Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of August 30, 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. Republican Convention, Night 3

To be honest, most of last night's convention speakers were boring. At least compared to Tuesday night they were boring. Except the last 3 speakers who rocked the arena and drove home the GOP message.

Condoleezza Rice gave what might have been one of the best speeches at a convention. Rice is brilliant and she had the audience in Tampa and at home captivated. Rice touched on many issues including national security, leadership, education, and the economy. She had a great speech and only used bullet points. What a brilliant woman. You can see the text of her speech here.

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez also gave a great speech and had the audience cheering for her. One section of her speech that the convention seemed to really love was when she figured out she was a Republican.

Before I ran for district attorney, two Republicans invited
my husband and me to lunch, and I knew a party switch was
exactly what they wanted.  So, I told Chuck, ``We'll be polite,
enjoy a free lunch, and then say good-bye.''  But we talked about
issues -- they never used the words Republican or Democrat,
conservative or liberal.  We talked about many issues, like
welfare, is it the way of life or hand up? Talked about size of
government, how much should it tax families and small
businesses?  And when we left that lunch, we got in the car and
I looked over at Chuck and said,  ``I'll be damned. we're

Good line. You can read the entire text of her speech here.

Finally, Paul Ryan spoke and showed why he is the right man for the job. Ryan was passionate, funny, and could relate to both the younger crowd and the older crowd. Ryan didn't back away from going after the Obama Administration and didn't back away from talking about Medicare. Ryan's speech was fantastic and he showed that he is one of, if not the leader of the Republican Party. You can view the text of his speech here.

What did you think of last night's speeches?

2. Yahoo Editor Fired (link)

A Yahoo! News editor was fired yesterday after comments he made about the Romney's came to light.

David Chalian, the Yahoo News Washington Bureau chief, has been fired after getting caught on a hot mike telling a fellow host on an live ABC News web show to “feel free to say” that “they” — Mitt Romney and his fellow Republicans — “are happy to have a party with black people drowning.”

The implication: that Republicans’ decision to continue with their convention despite the hurricane hitting New Orleans means they don’t care about black people.

Chalian’s words were first caught by the conservative media criticism site Newsbusters. Yahoo has released a statement apologizing for the comment and announcing that Chalian had been terminated.

“David Chalian’s statement was inappropriate and does not represent the views of Yahoo!.” the statement reads. “He has been terminated effective immediately. We have already reached out to the Romney campaign, and we apologize to Mitt Romney, his staff, their supporters and anyone who was offended.”

Chalian has posted a public apology on his Facebook page, saying his intention was to mock the situation, not Romney. From the brief clip, the context of Chalian’s words is unknown.

“I am profoundly sorry for making an inappropriate and thoughtless joke,” he wrote. “I was commenting on the challenge of staging a convention during a hurricane and about campaign optics. I have apologized to the Romney campaign, and I want to take this opportunity to publicly apologize to Gov. and Mrs. Romney. I also regret causing any distraction from the exceptional coverage of the Republican convention by Yahoo News and ABC News.”

What stupid thing to say. Good job to Yahoo! for getting rid of this guy.

3. Hernandez Wants Committees (link)

Councilman Victor Hernandez has proposals on how to deal with the LP&L budget. According to KFYO News:

District 1 Councilman Victor Hernandez has announced that he is suggesting two possible solutions to the differences between the two Lubbock Power and Lightbudget proposals.

One budget proposal for the utility was prepared by the LP&L staff and another by the City of Lubbock staff.

The Council will consider the two proposals at Thursday evening’s special City Council meeting.

Hernandez suggests that a joint meeting of the LP&L board and City management could be a way of resolving any disagreements, or, in a second suggestion, three members of each body meet to hash out their differences.

“It is time that the governing bodies of each entity, City Council and LP&L, step in and find a solution which enables the citizens of Lubbock to feel comfortable with their City government as well as with their locally owned utility,” Hernandez said. “Working together, I believe this goal can be achieved.”


4. Fried Food and the State Fair (link)

The State Fair of Texas is around the corner and that means we get to find out what the fried favorites will be this year. In past years, Fried Coke, Fried Butter, Fried Bacon, and Fried Chicken in a Flapjack have all been favorites. So what are the new foods this year?

The eighth Annual Big Tex Choice Awards picks eight fried foods, two of which will be crowned "best taste" and "most creative." The contestants are:

  • Chicken Fried Cactus Bites
  • Deep-Fried Divine Chocolate Tres Leches Cake
  • Deep Fried Jambalaya
  • Deep Fried Mac-N-Cheese Slider
  • Fried Bacon Cinnamon Roll
  • Fried Mexican Fire Crackers
  • Fried Pork Wing
  • Picnic on a Stick

Last year, Fried Bubblegum won "most creative" and Buffalo Chicken Flapjacks (a guilty pleasure) won "best taste." The 2012 winners of the Big Tex Choice Awards will be announced Monday, September 3 with a special event at The Dock, inside the Embarcadero at Nimitz & Keating in Fair Park.

Any of those sound good to you?

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