A day before the Supreme Court was to hear arguments on an Arizona statute that expanded the immigration enforcement powers of local police, the author of the law defended it in a Senate hearing under sharp questioning from Democrats, saying it “removes the political handcuffs from state and local law enforcement.”
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who was invited to Tuesday’s Senate hearing but declined to attend, laced into Senate Democrats and accused them of a “political stunt” for threatening to take legislative action if the Supreme Court upholds her state’s controversial immigration law.
Source: Washington Post | Arizona |
April 24, 2012
The plan is to allow Democrats a route to express displeasure with the Arizona law if the court allows it to stand, and it would force Republicans to take a clear position on the law during the height of the presidential campaign. The immigration law is deeply unpopular with Latino voters, who could be key to the outcome of the presidential and Senate races in several Western states.
Source: Minneapolis Star-Tribune | Twin Cities |
April 24, 2012
Nearly 40,000 Twin Cities residents will go to their mailboxes on Sunday, May 6, to find an unusual delivery: An empty pill bottle representing a powerful antibiotic that would be delivered in the event of a bioterrorism attack in Minnesota. The exercise, dubbed "Operation Medicine Delivery,'' has united the Minnesota Department of Health with the U.S. Postal Service to answer questions that have plagued public health officials since the terror attacks of 9/11.
Many across the country will be watching closely when the Supreme Court hears arguments on Wednesday on the bitterly disputed immigration enforcement law that was passed two years ago in Arizona, inspiring the Georgia statute and similar ones in Alabama, Indiana, South Carolina and Utah.
In the aftermath of a violent storm, homeowners can be vulnerable to aggressive contractors who knock on their doors offering quick, costly deals. The Iowa Legislature is considering a bill that would rein in those contractors. The bill is part of a growing movement against the practice across the Midwest over the past two years.
More than half of the states weighed in on a U.S. Supreme Court case scheduled for a hearing this week over an Obama administration challenge to Arizona’s latest anti-immigration law, according to Stateline.org.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Monday that they had arrested more than 3,100 criminals and others living in the country illegally, the largest such effort in the agency’s history.
Lt. Gov. Greg Bell, who heads the Utah Commission on Immigration and Migration, said that without an impartial, objective analysis, it would be difficult to provide relevant data to the Legislature when it takes up immigration-related bills next session.
Source: East Valley Tribune | Arizona |
April 2, 2012
In a legal brief filed earlier this week, the attorneys for 11 states told the justices that Arizona's SB 1070 conflicts with federal immigration laws. They disputed the state's contention that the state law is merely assisting the federal government in enforcing federal law.
The National Weather Service plans to begin a new initiative designed to make people in Tornado Alley sit up and take notice when potentially devastating twisters are headed their way. Under the new system, tornado warnings will be accompanied by stark language like, "mass devastation is highly likely, making the area unrecognizable to survivors."