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Chad’s Morning Brief: Taxes, Smoking Ordinance, and the Lubbock City Council, Hillary Clinton’s Polling Numbers Drop, and Other Top Stories

Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of August 15, 2014. Give me your feedback below and tune in to The Chad Hasty Show for these and many more topics from 8:30 to 11am. Remember, you can listen online at KFYO.com or on your iPhone/Android with the radioPup App.

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City Council

The Lubbock City Council is prepared to raise taxes on the citizens of Lubbock. Behind the scenes members of the council have spoken often about raising taxes, but last night the Mayor had to push some into doing what they wanted to do. As KCBD points out, only two members of the council said no.

Councilman Floyd Price made the first motion to set the tax rate at 0.53441.  He told members that the increase would help reduce the city’s debt by $2.4-Million.  But, Price’s motion failed to get a second.

Councilman Jim Gerlt then made a motion to set the rate at 0.52740.  His motion also failed to get a second.

 

When Mayor Glen Robertson asked for any additional motions, none were offered.  The mayor then stated council needed to set a tax rate, and that he was “frustrated at the lack of courage from this dais”.

After that, Price asked Gerlt to restate his motion.  Price then seconded the motion, leading to a vote.

 

Council members Karen Gibson and Jeff Griffith voted no.

The council also heard from numerous people about the proposed smoking ban. Today on the show, I’ll talk about a few of the citizen comments.

Hillary Falls Back to Earth

Hillary Clinton might be attempting to separate herself from the Obama administration but already her poll numbers are heading in the same direction as President Obama’s. Down. According to BND.com, Clinton’s lead over potential Republican candidates for 2016 has shrunk.

Potential Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s lead over a crowded prospective Republican field has narrowed and her support has slipped below 50 percent, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll.

Clinton remains ahead of potential Republican rivals including Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. But recent gaffes by the former secretary of state have helped close the gap.

For example, Clinton leads Christie 47 percent to 41 percent with 12 percent of voters undecided. In April, she led 53-42 with 5 percent undecided, and in February she enjoyed a 58-37 lead against the governor with 6 percent undecided.

She’s seen her cushion against Bush, brother of former President George W. Bush, erode to 48 percent to 41 percent with 10 percent undecided. That’s down from 55-39 with 6 percent undecided in April.

And against Paul, her lead has shrunk to 48 percent to 42 percent with 10 percent undecided from 54-40 and 6 percent undecided in April.

Lee Miringoff, the director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion in New York, which conducted the survey, attributed the slippage to Clinton’s increased visibility in promoting her new book, “Hard Choices,” and some recent gaffes.

Clinton caused a stir in June when she said that she and former President Bill Clinton left the White House in 2001 “dead broke” and in debt, a statement many potential voters found hard to accept given that both Clintons received millions of dollars in book deal advances and commanded six figures on the speech circuit.

Of course 2016 is so far away that these numbers don’t mean much right now. However, it does show that once Clinton is examined more by the public, her numbers don’t hold up to the powerhouse status that she has built up.

Other Top Stories:

Majority of Americans Disapprove of Obama on Israel, Iraq, Ukraine

NJ Man Hangs ISIS Flag

Pentagon Fueled Ferguson

Protests Planned in LA

Administration Releases 600 Immigrants 

The Post Office Lost $2 Billion in 3 Months

ESPN’s Cowherd Blames Southern Culture

Iraq Militants Changing Tactics 

Why the Funniest People Are Sometimes the Saddest

These and many more topics coming up on today’s edition of The Chad Hasty Show. Tune in mornings 8:30-11am 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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