Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of October 16, 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 or on your iPhone/Android with the radioPup App.


Neugebauer, Ted Cruz, and You

We know that Congressman Randy Neugebauer will have at least one primary opponent going into the next election. Most likely that number will increase to two or three which will make the race an interesting one to watch. It will be tough for anyone to defeat the Congressman but it can be done as I believe there will be one serious contender. Neugebauer's biggest challenge though isn't another candidate. It's Ted Cruz.

Voters on the South Plains have already been spoiled by Senator Ted Cruz. He is doing exactly what they wanted him to do and frankly, voters aren't used to that. So now when it comes to election time and we look around at other elected officials, it's no surprise that many want someone like Cruz. A fighter who will stand up for what they believe in and will grab the spotlight.

The problem for Neugebauer is that he isn't Ted Cruz and he can't become Ted Cruz in the next few months. Neugebauer isn't out in front of the issues like Cruz nor does he grab the spotlight like Cruz. However, Neugebauer does have the voting record that voters on the South Plains approve of. That is something I bet the Neugebauer campaign will stress going into the election.

Neugebauer isn't perfect and yes has some baggage. He has been in D.C. a while, but there is a reason for that. Voters kept sending him back. Is there another Ted Cruz out there and willing to run in District 19? I don't know, but what voters have to decide is whether they want a spotlight grabbing fighter or someone with a pretty decent voting record. That might be what this race comes down to.

Texas Fast Food Workers

Most Texas Fast Food workers are also taking government assistance according to a report from the Texas Tribune.

Fifty-nine percent of front-line fast-food workers in Texas rely on public assistance programs such as food stamps and Medicaid to support their families, according to a report released on Tuesday.

Nationally, more than half – 52 percent – of the families of front-line fast-food workers use at least one public assistance program, compared with a quarter of the total workforce, according to the report. The research was sponsored by the University of California, Berkeley, Center for Labor Research and Education and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Urban & Regional Planning.

“The report is a bit shocking,” said one of its authors, economist Sylvia Allegretto, who is co-chair of the Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics at UC Berkeley. “One would think they’re a last line of defense for a small slice of workers. But this is the majority of workers.”

Some Texas restaurant owners, however, argue that many of their employees are younger workers, and that the jobs teach them the value of hard work and help fuel the economy.

The Employment Policies Institute, which studies employment growth, criticized the report, saying in a press release that it ignores economic evidence that big wage hikes would make fast-food workers worse off because employers would be forced to replace them with automated alternatives.

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