Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of July 23, 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 or on your iPhone/Android with the radioPup App.

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Election season is back on the South Plains.

Texas Governor Rick Perry has set September 9th, 2014 as the date for the special election to fill the District 28 Texas Senate seat which was recently vacated by Senator Robert Duncan.

Potential candidates for the Texas Senate seat must submit their paperwork to the Texas Secretary of State’s office by August 1 at 5:00pm. Four candidates have already announced their intentions to run. State Representative Charles Perry and Jodey Arrington have announced and raised money for their campaigns. Former Sweetwater Mayor Greg Wortham and Wolfforth resident Eppie Garza have announced they intend to run for the open seat but as of June 30, they had not raised money.

Early voting for the September 9th Special Election will begin on August 25th. The winner will serve the rest of Duncan’s term that ends in 2017.

The decision to have the election in September means that Charles Perry won't have to remove his name from the November ballot unless he wins in September. Even if the election were to be held in November, Perry most likely would not have had to remove his name anyway.

I believe that Perry benefits from the early election date because it gives little time for his main opponent, Jody Arrington, to raise his name ID.

A Divided Nation

Is America a more divided nation than it was four years ago? A new Rasmussen Poll finds that most Americans believe the answer is yes.

Voters strongly believe the United States is a more divided nation these days, and they think both sides are to blame. Most are also ready to do something about it at the ballot box in November.

Sixty-seven percent (67%) of Likely U.S. Voters say America is a more divided nation than it was four years ago. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just seven percent (7%) think the country is less divided now, while 21% rate the level of division as about the same.(To see survey question wording, click here.)

Among voters who see more division or about the same level of it, 35% believe President Obama is to blame. But 34% point the finger at Republicans in Congress instead. Twenty-three percent (23%) say they’re both to blame. Just five percent (5%) attribute the division to something else.

Fifty-seven percent (57%) of all voters say they are more likely to vote this year than they have been in past elections. Only four percent (4%) say they are less likely to do so, while 38% rate their intention to vote as about the same as in past years.

Perhaps problematic for Democrats is that 65% of GOP voters and 55% of voters not affiliated with either major party are more likely to vote this year, compared to 53% of those in the president’s party. But that could change as the election gets nearer.

Fifty-nine percent (59%) of voters nationwide are at least somewhat confident that the candidates they vote for will steer the country in the right direction, but that includes just 19% who are Very Confident. Thirty-three percent (33%) lack that confidence, with seven percent (7%) who are Not At All Confident that their candidates will make a difference.

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