What’s happening in Arizona right now, relatively under the radar in the traditional media (with a few notable exceptions), approaches the kind of thing you’d expect out of a banana republic. The short version is that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio didn’t want to lose re-election, so he and his colleagues tried to make sure that nobody of the Latino persuasion would be allowed to vote. And they used a variety of tactics to ensure that result. That’s pretty much what’s going on.
|By: David Dayen Monday November 12, 2012 6:50 am|
Chuck Schumer and Lindsey Graham have restarted talks on a comprehensive immigration reform bill.
Schumer and Graham first teamed up on the matter in 2009, but Graham split off shortly thereafter, when Harry Reid wanted to prioritize the bill. He thought this undermined a separate piece of bipartisan legislation on climate change, and so he dropped his support of both efforts. This bit of history shows how tenuous working with Graham can be.
But it’s a new year, and the hissy fits have been subdued, and Graham is on the case.
|By: David Dayen Sunday May 27, 2012 4:00 pm|
Hundreds of legal voters in just one Florida county have been thrown off the voter rolls as part of an effort to purge “non-citizens” from participating in the 2012 election. The effort, spearheaded by Governor Rick Scott, is reminiscent of the effort in 2000 to purge the voter rolls in Florida, led by then-Governor Jeb Bush, brother of the man who would become President that year thanks to a razor-thin margin in the state.
|By: David Dayen Monday May 14, 2012 11:40 am|
Harry Reid, appearing on Univision, said that Marco Rubio doesn’t even have legislative language for his rumored version of the DREAM Act, and that he couldn’t possibly assess its chances without something to look at.
|By: David Dayen Monday January 9, 2012 11:00 am|
The Supreme Court hears a case today on Texas redistricting maps that could pose a challenge to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which forces states with a history of discrimination to pre-clear their election laws with the Justice Department.
|By: David Dayen Friday August 19, 2011 12:00 pm|
Latino and immigration activists have staged mass walkouts of federal task force hearings over the Obama Administration’s immigration and deportation policies, including “Secure Communities.” This week that pressure had an impact, as the Administration revised its rules. But activist groups aren’t satisfied.
|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday August 12, 2010 1:50 pm|
With the public’s approval ratings of Congress at near-historic lows and not budging, it’s hard to see how this could be the fault of a couple of bloggers nobody has heard of. More likely, it’s the result of constituencies who aren’t happy with symbolic gestures while the government’s priority is to battle for the dollars of big corporate donors.
According to Gallup, Obama’s approval ratings among Hispanics has dropped 20 points this year. They note that “the two major drops in Hispanics’ approval of Obama this year — in February and May — coincide with two periods when the president was under fire for not doing enough to promote comprehensive immigration reform in Congress.”
|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday April 29, 2010 11:48 am|
And thus the press gets their direct cue not to take Reid’s immigration efforts seriously. They get it (wink wink). This is how they all wind up running around “knowing” things, like the White House will never include a public option in the health care bill. Yet it keeps the credulous typing their fingers to a bloody pulp to the bitter end, insisting that Obama most certainly will because after all he mentioned the public option in his address to the joint session of Congress. And, of course, blaming Republicans.