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States Buck Public Opinion, Offer Driver’s Licenses to Illegals.

Nevada has become the latest state to allow illegal immigrants to obtain a driver’s license — even as public opinion polls show that the great majority of Americans oppose such measures.
A national poll conducted in October by Rasmussen Reports found that 68 percent of likely U.S. voters think illegal immigrants should not be allowed to obtain state driver’s licenses. Just 22 percent favor licenses for illegals in their state.
Critics say the laws encourage illegal immigration by legitimizing the status of those who come to the United States illegally.

“It is a kind of amnesty. It doesn’t given them any legal status, but by giving them a government-issued ID, it helps them imbed in society,” Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington, D.C.,  said in an interview with Newsmax.

“This is a way of protecting illegals from coming to the attention of immigration authorities,” Krikorian said. “It’s a way of documenting the undocumented.”
In Nevada, Democratic-led lawmakers approved a driver’s license law in 2013. It was signed by Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval, the state’s first Hispanic governor, who considers it a public safety measure, and went into effect at the beginning of this month.

“Allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver’s privilege card will increase the number of drivers on Nevada’s roads that are insured and aware of traffic rules and regulations,” Sandoval said in a statement after signing the bill.

When Nevada began issuing licenses on Jan. 2, long lines formed at the Department of Motor Vehicles in Las Vegas, waiting for the 8 a.m. opening of the office. The Associated Press reported that “thousands of Nevada immigrants” sought to obtain licenses on the first day.

Those applying for the driving privilege cards must show some proof of their identity as well as evidence of Nevada residency and insurance. New drivers must pass a driving test, and pay to retake the test if they fail.

The information provided for the licenses, however, may not be used against them for purposes of enforcing immigration laws, a key provision in a state like Nevada where about a fourth of all residents are Latino.

Other states that have approved similar laws include Utah, Washington, Maryland, Oregon, Connecticut, California, New Mexico, and Illinois, along with the District of Columbia.
Said California’s Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, in signing his state’s law last year: “No longer are undocumented people in the shadows. They are alive and well and respected in the State of California.”

The climate of permissiveness licenses for illegals follows a crackdown period after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacksthat came in response to widespread fears of foreign-born terrorists entering the country.

“After 9-11, things were tightening up. Now those states that are mainly run by Democrats are backtracking,” said Krikorian, noting that Congress has given leeway through the REAL ID law to states to issue immigrant driver’s cards, but those cannot be used for federal identification purposes like boarding planes.
New Mexico, with the nation’s largest Hispanic population, is one state attempting to buck the trend. Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is hoping to convince the Democratic-led state legislature to repeal the state’s current law, which offers licenses to illegals.She has tried before and failed, but vows to continue.
Polling shows that Martinez has support for her position, said Brian Sanderoff, president of Research & Polling Inc., a New Mexico firm that has polled for the Albuquerque Journal twice on the issue.

“Both times, the polls that we did for the Journal showed approximately 70 percent of registered voters opposed granting licenses to undocumented workers,” Sanderoff told Newsmax.

“I think it’s a significant issue to the extent that the governor is once again latching onto it,” he said.

New Mexico differs from its heavily Hispanic neighbor Arizona, where its governor, Republican Jan Brewer, has taken an aggressive stance against illegals in her state. In New Mexico, most Hispanic residents are natives, tracing their lineage back to Spain, said Sanderoff.

“Most New Mexicans are Americans, born and raised here, more so than the average state,” he said, which likely explains why voters there oppose the law by a wide margin.

The trend could continue as Congress renews its debate on immigration reform this year and proponents continue to push for the measure in more states.

“The push for it is nationally coordinated,” Krikorian said. “There is a broader push by national groups to have more say in the issue. They see it in two ways. First, as a practical matter, it helps to imbed the illegal immigrants in the U.S., making it less likely they will leave. Also, it will be presented as evidence of nationwide momentum for immigration ‘reform.'”

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By Andrea Billups

GOP Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval ‘All In’ For Obamacare.

Image: GOP Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval 'All In' For Obamacare

By Andrea Billups

Nevada‘s Republican governor doesn’t agree with the Obamacare plan, but says as long as it’s law, he’s “all in” to implement it successfully in his state, which ranks as No. 2 nationwide in uninsured residents.

Gov. Brian Sandoval, seen as a possible vice presidential candidate of the future, is doing more than any other GOP governor to pave the way for the Affordable Care act,  expanding both his state exchange and Medicaid enrollment, reported.

Such investment in a law so unpopular with  many in his party has not hurt him in his state,  where he is headed toward re-election without a strong opponent, Politico reported.

He has said in the past he’d like to see the law repealed, but told Politico in an email: ” “I opposed the Affordable Care Act from its inception.”

How his political credibility is impacted nationally remains unseen in the wake of his support.

“I don’t think most Americans know that he’s one of the only Republican governors to implement,” the law,” Republican strategist Ron Bonjean.

That doesn’t mean that Sandoval has been quiet about its shortcomings and his disdain for the president in its rollout.

“The fact is the president misled the American people when he promised they could keep their insurance if they liked it,” he told Politico.

In the wake of the president’s shuffle on allowing consumers to keep their own plans if they like them, Sandoval has also stepped forward to urge the Obama to make changes to fix the struggling program, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

“Without a doubt, the president’s actions this week are a direct acknowledgement that the law is unworkable,” Sandoval told the Review-Journal in November. “What’s more, the announcement yesterday does not fix any problems and only adds more confusion. I strongly urge the president and Congress to reconsider this law.”

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Rove to GOP Presidential Hopefuls: Ignore Early Polls.

Ignore the primary polls; they don’t mean anything at this point in the 2016 race to the White House, Karl Rove advises Republican presidential aspirants.

In an opinion piece in Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal, the deputy chief of staff for former President George W. Bush says the GOP nomination is “a likely ticket to the White House” because of the “mounting rubble of the Obama presidency.”

But anyone hoping to be the GOP standard-bearer for 2016 will have to make 2014 “more inspiring than personal ambition,” he said.

“Acting selflessly to elect others is the most self-interested thing presidential hopefuls can do” next year, he said.

One compelling challenge for presidential candidates will be to “resist the temptation” to spend most of 2014 in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, the three earliest primary contests, or, Rove warned, run the risk of having no national network to win the nomination and a reputation “for being self-obsessed.”

More importantly, he advised, aspirants should work to help the GOP win congressional seats and governorships.

Rove’s advice for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as chairman of the Republican Governors Association is to “barnstorm the 30 states with gubernatorial elections.”

Sens. Ted Cruz and Rob Portman, vice chairmen of the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee, can “help in the critical battle for the upper chamber,” and Sen. Rand Paul, a leader of the party’s libertarian element, and tea party favorite Sen. Marco Rubio can both “boost their 2016 chances by making it about the GOP team next year, not themselves,” Rove said.

Republican Govs. John Kasich, Susana Martinez, Brian Sandoval, Rick Snyder, and Scott Walker, Rove urged, should concentrate on re-election by “healthy margins and with messages that inspire Republicans beyond their states.”

Rep. Paul Ryan “must similarly win re-election while also leading the GOP in the congressional budget battles,” he said.

Rove said GOP Govs. Bobby Jindal and Rick Perry, former Govs. Jeb Bush and Mike Huckabee, and former Sen. Rick Santorum — all without any re-election campaigns — should “say exactly what’s on their minds, to speak as liberated rather than programmed, and to do all they can to advance the party’s cause in the midterm elections” if they want a shot at the White House.

All the aspirants, however, need to get out on the road to practice — and “avoid saying stupid things and reinforcing stereotypes.”

“In politics, practice doesn’t make perfect, but it does make better,” Rove said.

© 2013 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

By Cathy Burke

Sandoval Calls on Obama for Leadership, Compromise on Budget.

Having a divided government is no reason to stop efforts to grow the economy, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval said in Saturday’s GOP address, in which he touted Republican ideals while calling for bipartisan cooperation on the national level.

“Good executives, like all good leaders, must expect opposition when making decisions or when making or enforcing the law, but executives must engage those that disagree with them, the Republican leader said.

Sandoval’s words came as the federal government appears headed for a stalemate concerning Obamacare and the national budget.

On Friday, President Barack Obama called House Speaker John Boehner and reiterated that he would not negotiate with Congress on raising the debt limit, a Boehner representative said.

The call came a day after Boehner attacked the president in an Internet video for his refusal to strike a deal with Congress on the debt ceiling.

Sandoval said Saturday that the president and Congress must work better together if they expect to strike a deal before Sept. 30 and avoid a government shutdown.

“They must listen to all ideas, persuade when possible, and respectfully and firmly disagree when necessary,” said Sandoval.

Obama said Saturday that “reducing our deficits and debt isn’t even what the current standoff in Congress is about,” and that Democrats and some “reasonable” Republicans are willing to raise the nation’s debt ceiling and pass a “sensible budget that cuts spending on what we don’t need so we can invest in what we do.”

Further, the president insisted that he wants to work with “those Democrats and Republicans on a better bargain for the middle class.”
However, he said that far-right Republicans have convinced GOP leaders to threaten government shutdown if Obamacare isn’t defeated, indicating he’ll continue to fight their efforts.

“They’d actually plunge this country back into recession – all to deny the basic security of health care to millions of Americans,” said Obama. “That’s not happening. And they know it’s not happening…I will not allow anyone to harm this country’s reputation, or threaten to inflict economic pain on millions of our own people, just to make an ideological point.”

Meanwhile, Sandoval pointed out that Republican ideals, when combined with cooperation, may help the nation just as it did his own state.

“When I first came to office, our country was in the depths of the great recession, and, no state had been hit harder than Nevada,” the governor said. At that time, the state’s unemployment rate was at about 15 percent and it led the nation in foreclosures and bankruptcies.

“Unlike Washington, we had to balance our state budget as Nevada could not borrow its way out of problems,” said Sandoval.

Nevada was successful, he said, because “we sit down, put partisanship aside, talk through our disagreements, and find common ground.”

As a result, Nevada has now “experienced 31 straight months of economic growth, we have had the second strongest decline in unemployment in the country, and we continue to add much needed jobs.”

States respond in a positive way, said Sandoval, and “It’s no accident that the fastest growing states with the best economies are all led by Republican governors” whose ideas “have and continue to work.”

Republicans’ core convictions, he said, “provide the surest path to an America where economic opportunity still abounds, hard work still rewards, and dreams are still realized.”

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By Sandy Fitzgerald

Bloomberg’s Coalition Takes Gun-Control Fight to State Legislatures.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg‘s gun-control group is taking the fight for stricter gun laws to state capitals across the nation following Congress‘ failure to move on any new legislation in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shootings.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns has hired more than 50 people to lobby on behalf of various gun proposals that have been introduced in state legislatures, most recently in Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Maryland, Delaware, and Connecticut, The New York Times reports.

The bills, aimed at curbing gun violence, include expanded background checks and regulations for private gun sale.

The coalition of mayors has been successful in more liberal states such as Maryland, Delaware, and Connecticut, but it is facing increased challenges in states with a large number of gun enthusiasts.

In Nevada, for example, the mayors have helped jump start a bill that had stalled over its proposed criminal background checks for all private gun sales, including those made at gun shows and online. The group is trying to get enough Republicans votes to protect it from a potential veto by Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval.

But some Republicans think the Bloomberg group lobbyists have gone too far in some instances in trying to push legislation.

For example, the Times noted, Nevada Senate Republican leader Michael Roberson complained about lobbyists showing up at his home in an effort to convince his wife to support the measure and help influence her husband’s position.

In addition to expanding its on-the-ground lobbying effort, the coalition of mayors has put money toward television ads in states where gun measures are before the legislature. The group is running ads against lawmakers and candidates who fail to support tougher gun laws.

The efforts by Bloomberg and his group have ignited anger among some across the country, as was made clear last week when letters containing the deadly poison ricin were sent to the mayor and to his coalition’s headquarters. A similar letter was sent to President Barack Obama.

But Bloomberg, undaunted, says he plans to intensify his efforts to have tougher gun laws enacted after he leaves office in December.

© 2013 Newsmax. All rights reserved.
By Courtney Coren

Sandoval plans trade missions to Mexico, Israel.

Nevada Gov. Sandoval announces trade missions to Mexico, Israel

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval will lead trade missions to Mexico and Israel in 2013 to promote the state’s export opportunities and encourage investment in the Silver State by companies abroad, the governor announced at a Las Vegas business luncheon.

The first-term Republican governor, who has taken a hands-on approach to expanding Nevada’s economy and business stature, made the announcement Friday before the Las Vegas Regional Economic Development Council, the Las Vegas Review-Journal ( reported. The council was formerly called the Nevada Development Authority.

The mission to Mexico follows overtures by Latin American business leaders about investment opportunities in Mexico and other Latin American markets, Sandoval told the newspaper after his speech to 800 business leaders.

As for the Israel trade mission, Sandoval said water companies could potentially be targeted for business deals.

Sandoval postponed a trade mission to Israel in mid-May, saying he wanted to focus first on Nevada’s own economic development.

He had been scheduled to speak at the 18th International Agricultural Exhibition in Tel Aviv. Topics were to include technologies to expand water supplies, cyber security, clean energy and technology commercialization.

In September, Sandoval led a 10-day trade mission to China and South Korea that his office said culminated with agreements for two Nevada companies to expand their reach to Asia.

Las Vegas-based Tate Snyder Kimsey Architects signed a joint venture contract to help design a business campus near Hong Kong, and Reno-based confectioner Kimmie Candy signed a distribution agreement to let it enter the Chinese candy market.

On the same trip, Desert Research Institute President Stephen Wells signed a memorandum of understanding with the Chinese Academy of Science‘s Institute of Earth Environment to collaborate on atmospheric research.

In his speech, Sandoval also touted the state’s success in keeping online travel company from leaving Nevada. Sandoval said the state negotiated a deal to keep Expedia in a Las Vegas call center employing 500 workers.


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GOP crafts new image as it hustles Mitt Romney out the door.

All the Republican Party needs to recover from its presidential defeat is a new message, a new image, and some fresh faces. And usher out Mitt Romney. That’s it. Piece of cake.

All the Republican Party needs to recover from its defeat in thepresidential election is a new message, a new image, and some fresh faces. That’s it. Piece of cake.

But first, it must usher out the remembrance of party leaders past. That would be Mitt Romney – who, in fact, has been making it easier for the GOP to do just that.

Echoing his infamous “47 percent” off-the-record comment to big donors during the campaign, he upped that to 51 percent in his post-election remarks (again, to donors) about how Barack Obamahad won by purchasing his vote majority with “gifts” to liberal interest groups.

Grapes never seemed so sour, and Republicans were quick to rebuke such blame-gamesmanship.

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“I absolutely reject what he said,” Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (the new chairman of the Republican Governors Association) said on Fox News Sunday. “We as a Republican Party have to campaign for every single vote. If we want people to like us we have to like them first. And you don’t start to like people by saying their votes were bought.”

“We also don’t need to be saying stupid things,” Gov. Jindal said, referring to controversial comments on abortion by failed GOP Senate candidates Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock (neither of whom did Romney roundly reject). “Look, we had candidates in Indiana and Missouri that said offensive things that not only hurt themselves and lost us two Senate seats but also hurt the Republican Party across the board.”

Carlos Gutierrez, who advised the Romney campaign on Hispanic issues and voters, says he was “shocked” by Romney’s most recent comments.

“Frankly, I don’t think that’s why Republicans lost the election,” he said Sunday on CNN‘s “State of the Union.” “I think we lost the election because the far right of this party has taken the party to a place that it doesn’t belong.”

The Associated Press interviewed a bunch of Republican notables, and their message was essentially the same.

Veteran Republican strategist Ron Kaufman, who advised Romney’s campaign: “The bottom line is we were perceived to be intolerant on some issues. And tone-deaf on others.”

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who ran against Romney in the GOP primaries and caucuses: “We were clearly wrong on a whole range of fronts…. There are whole sections of the American public that we didn’t even engage with.”

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who chaired the party during the 1990s: “We’ve got to have a very brutally honest review from stem to stern of what we did and what we didn’t do, and what worked and what failed.”

Kevin McLaughlin, a Republican operative who worked on several Senate races: “We need candidates who are capable of articulating their policy positions without alienating massive voting blocs.”

That would be people like Jindal, Former Florida Gov. Jeb BushNew Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (who helped himself when he left the Romney campaign to partner with Obama in dealing with superstorm Sandy), Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.

New Mexico Gov. Susana MartinezNevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, and newly-elected US Senator Ted Cruz of Texas would help with Hispanic voters – the fastest growing segment of the US population and a portion of the voting public Romney lost badly.

At the head of that list – and likely among younger Republican presidential hopefuls generally – isSen. Marco Rubio of Florida, He, too, has pushed back against Romney’s “gifts” remark, although more gently and in a way meant to avoid alienating any in the party.

And guess where Rubio turned up last week? Iowa, where the party’s first presidential caucus is held.

“The appearance of the Republican Party’s most prominent Latino face in Iowa – a state President Barack Obama won by six points on Election Day – was no casual drop-by after the drubbing Mitt Romney took among Hispanics nationally,” reports Politico’s Lois Romano, tailing Sen. Rubio on his Iowa trip. “Republicans are looking to Rubio to help guide the party out of the past in which its base is aging, white men and into the future when it can appeal to young, female and more diverse voters, most crucially Latinos. And the first-term Florida senator is happy to help light the way.”

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By Brad Knickerbocker | Christian Science Monitor

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