Chad’s Morning Brief: Tuesday Night GOP Primaries, Lubbock Head of Planned Parenthood Arrested, & More
Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of March 14, 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. Tuesday Night Primary Results (link)
It was a big night for Rick Santorum as he denied Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich wins in the South. Early in the night exit polls showed that Santorum was leading in Alabama while Romney led in Mississippi. It would not end that way though as Santorum received 35% of the vote in Alabama and 33% in Mississippi. Romney came in third place in both races.
This was Romney’s shot at making the argument that he could play well in the South and he came up short. Unfortunately for the Santorum campaign, the only thing they won were bragging rights. Both states are proportional so Romney and Gingrich will also receive delegates. The big question today is whether or not Gingrich will step out of the way of Rick Santorum. If you listen to him speak, the answer is no, which only helps Romney.
2. Lubbock Planned Parenthood CEO Arrested (link)
So let’s say your organization has been under fire lately and you want some good PR. It’s probably not a good idea to be arrested for indecent exposure. That’s what happened to Tony Thornton on Monday. According to reports:
According to Lubbock Police, Tony Ray Thornton, 56, was arrested at the baseball fields inside of Mackenzie Park. According to the incident report, Thornton was taken into custody at 3:25 Monday afternoon. He was booked into the Lubbock County Detention Center and released from jail Tuesday morning around 11 a.m.
Thornton is the President and CEO of Planned Parenthood in Lubbock.
3. Why John Frullo Doesn’t Have a Democratic Opponent (link)
Remember Andrew McMillan? He was the Occupy Lubbock protestor that decided he wanted to run against John Frullo for District 84 State Representative. I’ve had a lot of people ask me, what happened to the kid and why he isn’t running. I thought about contacting the incoming Lubbock County Democratic Chairman and Occupy Lubbock organizer, Kenny Ketner, but decided to just see what played out. Yesterday, the information came out.
Andrew McMillan apparently had a change of heart when his check covering the amount for the filing fee bounced. He told the paper that he had a “deposit issue”, whatever that means, and instead decided to focus on graduating from Texas Tech. According to the paper, Pam Brink had this to say:
“He withdrew because he just couldn’t meet the requirements, said Pam Brink, chairwoman of the Lubbock County Democratic Party. “So, we have no Democrat running for a legislative seat.”
Even though Ketner and McMillan were both part of Occupy Lubbock, I’m not sure if Ketner recruited McMillan or not. For the Democrats in Lubbock, I would hope not. Ketner has an uphill battle if he wants to make Democrats competitive in Lubbock. It’s pretty shameful that one of the major parties in Lubbock can’t find a decent candidate, or in the case one with a pulse, to run for State Representative.
4. Michelle Obama Grilled by an 11-year-old Reporter (link)
Should the government tell people how to eat?
Below is a transcript provided by the Beacon:
TOPANGA SENA: How do you respond to critics who say the government should not be telling people how to eat or to stay active?
MICHELLE OBAMA: You know, that’s absolutely right—and Let’s Move! doesn’t do that. Let’s Move! is not about having government telling people what to do, because government doesn’t have all the answers. I mean, a problem that’s this big and affects so many people requires everyone to step up. So we’re asking everyone to do their part. Parents have to make some changes at home, but they need the information to be able to make those choices. And they have to have access to affordable foods in their communities—fresh and healthy foods, right? We need government to do its part, but we need businesses to do their part, as well.
So Michelle Obama tells this young reporter that government shouldn’t tell people how to eat, yet she is telling people how to eat and that they should do their part as well. Good job to the 11 year old who asked a tougher question than what MSNBC would have asked.
5. Dumb story of the morning (link)
Biden doesn’t get it.
Vice President Joe Biden addressed 87 wealthy Democrats last night attending a fundraiser at the home of Sen. John Kerry in Georgetown. As they dined on grass-fed New York strip steaks and white truffle mashed potatos underneath a outdoor tent, Biden criticized Republicans for being out of touch.
“These guys don’t have a sense of the average folks out there,” Biden said according to the pool report, “They don’t know what it means to be middle class.”
87 guests paid a minimum of $10,000-per-couple to attend the dinner.
Don’t talk about how you know the middle class while speaking at an event that costs$10,000 to attend.
Don’t worry, be happy.
The older we get, the happier we are, according to a new cross-cultural study.
The research, led by Warwick Medical School at the University of Warwick, analysed lifestyle and health patterns in more than 10,000 people and links to participants’ mental and physical quality of life and health status.
Quality of life was evaluated using a measure which takes in eight different factors including perception of general health, pain, social functioning and mental health.
The researchers found that people reported better mental quality of life as they got older, despite a drop in physical quality of life.
This is in line with previous research which suggests happiness levels follow a U-shape curve with their lowest point in the mid-40s, after which they rise as people get older.
Dr Saverio Stranges, who led the study, along with Dr Kandala Ngianga-Bakwin, said there are a number of factors that could be making us smile more the older we get.
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