Chad’s Morning Brief: Ted Cruz Takes Lead in U.S. Senate Race, Lubbock City Council News, & More
Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of July 13, 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. Ted Cruz Leads in Two Polls (link)
Is it the beginning of Cruz-mentum? According to two polls, Ted Cruz now leads Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the race for U.S. Senate. According to the Texas Tribune:
Two new automated telephone polls show former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz leading Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst among likely voters in the July 31 Republican primary runoff for an open U.S. Senate seat.
A poll from Public Policy Polling, which surveys races nationally, shows Cruz with 49 percent support and Dewhurst with 44 percent of the vote. Cruz's lead grows wider among voters who identify with the Tea Party movement. Among self-described Tea Party supporters, Cruz leads 71 percent to 26 percent. Dewhurst, meanwhile, leads voters who describe themselves as moderates (70 percent to 20 percent) or "somewhat conservative" (49 percent to 45 percent).
In a separate poll released Thursday by Citizens United Political Victory Fund, the political action committee of Citizens United, Cruz is ahead 48 percent to 38 percent. The telephone poll by Ohio-based Wenzel Strategies was conducted Tuesday and Wednesday, included 600 respondents, and has a margin of error of +/- 3.98 percentage points.
Last week an internal Cruz poll showed Ted Cruz with a lead. However, the Dewhurst camp says that according to their own internal polling, Dewhurst is actually leading.
The survey of 601 likely Republican primary runoff voters shows Dewhurst leading Cruz, 50 percent to 42 percent.
This is going to be a very close runoff.
2. Lubbock City Council (link)
Mayor Glen Robertson will join the show at 7am this morning. It's your chance to call in and ask the Mayor a question over what is going on in Lubbock. I encourage you to take a look at Cole Shooter's KFYO News story over yesterday's council meeting. The link to his write-up is above.
3. Feds Continue to Encourage Food Stamps (link)
Touting Food Stamps must be the new "in thing" for the federal government. According to the Weekly Standard, the government is now trying to make the the case that with food stamps, "everyone wins.
The argument is that accepting food stamp benefits helps to promote economic growth for the communities hosting those recipients.
"Each $5 dollars in new SNAP benefits generates almost twice that amount in economic activity for the community," states the federal government pamphlet. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the official name of the food stamps program.
"Everyone wins when eligible people take advantage of benefits to which they are entitled," states the pamphlet, which is written and distributed by the United States Department of Agriculture, the federal entity responsible for the program.
This is just sad. We shouldn't be encouraging the use of food stamps. However, we all know that the government wants you to depend on them. You can view the entire article and the SNAP Q&A on the link above.
4. Joe Biden to the NAACP: Imagine (link)
Vice President Joe Biden spoke at the NAACP yesterday and urged those in the crowd to imagine what a Romney Justice Department would look like.
“Imagine what the Romney Justice Department will look like,” Biden told the NAACP audience on Thursday. “Imagine when his senior advisor on constitutional issues is Robert Bork. Imagine those incredibly important positions of justice. Imagine, and I mean this, this to me is one of the most critical issues in this election, imagine what the Supreme Court will look like after four years of a Romney presidency.”
The Biden comment likely sits well with NAACP members as, on Tuesday, the NAACP unanimously passed an “emergency resolution” calling the bipartisan votes to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal and civil contempt of Congress a “travesty of justice.” The resolution is meant for the NAACP to “express their outrage at the treatment of the first African-American and one of the best attorney generals in history.”
5. Dumb Story of the Morning (link)
Selling child porn from a drive-thru window. An idiot on many levels.
A drive-thru restaurant worker in South Texas has been sentenced to nearly 22 years in prison for selling child porn to patrons.
A federal judge in San Antonio on Wednesday sentenced 36-year-old Juan Antonio Rosa.
Rosa in March pleaded guilty to distributing child pornography. He allegedly met the porn customers online.
Prosecutors say buyers used the code word “Scooby Doo” to get the memory cards along with food at a Wendy’s Co. restaurant in San Antonio. Officials say the restaurant operators were not aware of the illegal deals.
Rosa served time on a state child porn conviction and started working at Wendy’s after his 2010 release. He was arrested last summer after child porn turned up on his computers at an apartment in Converse.
The restaurant location hasn’t been released.
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