Your daily jolt: A fix for unintended victims of Ga.’s illegal immigration law

State Rep. Dusty Hightower, R-Carrollton, this morning dropped legislation on behalf of Secretary of State Brian Kemp to unclog the processing of half-million professional licenses – unintended victims of Georgia’s illegal immigration statute.

HB 87, passed in 2011, currently requires all license applicants – from nurses to barbers to plumbers – to submit proof of citizenship before new or renewed licenses are granted.

Wait times for licenses have increased five-fold as a result, Kemp says.

HB 32 will only require applicants to submit proof of citizenship only once. A similar measure was attempted last year, but failed when it became wrapped into legislation that would have barred all undocumented students from public universities.

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Meanwhile, the state Senate’s newly configured Committee on Assignments today gets down to the business of doling out chairmanships and committee memberships. The biggest prize: Chairmanship of the Senate Rules Committee, through which all bills must pass before coming to the floor. The post is currently held by Don Balfour, R-Snellville, who was on the wrong side of last year’s post-election leadership contests. Top contenders are Jeff Mullis, R-Chickamauga, and Renee Unterman, R-Buford.

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To understand the Republican fracture in Congress, think of Tom Price and Chris Christie as two sides of the same coin.

Coverage on Wednesday rightly focused on Christie’s withering criticism of House Speaker John Boehner’s decision to deep-six a federal aid package for Hurricane Sandy victims. But read this passage of Christie’s remarks carefully:

“Americans are tired of the palace intrigue and political partisanship of this Congress, which places one-upsmanship ahead of the lives of the citizens who sent these people to Washington, DC, in the first place. New Jerseyans and New Yorkers are tired of being treated like second-class citizens. New York deserves better than the selfishness we saw on display last night. New Jersey deserves better than the duplicity we saw on display last night.

Now consider Price’s call, made only a few hours earlier, for more “red-state leadership” of the House. The interview on a D.C. radio talk show included Price’s analysis of the fiscal cliff vote in the House:

“If you look at the votes that were ‘yes’ on the Republican side – there were 85 of them. Seventy of them come from blue states. I really think, and I’ve been talking about this for a couple months now. I think this is a red state-blue state issue.

“When we were talking about previous ‘solutions,’ it really broke down in our conference between Republicans who are from red states and those who are from blue states. It’s a different conversation that we need to have within our own conference as we move forward with the kind of positive solutions that I think are out there.”

In other words, Republicans are faced with a choice: To remain a nationally viable political party with a moderately adulterated philosophy, or a politically pure force of mere regional import.

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Erick Erickson of Redstate.com on the former Republican nominee for vice president, and his vote in favor of the fiscal cliff deal:

Paul Ryan is a great spokesman. He offset Romney’s deficiencies well. He has some great ideas on entitlement reform. But he is a better spokesman for conservatism than he is a conservative member of Congress. Getting a budget passed that does not balance until my kids are middle aged and raises the national debt to $24 trillion doesn’t really fit my definition of a leader.

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Jon Gillooly of the Marietta Daily Journal this morning has the first word from U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson on his vote in favor of the fiscal cliff deal:

“In most cases, when 50 percent are happy and 50 percent are not, you probably did the right thing, especially on something that everybody’s engaged in, and I would say it’s about 50-50,” Isakson said.

Isakson said he voted for the deal because it made permanent the Bush tax rates for “99.1 percent” of the American people, keeping $3.7 trillion in taxes from going up over the next 10 years.

But on the same front page, state GOP chair Sue Everhart — a longtime supporter of Isakson – declared herself “just thoroughly disgusted with Washington:”

“As much as I hate to say it, I almost wish they let us go over the cliff and let us go ahead and address spending,” Everhart said.

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The Tuesday night debate over “fiscal cliff” legislation in the House included an exit speech by U.S. Rep. David Dreier, a California Republican, who cited the Georgia alliance between Gov. Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed as an example for Washington:

Said Dreier:

”They have managed to bridge that divide through a commitments of results. …Congress and the White House are perfectly capable of following that same model for the good of our county.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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36 comments Add your comment

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 3rd, 2013
10:15 am

Coverage on Wednesday rightly focused on Christie’s withering criticism of House Speaker John Boehner’s decision to deep-six a federal aid package for Hurricane Katrina victims.

A larded up package of pork is a more apt description. Championed by the same people that howled about “bridges to nowhere.”

In other words, Republicans are faced with a choice: To remain a nationally viable political party with a moderately adulterated philosophy, or a politically pure force of mere regional import.

I forget the exact numbers but 38% of the nation define themselves as Conservative while 21% claim to be liberals. So, yeah, the Conservatives need to be more liberal, uh huh.

Rabbit

January 3rd, 2013
10:18 am

Don’t hear much about immigration these days. So just how are all those paranoia-tinged, micro-chip implant hating, keep’em illiterate, send’em back home legislators working out for you?

Middle of the Road

January 3rd, 2013
10:22 am

It should not be this hard to prove your citizenship. And you only have to do it the first time. Illegal immigrants should not get professional licenses. Turn in your applications sooner (our company did this).

Middle of the Road

January 3rd, 2013
10:24 am

“I forget the exact numbers but 38% of the nation define themselves as Conservative while 21% claim to be liberals.”

And that leaves 41% of us in the middle.

Georgian

January 3rd, 2013
10:24 am

GA Senator Renee Unterman is unfit for leadership. http://youtu.be/HOyrxLaJlUc

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 3rd, 2013
10:25 am

Illegal immigrants serve three purposes for the democrat party, which explains their excitement over flooding the country with them -

An easily brainwashed class of new voters, an expansion of the poverty class with the opportunity to grow government exponentially and they replace the blacks as their little yard and house slaves.

One Who Knows...

January 3rd, 2013
10:39 am

Renee would make a decent Rules Chairman.

She is not as entertaining as Mullis but she would be more deliberative regarding the issues and legislation.

and really, Jim, we know it is just a liberal pipe dream that the GOP would become just a “politically pure force of mere regional import”

With the GOP selling us out in the US Senate, lets see how the US House lines up their leadership. Then we will know if we have to redefine and clean out the Party leadership from the ground up.

Eddie Hall

January 3rd, 2013
11:01 am

I agree with Everhart, I too am disgusted with Washington, just for different reasons. I applaude the Senators who had the fortitude to vote for the good of the country. The time to fight spending is when the debt ceiling legislation unfolds. START NOW though, and don’t wait until the country is backed into a corner! A small business could not afford another recession if it survived the last one. They did what needed to be done. I am greatly disapponited in the House of Reps for failing to see that, particularly my Rep., Tom Graves. He and the others vote as if they represent a party, not the citizens of their district. We have set up our system of government for failure. It is by design, made to make the “regional” wishes known and represented in federal system of states, who largely govern themselves by the rules of the Constitution and it’s Bill of Rights. What we have allowed to happen is, a Federal government to emerge, that thrust upon it’s citizens the wishes of centralized government with no regard for the regional wishes of the lesser populated areas. We reap what we sow.

Bubba

January 3rd, 2013
11:21 am

Good for Dusty. It’s the right thing to do. Our paranoia about immigration mucks up too many things for citizens. My family has been here literally since the Mayflower. Why should I have to be buried in red tape to prove I’m legal every time I turn around?

BehindEnemyLines

January 3rd, 2013
11:28 am

If that “regional force” doesn’t end up as the leadership of not only the party but the nation pretty soon, then it really doesn’t seem to matter much who presides over the demise of the country. Liberals or pseudocons are effectively the same thing, at least the lefties are honest about their intentions.

liberalefty

January 3rd, 2013
11:32 am

@aesops

but how did the presedential vote go…lol

liberalefty

January 3rd, 2013
11:32 am

presidential…

liberalefty

January 3rd, 2013
11:33 am

@aesops

slavery is over…didnt you know that?

Retired Soldier

January 3rd, 2013
11:33 am

Isakson can spin all he wants, but the conservative republicans in this state are fed up with him. Hopefully he will be smart enough to retire rather than seek re-election.

liberalefty

January 3rd, 2013
11:36 am

other than controlling a womans vagina the gop has no platform

liberalefty

January 3rd, 2013
11:37 am

retired soldier

hes not conservative enoiugh for you…u wanted the BUSH TAX cuts to expire?

liberalefty

January 3rd, 2013
11:39 am

illigal aliens were ok until they wanted citizenship…the good white chrisrians didnt mind them as long as they worked like dogs, but now the aliens are looked on as evil for wanting to be citizens…

liberalefty

January 3rd, 2013
11:45 am

“christians”

RGB

January 3rd, 2013
11:46 am

I agree with Retired Soldier about Isakson. Simply put, Johnny doesn’t mind tax increases. He has way more than he can ever spend so why worry about the little people.

Raising taxes on small business owners raises their breakeven point and results in fewer jobs and also less tax revenue–which is what the statists claim they want more of. But they really don’t; punishing successful people is what they are all about. In doing so, they punish everybody.

A half-measure of poison is still poison and has the same end result.

liberalefty

January 3rd, 2013
11:52 am

too bad the gop is the party of …kkk lite….but at least ya’ll have TIM SCOTT…

liberalefty

January 3rd, 2013
11:54 am

why would any woman,minority,homosexual vote for the gop whose leaders are old angry whites bent on taking the country back to the 1950’s? nobody hates more than these conservative “christians”

RGB

January 3rd, 2013
11:57 am

liberallefty,

Do you never have anything constructive to say or offer, or is today an exception?

Are you in grade school?

Do you know what a breakeven point is? Marginal economics? Dynamic scoring?

Synonymous

January 3rd, 2013
12:04 pm

Lefty is a troll, don’t feed the trolls. Ignore him. He’s just here to say outrageous things to make you mad.

Synonymous

January 3rd, 2013
12:07 pm

As for Isakson and Chambliss, I think they both need to reconsider their politcal futures. I’m starting to think more and more that if Tom Price keeps getting the stiff-arm in his attempts to bring more conservative ideas to the House leadership, he’s going to challenge Chambliss.

Wondering

January 3rd, 2013
12:36 pm

I support and vote for Tom Price but I beleive Isakson and Chambliss did the proper, pragmatic move in the senate by voting for most of the Bush tax cuts to be made permanent. I frankly believe these time based roll-backs, etc. are ways to kick the can forward.

Put it behind us and start addressing spending. Even Pelosi was on NPR this morning stating we need to address spending. When she says this, I don’t believe her. When Isakson says it, I do. He means it, and I expect to see some progress these next two years.

Another comment

January 3rd, 2013
1:01 pm

If some of you actually go to CNN and read the PDF version of the bill you will see that Johnnie Isackson got the exclusion for forgiveness of primary residence debt in the case of foreclosure or a short sale extended for, year. instead of being a crippling tax forcing more folks into bankruptcy who are innocent victim of the housing crisis, by having to pay t axes on the amount of gain the bank wrote off. They do not have to for another year. This should help clear out our a whole bunch more short sales and foreclosure from this states huge back log. Remember we have the third highest in the country, due to our great state banking committees and its ties to the local delegation. Before some of you get all selfritious about paying your own bills on time and putting 20% down. If your neighbor or even the guy in Clayton County goes under it hurts all of our values. We have to clear out the short sales to bring up the values for everyone.

I AM FOR THE WORKING & MIDDLE CLASS

January 3rd, 2013
1:27 pm

Aesop,your a racist IDIOT!! I don’t do landscaping & I damn sure am not cleaning some idiots house. Maybe you will have to clean toilets one day you pathetic loser!! And for all the paranoid idiots, illegal immigrants have been invading America as long as the white man. This is NOTHING new, it’s just something that the GOP wants to get white folks who can’t think for themselves worked up because they are no longer the majority. It’s the same thing as the 40’s/50’s with marijuana when the white idiot said that smoking marijuana would make white folks act wild & crazy like black folks. Which is another idiotic racist comment. Read the newspaper and/or watch the news & you will see who is really the wild & crazy psychotic one. Also on abortions, they don’t care about babies, they are worried about their once majority race being fickled out because their sweet pure daughters are having record numbers of abortions, not Blacks & not Hispanics. As the saying goes, be good to those on your way up, they are the same ones you will meet on your way down. I can’t wait for all these old racist idiots to be history, this is a NEW AMERICA & we don’t need your racist comments, thinking & remarks. Times have changed, SEE YA!!

Retired Soldier

January 3rd, 2013
1:42 pm

liberallefty-

I wanted zero tax increases and massive spending reductions. Thanks for asking.

Just Saying..

January 3rd, 2013
1:55 pm

“An easily brainwashed class of new voters…”

Fables: You have evidence of illegal immigrants voting? What did you do with that evidence?

Another comment

January 3rd, 2013
2:06 pm

Chamblis I am sure voted for this in the interest of the farm bill. To make sure that the farmers were saved and Milk prices didn’t double.

We need to get rid of the congressman who don’t look out for the country as a whole. Vote out Georgia’s Republican Congresional delegation they wanted to give the largest tax increase ever to save the very rich.

Fred

January 3rd, 2013
2:39 pm

@I AM FOR THE WORKING & MIDDLE CLASS – The difference in immigration now is two-fold. A large number of the illegal immigrants today have no intention of becoming citizens and contributing to the economy. A significant part of their earnings does not stay here and circulate in the economy but is exported to the home country. These people are here illegally and know it yet want services that they don’t contribute to. I know several naturalized citizens from various countries and they all did things the right way. They all are incredibly proud to be here and be a citizen and are upset with those that try to circumvent the laws of the USA.

I am not against any race or nationality that is here legally. And before you get all excited again, I’ve done many of the lower level jobs and am proud of it. Other than their possible immigration status, I respect the day laborers at the various Home Depots, etc, because they are willing to work hard and are out there most every day.

RGB

January 3rd, 2013
2:44 pm

I AM FOR THE WORKING & MIDDLE CLASS:

Ever notice that the fewer “idiot white folks who can’t think for themselves” that exist as a proportion of the population, the poorer, less productive, more immoral, and less law-abiding America becomes?

I guess it’s just another one of those coincidences such as the more money we spend that we do not have, the more debt we have and the poorer we become. I know the two are unrelated, but it’s curious how things work, now isn’t it?

Another comment

January 3rd, 2013
2:47 pm

Retired soldiers, I am waiting to see if in the entitlement reduction if you are willing to pay $300 per month for the cost of your Health insurance per month like the rest of us retired Federal Employees do, even GS 4 and 5 ’s who have no PX privileges like you do. Disabled Retired and Federal Employees ( non Postal Pay for family Coverage $300 for Blue cross and Blue Shield Basic Coverage. The least exoensive plan in the Atlanta area that covers the most. We also have either deductibles or co pays. $25/35/150 etc. $5,000 out of pocket maximum. I reached $4875 last year.

Now you will put out that you put your life on the line. Guess what, so go a lot of Federal Employees. I also became Permenantly disabled as a first responder to the Anthrax crisis. President George W. did come and personally than me and 300 Federal Employees for being First Responders. Secretary Tommy Thompson did give me a $1000 cash award and a piece of paper for my months of 24/7 work responding to the Anthrax crisis. I have since endured 11 years and 3 surgeries trying to put to put my back, back together. meanwhile, my over 24 years of services and I pay over $300 to keep my children insured on my federal employees policy. I could. Even pay another $100 mo if I choose Medicare part C, but so far I have just choosen part A. Since, I would loose too much of my $500 Social Security check that is offset from my federal disability check.

So I ask retired Vet. Are you willing and are the US. Postal Service Members along with the Congress I, the Federal Law enforcement willing to get rid of your prefential insurance payment systems. Start Paying 1/3 of the actual costs. For both the military, especially the retired who have also worked another job after retiring at 38-42. The postal service woes will be gone if they get rid of paying 1/4 of what the rest of Federal Employees pay for insurance, we just can’t afford it anymore. The rest of us did not have Unions that could negotiate over pay and benefits, only over working conditions.

So lets see retired soldier are you willing to give up your fat benefits. Lets talk about you got raises for the past 2 years and no other federal employees did. Then this year Federal employees might get .5% but you retired soldier might a actually get 1.7%

RGB

January 3rd, 2013
3:31 pm

Gotta love this one:

“The White House’s Flickr account recently released a photo of President Barack Obama and his top advisers. The complete absence of women in the image is another reminder that females are underrepresented in Obama’s staff.

Additionally, the president still pays his female employees significantly less than their male counterparts.

The Obama White House in 2011 paid female staffers 18 percent less than their male colleagues:

According to the 2011 annual report on White House staff, female employees earned a median annual salary of $60,000, which was about 18 percent less than the median salary for male employees ($71,000).”

But I thought the Republicans were engaged in the war on women….

RGB

January 3rd, 2013
3:39 pm

If Retired Soldier agreed to fall on a knife, disavow capitalism and Christianity, and repudiated the United States of America, would that do it for you “Another”.

Retired Soldier

January 3rd, 2013
3:51 pm

Another-

Question- Did you choose to make a career of the federal government or were you forced?

Question- As a federal employee you were made certain promises in retirement, the easest is your retired pay. Are you willing to give up what you are promised as you are to take away from the military?

question- If you covet what retired military have, why didn’t you choose the military?