Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of April 12, 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.

Cole Shooter,

1. City Council (link)

Last night the Lubbock City Council met and while they made one good decision, the lack of ethics was on display by a few council members. The council voted 6-0 to hire outside legal counsel in response to City Manager Lee Ann Dumbauld's move to hire an attorney.

After that vote, Councilwoman Latrelle Joy made the motion to place Dumbauld on paid administrative leave. Joy made the comment that "the city will function better if Ms. Dumbauld is not in the city offices". Joy's proposal ultimately failed in a 3-3 tie. Mayor Glen Robertson, Councilwoman Gibson, and Councilman Gerlt voted against the proposal. Joining Joy in voting for the proposal was Councilman Klein and Councilman Hernandez.

That's right, Hernandez is still voting on an issue that is against him. It is shameful that Councilman Victor Hernandez refuses to recuse himself in this situation. It is shameful that the rest of the council refuses to put public pressure on Hernandez.

I would say the citizens of Lubbock deserve better, but this is the council they wanted.

You can read Cole Shooter's KFYO News story here.

2. CHL on Campus (link)

A Texas House panel voted on Thursday to allow concealed handgun license holders to carry handguns on campus.

A Texas House panel voted Thursday to allow concealed handgun license holders to carry their handguns on college campuses.

The 7-1 vote by the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety sends the bill to the House for consideration.

Officials from state universities oppose the measure, but it gives schools an opportunity to opt out of the campus-carry provision if they consult with students, staff, and faculty.

If campuses still ban the weapon to be brought on campus, the bill reduces the penalty for the violation from a felony to a misdemeanor.

Supporters of the campus carry measure say the bill will allow students to defend themselves from predators and help prevent school shootings.

Opponents of the measure say the measure, if approved, will increase the chances of violence on college campuses.

This is a great first step. Now we have to make sure that members of the House and Senate will vote for this. That means getting on the phones and calling Rep. Charles Perry and Senator Bob Duncan and telling them what you think.

As for the argument that it would increase violence on campus, that is complete BS.

3. North Korea (link)

Remember when we all sat around laughing when North Korea threatened to strike the U.S. with a nuke? Well, maybe we should all start taking North Korea a little more seriously.

The results of a classified Defense Intelligence Agency report indicate that “North Korea now has nuclear weapons capable of delivery by ballistic missiles.”

That was the bombshell out of a House Armed Services Committee hearing Thursday.

It came when Rep. Doug Lamborn (R) of Coloradobegan quoting from what he said was an unclassified version of the DIA report, which has not yet been made public.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of StaffGen. Martin Dempsey, the nation’s top military officer, appeared caught off-guard. The Pentagon has in recent days sought to strike a balance between words of warning to the North and attempts to calm the situation. General Dempsey's reaction suggested that he was not pleased to have the DIA assessment made public, as it could further stoke anxieties over what is already a enormously tense international standoff.

Representative Lamborn read from the report toward the end of a defense budget hearing.

“They say, ‘DIA assess with moderate confidence the North currently has nuclear weapons capable of delivery by ballistic missiles. However, the reliability will be low.’ General, would you agree with that assessment by DIA?” he asked

“I can’t touch that one,” Dempsey answered.

The problem was that the report hasn’t been released, he said. “Some of it’s classified, some of it’s unclassified.”


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