Chad’s Morning Brief: Night Two of the Democratic Convention, Democrats Boo God and Jerusalem, & More
Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of September 6, 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. Democratic Convention Thoughts
Night two of the Democratic Convention was something to see that's for sure. Actually, it all started earlier in the day when Democratic delegates boo'd Jerusalem and God. You can find out more about that on topic #2 of the Morning Brief.
One of the headliners was Sandra Fluke who gained national attention after testifying in front of Congress that she and other college students couldn't afford birth control and it should be free for everyone. Last night she was in prime-time for the Democrats, warning that a Republican White House would be a disaster for women. It was a terrible speech really that in no way reached out to moderates. Fluke basically warned that women and abortion would suffer under a Romney administration.
Former President Bill Clinton spoke as well and while his speech started off strong, it just wouldn't end. I believe I watch both the 3rd and 4th quarters of the Cowboys game before he finally wrapped up. It seemed like to me that most of the speech touted what Clinton did years ago, and then he would mention that Obama should be re-elected. Clinton's speech was over 45 minutes long and at times he sounded as though he was just rambling.
What were your thoughts?
2. Democrats Boo God and Jerusalem (link)
Democrats will stand up and cheer for abortion rights, but when it comes to God and Jerusalem? It's a different story. Check out the video above.
Democrats have changed their convention platform to add a mention of God and declare that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.
The move came after criticism from Republicans.
Many in the audience booed after the convention chairman, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, ruled that the amendments had been approved despite the fact that a large group of delegates objected.
He called for a vote three times before ruling.
3. "DREAMER" Speaks at DNC (link)
A San Antonio woman was the first illegal... I'm sorry, undocumented person to address the Democratic Convention.
Benita Veliz, a 27-year-old San Antonio woman whose parents brought her into the country on a short-term tourist visa nearly two decades years ago, became the first undocumented person to address the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night.
Veliz, who graduated from high school at age 16 as valedictorian and double-majored at St. Mary’s University on a full academic scholarship, was nearly deported to Mexico after being pulled over in 2009 for a traffic infraction.
The case was eventually dropped in 2011. But Veliz, who identifies herself as an American and has hardly any connection to Mexico, has become the poster child for a generation of young immigrants rooting for the DREAM Act, proposed legislation that would provide them a path to citizenship.
“I know I have something to contribute to my economy and my country. I feel just as American as any of my friends or neighbors,” Veliz said in her Wednesday night address. “But I’ve had to live almost my entire life knowing I could be deported just because of the way I came here.”
4. Dallas 2016? (link)
Should Dallas try and get one of the political conventions for 2016? An editorial in the Dallas Morning News thinks so.
The GOP convention would make for a natural fit in Republican Texas. The city’s business climate squares with Republican sensibilities. And, by 2016, the George W. Bush Presidential Center at Southern Methodist University will have been open for three years.
But city leaders shouldn’t pitch Dallas only to Republicans. The political climate has changed rapidly, with Democrats sweeping up in local elections for judges and county officials. Like Houston, Dallas is turning more blue than red. Democrats nationally may want to capitalize on that shift and compete for votes in a Republican state.
By 2016, 32 years will have passed since Dallas last held a convention. The city has a great story to tell. And as soon as Democrats depart Charlotte this week, the mayor, the region’s many chamber of commerce leaders and the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau should start telling that story.
I don't see a problem with Dallas hosting a convention other than traffic and the fact that Texas isn't a swing state. I doubt the Democrats go to Dallas, but I could see the GOP holding their convention in Dallas.
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