Couple of odds and ends post-President Obama executive order announcement

Crossposted at DemocraticDiva.com

Here’s the very first bill filed in the Georgia Senate for their upcoming session.

First Reader Summary
PF: A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Chapters 5, 11, and 16 of Title 40 of the O.C.G.A., relating to drivers’ licenses, abandoned motor vehicles, and the Department of Driver Services, respectively, so as to provide that persons who possess a lawful alien status are the only category of noncitizens who may obtain a license, permit, or card; to require the Department of Driver Services to participate in the Records and Information from DMVs for E-Verify initiative of the United States Department of Homeland Security; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes…

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(11) ‘Lawful alien status’ means an alien status provided for by the federal Immigration
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and Nationality Act or any other provision by the United States Congress; provided,
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however, that lawful alien status shall not include a grant of any deferred deportation
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action from the United States Department of Homeland Security

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GOP files frivolous lawsuit over ACA

ObamacareThe farce that is the modern-day Tea-Publican Party just keeps making the tragicomedy of our political system even worse.

Steve Benen writes, House Republicans finally file anti-Obama lawsuit:

It took them long enough. Four months after announcing their intention to sue President Obama, House Republicans finally followed through.

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Jane C. Timm reported:

House Republicans on Friday filed a long-anticipated lawsuit against the White House, alleging the Obama administration abused its power by making unilateral changes to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

The lawsuit comes just hours after President Obama enacted sweeping changes to the immigration system, enraging conservative lawmakers and setting the stage for an all-out war between the Republican Party and the president over the limits of his executive authority. The legal action threatens not only the president’s healthcare overhaul, but could change the power of executive authority forever.

How we got to this point continues to be a story unto itself. As we talked about last week, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) first announced his plan to sue the president back in June. A month later, the Speaker’s office formally unveiled the legislation to authorize the litigation. A month after that, House Republicans agreed to pay a D.C. law firm $500 an hour, in taxpayer money, to handle the case.

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Legal basis for Executive Orders on immigration

ImmigrantsThe Office of Legal Counsel to the President last night released a legal opinion that lays out the legal authority and precedents for President Obama’s executive orders on the use of prosecutorial discretion to defer deportations. The Department of Homeland Security’s Authority to Prioritize Removal of Certain Aliens Unlawfully Present in the United States and to Defer Removal of Others (.pdf).

Moreover, a group of leading legal scholars has written a letter declaring Obama’s action is well within his legal authority to exercise broad discretion over how to employ the nation’s enforcement machinery. Legal Scholars: Obama’s Immigration Actions Lawful:

President Barack Obama’s announced immigration executive actions are lawful, a group of ten prominent legal scholars wrote in a Joint Letter (Scribd) shared by the White House with TIME.

Pushing back on Republicans who have blasted Obama’s action as unconstitutional and unlawful, the signatories include Columbia University President Lee Bollinger, Harvard Law School Professor Laurence Tribe, conservative legal scholar Eric Posner, and former Yale Law School Dean and former State Department Legal Advisor Harold Hongju Koh.

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John Boehner has to go

Senator John F. Kennedy wrote a Pulitzer prize winning book of short biographies about eight Senators who had demonstrated great courage under enormous pressure from their parties and their constituents, entitled Profiles in Courage (1957).

Screenshot-6If a similar scholarly work were written today about members of the House, the TanMan from Ohio, Weeper of the House John Boehner, most certainly would not qualify for this book.

This chain smoking alcoholic who once passed out checks from Big Tobacco to bribe members for their votes on the floor of the House, Did John Boehner really pass out tobacco bribe checks on the House Floor? (yes he did, and he admitted to it), deserves his own chapter titled “Profiles in Cowardice.”

Speaker Boehner has presided over the less-than-do-nothing 112th Congress, and followed up this failure with the even more spectacular failure of the less-than-less-than-do-nothing 113th Congress. This craven coward lives in fear of his own radical extremist Tea Party Caucus, and he cares more about his job title and perks than the best interests of the country or the American people. He is the weakest and most ineffectual Speaker of the House in modern American history. Boehner is unquestionably and without equal the “Worst. Speaker. Ever.”

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Supervisor Ray Carroll announced re-election bid at Eastside Republican Club

District 4 Supervisor Ray Carroll spoke at the Eastside Republican Club (at Miller-Golf Links branch library), on Wednesday night,  and announced his re-election bid for his seat in 2016. He mostly spoke about issues affecting his district — road improvements to the Colossal Cave road,  his support of an increase in a gasoline user tax, the discretionary funds that his fellow Pima County Supervisors have been using on non-profits and the need to set up a firm policy about such spending, a proposed bike ranch in the “buffer zone” outside Saguaro East National Park, and the need to seek alternative ideas for Colossal Cave use (i.e. eco tourism camping) following a recent audit.

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Carroll was a strong supporter of the Proposition 415 to improve the Pima Animal Care Center, which passed by 145,153 (59.02%) to 100,777 (40.98%) votes on November 4, 2014.  He also congratulated recent Republican winners  CD 2 House Martha McSally (facing an automatic recount as she has prevailed by 161 votes over Congressman Barber) and LD 2 House rep. Chris Ackerley, who upset incumbent Rep. Demion Clinco in that race.

Then Carroll answered a question about the Sunday newspaper article about District 1 Supervisor Ally Miller’s former aide retracting his bullying allegations against Carroll, which allegedly occurred about 6 months ago.  The Star article about this was on page C1 of the 11/16/14 paper: http://tucson.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/alleged-bullying-victim-withdraws-complaint-against-carroll/article_0078c29c-33f2-5e49-bffd-026acdf0f8bd.html

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‘The Nation’ Scolds Network TV for Denying Air Time to President Obama

John Nichols of The Nation

John Nichols of The Nation

NBC, ABC, CBS, and FOX have decided to air their usual prime time pablum tonight, instead of airing President Barack Obama’s short speech about his executive order on immigration.

It is despicable that same corporate media who pocketed billions of dollars during the election season and fanned the flames of racial hatred by airing false negative advertising now turns their Medusa head away at a time when something positive and newsworthy comes along. What show is so important that it can’t be delayed 10 minutes? NBC will be airing The Biggest Loser, a reality show about losing weight. (Here’s a hint. Since this is the 16th season of The Biggest Loser, there will be more fat people losing weight in the future.)

This corporate arrogance shows that network executives have disdain not only for the President– but also for American citizens and our democracy. (The speech will air at 6 p.m. Arizona time on PBS, Univision, Telemundo, cable channels, and live streaming from the White House, here.)

In When Networks Snub a Presidential Address, Democracy Is ‘The Biggest Loser’, John Nichols of The Nation gives corporate TV a drubbing over their decision to snub the President and the American people.

From The Nation

… How has the American circumstance so decayed in a nation that once so well understood the wisdom of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s observation that “democracy alone, of all forms of government, enlists the full force of men’s [and women’s] enlightened will”?

There’s plenty of blame to go around. But let’s start with broadcast media that are so indefensibly irresponsible that television networks cannot take time away from their relentless profiteering to present a short address by the president of the United States—an address announcing an executive order on an issue that is universally recognized as consequential and controversial.

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