Chad’s Morning Brief: Wendy Davis Isn’t a Rising Star, Rick Perry Will Announce His Political Future Soon, & More
Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of July 3, 2013. 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 with the radioPup App.
1. The Rising Star Falls (link)
This time last week Texas Senator Wendy Davis was a rising star. Many Democrats wanted her to run for Governor. Many believed she could win. Yesterday, reality hit.
39% of Texans have a favorable opinion of Davis to 29% with a negative one after her week in the spotlight. Her net favorability is up 14 points from -4 at 15/19 in January. By a 45/40 margin voters say they support her filibuster last week, and by a narrow 44/43 margin they don’t think Perry should call another special session. Voters oppose Senate Bill 5 by an 8 point margin, 28/20, although the 52% with no opinion is a reality check on how closely most people follow state politics.
Nevertheless Davis would trail Rick Perry by 14 points in a hypothetical match up, 53/39. While Davis’ standing has improved over the last five months so has Perry’s. Although he remains unpopular, with 45% of voters approving of him to 50% who disapprove, his approval is up a net 8 points from January when he was at a -13 spread (41/54). In addition to his lead over Davis, Perry also leads Julian Castro 50/43, Bill White 50/40, and Annise Parker 52/35. In January he led this quartet of Democrats by an average of 4 points, now he leads them by an average of 12.
Oh well. It was a nice ride for Wendy Davis. Remember, PPP is a left-leaning polling agency, so the numbers are probably much worse for her than what is being reported. Check out the link above for other interesting numbers from PPP.
2. The Decision (link)
Governor Rick Perry will be making an announcement in San Antonio on Monday about his political future. Get your bets in now!
Rick Perry is inviting close friends and supporters to an event next Monday in San Antonio where he is expected to announce if he plans to seek an unprecedented fourth full term as Texas governor, CNN has learned.
Perry “will be making an announcement around mid-day in San Antonio concerning his exciting future plans,” according to a “Save the Date” email obtained Tuesday by CNN. The announcement comes as Perry finds himself at the center of a high-profile legislative fight over abortion rights in his state.
“Please join his family and closest friends on July 8th,” reads the email, which is being circulated to his political allies. “Details to follow.”
Perry has long said he will make a decision about his political future after the conclusion of this year’s legislative session, but because Democrats blocked the abortion measure with an attention-grabbing filibuster by state Sen. Wendy Davis last week, the governor was forced to call another session to tackle that issue and others.
Originally, Perry was supposed to announce his 2014 plans this week.
Most Texas political insiders don’t expect Perry, who has held the state’s top office since 2000, to run again, though many say he is considering another presidential run after his ill-fated 2012 effort.
As of the last financial reporting period, Perry, one of the Republican Party’s top fundraisers, had just $6 million in his campaign war chest. The next Republican in line for the governorship, state Attorney General Greg Abbott, had $18 million.
So, what do you think the Governor will announce? Most think he won’t run but anything could happen.
3. ACLU Goes After Whole Foods (link)
Whole Foods Market is being targeted by the ACLU. The reason? They didn’t want their employees speaking Spanish on the job.
A civil rights group on Tuesday filed complaints against Whole Foods Market with a New Mexico agency for allegedly discriminating against Spanish-speaking employees at an Albuquerque store.
The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico said it filed the complaints with the New Mexico Human Rights Bureau on behalf of employees Bryan Baldizan and Lupe Gonzalez.
The employees said last month a Whole Foods store suspended them for a day for complaining about a company policy they say prevented them from speaking Spanish while on the job.
News of the policy sparked outraged from Latino groups nationally and the Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods Market Inc. later revised its employee language rules.
Both employees said they are still prevented from speaking Spanish.
Whole Foods spokeswoman Libba Letton said the company plans to respond directly to the Human Rights Bureau if and when it receives a complaint.
Letton said the company is following through on the rule change to make sure managers and workers at all 352 stores understand the revised guidelines. She added that the company has a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination.
What do you think about this?
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