Over the weekend, Alabama discovered that its new illegal immigration law also applies to some pretty important Europeans. From the Associated Press:
A German manager with Mercedes-Benz is free after being arrested for not having a driver’s license with him under Alabama’s new law targeting illegal immigrants, authorities said Friday, in an otherwise routine case that drew the attention of Gov. Robert Bentley.
Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steven Anderson [said] an officer stopped a rental vehicle for not having a tag Wednesday night and asked the driver for his license. The man only had a German identification card, so he was arrested and taken to police headquarters, Anderson said.
The 46-year-old executive was charged with violating the immigration law for not having proper identification, but he was released after an associate retrieved his passport, visa and German driver’s license from the hotel where he was staying, Anderson said.
Mercedes-Benz builds sport-utility vehicles at a large plant about 20 miles east of Tuscaloosa. The automaker’s decision to open a factory in Alabama in 1993 was considered a major coup for the state’s economic development efforts and launched a trend of other foreign automakers and suppliers who opened major factories in the South – including the Kia plant in Georgia.
Before Alabama’s immigration law went into affect, the businessman – who was not named – would have been given a citation and sent along his way. How Alabama’s governor was so quickly informed of the arrest remains a mystery – but no one seems surprised.
Bentley, who signed the illegal immigration law earlier this year, called the state’s homeland security director, who in turn called the police chief.
Newt Gingrich now leads the GOP presidential field, according to a USA Today poll released today and conducted by Gallup. The former U.S. House speaker is benefitting from the plunge in support for his friend and rival Herman Cain:
Gingrich’s support shot up among those 50 and older, to 31% from 18% in the Gallup Poll earlier this month. Most of that came at the expense of Cain, whose support among this age group dropped from 22% to 11%.
Political Lesson No. 589: If you blow off a session with Joseph McQuaid, conservative publisher of the Manchester Union Leader in all-important New Hampshire, there’s every possibility that he will declare your presidential campaign to be dead. From his column today:
I was going to write about Herman Cain and the “interview that wasn’t” here at the Union Leader last Thursday, but it’s not worth much ink. We had an earlier interview here with him and I found him a likeable, intelligent guy with a good sense of humor. But Cain is going nowhere fast this presidential season, so I will only say that (a) he is not well-served by his staff; and (b) it is funny that in an era when candidates complain about the drive-by media, the Cain campaign cancels an hour-long interview with the state newspaper.
Instead, I write about Thanksgiving.
Somehow the pairing of the words just seems odd. We’ve received a note declaring that Occupy Gwinnett will assemble at the Justice Center in Lawrenceville at 7:30 p.m. today.
This weekend, as you find yourself chasing Black Friday bargains, think about where you are – and where you are not. From the Washington Post:
Development of new malls has almost completely stopped, with only two being erected in the country since the beginning of 2009, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Outdoor town center concepts, featuring brick sidewalks, streetlights and even public clocks evoking the Main Street of yore, are climbing to a degree that many owners of enclosed malls are considering dramatic makeovers, some including plans to tear off the roof of, or “de-mall” enclosed shopping centers.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider