Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of September 4, 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. Texas Tech Football

As you probably know by now, Texas Tech easily defeated Northwestern State this past weekend. I attended the game and have a few thoughts about the day. Don't worry, I'm not going to break down anything. This is just from a fan's perspective.

If you saw the game then you probably noticed that Texas Tech ran the ball a lot. From everything I've heard this was by design and in order to work on the running game. The coaching staff knows they can throw the ball all over the place, but running the ball has been a different story. Once Big 12 play hits, I expect to see the air game come back strong. With that said, Friday night's game might have been the most boring one I've ever been to. Hey, I'm glad Tech won and I'm glad the running game got some work but from someone who was sitting in the stands, people were bored.

As for the game day experience, Texas Tech hit a home run with the fireworks. Everyone seemed to love them and it makes for great tv. Now, if they would just bring back the cannon everything would be great. If you follow me on Twitter, you probably saw my tweet about clickers as noisemakers. Tech was passing these out to everyone who walked into the stadium before the game. Now, I love having a noisy stadium but these type of things are just annoying. Yell and scream if you want, in fact please do. The fact is, clickers and other noise makers only annoy people in the stands.

What are your thoughts from this past game?

2. Texas Tribune Takes On Abbott (link)

According to the Texas Tribune, Attorney General Greg Abbott is on a losing streak.

Greg Abbott, the state’s ambitious and litigious attorney general, is on a losing streak.

Federal courts in Washington ruled against him in two crucial voting rights cases last week, first finding that the redistricting maps drawn by the Republican Legislature didn’t protect minority voters as the law requires, and then ruling the state’s tough new photo voter ID law unfairly burdens minority voters.

Neither ruling appears to be a threat to the elections now under way. In the case of redistricting, the state’s maps were replaced this year with interim maps prepared by another set of federal judges. In the case of voter ID, there doesn’t appear to be enough time for the courts to turn around an appeal and order the new standards before November.

Abbott is appealing both rulings, and it wouldn’t be fair to say either fight is over.

It would be fair to say he is getting the stuffing knocked out of him, though, and on issues that matter to Republican voters.

So now Texans are supposed to believe that Abbott is on a losing streak because liberal courts ruled against him? Sorry Tribune, I'm not buying it.

3. Texas Democrats (link)

The Dallas Morning News has another piece out about how it's a tough world for Texas Democrats.

Nothing lasts forever. At least that’s the hope of Texas Democrats.

Republicans have held every statewide office for 14 years, the Legislature for 12 years and every state board and agency for 14 years – with GOP appointees overseeing everything from education to health to the environment.

As the Texas delegation gathered Sunday for the Democratic National Convention, even the optimistic couldn’t see the tectonic plates shifting for years.

“Texas has the hardest King-of-the-Hill game in politics,” said Democratic strategist Matt Angle. “Once you’re on top, it’s tough to get you out.”

The previous 100-year Democratic domination of Texas proves it, he noted. Angle and top Democrats hope to crumble the Republican mountaintop long before that. They are aiming at 2018 but concede it might take longer.

Almost every expert echoes the sentiment that Democrats can’t count on one silver bullet. It will take a magazine full of them.

The to-do list includes persuading big donors to bet on Texas races, not just the national contests that pull millions from Lone Star donors. A grass-roots effort will have to ignite the burgeoning minority population, which is large enough to control elections now but doesn’t turn out enough voters.

Democrats in Texas need to blame themselves and not the voters. The Democratic party is far more liberal than it was when Texas was a Democratic strong-hold. Obama isn't helping either. The problem with the Democrats here in Texas is that they don't get very good candidates most of the time and the fact that the values of the Democratic platform just aren't in line with Texans or most of the country.

Texas Democrats, stop blaming the people for not understanding the message. It's your message that is the problem.

4. Chuck Norris for Romney (link)

Chuck Norris wants you to vote against President Obama.

It’s a fact: Chuck Norris wants President Obama voted out of office.

“We're at a tipping point and, quite possibly, our country as we know it may be lost forever if we don't change the course in which our country is headed,” the “Walker, Texas Ranger” star says in a new PSA.

The actor’s wife, Gena, also appears in the video and notes, "It is estimated that in the 2008 election, 30 million evangelical Christians stayed home on voting day and Obama won the election by 10 million votes.”

“We know you love your family and your freedom as much as Gena and I do,” Norris says. “And it is because of that we can no longer sit quietly or stand on the sidelines and watch our country go the way of socialism or something much worse.”

Who would have been better speaking at the Republican Convention? Chuck Norris or Clint Eastwood?

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