Predictably, Obama’s Immigration Delay Backfires

By: Thursday October 2, 2014 3:00 pm

Apparently, first directly lying to a major constituency and then telling them they will be be thrown under the bus for crass political reasons is a bad strategy. From the Washington Post: Less than a month after President Obama announced he would delay using his executive authority to reform immigration laws, there is evidence that [...]

Immigration Reform’s Big Obstacle: The Important Senate Races Are Very White

By: Monday April 14, 2014 11:13 am

Democrats winning back the House is extremely unlikely since the GOP has huge structural advantage there, so the big fight will be over the Senate. There Republicans have a chance of picking up enough seats to win the chamber — and almost all of the most competitive races are in overwhelmingly white states.

Conservatives Seem To Be Coming Around on Immigration

By: Friday November 9, 2012 10:46 am

After the Democrats’ strong performance in this election, many are claiming that the Republican Party will be forced to moderate, but for the most part I don’t buy it. I remember similar statements after the 2008 election and the GOP won big in 2010 despite tacking even farther to the right. It will take more [...]

Immigration Issue Gets More Real in Presidential Race

By: Thursday August 16, 2012 12:14 pm

In campaigns much of the policy debate ends up being theoretical and feels detached from real people’s lives. One side puts forward a plan to change something and the other side puts forward their counter proposal. After the election the number of veto points in our legislature often means regardless who won, nothing is passed, [...]

Romney’s Incredible Dishonesty Ignores How the Filibuster Destroys Democracy

By: Tuesday June 26, 2012 11:37 am

Mitt Romney has recently dishonestly attacked President Obama’s executive actions on immigration on the grounds it is only “temporary” and political.  Romney’s attack stresses that Obama didn’t pass a permanent legislative solution during his first term, when Democrats controlled both houses of Congress, and that should prove that Obama is not serious about immigration reform. [...]

Voters Overwhelmingly Back Obama’s Immigration Move

By: Tuesday June 19, 2012 10:17 am

President Obama’s new move to help undocumented children may already be paying off serious political dividends. The policy change is extremely popular with likely voters. From a Bloomberg poll: President Barack Obama is winning the opening round in the battle over immigration, according to a Bloomberg poll released today, putting Republicans on the defensive with his [...]

Whitman Tries to Turn Nanny Problem Into Partisan Food Fight

By: Thursday September 30, 2010 2:10 pm

Meg Whitman held an unusual (for her) press conference today, which is still ongoing, in Santa Monica. I found out the location a bit too late to attend, but the gist of it, as I gather, is that Whitman wants to blame Jerry Brown for her hiring undocumented immigrant Nicky Diaz Santillan, and exploiting her [...]

CA-Sen: Mickey Kaus Running as a Democrat Because He Hates Unions, Immigrants

By: Friday April 9, 2010 2:47 pm

Mickey Kaus, a guy whose blog people used to read, launched his campaign website and with it, a platform. While not listing the obvious reason for why he’s running – because no one pays attention to his blog anymore – the platform is illustrative of Kaus’s stands on what he sees as the most pressing issues facing Californians and the country. It’s also illustrative of why no one reads his blog anymore.

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