In Colorado for Wednesday’s debate, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney said that young illegal immigrants who receive temporary work permits to stay in the country under a program established by President Barack Obama won’t be deported if he is elected. From the Denver Post:
“The people who have received the special visa that the president has put in place, which is a two-year visa, should expect that the visa would continue to be valid. I’m not going to take something that they’ve purchased,” Romney said. “Before those visas have expired we will have the full immigration reform plan that I’ve proposed.”
This summer, the Obama administration instituted a program allowing young illegal immigrants, brought here as children by the parents, to obtain work permits. The policy paralleled the so-called “Dream Act” legislation that has encountered Republican opposition in Congress.
The newspaper also reported that Romney was “hazy” when it came to the future of Colorado’s medical marijuana industry, which hands $5 million a year to the state in sales taxes. Romney said he would enforce federal drug laws that prohibit marijuana for any use.
The New York Times has a piece on the journalists who will moderate the three presidential debates and one confrontation between vice-presidential candidates. Tomorrow’s presidential debate in Denver will be refereed by PBS’ Jim Lehrer, who has participated in more televised debates than any journalist in U.S. history.
Even though he told us last year, when the schedule of the October debates was first announced, that he was done:
“I haven’t been invited, and if invited I’m not going to accept,” Lehrer said in a phone conversation. I did my 11 and I’ve survived. It’s time for others to have the opportunity.”
More than a few workers in Marietta won’t be getting notices of possible layoffs. From The Hill newspaper:
Lockheed Martin and other defense contractors backed down from issuing layoff notices to employees on Monday after the Obama administration promised to pick up the tab for severance costs resulting from sequestration.
The news provided welcome relief for President Obama, who faced the prospect of mass layoff notices in battleground states just days before the election, and outraged Republicans, who accused the administration of bending the law to hide job losses from the public.
The White House issued guidance on Friday that said the government would cover the costs if contracts are canceled and layoffs occur due to the automatic spending cuts set for 2013. But that offer would be null and void for any contractor that issues job-loss warnings before sequestration begins.
Over at the National Journal, Ron Brownstein has an analysis of poll results in 11 battleground states that shows President Barack Obama doing well with a surprising demographic: White women without a college education:
Obama’s gains with these so-called “waitress moms” are especially pronounced in heartland battlegrounds like Iowa, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
Combined with his continued support among other elements of his “coalition of the ascendant,” including young people, minorities, and college-educated women, these advances among blue-collar women have been enough to propel Obama to the lead over Republican Mitt Romney in the most recent public surveys in all 11 states (albeit in some cases within the polls’ margins of error).
Democrats say blue-collar women have been the principal, and most receptive, target for their extended ad barrage portraying Romney as a plutocrat who is blind, if not indifferent, to the struggles of average families.
The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at Atlanta City Councilman Michael Julian Bond’s contention that nearly 400 arrests for panhandling last year involved only 78 people, an indication that the problem can be traced to a chronic few.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider