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Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona Signs the Strict State Immigration Bill into law…….

And so Arizona steps into it……Gov Brewer has signed into law a new tough anti-immigrant enforcement bill for her state…which borders Mexico and has had immigration issue that state lawmaker feel the Federal Government hasn’t adequately taken care of…..

Expect Lawsuits……

A lot of media noise…….

And pushbacks from both sides…….

Whew!

Even before she signed the bill at a 4:30 p.m. news conference here, President Obama strongly criticized it.

Speaking at a naturalization ceremony for 24 active-duty service members in the Rose Garden, he called for a federal overhaul of immigration laws — an overhaul that Congressional leaders signaled they were preparing to take up soon.

Saying the failure of officials in Washington to act on immigration would open the door to “irresponsibility by others,” he said the Arizona bill threatened “to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans, as well as the trust between police and our communities that is so crucial to keeping us safe.”

The law, which opponents and critics alike said was the broadest and strictest immigration measure in the country in generations, would make the failure to carry immigration documents a crime. It would also give the police broad power to detain anyone suspected of being in the country illegally. Opponents have decried it as an open invitation for harassment and discrimination against Hispanics regardless of their citizenship status.

The political debate leading up to Governor Brewer’s decision, and Mr. Obama’s criticism of the law — presidents very rarely weigh in on state legislation — underscored the power of the immigration debate in states along the Mexican border. It presaged the polarizing arguments that await the president and Congress as they take up the issue nationally.

Governor Brewer said the law “represents another tool for our state to use as we work to solve a crisis we did not create and the federal government has refused to fix.”

The law would take effect 90 days after the legislative session ends, meaning by August. Court challenges are expected immediately.

More……

NoteThe Dog agree’s in one way with the state’s legislature…

The Immigration issue has languished after getting attention to garner votes for Obama …

As with the Healthcare Bill …..it is time for the President to lead the charge to change the haphazard Bills on the books ….

This country needs a comprehensive Immigration policy that slows illegals (they will never be stopped outright ) and integrates people who have been in this country for almost entire lives…..who pay taxes and are Amwericans…..but never signed up….

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April 23, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Family, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , | 10 Comments

Daniel……Wisconsin Governor: Strikingly the Race between Walker, Neumann and Democrat Tom Barrett (D-WI) is now a Toss-Up…..

Hello Dog Folks!

People, we’ve a dramatic shift in the Open Governor Race to replace retiring Governor Jim Doyle (D-WI) in Wisconsin.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D-WI) has now made the Race against Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker (R-WI) and former U. S. Rep. Mark Neumann (R-WI) a TOSS-UP.
In a Match-Up with Neumann Barrett is TIED at 46 % each and in a Match-Up with Walker the Democrat only trails by 2 Points.

Is Wisconsin finally reverting back to their Democratic-lean? We’ll see over the coming months.

Rasmussen Survey

Wisconsin Governor 2010

[ Walker and Barrett ]
Milwaukee Chief Executive Scott Walker (R)  46 %
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D)  44 %
Others  3 %
Undecided  7 %
[ Neumann ]

Former U. S. Rep. Mark Neumann (R)  46 %
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D)  46 %
Others  4 %
Undecided  5 %

Major Candidates Campaign Websites:

Links:

http://www.scottwalker.org/
http://markforgov.com/
http://www.barrettforwisconsin.com/

Job Approvals

Barack Obama (D)

Approve  48 %
Disapprove  52 %

Governor Jim Doyle (D)

Approve  37 %
Disapprove  60 %

Daniel G.

The Dog wants everyone to ponder this…….
As the political process moves on..and Healthcare fades from most of the public…Democratic voters return home…
Daniel..you post several races in the last week that you thought would go Republican  …but have moved back to the Democrats….
No Senate…and I stick to my No House in November….
And the GOP is talking to the Democrats on the Wall Street Bill…..

April 23, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , | 14 Comments

Military 'outposts' in war zones are neccassary…but dangerous places…..

The United States military has adopted the policy to help train the local Army in Afghanistan and to foster a closer relationship with people in the country that have watched different counties armies come..clear land and then leave …only to have the enemy come back…..

While today’s military commands have adopted this orignal Army concept dating back to Viet Nam…..they too have found out that ‘Combat outposts’…like the old Army ‘firebases’ can get overran …with resulting causalities…….

Causalities in two incidents last year have given Military general’s second thoughts in these days of instant communications…

But the concept IS sound in pricipal..and the troops will try to hold on……

Thrown up soon after the arrival of U.S. forces in 2001, COP Spera commands a dry riverbed and rutted dirt road that lead into Pakistan and the commercial center of Miran Shah, a major insurgent base in northwestern Pakistan. Along with guarding the heights, troops here run daily patrols and help train Afghan forces in everything from maintaining their weapons to setting ambushes.

Insurgents have long valued the cross-border mountain gap as a route for moving men and material, and the chief operators in Khost are now believed to be the al-Qaida-linked Haqqani network, an autonomous Afghan Taliban faction with close ties to al-Qaida.

Operating almost entirely under cover of night, insurgents have launched an average of two to three attacks a week against Spera, mainly with rockets and small arms fire and mostly to little effect. Since the beginning of the year, Spera has suffered just one casualty, a soldier injured by shrapnel from a rocket propelled grenade. He is expected to return to duty soon.

The presence of COP Spera, along with units based in the more densely populated Afghan interior, frustrates the Haqqani’s attempts to isolate Khost from the surrounding region and extend their reach to the capital Kabul and the country’s volatile south, said Col. Viet Luong, overall commander of U.S. forces in Khost and the border provinces of Paktiya and Paktika.

”You have to be able to disrupt enemy fighters from coming in and putting pressure on the population,” Luong said at his office at FOB Salerno.

The border with Pakistan is simply too long and porous to be policed in its entirety, so the next best strategy is one of containment, Luong says. And while redeployments are being considered in some areas, any U.S. troops withdrawn would be replaced by Afghan Border Police units whose commanders are being mentored by American officers, he said.

”It’s key terrain, so you can’t just displace from that and allow the enemy the freedom of movement,” Luong said.

More……

April 23, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates | , | Leave a comment

Military ‘outposts’ in war zones are neccassary…but dangerous places…..

The United States military has adopted the policy to help train the local Army in Afghanistan and to foster a closer relationship with people in the country that have watched different counties armies come..clear land and then leave …only to have the enemy come back…..

While today’s military commands have adopted this orignal Army concept dating back to Viet Nam…..they too have found out that ‘Combat outposts’…like the old Army ‘firebases’ can get overran …with resulting causalities…….

Causalities in two incidents last year have given Military general’s second thoughts in these days of instant communications…

But the concept IS sound in pricipal..and the troops will try to hold on……

Thrown up soon after the arrival of U.S. forces in 2001, COP Spera commands a dry riverbed and rutted dirt road that lead into Pakistan and the commercial center of Miran Shah, a major insurgent base in northwestern Pakistan. Along with guarding the heights, troops here run daily patrols and help train Afghan forces in everything from maintaining their weapons to setting ambushes.

Insurgents have long valued the cross-border mountain gap as a route for moving men and material, and the chief operators in Khost are now believed to be the al-Qaida-linked Haqqani network, an autonomous Afghan Taliban faction with close ties to al-Qaida.

Operating almost entirely under cover of night, insurgents have launched an average of two to three attacks a week against Spera, mainly with rockets and small arms fire and mostly to little effect. Since the beginning of the year, Spera has suffered just one casualty, a soldier injured by shrapnel from a rocket propelled grenade. He is expected to return to duty soon.

The presence of COP Spera, along with units based in the more densely populated Afghan interior, frustrates the Haqqani’s attempts to isolate Khost from the surrounding region and extend their reach to the capital Kabul and the country’s volatile south, said Col. Viet Luong, overall commander of U.S. forces in Khost and the border provinces of Paktiya and Paktika.

”You have to be able to disrupt enemy fighters from coming in and putting pressure on the population,” Luong said at his office at FOB Salerno.

The border with Pakistan is simply too long and porous to be policed in its entirety, so the next best strategy is one of containment, Luong says. And while redeployments are being considered in some areas, any U.S. troops withdrawn would be replaced by Afghan Border Police units whose commanders are being mentored by American officers, he said.

”It’s key terrain, so you can’t just displace from that and allow the enemy the freedom of movement,” Luong said.

More……

April 23, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates | , | Leave a comment

What's Wrong with Arizona?

That question was first asked by Susan Estrich in a blogged piece on April 21st, this year……

But the question seems to have taken on more meaning then Estrich’s reference to the states Immigration law policy for police officers……

The piece below lends the question to several other issues in the state……

Gun laws, The Presidential Birther issue, GOP Senate Primary, a Governor that disparages her own state, and more and more California transplants along with legal and Illegal immigrants…..

Last fall, the state's governor, Jan Brewer, was caught on video in Tucson expressing her 'great relief, to say the least, to get out of that hellhole in Phoenix.'

[ Last fall, the state’s governor, Jan Brewer, was caught on video in Tucson expressing her ‘great relief, to say the least, to get out of that hellhole in Phoenix.’ ]

There’s an immigration measure that effectively converts the state’s police departments into immigration officers, mandating that they stop and question people they suspect of being undocumented immigrants.

And there’s the new gun law that allows anyone besides convicted felons to carry concealed weapons without registration or background checks.

Finally, for good measure, there’s the sideshow Republican Senate primary starring J.D. Hayworth, a serious challenger to Sen. John McCain, and his now-famous observation that same sex marriage laws would lead to men marrying horses.

So, what is the matter with Arizona?

“Relationships have just deteriorated to the point where government is not serving its essential function, which is serving the people,” said Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley. “The rhetoric has gone up several notches to the point where everyone is taking it personally.”

“Immigration is the federal government’s responsibility, and we have failed to address it,” Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said in a statement to POLITICO. “State and local governments, particularly in Arizona, are bearing the brunt of our inaction, so I don’t blame the Arizona legislature for trying to pick up the slack.”

Flake said the immigration measure “isn’t the bill I would have written, but it’s difficult to criticize the state for trying to deal with a problem created by the federal government.”

“People are asking ‘what’s the matter with Arizona’” added Andrei Cherny, a Democratic candidate for Arizona treasurer in a post in POLITICO’s Arena. “Under the very brightly shining sun, we too are losing our wealth, population, and standing. But there is nothing wrong with Arizona – except for the ‘leaders’ the state has elected to public office.”

More……

April 23, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, CD @ PolitcalDog, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, The Economy, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , | 6 Comments

What’s Wrong with Arizona?

That question was first asked by Susan Estrich in a blogged piece on April 21st, this year……

But the question seems to have taken on more meaning then Estrich’s reference to the states Immigration law policy for police officers……

The piece below lends the question to several other issues in the state……

Gun laws, The Presidential Birther issue, GOP Senate Primary, a Governor that disparages her own state, and more and more California transplants along with legal and Illegal immigrants…..

Last fall, the state's governor, Jan Brewer, was caught on video in Tucson expressing her 'great relief, to say the least, to get out of that hellhole in Phoenix.'

[ Last fall, the state’s governor, Jan Brewer, was caught on video in Tucson expressing her ‘great relief, to say the least, to get out of that hellhole in Phoenix.’ ]

There’s an immigration measure that effectively converts the state’s police departments into immigration officers, mandating that they stop and question people they suspect of being undocumented immigrants.

And there’s the new gun law that allows anyone besides convicted felons to carry concealed weapons without registration or background checks.

Finally, for good measure, there’s the sideshow Republican Senate primary starring J.D. Hayworth, a serious challenger to Sen. John McCain, and his now-famous observation that same sex marriage laws would lead to men marrying horses.

So, what is the matter with Arizona?

“Relationships have just deteriorated to the point where government is not serving its essential function, which is serving the people,” said Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley. “The rhetoric has gone up several notches to the point where everyone is taking it personally.”

“Immigration is the federal government’s responsibility, and we have failed to address it,” Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said in a statement to POLITICO. “State and local governments, particularly in Arizona, are bearing the brunt of our inaction, so I don’t blame the Arizona legislature for trying to pick up the slack.”

Flake said the immigration measure “isn’t the bill I would have written, but it’s difficult to criticize the state for trying to deal with a problem created by the federal government.”

“People are asking ‘what’s the matter with Arizona’” added Andrei Cherny, a Democratic candidate for Arizona treasurer in a post in POLITICO’s Arena. “Under the very brightly shining sun, we too are losing our wealth, population, and standing. But there is nothing wrong with Arizona – except for the ‘leaders’ the state has elected to public office.”

More……

April 23, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, CD @ PolitcalDog, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, The Economy, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , | 6 Comments

CD……His NBA picks so far……

……..My NBA Playoff picks so far:

Western Conf. 1st Round
Game 4: Lakers over Thunder (Sat)
Game 3: Spurs over Mavs (just to piss off Daniel)-tonight
Game 4: Suns over Trailblazers (Sat)
Game 3: Jazz over Nuggets(tonight)

Eastern Conf. 1st Round
Game 4: Cavs over Bulls (Sun)
Magic over Bobcats (Sat)
Bucks over Hawks (Sat)
Heat over Celtics (tonight)

April 23, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Men, Sports, Updates | , , , | 4 Comments

Texas Governor race ……Lawyers fee's…….

The Perry campaign is trying to infer that Bill White charged Contingency fee’s as bad thing……

The piece here questions the issue…pointing out that the fee’s are normal business practice in Texas law cases as it is all around the country….

You win..the lawyer gets a percent or a fixed amount…you lose..he/she don’t get paid……simple….

This is a charge that the Perry campaign, through spokesman Mark Miner, has leveled at White. It seemed dubious to me, because contingency fees have been used by plaintiffs’ lawyers since long before Bill White was practicing law. Contingency fees are used in personal injury cases when a client cannot afford to hire an attorney. The arrangement usually calls for a stipulated division of the award in a case between the lawyer and the client. If the plaintiff loses, the client pays nothing and the lawyer gets nothing.

I e-mailed Miner to ask on what grounds he based the claim that White pioneered contingency fees. This was the response from the Perry campaign:

Here are excerpts from three articles that show Bill White’s relationship with the pioneering of contingency fees. (Full articles are included below the excerpts.)

More frompaulburka…..

April 23, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, CD @ PolitcalDog, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

Texas Governor race ……Lawyers fee’s…….

The Perry campaign is trying to infer that Bill White charged Contingency fee’s as bad thing……

The piece here questions the issue…pointing out that the fee’s are normal business practice in Texas law cases as it is all around the country….

You win..the lawyer gets a percent or a fixed amount…you lose..he/she don’t get paid……simple….

This is a charge that the Perry campaign, through spokesman Mark Miner, has leveled at White. It seemed dubious to me, because contingency fees have been used by plaintiffs’ lawyers since long before Bill White was practicing law. Contingency fees are used in personal injury cases when a client cannot afford to hire an attorney. The arrangement usually calls for a stipulated division of the award in a case between the lawyer and the client. If the plaintiff loses, the client pays nothing and the lawyer gets nothing.

I e-mailed Miner to ask on what grounds he based the claim that White pioneered contingency fees. This was the response from the Perry campaign:

Here are excerpts from three articles that show Bill White’s relationship with the pioneering of contingency fees. (Full articles are included below the excerpts.)

More frompaulburka…..

April 23, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, CD @ PolitcalDog, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

Daniel……New Hampshire Governor: Is Governor John Lynch (D-NH) vulnerable? He doesn't seem immun against the hostile Electoral Mood against Democrats ……

Hello Dog Folks!

Might New Hampshire Incumbent Governor John Lynch (D-NH) vulnerable.

We’ve a little bit confirmation that his fourth Campaign for Governor might not be all that easy according to a new Public Policy Polling Survey.
EVEN he can’t escape the daunting Electoral Mood against Democrats.
Lynch ranked up lopsided Victories in 2006 (74 %) and 2008 (70 %). He only leads his potential strongest Challenger, former State HHS Commissioner John Stephen (R-NH) by only 11 Points.

A somewhat competitive Governor Race would be a HUGE benefit for former Attorney General Kelly A. Ayotte (R-NH) who is running for Senate.

Public Policy Polling Survey

New Hampshire Governor 2010

General Election

Incumbent Governor John Lynch (D)  47 %
Former State HHS Commissioner John Stephen (R)  36 %
Undecided  18 %

Incumbent Governor John Lynch (D)  47 %
Businessman Jack Kimball (R)  35 %
Undecided  18 %

Incumbent Governor John Lynch (D)  47 %
Religious Right Activist Karen Testerman (R)  29 %
Undecided  23 %

Major Candidates Campaign Websites:

http://www.lynchcommittee.com/
http://www.johnstephen.com/
http://jackforgov.com/
http://www.karentesterman.net/

Job Approval

Governor John Lynch (D)

Approve  44 %
Disapprove  42 %
Not Sure  14 %

Analysis:

Let me be clear: I doubt Lynch is going to lose.

That being said I also doubt he’s going to rank up that huge margins like he did in 2006 & 2008.
If we can hold Lynch around 55 % we’ve probably a decent good change holding the Senate Seat and winning the two Congressional Races.

Daniel G.

April 23, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Projections, Updates | , , , | 2 Comments