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Chad’s Morning Brief: Santorum as VP?, Obamacare at the Supreme Court Day 2, and More

Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of March 27, 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.

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1. Santorum Would Consider Being Romney’s VP (link)

Rick Santorum really wants to be President of the United States. So much that many pundits believe that some of his recent comments show that he is becoming more and more desperate. But what about being Mitt Romney’s VP? Santorum doesn’t sound like he’d mind that to much at all. According to FOX News:

“Of course,” Santorum said, when asking whether he’d consider being Romney’s running mate.

“This is the most important race in our country’s history. I’m going to do everything I can,” he said. “We know their future and all of our children’s future is at stake in this election, and I don’t want to be the guy who has to sit with my granddaughter 20 years from now and tell stories about an America where people once were free. I don’t want to have that conversation.”

Asked if he’s keeping his options open, Santorum responded: “I’ll do whatever is necessary to help our country.”

A Romney/Santorum ticket perhaps? Yeah, don’t hold your breath. My co-host, Rex Andrew, likes to bring up the fact that JFK and LBJ hated each other and still ran together. Different era my friends. They didn’t have to deal with YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. Not to mention 24 hour cable news. Years ago, statements could be forgotten. Now, they are only a click away on the internet.

Plus, Mitt Romney has already dismissed the idea. Truth be told, there are many Santorum’s out there in politics that Romney will have to choose from if he decides to go in the direction of someone more conservative. I still believe Marco Rubio is the number one choice for Romney though.

2. Obamacare at the Supreme Court Day 2

Today is considered the big day at the Supreme Court in the Obamacare case. Today, the individual mandate will be argued before the Supreme Court. The court did signal on Monday that it likely wouldn’t punt on the case and it could be that the justices are eager to issue a ruling according to FOX News.

As I said earlier, today is the main event. Justices will hear oral arguments on whether or not Congress overstepped its authority on the individual mandate. Can Congress force Americans to purchase health care? I’m sure it will be a circus outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

3. Former Leader of the NAACP calls out Sharpton and Jackson (link)

I can’t stand Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton. I’ve always believed that they two men exploited people and never truly cared about the black community. Well, now even a former leader of the NAACP agrees.

Former NAACP leader C.L. Bryant is accusing Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton of “exploiting” the Trayvon Martin tragedy to “racially divide this country.”

“His family should be outraged at the fact that they’re using this child as the bait to inflame racial passions,” Rev. C.L. Bryant said in a Monday interview with The Daily Caller.

The conservative black pastor who was once the chapter president of the Garland, Texas NAACP called Jackson and Sharpton “race hustlers” and said they are “acting as though they are buzzards circling the carcass of this young boy.”

Jackson, for example, recently said Martin’s death shows how “blacks are under attack” and “targeting, arresting, convicting blacks and ultimately killing us is big business.”

But Bryant, who explores the topic of black-on-black crime in his new film “Runaway Slave,” said people like Jackson and Sharpton are being misleading to suggest there is an epidemic of “white men killing black young men.”

“The epidemic is truly black on black crime,” Bryant said. “The greatest danger to the lives of young black men are young black men.”

Honestly, I couldn’t have said it better myself. Check out the above link for the rest of the story.

4. Joe Straus in Trouble? (link)

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus has never been known as the most conservative politician. His opponent in fact just won the backing of a national tea party group. According to the Statesman:

“Speaker Straus has not led the fight for limited government in a way that Texans want and deserve. Given a Republican super-majority, he should be doing much more to cut the size and scope of government, and to protect Texans against the federal government’s encroachments on our liberties,” Armey said in a statement.

FreedomWorks has taken particular issue with Straus’ resistance last session to a bill that would have criminalized invasive pat-downs by airport security personnel. Armey also touted Beebe’s support for eliminating the state’s business tax, which is projected to generate about $2.7 billion a year in the current budget.

Is Straus really in trouble? That remains to be seen. This doesn’t help him though when it comes to the Tea Party inside the Legislature.

5. Dumb story of the morning (link)

Easter Egg Hunt canceled. Blame the parents.

Organizers of an annual Easter egg hunt in Colorado attended by hundreds of children have canceled this year’s event, citing the behavior of aggressive parents who swarmed into the tiny park last year, determined that their kids get an egg.

That hunt was over in seconds, to the consternation of egg-less tots and their own parents. Too many parents had jumped a rope set up to allow only children into Bancroft Park in a historic area of Colorado Springs.

Organizers say the event has outgrown its original intent of being a neighborhood event.

Parenting observers cite the cancellation as a prime example of “helicopter parents” — those who hover over their children and are involved in every aspect of their children’s lives — sports, school, and increasingly work — to ensure that they don’t fail, even at an Easter egg hunt.

This may seem like an overreaction but I actually can see where organizers are coming from. A few years back, I was part of an Easter Egg event here in Lubbock where thousands of people attended. The parents were horrible. Instead of letting their kids run and gather eggs, like they were instructed to do, parents ran with their kids and even pushed other kids out of the way. The event hasn’t been held since.

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

Texas Tech organizations teaming up for Cell Phones For Soldiers.

Two Texas Tech University organizations are teaming up to spread awareness of the university’s veterans programs and donate valuable talk time to those serving in the military.

The Tech Activities Board and the Veterans Association at Texas Tech have organized a month long drive for cell phones, beginning in April.

The groups are working with Cell Phones For Soldiers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing deployed and returning troops cost-free methods to communicate with family while serving in the U.S. military.

Tech senior Jeffrey Poole, event organizer for the collegiate Veterans Association, said any kind of cell phones are appreciated: old, used and even broken.

The student groups send them to Cell Phones for Soldiers, which sells them to refurbishing company ReCellular Inc.

Phones donated to the program are either recycled or refurbished and sold, according to the website of Cell Phones for Soldiers.

Each donated device valued at $5 will provide troops with 2.5 hours on a prepaid calling card. The organization serves all branches of the military.

Read the rest of the story at the link above!

Everyday, Good Brews Coffee & Tea Lounge brings you the Good News of the Day!

Other Top Stories:

Obama Just Needs Flexibility

Could Pennsylvania End Santorum… Again?

The Campaign AGAINST Rubio

The Daily Caller Publishes Trayvon Martin’s Tweets

ID Theft and Kids

Technology and Our Brains

Guests Appearing on LFN Today:

Matt Mackowiak- GOP Strategist

Randy Sanders- Candidate for Lubbock City Council District 6.

These and many more topics coming up on today’s edition of Lubbock’s First News with Chad Hasty. Tune in mornings 6-9am on News/Talk 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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