KTTH Morning Update – June 11, 2014

By Neal McNamara | June 11, 2014
APTOPIX Virginia Primary Cantor

Sorrow and joy. Eric Cantor and David Brat (r) on Tuesday night after the election results came in (AP). 

What a Brat: A person who spent $150,000 on his campaign beat a person who spent $5 million on his campaign in an important Virginia congressional primary on Tuesday. David Brat, 49, a bespectacled economics professor with a master of a divinity degree from the Princeton Theological Seminary who ran on a platform of fact-based fiscal responsibility and “faith in God” beat House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in that primary, and the political world is just about screaming itself into hypoxia over it – and for good reason, because it proves, yet again, that the grassroots politics espoused by the Tea Party is very much alive.

But There’s More: After winning on Tuesday, David Brat will face Democrat Jack Trammell in the race. The two men know each other well: Trammell is a sociology professor at Randolph-Macon College.

Extremists Overrun Iraq City: The militants took over Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, on Tuesday. Some 500,000 residents fled the terror as the Shari-law loving group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria overran the airport, freed prisoners, and fought soldiers and police in the streets. Abu Bakr al-Bagdadi, who experts call “the most dangerous man in the world,” leads the group ISIS. The group grew out of al Qaeda.

Another Shooting: A student at a high school in Troutdale, Ore., went to school Tuesday to commit violence with a gun. He killed one student, wounded a teacher, and then killed himself. Though it’s the fifth high profile shooting in four weeks – Santa Barbara, Moncton, Seattle Pacific University, Las Vegas – experts say there is not an upward trend in mass shootings in America.

Suing to Stop $15 Wage: A group that represents franchises will likely announce Wednesday morning that it will sue Seattle to overturn a portion of the new $15 minimum wage law that deals with franchises. Under the $15 wage ordinance, franchises are counted as big businesses, even though they may be locally owned and only employ a handful of people – so, a local businessperson who owns one Subway franchise and employs 8 people gets counted as part of the entire chain of Subway restaurants.

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