Launcher 8 Status Bar OVERLAP!!!!

I have Launcher 8 installed as my Moto X home. I am thoroughly enjoying the setup with the windows style ux coupled with the android app selection. I have only one problem: The android status bar overlaps on top of the launcher 8 status bar when I try to drag down the pulldown menu, jumbling all the information in the status bar area. A 2nd attempt at dragging down the pulldown menu is required to actually pull down the pulldown menu.

So the question is: Can i disable the android status bar (or hide it completely no matter if I am trying to drag down the pulldown menu or not)? And, secondly, in Launcher 8, can I fumble around in the settings to make the pulldown menu appear on the first attempt at dragging it down?

Any help would be much appreciated!