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Chad’s Morning Brief: Texas is Ted Cruz Country, Rand Paul Says No More Chamber of Commerce Republicans for the White House, and Other Top Stories

Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of June 9, 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.

Important Election Dates:

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Election Day for Lubbock City Council District 3 Runoff: June 21

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Cruz Country

Governor Rick Perry is no longer top-dog in the Texas Republican Party. In fact, he isn’t even close to Ted Cruz. According to Breitbart Texas, Texas is Ted Cruz country.

On Saturday at the Texas GOP Convention in Fort Worth, Senator Ted Cruz won the 2016 presidential straw poll with 43 percent of the vote.

“Senator Cruz is deeply grateful for the support of Texas grassroots activists who are leading the way in the effort to make D.C. listen,” a spokeswoman from Cruz’s office told Breitbart Texas. “He is committed to making Texans’ voices heard and keeping up the fight in Washington to restore jobs, growth, and opportunity for all Americans.”

Dr. Ben Carson came in a distant second, and was closely trailed by Senator Rand Paul and Governor Rick Perry.

Here is a complete breakdown of the straw poll results:

Texas Senator Ted Cruz: 43.3 percent

Dr. Ben Carson: 12.2 percent

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul: 12.1 percent

Texas Governor Rick Perry: 11.7 percent

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush: 3.3 percent

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker: 2.9 percent

Florida Senator Marco Rubio: 2.6 percent

In a way, I’m not completely surprised. Governor Perry is seen by many as old news even though under his leadership Texas has flourished. I don’t expect the Perry camp to be worried at all about these numbers. 2016 is a long ways away and Rick Perry has a tremendous story to tell about the state.

Rand Paul Speaks on the Future of the GOP

Senator Rand Paul says it’s time for a “libertarian movement” in the GOP and that the typical “Chamber of Commerce Republican” can’t win according to POLITICO.

Rand Paul told GOP activists Saturday that the GOP can’t nominate another “Chamber of Commerce Republican” and expect to win the presidency in 2016. It’s time, he said, for a “libertarian moment.”

“Chamber of Commerce is fine, I was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, but a Chamber of Commerce Republican is not going to win a national election,” Paul (R-Ky.), the libertarian-leaning senator and likely presidential contender, said. “I’m not saying we give up on what we believe in, but we have to expand what we believe in.”

His comments came during an address to the Republican Liberty Caucus of Texas at the Texas GOP convention here. Liberty, he said, “infuses traditional conservatism with the excitement, the energy, the outreach that we need.” Libertarian views and traditional conservative values complement each other, Paul added.

“The interesting thing about it is, as I go around the country, no matter who I talk to, whether it’s the establishment — the wealthy who support our party sometimes — or the poor, people say it’s time, time for this libertarian moment, this liberty moment,” he said. “It’s no longer something that scares people, it’s what [makes] people say, we can’t run the same-old same-old, we’re not going to win with the same-old, same-old.”

Paul has long advocated trying to bring traditionally Democratic constituencies into the Republican fold, and at the breakfast he outlined his message to disadvantaged people in urban areas. He called for reforming the criminal justice system so it doesn’t disproportionately hit minorities and poor people; school choice; and promoting policies that help economic development in poorer areas.

“You have to show up, you have to show you care, people have to believe that you care and then we’ll win, be the dominant party,” he said. “In Texas you are, but we’re not nationally.”

Later on Saturday, he is set to attend an opening of a GOP engagement office in Louisville, Ky., in what he called “an African American section of town where we haven’t been for 100 years.”

The way the U.S. Chamber has acted lately with supporting amnesty, I tend to agree with Rand Paul on this.

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Illegal Immigrants Could Bring Diseases Across Border 

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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