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Chad’s Morning Brief: Monday Night’s Debate, Gambling in Texas, & More

Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of October 23, 2012. Give us 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. Final Presidential Debate

Last night was the third and final Presidential debate and today we will discuss it on the show.

First, a few of my thoughts. Most focus group will walk away giving President Obama the edge in last night’s debate. Personally, I think the debate was a draw. Both men did what they needed to do to fire up their bases. Undecideds really don’t care about foreign policy so it was good for both campaigns to pivot to domestic issues. It was best for Mitt Romney though when discussion turned to the economy. In focus groups on both CNN and FOX last night, undecideds gave a slight edge to Obama on foreign policy. However, when it came to the economy, they overwhelmingly gave the nod to Romney.

Republicans may be upset today that Romney didn’t hit Obama on his failures when it comes to foreign policy. I understand where you are coming from, and I don’t feel too different than you. However, take a look at how both men handled the debate last night. The President came out swinging against Romney and wanted to make last night all about anti-Romney. Meanwhile, Romney talked about the future and wanted to look Presidential. I think he did.

I will talk more about this today on the show. What did you think about last night’s debate?

2. Gambling in Texas (link)

Should gambling expand in Texas? That issue was discussed yesterday on The Chad Hasty Show, and I will discuss it again today.

According to KFYO on Monday:

Former district attorney, state senator and chancellor John T. Montford is promoting a new referendum that would allow Texans to deice whether or not to legalize gambling in Texas. Montford said that he was surprised to find that Texas was losing a great deal of money to gaming establishments in Oklahoma and New Mexico, and he would like to see more of that money stay in Texas by legalizing gambling in the state.

The referendum would affect areas with already established race tracks and Native American areas, and if passed, would be up for a vote in November of 2013. Montford pointed out that there is plenty of illegal gambling occurring in Texas as it is, and that legalizing it would help them to better police the illegal activity. He also said that Texans are smart enough to decided for themselves whether or not they want gambling in their state.

Yesterday, State Rep. Charles Perry came out against casino gambling and I can understand some of his points against it. However, I personally have no problem with it as long as it’s done right. We shouldn’t dedicate funds for education and rely on gambling to help us out as a state. Instead, money should be funneled into the general fund and take it from there.

I also believe that Texans should be allowed to vote on the issue.

What do you think?

3. Vandalizing Political Signs

Seriously people, stop vandalizing political signs. Both Democrats and Republicans have reported political signs either being stolen or vandalized. Kenny Ketner, the Lubbock Democratic Chairman even reported that one Obama sign had what appeared to be bullet holes in it. Now, I seriously doubt that they were bullet holes since there was no report of gunfire, but still cut it out. Writing the “N-word” on an Obama sign does nothing but make you look stupid and immature.

Stealing signs is just as stupid. It happens every year and every year I roll my eyes. Some people act like children this time of year and go around stealing political signs. What is the point?

To anyone stealing or vandalizing signs out there, grow up and stop acting like a moron.

4. University Bans Christian Group (link)

Common sense would would dictate that leaders in a Christian organization should adhere to Christian an biblical beliefs. Well, if you are a Christian organization at a university, be ready to throw common sense out the window.

Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts has banned a Christian group from campus because the group requires student leaders to adhere to “basic biblical truths of Christianity.” The decision to ban the group, called the Tufts Christian Fellowship, was made by officials from the university’s student government, specifically the Tufts Community Union Judiciary.

The ban means the group “will lose the right to use the Tufts name in its title or at any activities, schedule events or reserve university space through the Office for Campus Life,” according to the Tufts Daily. Additionally, Tufts Christian Fellowship will be unable to receive money from a pool that students are required to pay into and that is specifically set aside for student groups.

“TCF is the Tufts chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA, an evangelical Christian mission on college campuses across the country, and also has ties to the university Chaplaincy,” the Tufts Dailyreports.

“The group had been operating in a state of suspended recognition after the Judiciary found that the group’s constitution excluded students from applying to leadership positions based on their beliefs. The clauses in question require that anyTCF member who wishes to apply for a leadership role must adhere to a series of tenets called a Basis of Faith, or eight ‘basic Biblical truths of Christianity.’

“The Judiciary last month recommended that TCF move the belief-based leadership requirements from the constitution’s bylaws, which are legally binding, to its mission statement, which is not.

If they just weren’t so Christian, everything would have been fine. Idiots.

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These and many more topics coming up on today’s edition of The Chad Hasty Show. Tune in mornings 8:30-11 am on NewsTalk 790 KFYO, streaming online at kfyo.com, and now on your iPhone and Android device with the radioPup App. All guest interviews can be heard online in our podcast section after the show at kfyo.com.

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