantries.

Sounds like the Brits are just a bit touchy about the games. They have been criticized a lot lately.

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