Chad’s Morning Brief: Lubbock City Council Talks Behind Closed Doors, President Obama Gets Negative Ratings, & More
Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of May 2, 2013. Give me your feedback below and tune in to The Chad Hasty Show for these and many more topics from 8:30 to 11am.
1. Behind Closed Doors
It was a busy day for the Lubbock City Council on Wednesday. The day started at 9am and went immediately into executive session. That’s where they remained until noon, and then reconvening at 3pm. This was all before the regular council meeting at 6pm. At issue earlier in the day was City Manager Lee Ann Dumbauld, her attorney, and the Lubbock City Council.
At the end of the day, the council did nothing about Councilman Hernandez or Lee Ann Dumbauld.
I’m not sure how this will end, but I still don’t think it will end well for the City of Lubbock. I still believe the actions of the council early on and the continued actions of Councilman Hernandez and even Councilwoman Joy have put the city in danger of being sued.
2. Negative Ratings for Obama (link)
Well this isn’t very good news for President Obama. According to a new poll out, more people disapprove than approve of the way President Obama is handling the immigration and gun issues. Those are two of the President’s key issues and the American people aren’t going along with him it seems.
Fifty percent don’t like the way he is handling immigration policy, comparedwitho 40 percent who do, the poll found. That negative rating is due in large part to independents, 55 percent of whom disapprove of his handling of the issue. Only 34 percent approve.
On gun policy, some 52 percent disapprove of his approach, while 41 percent approve. That could be due in part to the loss in the Senate of the gun control proposal he pushed for expanded background checks for gun buyers.
He generally gets good marks on foreign policy in the poll — 47 percent approve of his overall approach to foreign policy, 54 percent approve of his handling of North Korea, and 55 percent approving of his handling of terrorism. On his handling of Syria, voters are basically split, with 37 percent approving and 35 percent disapproving.
His overall job approval has remained relatively stable with 48 percent approving and 45 percent disapproving, compared with 49 percent approving and 45 percent disapproving a month earlier, Quinnipiac found.
But a growing majority are dissatisfied with the direction of the country — 72 percent. That’s up from 69 percent a month earlier. Only 27 percent are satisfied, down from 30 percent last month.
Quinnipiac surveyed 1,471 registered voters between April 25 and 29. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.
I predict Obama’s terrorism numbers will start to crumble soon as well.
3. Perry’s California Trip Paying Off (link)
Governor Rick Perry targeted California businesses not long ago and it seems as though it is paying off. Yesterday, the Governor welcomed Shield Tactical to Texas.
Gov. Rick Perry today highlighted Texas’ strong jobs environment, which allows employers from all industries to risk their capital and see a return on their investment. The governor spoke at Shield Tactical, which sells firearm related gear and training services, and credits Gov. Perry’s economic development outreach in California with their decision to relocate to the Lone Star State.
“It’s my pleasure to officially welcome Shield Tactical to the Lone Star State. When we first started airing our radio ad in California, letting company owners and CEOs know about a better way of doing business here in Texas, attracting owners like John was a big part of it,” Gov. Perry said. “Economic development is at the very core of Texas’ mission, and we’ve done an effective job over the past decade, making some tough decisions and a rededicating to the fiscally conservative principles that encourage job creation.”
In addition to reaching out to employers in states like California that have put policies in place that make it harder to do business, Gov. Perry has also reached out directly to more than 30 firearms manufacturers across the country in states that are considering restricting sales or manufacturing of the industry.
The governor highlighted the economic climate that gives every business in Texas, small or large, the best chance for growth and success, including our low taxes, predictable regulations, fair courts and skilled workforce. The strongest indicator of the success of these economic policies are Texas employers, who have added more than half a million private-sector jobs over the last two years alone and a total of nearly 1.4 million in the private sector over the last 10 years.
Nice job, Governor.
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