The season of SB 1070 lawsuits is upon us. Friends and foes of Arizona’s immigration law - set to take effect in less than two weeks - are in full warrior mode. Seven lawsuits challenging the legislation are already in federal court. The Obama administration has filed a preliminary injunction to block the law. Republican Sens. Jim DeMint of South Carolina and David Vitter of Louisiana have crafted an amendment meant to block the White House maneuver. It was deftly attached to a small-business bill set for floor debate next week.
Now Arizona state Sen. Russell Pearce, the man who actually wrote the legislation in language consistent with federal law, has filed a “motion to intervene,” also intended to block the White House.
“The purpose of SB 1070 is to protect the citizens of Arizona from the devastating and deadly impact of rampant illegal immigration. And it is outrageous that the Obama administration would attack Arizona for simply protecting its own citizens, especially when it has failed so miserably to do its constitutional duty and secure the border. This is a legal battle of epic proportions,” Mr. Pearce says.
“In many ways, this comes down to a fight between those who want to enforce the law and those who do not,” says Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, the conservative legal watchdog that will represent Mr. Pearce.
Calls for reconciliation between the NAACP and the grass-roots “tea party” have come from Newt Gingrich and others following a week of controversy between the two sides over charges of racism. But the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is still taking the hard line and says tea partiers have “failed to repudiate elements within the movement who use racist or bigoted language.”
The riff continues; CAIR is now tracking incidents it says shows that tea partiers are “Islamaphobic,” says communications director Ibrahim Hooper.
“If the ‘tea party’ wishes to be taken seriously by mainstream Americans, it must repudiate all those who express or promote extremist, racist or bigoted views while claiming to be affiliated with the movement,” Mr. Hooper says.
“Have you noticed that you can’t swing a dead cat these days without hitting some television host claiming the ‘tea party’ or a conservative is racist? Turn on ABC and there it is. Ditto CBS, CNN, and MSNBC,” observes Noel Sheppard, a media analyst for Newsbusters, an online press review.
“Think it’s just a coincidence, or could this be a response to President Obama’s plummeting poll numbers and the panic in the liberal media that November could be a realigning election that results in a massive Republican sweep of Congress?” Mr. Sheppard adds.
REPUBLICANS PLEASE NOTE
Sometimes bare numbers speak the loudest. NGP Software - which provides fundraising software for 75 percent of all Democratic lawmakers, the Democratic National Committee and its affiliates plus 90 percent of all Democratic state parties - says the donor money is coursing in. Overall contributions to Democrats have increased by 62 percent in the past two years, the company says.
“Many Democratic campaigns are running more sophisticated online fundraising efforts in 2010, and as a result they’re raising dramatically more online,” observes CEO Stu Trevelyan.