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?

S47: Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013

Since its original passage in 1994, VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) has dramatically enhanced our nation’s response to violence against girls and women, boys and men. More victims report domestic violence to the police and the rate of non-fatal intimate partner violence against women has decreased by 64%.

VAWA provides for a coordinated community approach, improving collaboration between law enforcement and victim services providers to better meet the needs of victims. These comprehensive and cost-effective programs not only save lives, they also save money. In fact, VAWA saved nearly $12.6 billion in net averted social costs in just its first six years.

A significant number of Senators appreciate the savings in terms of both social and financial costs, but twenty two members of the right-wing clearly see no value in continuing such efforts.  S47—the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013—passed the Senate on February 12th with a 78/22 vote.  Here’s the list of Senators who prefer to escalate the war on women:

  • Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) ….  up for re-election in 2014
  • Sen. James Risch (R-ID)   ….  up for re-election in 2014
  • Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS)  ….  up for re-election in 2014
  • Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)  ….  up for re-election in 2014
  • Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE)  ….  up for re-election in 2014
  • Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK)  ….  up for re-election in 2014
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)  ….  up for re-election in 2014
  • Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC)  ….  up for re-election in 2014
  • Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)  ….  up for re-election in 2014
  • Sen. Michael Enzi (R-WY)  ….  up for re-election in 2014
  • Sen. John Boozman (R-AR)  ….  up for re-election in 2016
  • Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)  ….  up for re-election in 2016
  • Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA)  ….  up for re-election in 2016
  • Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)  ….  up for re-election in 2016
  • Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO)  ….  up for re-election in 2016
  • Sen. Thomas Coburn (R-OK)  ….  up for re-election in 2016
  • Sen. John Thune (R-SC)  ….  up for re-election in 2016
  • Sen. Mike Lee (R-TX)  ….  up for re-election in 2016
  • Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI)  ….  up for re-election in 2016
  • Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)  ….  up for re-election in 2018
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-TX)  ….  up for re-election in 2018
  • Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY)  ….  up for re-election in 2018

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Get to know these faces ladies.  It’s time to watch closely,  just exactly how they vote on issues near and dear to our hearts.  If, through their words, their actions and their votes, they’re showing us that WE have NO value, then it’s clearly time that WE, as women, show them that they have no value and that WE no longer want them in decision and leadership positions where they would be able to impose their lack of values on us.  Two faces in particular are quite disappointing, Sen. Tim Scott and Sen. Marco Rubio.  Apparently they’ve clearly joined the “I’ve got mine, good luck getting yours” club.

Reauthorization of the law, first passed in 1994, now heads to the House, where swift passage is far from guaranteed. House Republicans killed the legislation last year, though Democrats have now dropped some of the provisions that drew GOP objections, including expanded visas for abused immigrants.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/rubio-gop-white-house-hopefuls-oppose-violence-women-act-article-1.1263096#ixzz2KpTyVbqF

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.