KTTH Morning Update – May 9, 2014

By Neal McNamara | May 9, 2014
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Mitt Romney wants higher minimum wage: On the federal wage floor, Romney, the 2012 presidential candidate, says, “I think we ought to raise it … Because frankly, our party is all about more jobs and better pay.” Romney made that statement after Senate Republicans filibustered a bill that would increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. Other conservatives in favor of a national raise include former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.

Dems may boycott Benghazi committee: California U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi is demanding that the select committee set up last week by Speaker of the House John Boehner split evenly between Republicans and Democrats. If not? Pelosi says the Dems will only send one representative to the committee, effectively snubbing their nose at it.

HGTV axes Christian hosts: Earlier this week, HGTV canceled a show on home remodeling set to be hosted by David and Jason Benham, twin brothers who are devout Christians. The brothers are not in favor of homosexuality, thus causing a revolt against the TV show. But, the Benham brothers say they don’t care – they say they wouldn’t trade their faith for a little fame.

Murray says no to property tax hike: Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is against a proposal to increase property taxes in the city to fund transit. A group of bus lovers launched an effort to raise taxes last month after voters killed a countywide tax increase to fund buses and road improvements.

No cigs for soldiers: The Navy wants to ban the sale of tobacco on military bases and ships, but Congress is coming to the aid of smokers-in-uniform. The House approved a measure earlier this week to stop the Navy from banning smokes – but Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is against serving cigarettes, citing health costs and illness.

Dem hires wanted man for campaign: Democratic Detroit U.S. Rep. John Conyers hired a petition collector wanted by the Michigan department of corrections. Daniel Pennington had a warrant out for an assault charge in the city of Lansing, and was already on probation for a home invasion in the city of Battle Creek. Pennington was collecting signatures to get Conyers, 84, on the ballot.

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