BREITBART | The latest Public Policy Polling data bears sobering news for Senator Marco Rubio, showing his support among conservatives has substantially decreased since last month.
When asked for their preferred GOP candidate, only 17% of “very conservative” respondents favored Rubio, while only 18% of “somewhat conservative” respondents favored Rubio.
This is a steep decline from the same poll’s findings in April, when Rubio’s support was 26% among the“very conservative” and 22% among the “somewhat conservative.”
The survey was conducted between May 6–9th. The survey released in April was conducted between March 27–30th. The “Gang of 8″ bill, spearheaded by Senator Rubio, was released April 17th.
Notably, Rubio’s support among Hispanics also appears to have decreased following the unveiling of the “Gang of 8″ bill. The previous poll demonstrated 39% of Hispanics had a favorable view of Rubio, while the latest poll demonstrates that number has decreased to 34%.
THE HILL | Democrats say Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is overplaying his hand on immigration reform and warn he could kill the bill if he tries to steer it to the right.
The angst among prominent Democrats is a sign that immigration reform has hit a rough patch and the first indication of cracks in the Senate’s Gang of Eight.
Rubio caught fellow members of the Senate’s gang off guard Tuesday when he voiced support for an amendment sponsored by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), the bill’s most outspoken opponent, to dramatically strengthen the system for tracking entry and exit visas. The Sessions measure was defeated by the Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. Rubio does not sit on the panel.
“He needs this bill to succeed as much as Democrats do. If this bill goes down, he goes down with it,” warned a senior Democratic aide. “Rubio is overplaying his hand if he thinks we’ll go along with anything.”
Democrats found Rubio’s support for the proposal egregious because Sessions is an avowed opponent of the bipartisan measure. The amendment would have required the implementation of a system to track biometric data, which Democratic senators on the Gang of Eight say could add as much as $25 billion to the bill’s price tag.
THE HILL | Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday said the House would act on immigration reform even if a faltering bipartisan group fails to complete a legislative proposal.
The group of eight Republicans and Democrats plans to meet tonight for perhaps the final time as it seeks to break an impasse that has prevented an agreement after more than four years of secretive negotiations.
“I am concerned that the bipartisan group has been unable to wrap up their work,” Boehner said at a Capitol news conference. “I know that there are a couple issues that have come up, and I continue to believe that the House needs to deal with this, and the House needs to work its will.”
Aides say that the Speaker last week urged the four Republican members of the group to come out with a proposal even if Democrats did not sign on. He made the push out of concern that the effort was taking too long in light of the progress that the Senate has made on its own bipartisan bill, which is now moving through a committee mark-up.
Boehner said no decisions had been made on a fallback plan.
“We’ll let you know when we decide,” he said. “I’ve made it clear that I think the House must act on this, and I think we should do so in a responsible way.
NEWS WITH VIEWS | A group of influential pastors and ministers recently met with Vice President Joe Biden at the White House where the Vice President called on them to use their influence to help pass President Barack Obama’s new gun control measures. Of course, these measures include the outlawing of all semi-automatic rifles, outlawing high-capacity magazines, and establishing a government-mandated national gun registration policy, which is subtly identified as “Universal Background Checks.” These measures were recently defeated in the US Senate, so now the White House is calling on the clergy to help sell this gun grab to America’s churches.
Here is how Breitbart.com covers the story: “Vice President Joe Biden wants pastors, rabbis and nuns to tell their flocks that enacting gun control is the moral thing to do. But another vote may have to wait until Congress wraps up work on an immigration overhaul.
WASHINGTON TIMES | DENVER — The drive to recall a top Colorado Democratic legislator over his gun-control support received a boost Thursday from a newly released poll showing a plurality of his constituents support removing him from office.
A poll by Public Opinion Strategies showed that 34 percent of district voters surveyed support the recall of state Senate President John Morse, versus 29 percent who oppose it. Another 33 percent said they were undecided on the recall effort, which is still in the signature-gathering phase.
When told that Mr. Morse sponsored an unsuccessful bill to make manufacturers and owners liable for crimes committed with their guns, however, undecided voters took sides. At that point 56 percent of those surveyed said they favor recalling the Colorado Springs Democrat.
“The voters in Senate District 11 are clearly leaning toward recalling Senator Morse,” said Laura Carno, president of the Colorado Springs-based I Am Created Equal, the free-market women’s group that sponsored the poll.
THE HILL | The Senate Gang of Eight stayed unified through the third day of marking up immigration reform legislation, frustrating Republican attempts to strengthen the bill’s enforcement provisions.
Democrats touted the Senate Judiciary Committee’s passage of three Republican amendments to crack down on the future hiring of illegal immigrants, but senior Republicans on the panel were left disgruntled by the failure of stronger proposals.
“The gang’s agreement to stick together is firmly in place. They’ve united in opposition to a lot of good amendments,” said Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.). “Anything that comes close to being a significant vote, they voted ‘no’ on.
“I’m disappointed in that,” he added.
AL LIVE | U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks introduced a new element today in his opposition to the proposed amnesty program as part of immigration reform.
Speaking on the floor of the House of Representatives, Brooks, R-Huntsville, said providing a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens “undermines millions of African-American workers’ incomes and job searches by flooding the American market with cheap labor.”
Brooks said in his speech on the House floor that he was basing his comments on those made last month by Dr. Frank Morris, leader of the African American Leadership Council. Morris said that granting legal standing to illegal aliens would further inflate the unemployment rate among blacks, which he said was nearly twice the national average.
BREITBART | An important part of owning a firearm is taking pains to store the weapon responsibly, yet in such a way that it can be readily accessed in a time of need.
For many people this is accomplished by putting the bulk of their firearms in a trustworthy gun safe, but leaving a shotgun, handgun, or AR-15 in a place out of the reach and eye-sight of children. In an emergency, the firearm can be retrieved and used to defend life and property.
These safes weigh many hundreds of pounds, have steel hinges (or steel guarding the hinges), are bolted to the floor and wall, and are fireproof. The fireproof aspect is crucial if you want to keep a house fire from destroying even a modest gun collection. Proven safes for this purpose are manufactured by Browning, Liberty, and Cannon, among others.
Some people are uncomfortable even leaving one gun loose for emergency situations. No matter how well they hide it or what precautions they take, they worry that kids will find the firearm. For such gun owners there are two popular options: 1. A GunVault–which is a quick access handgun safe or 2. The RAC–a wall or floor mounted gun rack that you can put anywhere in your home to keep guns readily accessible should you need them.
AP | PHOENIX – A judge on Thursday refused to halt Gov. Jan Brewer’s order that denies driver’s licenses for young immigrants in Arizona who have gotten work permits and avoided deportation under an Obama administration policy.
The decision by U.S. District Judge David Campbell rejects the argument by immigrant rights advocates who said Brewer’s policy was unconstitutional because it’s trumped by federal law.
Arizona’s refusal to view those in President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program as legal residents has become the most visible challenge to his announcement in June that some young immigrants would be protected from deportation. The Department of Homeland Security has said immigrants with work permits issued under the policy are lawfully present in the U.S.
Amidst the swirl of confusion, obscure parliamentary moves, and partisanship, as the Senate Judiciary Committee takes up some 200 proposed amendments to the Gang of Eight’s S.744, one vote is likely to be crucial.
We are often reminded that America is diverse country held together by a commitment to a creedal core and that is partially true. But it is also a country held together by a common cultural heritage and the set of premises and institutions that follow from it. And, finally but crucially, it also is bound together by the feelings of emotional attachment that the members of America’s national community feel toward the country, its public institutions, and to some degree each other.
The Census Bureau has released new projections that examine the impact of different levels of immigration on the United States. The projections, analyzed by the Center for Immigration Studies, show what demographers have long known: immigration has only a small impact on slowing the aging of America.
The disappearance of Sen. Charles Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) proposal for a national employment card gets my nomination for mystery of the year in the national immigration debate. Just a few years ago, Schumer trumpeted the idea as essential to effective immigration reform.
Some Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, to borrow from George Orwell, are more equal than others.
If you are ProPublica and want to know about conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service, the Treasury Department sends you floods of documents on 31 “social welfare” entities — within 13 days. (See this ProPublica account of their FOIA request.)
President Obama and the Gang of Eight senators are repeating a number of talking points designed to elicit support for amnesty, or as they call it, “‘earned legalization,” for immigrants who have come to the United States illegally. The so-called “path to citizenship” is part of a bipartisan Senate immigration bill.
WASHINGTON TIMES | Maryland citizens had their Second Amendments rights infringed on Thursday when Gov. Martin O’Malley signed more gun control into law. Mr. O’Malley became the third liberal governor this year — after New York and Connecticut — to ram through pointless laws that will do nothing to reduce crime by exploiting the Newtown tragedy. However, Mr. O’Malley’s scheme was secretly watered down a little before it became law.
The governor was fixated on banning “assault weapons,” even though only two people were murdered by rifles of any type in Maryland in 2011. However, O’Malley’s “assault weapons” is less stringent than the ones passed in other states or Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s version which failed in the U.S. Senate.
The Maryland version has the “two characteristic test” that was used in the 1994 ban— which means the rifle has to have two specific cosmetic features to be considered an “assault weapon” — rather than the new one-characteristic test that makes more guns illegal.
Beretta USA, which is one of the largest employers in Southern Maryland tried to kill the entire bill. When that proved impossible, the firearms manufacturer tried to improve the legislation in backroom meeting with chairman of the House Judiciary Committee before the final vote in the House of Delegates.
FOX NEWS | Hundreds of illegal immigrants with criminal records were released earlier this year as the Obama administration prepared for budget cuts, according to newly released data that challenged claims the program involved “low-risk” individuals.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement released the figures to two top senators, after a three-month delay and under the threat of congressional subpoenas.
Of the 2,226 detainees that were released in February, the department revealed, “622 have been identified as having some type of criminal conviction.”
A statement from Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Carl Levin, D-Mich., who received the stats, said 32 of them had multiple felony convictions. The department then “re-apprehended” 24 of those, the senators said, after realizing the “seriousness” of their crimes.
McCain called for those responsible to be punished.
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