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Chad’s Morning Brief: Ted Cruz Wants to Debate in English, Delwin Jones, & More

Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of June 5, 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. Good to be Back

I enjoy weekend trips, but man are they just too short. My wife and I headed to Dallas on Friday and Saturday to visit family and enjoy the Metroplex. My parents are always fantastic hosts and already had the weekend planned. We had great food, drinks, and a good time at the Dallas Arboretum. On Sunday, my wife and I headed to Austin for her cousin’s wedding. We were there a good 5 hours before hitting the road back to Lubbock. That’s a lot of driving in just a couple of days and looking back I made some observations.

1. It’s great to “un-plug” from work. Even if it is just for 48 hours or so.

2. If you don’t stop at the Czech Stop Bakery in West, something is just wrong with you.

3. Sharing a cigar and bourbon with your dad and wife is pretty awesome.

4. The older I get, the more I appreciate the drive through the Hill Country.

5. Austin would be a great city without all the libs.

6. Road trips aren’t bad, but after 10 hours, give me a hotel.

7. Lubbock will really enjoy BJ’s Brewhouse & Pub when it gets here. It’s one of my favorite places.

8. Monster Energy drinks work.

9. I still don’t think my wife can hang with the high energy of my parents. She sure does try though.

10. I love my family and am truly blessed.

2. A debate in Spanish? (link)

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has apparently challenged Ted Cruz to a debate in Spanish. Ted Cruz would rather debate in English.

Over the weekend, the white Lieutenant Governor of Texas, David Dewhurst challenged his opponent in the Texas Senate race, Ted Cruz, to a debate — in Spanish. Cruz, the Cuban-American former Texas Solicitor General, said he would prefer to debate in English.

Univision reported that Dewhurst made the challenge to Cruz. ”I would welcome a debate with Lt. Gov. Dewhurst in any form,” Cruz told the Spanish-language network. “But I think we would have a better debate if we did the debate in English.”

He explained that as a second generation Cuban American, he grew up speaking “Spanglish.”

“My Spanish is a situation many of your viewers will recognize, which is that as a second generation immigrant, my dad came from Cuba when he was a teenager not speaking English. And I grew up here speaking Spanglish,” Cruz said, shouting out a phrase in half English, half Spanish to illustrate his point.

“That’s the world in which I grew up, and that’s a world in which a lot of second generation immigrants find themselves.”

Dewhurst and Cruz are locked in a Republican primary run-off battle for the Texas Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison at the end of the year. There is no viable Democratic candidate, and given the demographics of the state, whoever wins the primary run-off on July 31 will take the seat.

Texas has a huge Hispanic population, being a border state, and that demographic will be hugely important for both candidates.

This is kinda silly to me. It’s just politics and possibly a way for the Dewhurst camp to paint Cruz as someone who doesn’t want to debate which is odd because Dewhurst is the one who ducks most debates.

3. Delwin Jones (link)

While I was gone on Monday, Carl Tepper sat in for me which I greatly appreciate. On the show he said that he believes Delwin Jones will run again.

On the Monday edition of Lubbock’s First News on KFYO, as the program was coming to an end, Carl Tepper, the Lubbock County Republican Party chairman, was asked if he thought Delwin Jones would run for state rep again.

“I think he’s going to run again,” Tepper said.  ” That’s his nature.  He runs.  He’s been doing it 40 years.  Why would he change now?  I know he’s told people he will run again.  Look, it’s a free country.  The guy has been a state rep for many, many years.  If he wants to run again, he gets to.”

Jones will turn 90 in two years.

This is past the point of being sad now. Delwin, it’s over.

4. Rubio Rising (link)

There is no doubt that Marco Rubio is the future of the GOP. He gaining more respect it seems everyday.

“Marco’s not a show horse,” Lieberman said. “He’s a workhorse.”

One day he’ll be giving a speech at the Brookings Institution in Washington or the Council on Foreign Relations in New York on Thursday. Next, he’ll be lugging Henry Kissinger’s “Diplomacy” tome to a Munich conference, stopping along the way in Madrid to chat with Spain’s prime minister in Spanish as his unilingual Anglo colleagues twiddle their thumbs. He also has travelled to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Malta, Libya, Haiti and Colombia.

The nation’s political chattering class focuses most heavily on Rubio as a vice-presidential shortlister, but his Senate colleagues can’t help but talk about him becoming a key foreign-policy player as a member of the intelligence and foreign-relations committees.

Lieberman and Kerry are Senate experts both in foreign policy and running in a presidential election. Kerry was the Democrats’ presidential nominee in 2004; Lieberman the Democrats’ vice-presidential candidate in 2000 before becoming an independent.

Both say Rubio is able to handle the rigors of the national campaign trail and the Senate at the same time.

“I’ve been impressed by his thinking — doing the homework necessary to earn the credibility with respect to your approach to things. I think that’s constructive,” Kerry said.

“A lot of the colleagues around here, obviously, are interested in substance and interested in people who do the work and are not impressed by people who are prone to play the political end of something and hold a press conference and not do the work,” Kerry said. “They want to see someone buckle down and learn the ropes. And I think he’s clearly been doing that in a very positive way.”

Rubio, though, still adheres to the party line.

His praise of President Obama is sparse — even amid seeming foreign-policy triumphs like the overthrow and death of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi in October. At the time, Rubio and other Republicans gave Obama relatively little credit.

5. Dumb Story of the Morning (link)

Buckle up those pets!

Click it or ticket. It’s not just for people anymore — at least in the Garden State.

Police and animal control officers are authorized to cite drivers with unrestrained animals in the car. Yes, that includes the back of a pickup truck too. Violators can be fined $250 to $1,000 per offense.

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

Great story.

What Vogel did at the end of the D-III 3,200 meters, however, got her a standing ovation.

Within 20 feet of the finish line, Arden McMath, a sophomore from Arlington High School, collapsed in front of Vogel. Rather than run by her, Vogel helped McMath to her feet and helped her across the finish line.

The crowd came to its feet with the roar growing louder with each step.

“Helping her across the finish line was a lot more satisfying than winning the state championship,” admitted Vogel.

By rule, a runner in track or cross country is automatically disqualified for aiding another runner. In this instance, however, meet management took no action. McMath was given 14th place in 12:29.90 and Vogel 15th in 12:30.24. Vogel made sure McMath crossed the finish line first because she had been ahead of her.

“What a selfless act,” said Arlington coach Paul Hunter. “She could have just gone around Arden. But she chose to help. I’ve never seen that at a state meet. That’s real sportsmanship.”

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

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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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