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[A] new [Gallup] poll finds that Republicans have opened their widest lead yet when it comes to which party voters prefer this fall. Gallup’s generic congressional ballot finds that the number of voters who say they will vote GOP has jumped to 49 percent, compared with 43 percent for Democrats. That’s not only the biggest lead Gallup has recorded for the GOP this election cycle, it’s the largest lead Republicans have ever had in the poll, which Gallup has run since 1950.—Holly Bailey


 

Gallup Poll shows largest Republican lead ever

By Holly Bailey

With five months to go before the general election, a new poll finds that Republicans have opened their widest lead yet when it comes to which party voters prefer this fall. Gallup’s generic congressional ballot finds that the number of voters who say they will vote GOP has jumped to 49 percent, compared with 43 percent for Democrats. That’s not only the biggest lead Gallup has recorded for the GOP this election cycle, it’s the largest lead Republicans have ever had in the poll, which Gallup has run since 1950.

Why are Republicans surging?

According to Gallup, the GOP gained 3 percentage points in the poll over the last week, while Dems fell 4 points. All of this happened as President Obama’s approval rating took a hit, especially with his handling of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Gallup puts Obama’s approval rating at 46 percent — not exactly in George W. Bush territory, but low for this White House.

No doubt critics will question how much a generic poll really reveals about what might happen in November. After all, it’s often better to break down races locally for a more comprehensive picture of how the midterm elections might go. But generic ballots are very good at telling us where voter sentiment is nationally and how enthusiastic people are — or aren’t — about the political parties.

One number that Democrats are surely not pleased about is what poll experts call the “enthusiasm” gap. According to Gallup, 39 percent of Republicans are excited about the 2010 elections, compared with just 24 percent of Democrats. That’s one of the leading measures of how likely it is that voters will turn out to vote, and if Democrats can’t find a way to close that 15-point gap, November could be a painful month for President Obama and other party leaders.

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The Massachusetts Senate cracked down on illegal immigrants and those who would hire them by passing an immigration bill more stringent than any proposed by the state senate over the past five years.

The measure … would bar the state from doing business with any company found to break federal laws barring illegal immigrant hiring. It would also toughen penalties for creating or using fake identification documents, and explicitly deny in-state college tuition for illegal immigrants.

The amendment would also require the state’s public health insurance program to verify residency through the Department of Homeland Security, and would require the state to give legal residents priority for subsidized housing.?—Noah Bierman and Maria Sacchetti

Has the state lost its mind-numbed Democrats to deceased congressman John Murtha’s district in Western Pennsylvania?

Will the Reverend Jesse (Race Baiter) Jackson also be boycotting Massachusetts along with Arizona? (See the Megyn Kelly 6:29 video interview below.)

I am baffled … I am delighted …

I.M. Kane


 

Mass. Senate passes crackdown on illegal immigrants

By Noah Bierman and Maria Sacchetti

With one lawmaker citing President Lincoln’s respect for the rule of law, the Massachusetts Senate passed a far-reaching crackdown this afternoon on illegal immigrants and those who would hire them, going further, senators said, than any immigration bill proposed over the past five years.

In a surprising turn of events, the legislation replaced a narrower bill that was passed Wednesday over the objections of Republicans.

The measure, which passed on a 28-10 vote as an amendment to the budget, would bar the state from doing business with any company found to break federal laws barring illegal immigrant hiring. It would also toughen penalties for creating or using fake identification documents, and explicitly deny in-state college tuition for illegal immigrants.

The amendment would also require the state’s public health insurance program to verify residency through the Department of Homeland Security, and would require the state to give legal residents priority for subsidized housing.

The amendment will now be part of negotiations with the House as part of the entire state budget.

Supporters, especially Republicans, struck patriotic notes and spoke of the sanctity of the law as they spoke on the Senate floor.

“It was President Lincoln — and I’m going to paraphrase here — who suggested that respect for the law should be preached from every pulpit taught by every mother to every child,” said Senator Bruce Tarr, a Gloucester Republican.

But one supporter said that the measure was being passed for practical purposes and would hurt people.

Senator Frederick E. Berry, a Peabody Democrat, complained that one of the Republican sponsors acted like the “Patriots had just won the Super Bowl. … I am going to vote for it, but I don’t think we ought to rejoice.”

Democrats had resisted such a sweeping proposal, but spent last evening negotiating today’s measure, shortly after a new polled showed 84 percent of the liberal-leaning state’s voters supported tough immigration rules barring state services to illegal immigrants.

Sonia Chang-Diaz, a Boston Democrat who opposed the amendment, said the measure had not been properly vetted and would add undue obligations to businesses and state government when they could ill afford it. She said it would cost the state money, while programs for children and public safety are being cut and people in her city are being shot at.

“I just don’t think this is an appropriate time to be enforcing an additional cost burden on the state, doing things that are not our job,” Chang-Diaz said.

The measure would also close what supporters say is a loophole that allows businesses to register cars under a company name, without identifying the owner by Social Security number and federal tax identification number. It would also crate a toll-free hot line for anonymous reporting of companies that employ illegal immigrants.

The measure comes weeks after immigration measures failed in the House, and amid heightened debate over illegal immigration fueled by the state’s election season and Arizona’s passage in April of the toughest immigration law in the nation.

Recent polls have found that, while voters supported blocking illegal immigrants’ access to public benefits, they were split over whether the Bay State should have a law such as Arizona’s.

Thursday’s Senate amendment would also authorize the state attorney general’s office to broker an agreement with federal authorities to help enforce immigration law. That would be a stark departure for Attorney General Martha Coakley, who has increased outreach to immigrants, encouraging them to file employment complaints, regardless of their legal status. Scores of immigrants whose bosses allegedly failed to pay their wages have turned to her for help in recent years.

The legislation also would increase penalties for driving without a license, one of the main problems facing illegal immigrants in Massachusetts. In November, a panel commissioned by Governor Deval Patrick urged him to push to grant driver’s licenses and in-state tuition for illegal immigrants, among many other recommendations. Patrick sent the recommendations to his cabinet for study and pledged to return with a proposal in 90 days, but the results have not been made public.

Most immigrants in Massachusetts are here legally, but an estimated 190,000, or 20 percent, are here illegally, according to the census.


 Megyn Kelly Interviews Jesse Jackson about Arizona’s Immigration Law

Enjoy watching rope-a-dope? Watch the former boxer bob, weave, and dance around Megyn Kelly’s questions and facts!

“I assume you read the law unlike some in the administration … If you take the Arizona law and compare it to the federal law the Arizona law is much tougher on police than the federal law. Under federal law the feds can stop somebody and ask them about immigration without reasonable suspicion. In Arizona they have to have reasonable suspicion. Under Arizona law you cannot even consider somebody’s race or use race at all in determining whether there is reasonable suspicion. Under federal law that’s OK.

So, why the outcry? Do you realize that the Arizona law is not as strict as federal law?”—Megyn Kelly

Jackson: Arizona Law Is a ‘Threat’ 6:29 Video

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“What exactly is the humanitarian crisis that the flotilla was actually addressing? … [A]s the spokesman for the flotilla said herself, this was not about humanitarian relief, it was about breaking the blockade.”—Charles Krauthammer


Krauthammer on Gaza flotilla raid 3:38 Video

This is the longer 8:51 video of Charles Krauthammer on the Fox All-Stars discussing the Israeli military raid on the Gaza flotilla and the ship carrying pro-Palestinian activists.

Below is a transcript of Bill Kristol and Charles Krauthammer discussing the Gaza Flotilla Incident on the Fox All-Stars with Bret Baier:

KRAUTHAMMER: The fundamental deception here is the use of the word “humanitarian.” As we saw, humanitarians don’t wield iron clubs and would have killed the Israelis had the Israelis not drawn their pistols in self-defense. But there’s a larger issue here. What exactly is the humanitarian crisis that the flotilla was actually addressing? There is none. There’s no one starving in Gaza. The Gazans have been supplied with food and social services, education, by the U.N., by UNRWA, for 60 years in part with American tax money. Second, when there are humanitarian needs, the Israelis allow every day food and medicine overland into Gaza.

The reason that it did not want to allow this flotilla is because, as the spokesman for the flotilla said herself, this was not about humanitarian relief, it was about breaking the blockade. And the reason the Israelis have a blockade is because they only want to allow humanitarian supplies and not weaponry. Look, the proof of that is the fact that if you look at a map of Gaza, you’ll see that Israelis only control three sides of this rectangle. There’s a fourth side on the Egyptian side. So it is an Egyptian-Israeli blockade. The Egyptians have the same problem with Gaza. People accuse Israelis of having a blockade because they’re racist, they’re anti-Muslim, anti-Arab. The Egyptians are Muslim and Arab, and they’ve gone to war three times on behalf of the Palestinians.

So why do they have exactly the same blockade? Because Gaza is run by Hamas, a terror entity that wants to import weaponry and resume the war against Israel. The man who made the announcement that we saw earlier, explaining the commando raid, is the defense minister of Israel. He’s not right winger. He’s Ehud Barak, who’s the leader of Labor, the party of Yitzhak Rabin, Golda Meir, the party of the left, the man who 10 years ago this summer offered the Palestinians a peace agreement that would provide a Palestinian state, division of Jerusalem and an end of the conflict. The Palestinians said no, and Gaza two years ago declared war on Israel. That’s why you’ve got a blockade, and the flotilla was not about humanitarian needs. It was about smashing the blockade.

BILL KRISTOL: The one place that has serious implications, I think, is Turkey. Historically a friend of, or at least a, you know, a country that has had good relations with Israel, a NATO ally of ours that permitted this ship to leave from Turkey. You know, European countries would not permit the flotilla to leave. They knew this was a trouble-making effort. As Charles said, they can get humanitarian aid into Gaza. If they want more humanitarian aid to Gaza, airlift in five million tons of nice goods, and the Israelis will just take a look and make sure they’re not arms and let them go through the checkpoint. This checkpoint is open. Stuff goes through every day. Turkey is the question to me. Does this mean a real continuation of a turn against Israel by the Turkish government?

KRAUTHAMMER: I am somewhat encouraged by the fact that the U.S. has not joined the lynch mob at the U.N. attacking Israel on this and thus far have held off. I hope it will exercise a veto if it has to because Israel clearly is a victim here. If these people had wanted humanitarian aid, Israel offered to take the ships into Haifa, peacefully, unload all the stuff inside and to allow all the humanitarian aid immediately into Gaza, all the food and medicine. And it was refused because it was meant to be a provocation and to create an incident.

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To excuse Brother O vacationing in Chicago over Memorial Day instead of paying tribute to the fallen at Arlington National Cemetery, ABC News propagandists, Jon Garcia, Ann Compton, and Yunji de Nies reported that former “compassionate conservative” President George W. Bush did not visit Arlington in either 2001 or 2002.  

Truth be told:

They were wrong about 2001:

“George W. Bush not only went to Arlington National Cemetery and gave a remarkably eloquent speech after laying a wreath there; he had multiple Memorial Day events before and after.

And misleading about 2002:

Bush did not go to Arlington National Cemetery because he was in Europe, attending week-long meetings with foreign leaders. On that Memorial Day, he attended a Memorial Day Service at a church in Sainte Mere-Eglise, France, where he offered some remarks. Then he commemorated Memorial Day at the Normandy American Cemetery, where 9,000 Americans are buried, and spoke eloquently again … “Rick Richman

Now that it’s come out in the wash that the ABC “journalists” deliberately lied in one instance and were intentionally dishonest in the other, it’s time for Americans to recognize that what is going on in their mainstream media is tantamount to propaganda and not merely slanted or biased reporting.

I.M. Kane


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