Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of May 14, 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.

1. Robertson Wins Big (link)

Glen Robertson won big Saturday night be receiving 65% of the vote in Lubbock. Latrelle Joy won a much closer race by receiving 187 more votes than Randy Sanders in District 6. In District 4, Jim Gerlt and Paul Beane will be in a runoff since neither candidate received 50% of the vote.

The big story though is the huge victory that Glen Robertson had. No one really saw a huge win in this race, and I think that more than anything shows that the people in Lubbock were tired of Tom Martin. What can we expect from Glen Robertson? Tune in at 8am today as Mayor-elect Glen Robertson will join us in studio.

2. Early Voting Begins Today!

This isn't a mistake. Early voting for the Republican and Democratic Primaries begin today at 8am. You can view a list of voting locations here. Be sure to get out and vote as there are some very important primaries out there that people need to vote for.

3. Leppert Rising? (link)

Well this is interesting. According to an internal memo from the Dewhurst camp, former Mayor of Dallas, Tom Leppert, seems to be gaining steam. The Dewhurst camp also seems to be less concerned about Ted Cruz and instead focusing on Leppert.

In an internal Senate campaign strategy email, a top adviser to Texas Lt Gov. David Dewhurst argued that rival Ted Cruz, the state's former Solicitor General who's running an insurgent race, has been drawn out and forced "to spend money early," and insists former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert is "now well within the margin" and could finish in second place.

Referring to Leppert as "Mayor ACORN," Carney says in the email, sent internally in the campaign yesterday, that "I assume by today Leppert has close the margin and is now ahead of Ted. Leppert's TV ads and debate performances are clearly helping him. Expect the mayor to define and engage Cruz outside of dallas so he can bury Cruz and finish second.  If the Leppert folks do begin to act like a campaign and gut Cruz in the press and in paid media then we will need to watch carefully how far Leppert grows.  With Cruz flat-lined and the Mayor growing, (pollster Mike) Baselice tells me he is confident Leppert could thread the needle and pass Cruz as Staffer and his allies attack only us."


4. Obama, the First Gay President (link)

Newsweek has decided to follow in the footsteps of TIME and produced a cover that is sure to bring in attention. The cover of Newsweek features President Obama with a rainbow halo with the title 'The First Gay President'.

The news-magazine, which hits stands Monday, is using the shock factor of labeling the straight, married, father-of-two President to draw attention to itself.

Tina Brown, who heads the magazine and it's sister website The Daily Beast, is known for her appreciation of controversial covers to help boost public interest and sales.

After Time magazine went with a cover shot of a young blonde mother breastfeeding her 3-year-old boy, Ms Brown is said to have taken it in stride, saying 'let the games begin!'

The article accompanying the cover was written by the news magazine's regular blogger, Andrew Sullivan, who is an openly gay self-titled conservative political pundit.

'When you step back a little and assess the record of Obama on gay rights, you see, in fact, that this was not an aberration. It was an inevitable culmination of three years of work,' Mr Sullivan said in a statement about the article.

'He had to discover his black identity and then reconcile it with his white family, just as gays discover their homosexual identity and then have to reconcile it with their heterosexual family,' he wrote, describing the similarities between Mr Obama and the gay community.

5. The Stupid Youth (link)

It's always fun to read National Review's Jonah Goldberg's articles and tweets. In this article he discusses the youth and why they are idiots.

“It is a simple fact of science that nothing correlates more with ignorance and stupidity more than youth,” the National Review Online editor said in an interview. “We’re all born idiots, and we only get over that condition as we get less young.”

So why all the focus on the youth vote and “millennials” in politics? Goldberg says young people having so much influence in a society is unhealthy.

“My view is, they’re going to run the country some day, so we should really explain why they’re so frickin’ stupid about so many things,” he said.


6. Good Brews Good News of the Day (link)

College sweethearts to marry after 60 years apart.

This spring will hold new beginnings for two residents of Canterbury Place Assisted Living in Dyersburg.College sweethearts Peggy Marie Pence Schuster and the Rev. Henry O. Freund will tie the knot over six decades after their first meeting. The two octogenarians will pledge their vows under the pavilion at Canterbury Place at 3 p.m., on Sunday, May 13.

"It took 60 years, but Cupid's arrow will finally find its mark on May 13," said Freund.

Freund and Schuster both attended Southwestern of Memphis - now known as Rhodes College - in the early 1950s. During 1950 and 1951, Freund said the couple often sat together in class and frequently dated, attending school functions together.

"Romance was in the air, but a long road lay ahead of these two young people," said Freund. "It was not the time for them to get together, and so, they went in different directions."

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