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Duncan Doesn’t Want You to Vote

30 Mar

Over the last two days on Lubbock’s First News, we have been talking about expanding gambling in Texas and the possibility of having casinos open up here. We have been focusing on an article from the Houston Chronicle from Monday discussing the chances of a vote happening. The chances aren’t looking good for Texans.

According to the Chronicle, 86% of Texans believe that the public should be able to vote on whether to legalize casinos. That is a huge majority of people. 86% of Texans believe we should be able to vote on this one issue. That doesn’t mean that all 86% would support casinos in Texans though. According to the Star-Telegram, 67% would support casinos in the state (63% of people in West Texas support casinos). That’s still a good majority and I do think it would pass if put up for a vote, but being “for” or “against” isn’t what I want to talk about here. I want to talk about the 86% figure and why that 86% is being ignored.

State Senator Robert Duncan from right here in Lubbock doesn’t want you to be able to vote on the issue. According to the Chronicle, Duncan has no plans of advancing the bill that would let Texans vote. In the article Duncan says the following:

“There is no support in my committee”… “I just don’t think there are the votes in the Senate. I don’t see any chance of passage.”


“A lot of us have strong opposition to using gaming to solve our budget problems,” Duncan said. “We’ve got a lot of other pressing issues to deal with. It is not my intent to bring it up for a hearing.”

As I said on the show, I understand not wanting to use gaming as a way to solve or fund different areas in the budget. Instead of having money from casinos dedicated to education or some other area, just have the money flow into a general fund. That way you direct the money where it’s needed and you won’t have to hope that you make enough money to fund something.

Having said that, I think Duncan is way off base with this. How arrogant do you have to be to deny Texans a vote? It’s obvious that Sen. Robert Duncan believes that government (himself) knows better than you do. Even though he was elected to represent us, it’s clear that he has no interest in doing that.

Who is Duncan looking out for? Why doesn’t Duncan want the people of Texas to vote?

Duncan says that there are more important issues to discuss. He must mean the texting while driving ban (big government). Or maybe the Pay Day loan ban (big government). He could be talking about the state-wide smoking ban (again big government). Maybe he is talking about having a state-wide property tax for schools. Or he might just be talking about groundwater rights and that little “public interest” part.

So all that big government stuff is more important than letting people vote. Interesting. I forgot, someone tell me which party he is in. It’s hard to tell really.

Texans should be able to head to the polls and determine our future. Whether we vote for casinos or not, we shouldn’t leave it up to politicians who are looking out for themselves rather than looking out for us. Senator Duncan is wrong on this issue and the people here in Lubbock are starting to get fed up.

If Duncan isn’t careful, the next time he is up for re-election, he again might not want people to vote.


LISD’s Dress Code Changes

21 Jun

Last week LISD changed it’s dress code and it was a much bigger story than I thought. In a nutshell, students can have whatever kind of hairstyle they want and whatever color they want. Boys can now wear earrings too. I didn’t know guys wearing earrings was still the “in” thing, and I still think it’s stupid but whatever.

Personally, I think this is a good move by LISD. Who cares if a kid has a mohawk or an earring? Who cares if a girl has purple hair? If that’s all a kid is doing in High School to act out, we should all be happy. Mohawks don’t distract kids in classrooms and neither do earrings. You know what is distracting? Bad teachers and bad parents.

People can complain all day that this new rule is another example of our society breaking down, but they are wrong. If you want that example, look at the homes that some kids come from. They aren’t distracted by hair, they are distracted because they live in a home with no food or the parents are never home or worse addicted to drugs.

Teachers have a tough enough job dealing with bad students or good kids who come from bad homes which turns them into bad students. Let the teachers teach instead of worrying about how someone is dressed. Remember, if the teacher thinks that the student is a distraction, they can still be removed.

I’ve only heard complaints about this new dress code from my conservative friends. The same friends that call for smaller government and for the feds to stay out of their lives. Yet, they want schools (government run) to tell kids how to dress. Odd. Shouldn’t the parents be the ones telling the kids what they can and can’t wear? I guess this is just another example of my crazy Libertarian side coming out.

Good job LISD.

After Two Weeks, We’re Back!

26 May

For the past 2 weeks The Chad Hasty Show has been off the air for different reasons, but this Saturday we are back on the air and broadcasting from one of our favorite places, Heroes and Legacies (16th & University). Not only will we be out there, which is reason enough to come out, but 601 Cigars will be there as well for another one of Heroes famous Cigar Events.

That means that starting at 5pm on Saturday you can come out to Heroes and Legacies at 16th and University and get food, drinks, 601 Cigars, and hang out with us on The Chad Hasty Show. Oh, and I’m not 100% sure, but the Smokin’ Heroes Hotties might even be there. You put all of those together and it sounds like a fantastic Saturday evening and a great way for us to come back on the air.

We hope to see a lot of you out there on Saturday and be sure to come by say hello. We might even put you on the radio if you have something to say. So remember, The Chad Hasty Show broadcasting LIVE from Heroes and Legacies (16th and University) during the 601 cigar event. Drinks, food, and maybe even the Smokin’ Heroes Hotties. It all starts at 5pm and the fun continues after the show ends at 7.

Comments Wanted: Lubbock Water Rates

24 May

KCBD ran a story last night about water and the Lubbock City Council. The city wants to be able to cut-off your water if you don’t pay your other utilities. Lubbock also wants new people to pay a $75 tax deposit unless they can show proof of a good payment history. Here is the story from KCBD, please let me know how you feel about this. Some comments will be used on the show tomorrow.


New deposit required for water service if Lubbock City Council approves

Posted: May 23, 2010 10:23 PM
By James Clark | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Lubbock water customers might see some changes, if Lubbock City Council approves this week.  Under the proposal, water service will be disconnected if a customer fails to pay for other utilities (not just water or electricity).

A reconnect fee will increase from $44 to $55.  An after-hours reconnect fee will increase from $57 to $87.  New residential customers will have to pay a deposit of at least $75, unless they can show a good payment history with Lubbock or another city.  The cost of new water and sewer connections will go up to $400 each.

DJ Scammer

20 May

We all like hearing about dumb criminals and I think it’s even better when there is a dumb criminal who gets busted that actually as the same career as you. That’s where this story kicks in. A local disc jockey, “Chuck Dakota”, was arrested this week for scamming listeners out of $26,000. I’ve honestly never heard of Chuck so I will just assume he was actually a DJ. He worked for one of the radio stations owned by RAMAR Communications.

According to KFYO News:

DJ Chuck Dakota, also known as Charles Joslin, is suspected of raising about twenty-six thousand dollars from listeners for two six year-olds with cancer whose father was killed in Iraq.

The story was fake, and Joslin, who worked with Ramar Communications in Lubbock, only took donations in cash.

Joslin, a Hale Center resident, faces theft charges, and is being held in the Lubbock County Jail on twenty thousand dollars bond.

According to KAMC, this guy also used RAMAR’s other stations to promote his charity. While I’d love to write about how stupid this guy is, I’m not going to. Why? Well it does go without saying doesn’t it? He was a moron who got caught.

My question is, how did this even happen? How did station management/ownership let this happen?

A little peek behind the curtain here. Just about everything we do on the air has to be approved. Rex Offenders? Approved. Appearances? Approved. Tasty Hasty Cupcake (which benefits the Kids Cafe)? Approved. Fake boycotts of towns/counties with an inferiority complex? OK, not approved but funny.

If I wanted to do something big, it would have to be approved by my boss and maybe even his boss. If one day I show up wanting to promote some charity and wanted to raise money for it, not only would my boss have to approve, but his boss and his bosses boss would have to sign on to the idea. In other words, we don’t just let it happen.

So where the hell was the station management and ownership at RAMAR? Are they just allowing their people to do whatever and take advantage of listeners? In my opinion RAMAR needs to fire whoever allowed this guy to scam listeners. That may not sound fair, but the station manager didn’t do his/her job until it was too late.

This is a bad story all around. The DJ is scum and the management at RAMAR obviously failed and was/is inept.

One of the things I’ve learned about the people of Lubbock is that when called upon, they will open their wallets for charity. I hope this doesn’t make even one person turn away from giving. Just a word of advice, always check out who you are giving to.

Time Off, but Back Now

17 May

So, I took a little time off but it’s time to get back into the swing of things here on the blog. Normally, I write a few paragraphs on how I feel about certain subjects but for this entry I’m just going to give nutshell opinions on a few subjects.

AZ Immigration Law– I’m fine with it. Feds weren’t doing their job and the bill just gives the same power that the feds already have to the local at state law enforcement officers.

City Council races– The Mayoral race went as I expected. Martin won but Cody Smart did well getting around 20% of the vote. Smart should be happy that he got 20% of the vote. He mainly campaigned on Facebook and got some protest votes as well. District 5 went as expected too with Karen Gibson winning. How will she do on the City Council? I have no idea. District 1… who cares. Sorry, but just over 1,000 people voted in that district and I’d be shocked to see over 800 vote in the run-off. I wouldn’t be surprised to see only 600 people vote actually. People in that district like to complain that the City never listens to them. Why should they? If you don’t show up to vote then you have no voice. If you don’t care about your own part of the city, don’t expect everyone else to care.

BP Oil spill– Lots of people to blame here. Sure it was an accident, but it’s coming out more and more that the Government didn’t do their job when it came to inspections. It was an accident and BP probably should have had some emergency plans instead of just using junk to plug up a hole. Should we stop drilling for oil? No, of course not. Should we continue to search for other energy sources? Yes.

Casino gambling in Texas– YES! YES! YES! Will casino’s solve the budget shortfall? No, but it couldn’t hurt. New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Louisiana all have casino’s and they all get many, many visitors from Texas. Think about it. All of that money could be staying here instead of going out of state.

Garza County/Post, Tx– Garza County is kinda screwing over the City of Lubbock. Never before has Garza charged for road crossings, but knowing that Lubbock HAD to do it, they got greedy and wanted money out of the big city. Hey, if I lived in Garza County I probably wouldn’t blame them, but I don’t live there. Lubbock is paying over $25,000 to Garza County so they will stop whining. 2 members of the Lubbock City Council voted against the contract, Beane and Leonard. Kudos to them. On Friday, Rex and I made some comments (tongue in cheek) about boycotting Garza County and I heard from the Chamber of Commerce and the Mayor of Post. The power of KFYO continues…

That’s about it for now. Check back later though, you never know what I’ll go off on next.

Perry Defeats Jones

13 Apr

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Tea Party activist, Charles Perry, has shocked Republicans all over Texas tonight by defeating the oldest member of the State Legislature, Delwin Jones.

This was a huge win by Perry and one that will no doubt shake the establishment of the Republican party here in Lubbock. This win goes to show that the Tea Party is a force, not only in West Texas, but all over the country. I just wonder how many people in Lubbock who are the insiders in the party are worried tonight. If they aren’t, maybe they should be.

Those who could read between the lines could tell that there were forces within the GOP locally that wanted Perry to lose. Tonight should serve as a wake up call.

How did Charles Perry win tonight? Conservative values, being real, and Delwin Jones. Delwin Jones was his own worst enemy in the runoff election. The Zach Brady endorsement back fired which most of us saw coming, and the attack ads back fired as well. People didn’t trust Delwin or his views on HB 1403. It also didn’t help when Jones tried to convince people that Perry was as liberal as President Obama. That argument didn’t fly and the voters could smell the desperation from the Jones camp.

It’s been no secret that I was a fan of Charles Perry during the election. I supported Perry because of his views and because we needed to get good conservatives in Austin to fix the problems that are looming. Perry always came across genuine and someone who could work well with others while sticking to his guns.

However, that doesn’t mean I will go easy on Mr. Perry when he heads to Austin. As I do with all elected officials, I will hold him accountable and criticize him when it’s warranted. I encourage all Perry supporters to do the same.

I am glad that Charles Perry won this evening, and I think he will do an excellent job representing the people out here. With that said, I thank Delwin Jones for his service to our great state. I’ve only met Mr. Jones a few times, and each time he was very nice and understood why I had criticisms of his voting record. I wish Delwin Jones all the best as he heads back to Lubbock. Politics isn’t easy, and Delwin Jones has had a life of service to the people west Texas. Though some of us may disagree with his record, the next time you see him shake his hand and thank him for his service.

I’ll have more to say on this on Wednesday’s LFN. Charles Perry will be in studio at 8am on Wednesday, so tune in.

Mayor Tom Martin Endorses Delwin Jones?

7 Apr

Well, I hadn’t seen anything official on this, but according to the website for Delwin Jones, Lubbock Mayor Tom Martin has endorsed him. Martin has said many times on LFN that he’s the most conservative person out there. Well, that must not be true if he is in Delwin’s camp.

This won’t hurt Martin’s re-election chances, but I do think it will hurt him in the court of public opinion. Are you surprised that Martin endorsed Jones?

Below is a screen capture from the Delwin Jones website:

Zach Brady Endorses Delwin Jones

31 Mar

Bart Stupak would be so proud…

Obviously, Zach Brady didn’t mean it when he said that West Texas needs a good strong conservative voice in Austin.

This morning Zach Brady, who finished 3rd in voting, endorsed Delwin Jones in the runoff election between Jones and Charles Perry. This announcement took many by surprise, but not me. Brady is probably pretty bitter towards Perry right now, and his campaign went from getting a good conservative elected to anyone but Perry.

Brady spent a lot of money trying to beat Jones and came in 3rd place. Pretty embarrassing for a guy who wanted to keep moving up in the political arena. Charles Perry was the no-name candidate who came out of no where and came pretty close to getting more votes than Jones. You can see why Brady would be bitter.

A while back I wrote and even said on the air that while I agreed with Zach Brady on some issues, there was just something about him that I couldn’t trust. He was like that used car salesman trying to sell you really hard on a car that he knows is screwed up. I’ve always thought that I could read someone. I’ve even had friends tell me that I’m good at sizing people up. Well, looks like I was right again.

Zach Brady has just endorsed someone who goes against many of the principles that Zach ran on. Brady said that Jones wasn’t the strong conservative voice. But, now he is? Brady’s campaign slogan was “It’s Time”, so what changed? It’s not time anymore for new leadership? During Brady’s campaign it was all about getting Delwin out, so what changed?

Oh that’s right. Zach Brady lost. So now it’s time for Zach Brady to sell out his principles in hopes of getting something in return in the future. Bart Stupak would be so proud.

I wonder if all the supporters who donated to the Brady campaign feel cheated? I would. You donated to a guy who just sold out conservatives. Want your money back?

There was a reason why some of us weren’t sold on what Zach Brady was saying. We weren’t fooled and today we aren’t asking for our money back.

We will have more on this on Thursday’s LFN.

Keep Your Eyes On Frullo/Perry

27 Jan

After interviewing candidates in both districts 83 and 84 for State Representative, I must say that I like what I’m hearing. Well, I like what I’m hearing from at least 2 of the candidates.

Have you ever met a candidate for office that just seemed fake? When you walked away you thought to yourself that you didn’t really meet the real person? I have. Of course in the business I’m in I meet them all the time. Of course most politicians are like that and you come to expect that.

This week however 2 candidates stuck out as being different.

John Frullo is running for State Representative for District 84 and I was able to sit down and discuss his campaign on the air on Monday’s show. I could tell he wasn’t a politician right away. I could tell John was running not because he aspired to be Governor one day or to take over for Duncan someday, but he wanted to make a difference. He wanted his kids to have the best and he didn’t want to sit on the sidelines any longer. I assume this is what Rep. Isett saw in John Frullo when he endorsed Frullo weeks ago. Frullo is already working hard out in the community to get his name out there and to connect to the voters. I appreciate that.

On Tuesday, Charles Perry was in studio and I had the same impression of him that I had of Frullo. He had a discussion off air that made think very highly of Perry. I won’t discuss that now because it was off the air, but I will say he is someone who “gets it”. He understands what’s happening in our communities and he wants to go to Austin to fix it. It will be hard to beat Jones, but if people listen to what Charles Perry has to say, they might just like him.

In a time when all we see are typical politicians, it’s good to see new faces and real people run for office. They aren’t just saying what you want to hear. They actually seem to mean it. It’s a good thing, and I hope we see more of it.