Republican Revisionist Propaganda, oops, I Mean History

According to Republican leadership, “No other president in history has used Executive powers to change immigration policy.” Really? NO other President in history?  Do they own a history book? Can they read?  Senator Barbara Boxer can, and she put out this tidy little list this morning on Twitter:

ImmigrationEOs

A President may not be able to provide a “pathway to citizenship” via Executive action, but under the authority granted by our Constitution to the President, he/she can certainly prioritize where INS should focus its efforts. Instead of breaking up working, nurturing families to deport the parents and then relegating their American-born citizen children to foster care at taxpayer expense for years, it makes much more sense to focus on rooting out criminal elements and deporting them to their countries of origin.

Speaker Boehner has had two solid years to come up with something of his own, and he’s had a bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill (S744) that was passed in the senate on 6/27/2013.  Speaker Boehner alone, has been the one blocking a vote in the US House on this bill, which many claim, has more than the requisite 218 Representatives willing to stand up and vote “AYE” for passage.

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GOP Senator Takes Credit For Anti-Rape Law He Voted Against

The unethical dishonesty by the GOP leadership never ceases to amaze me.  Here’s a post from ThinkProgress today exposing yet another piece of flagrant dishonesty being committed by Texas’ senior senator, and the GOP’s Senate Minority Whip.  Personally, I find Sen. Cornyn’s behavior unethical, deceitful and unworthy of someone holding a seat in our nation’s Congress.


By Ian Millhiser posted from ThinkProgress Justice on Mar 11, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Ian MillhiserShortly after President Obama signed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization into law, Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) released a glowing press release claiming that a “Cornyn bill” to “eliminate nationwide rape kit backlog” was signed into law. The so-called “Cornyn bill” is the SAFER Act, which was incorporated into the VAWA renewal, and which “provide[s] funding for state and local governments to conduct audits of untested DNA evidence and create[s] a national reporting system to help track and prioritize untested rape kits,” according to Cornyn. By all appearances, it seems like a wonderful law. There’s only one problem.

imageCornyn voted against it.

Cornyn was one of 22 Senate Republican men who voted against the VAWA renewal. He opposed the bill because he objected to a provision enabling tribal courts to prosecute non-Native Americans who commit rape or other violent crimes against women on Indian reservations. This provision is intended to combat the virtual lawlessness that faces Native American women on these reservations without the VAWA renewal. A 2010 report by the Government Accountability Office found that federal prosecutors “declined to prosecute 46 percent of assault matters and 67 percent of sexual abuse and related matters” on reservations.

(HT: Steve Benen)

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GOP Darling, Marco Rubio, Voted Against VAWA

In a statement explaining “why” he voted against reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, Senator Marco Rubio clearly illustratedhis biases when he said,

“Unfortunately, I could not support the final, entire legislation that contains new provisions that could have potentially adverse consequences. Specifically, this bill would mandate the diversion of a portion of funding from domestic violence programs to sexual assault programs, although there’s no evidence to suggest this shift will result in a greater number of convictions. These funding decisions should be left up to the state-based coalitions that understand local needs best, but instead this new legislation would put those decisions into the hands of distant Washington bureaucrats in the Department of Justice. Additionally, I have concerns regarding the conferring of criminal jurisdiction to some Indian tribal governments over all persons in Indian country, including non-Indians.”

Decisions should be left to the states?  Those same “red” states that are clearly restricting womens’ rights?  And why in the world would he be against allowing tribal governments to prosecute domestic abusers and those who commit sexual assault on tribal lands?  Does he prefer to leave those incidents in nowhere land?  THAT is not leadership!

Oh yeah … and if he get’s a serious case of dry-mouth while standing alone in a room in front of a cameraman delivering a rehearsed speech, how much water is he gonna need to stand on a debate stage and attempt to debate Hillary Clinton?

Democratic Community Calendar for Week of February 11, 2013

 by Marla Turner,  NSDP Secretary

CalendarPresident Obama delivers his State of the Union address this Tuesday evening. Watch parties are taking place all across the state. If you are not already hosting a party, why not join one near you? Click here to see a list of events taking place that night.

In other news……

Senator Reid on Reauthorization Of The Violence Against Women Act 
Last Monday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid spoke on the Senate floor regarding the Republicans’ refusal to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. Read his remarks here.

Democratic Voter Registration Maintains Strong Lead in Nevada
Secretary of State Ross Miller issued a statement last week saying that 2,000 new voters were registered during January. Statewide, there are 42% Democrats, 34% Republicans, 17.5 % Nonpartisans, 4.68% Independent American Party, and 1.33% (17,269) are members of the Libertarian or other minor parties.

Building a Better Nevada
The NV Democratic Assembly and Senate launched “Building a Better Nevada” website last Monday. Nevadans can now share their vision on how to build a better Nevada, keep up to date on important issues during session, and learn about various members and issues in the spotlight section.  The website will display plans that are common sense ideas to make sure our state is on the right path for generations to come.

2013-2014 Nevada Legislative Guide
The new guide is out. Lots of historical information for political junkies as well as current info on this session’s legislature.

Legislative Reports

  • The Bulletin for the Allocation of Money Distributed from the Local Government Tax Distribution Account can be viewed at the following link: Bulletin No. 13-04

Nevada Stonewall Chairman Steps Down
Derek Washington, Chair of the Nevada Stonewall Democratic Caucus and the Stonewall Democrats of Southern Nevada, resigned last week to pursue other interests. We thank him for his service to our state and wish him all the best going forward. New officer elections will be held later this month.

We Are Nevada Radio Show Launched
We Are Nevada is a coalition of public employee unions and community partners standing up for middle class values. This coalition, representing 250,000 Nevadans, includes SEIU, AFL-CIO, NSEA, AFSCME, firefighters, police, PLAN, ProgressNow Nevada and Si Se Puede. They launched a weekly radio show that airs every Friday at 6:00 p.m. for one hour. Tune in on KLAV AM1230 or online.  The show features legislative updates, labor history, progressive guests and the defense of middle class values.

Environmental Grassroots Lobby Days
Mark your calendars – the Nevada Conservation League will host an environmental community grassroots lobby day on April 25th. More information will be forthcoming.

Nevada Drug Card
Nevadans can save up to 75% on medications, lower the cost of hearing and vision checkups, LASIK procedures and even some pet medicines through the Prescription Assistance Program. The card is free to all Nevada residents regardless of age, income, or current health coverage. Many of Nevada’s cities and counties are distributing the card. You can also request one online.

Tax Preparation Help From VITA Program 
Volunteers from AARP and the Internal Revenue Service Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) will once again offer residents free assistance with personal income tax form preparation and electronic filing now through April 11.  Income restrictions will apply to qualify for assistance. Advance appointments are required at all locations.Find a location near you.

UNLV Journalism Scholarship Applications
The Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies at UNLV is now accepting scholarship applications. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2013. Click here for more.

International Youth Soccer Tournament in Las Vegas
The largest international youth soccer tournament in the country will take place in Las Vegas Presidents’ Day weekend, Feb. 16-18. The Las Vegas Mayor’s Cup International Soccer Showcase is expected to bring more than 7,000 youths to the city and pump >$10 million into the local economy.

Applications Now Accepted for NLV Youth Scholarships
The City of North Las Vegas invites high school seniors who live in North Las Vegas to apply for the Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities Youth Award Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship recognizes students who have performed public or community services and have encouraged others to become involved in their communities. Applications can be obtained online, from counselors at high schools in North Las Vegas or at City Hall, 2250 Las Vegas Boulevard North. The application deadline is 5 p.m. on April 3, 2013.

Summer Youth Jobs

  • Clark County Parks and Recreation is currently recruiting to fill positions for the 2013 pool season. Positions are available for those 15 ½ and older from $9 to $15 per hour based on experience and certifications. The County’s Aquatics Department is seeking applicants to fill cashier, lifeguard, water safety instructor and management positions. Click here for more info.
  • Youth ages 17 to 21 may qualify for assistance with job training, job placement and continued education through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) program offered through HELP of Southern Nevada. In Nevada, the WIA is funded by Workforce Connections. For more information, contact Madelyn Oropeza at (702) 369-4357 ext. 1861 or email her at moropeza@helpsonv.org.

Best of luck to all the candidates running for office with the UNR Young Democrats this week!

Have a great week, and as always, be well and do good.

The Week Ahead in DC

The Week Ahead for the Senate

The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act (HR 152)
The House has already passed this bill, and the Senate seems ready to pass it this week. It lets the government spend $50.7 billion on various programs to help New York, New Jersey and Connecticut recover from Sandy. The Senate will vote on an Republican amendment to offset the cost of the bill with spending cuts.

The No Budget, No Pay Act (HR 325) … yes … that would be Sen. Heller’s “unconstitutional” bill which attempts to alter Congressional pay in direct violation of the 27th amendment to the United States Constitution …

AMENDMENT XXVII

No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.

To get folks to overlook the unconstitutionality of the bill, they attached this little thing to it about the debt ceiling.  HR325 will suspend the debt ceiling until the middle of May.  But, it also requires the House and Senate to pass a budget by mid-April, under threat of withholding the pay of Members of Congress (that threat part, that’s the unconstitutional part). According to Hill Sources, Senate Democrats seem to favor this bill as a short-term way to avoid a debt ceiling fight. Democrats say they will pass the House bill and the Obama administration has indicated it would sign the bill. The Senate has not set a date for a vote on this bill as of the weekend, but debate and a vote could happen by the end of the week.  So, if and when this bill passes, both houses of Congress and President Obama are all complicit in passing into law, an unconstitutional bill.  Thus, I never again want to hear another Republican mouthing off about the U.S. Constitution and how each and every bill must cite the “constitutional authority” for being able to consider such a bill.


Find bills related to the debt ceiling and federal budget in PopVox’s Issue Spotlight

The Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization (S 47)
In the last Congress, both the House and Senate approved different versions of this bill, which were never reconciled into something that could pass both Houses and be signed into law by the President. According to our Hill Sources, Democrats have indicated they want to get to this bill in the near future, to ensure VAWA is reauthorized.

The Top Bills from Last Week: Jan. 18 – 24
Firearms and gun control continue to be on the top of POPVOX users’ minds. Not surprisingly, Congress keeps introducing new bills related to guns. (See the full list on PopVox.)  Here’s a quick look at the bills that POPVOX users prioritized last week.

The SAFER Streets Act (HR 226): To allow a credit against tax for surrendering to authorities certain assault weapons.
The Buyback Our Safety Act (HR 227):
To establish a gun buyback grant program. 
The Fire Sale Loophole Closing Act (HR 238):
To restrict the ability of a person whose Federal license to import, manufacture, or deal in firearms has been revoked, whose application to renew such a license has been denied, or who has received a license revocation or renewal denial notice, to transfer business inventory firearms.
The Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act (HR 138):
To prohibit the transfer or possession of large capacity ammunition feeding devices. –
The Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act (HR 142): To require face to face purchases of ammunition, to require licensing of ammunition dealers, and to require reporting regarding bulk purchases of ammunition.