Monthly Archives: June 2013

Gov. Tom Corbett will not go 4 for 4 on his budget wishlist

Gov. Tom Corbett will not go 4 for 4 on his budget wishlist

By Jan Murphy |

updated June 29, 2013 at 11:50 AM /

Now that the countdown to the midnight Sunday deadline is being counted in hours, instead of days, it’s starting to become clear that Gov. Tom Corbett will not be going four-for-four on his wish list of big-ticket items. But what his final tally on achievements still be remains in question.


Pension reform: No movement in either chamber on legislation to move future state and school employees into a defined contribution plan, which at this point signals this is a no-go by June 30. However, many observers say they see it being revisited in the fall.


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Senator. Marco Rubio misled police, ICE union says

By Stephen Dinan – The Washington Times

June 24, 2013, 09:06AM

The president of the labor union for immigration agents said Monday morning that Sen. Marco Rubio “directly misled law enforcement officers” after promising to try to boost interior enforcement in his immigration bill.

“Senator Rubio, who promised ICE officers and Sheriffs that he would take steps to repair the bill’s provisions that gut interior enforcement, has abandoned that commitment. He directly misled law enforcement officers,” said Chris Crane, president of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council, which represents ICE the agents and officers who handle deportations and immigration laws in the nation’s interior. Continue reading

Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania: “I just haven’t read [the amensty bill] that closely…”

5 Senators Who Support Immigration Bill Don’t Know Answer to Key Question About It

5:31 PM, Jun 25, 2013 • By JOHN MCCORMACK /

Obamacare poses a tricky problem for supporters of the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform bill. It would be too politically toxic to give illegal immigrants amnesty and taxpayer subsidies under Obamacare, so the Senate bill prohibits “registered provisional immigrants” (individuals who are now residing illegally in the United States granted legal status under the bill) from receiving Obamacare subsidies. But in so doing the Senate’s immigration bill would create a big financial incentive for some employers to hire non-citizens granted legal status over American citizens.


On Tuesday afternoon, THE WEEKLY STANDARD asked five different U.S. Senators about this problem. These five senators, all Democrats, voted to cut off debate Monday night on the revised immigration bill, but none of them knew if the bill would create a financial incentive for some employers to hire amnestied immigrants instead of American citizens.


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“I don’t know. I’d have to look at it closely,” said Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania. “I just haven’t read it that closely to know.”


Illegal immigrants who commit crimes face lesser punishment than U.S. citizens

Illegal immigrants who commit crimes face lesser punishment than U.S. citizens

By | JUNE 24, 2013 AT 11:10 AM

According to Sen. John McCain, a member of the Senate’s Gang of Eight, criminals will not be legalized under the proposed bipartisan immigration bill.

“Anyone who has committed crimes in this country is going to be deported,” the Arizona Republican declared on the Senate floor last week.

However, as Washington Examiner columnist Byron York recently reported, “the bottom line is an immigrant could have more than three misdemeanor convictions in his background check and still qualify for legalization.” Continue reading

LAPD ambush a ‘blatant attempt to to assassinate’ cops, Chief Beck says

By Richard Winton, Joel Rubin and Emily Foxhall

June 25, 2013, 10:43 a.m.

The shooting ambush of two undercover detectives outside the Wilshire Division station Tuesday morning “was a blatant attempt to assassinate two of the people who protect this community,” LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said. Continue reading