September 22, 2011 |
After taking heat from the rest of the GOP presidential field in the last two debates, Texas Gov. Rick Perry tried to take the offensive against his main rival Thursday night by questioning Mitt Romney's views on education and accusing him of misrepresenting Perry's stance on Social Security. Reviving a charge that has dogged Romney since his 2008 presidential campaign, Perry said the former Massachusetts governor had switched positions on issues of importance to Republican voters — and thus, he implied, would be an undependable nominee.
September 22, 2011 |
Finally, Texas Gov. Rick Perry became the piñata he complained that he felt like after the last debate. And the fireworks between the front-runners, Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, exploded again, this time over the issue of immigration, a serious problem for Perry, whose nuanced record is far more lenient than the conservative wing of his party would like. Perry, as a border governor, has fallen afoul of many Republicans for embracing a version of the Dream Act, which allows children of illegal immigrants to qualify for in-state tuition at public universities and colleges.
March 18, 2011 |
The Arizona Senate rejected five immigration bills Thursday, including two that would have barred automatic citizenship for U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants. The measures, which were intended to force the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve the issue, failed on votes of 12 to 18 and 11 to 19. "We finally stood up for what is right for the state of Arizona," said state Sen. Steve M. Gallardo, a Democrat from Phoenix. "We cannot solve a federal problem on the floor of the Arizona state Senate.
December 19, 2010 |
A last-ditch Democratic effort to establish a path to citizenship for some children of illegal immigrants failed in the Senate on Saturday, likely derailing any attempt at sweeping immigration reform in Congress for the foreseeable future. The bill, known as the Dream Act, had passed the House, and its advocates and Democratic sponsors hoped that they could muster enough Republican votes to bring the legislation to the floor. Instead, it fell victim to a GOP filibuster, one in which a handful of Democrats also blocked the bill.
December 4, 2010 |
If he is elected in 2012, as he has been the last eight times he's run, Michael D. Antonovich will have spent 36 years on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors before he terms out in 2016. He and his four fellow supervisors each represent more people than some U.S. senators do, and their policies may have a more direct impact on their constituents' daily lives. Antonovich stepped into public office on the Los Angeles Community College Board in 1969, then to the Assembly and back to his native turf on the county board.
November 15, 2010
When Republicans assume control of the House in January, Rep. Steve King (R- Iowa) will become chairman of the subcommittee on immigration. His first order of business, he says, will be to pass legislation denying "birthright citizenship" to the U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants. "I think we will have the votes in the House to put an end to the anchor babies in this country," he told the website Newsmax.com. Set aside, for a moment, the obstacles: Revoking a right enshrined in the Constitution cannot be accomplished by legislation, and besides, such a bill would never get through the Senate.