News Clips Jan. 7, 2010

Ill. Senate candidates say little on immigration


CHICAGO – Illinois politicians and activists have helped shape the national Immigration debate, but those vying for President Barack Obama’s former U.S. Senate seat had little of substance to say when asked about the issue recently by The Associated Press.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/wire/chi-ap-il-senaterace-immigr,0,2882922.story


U.S. Catholic leaders want President Obama to make immigration reform a priority


Stepping up the pressure on President Obama, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on Wednesday urged the administration to make legalization of millions of undocumented immigrants a priority to enhance national security and improve the nation’s battered economy.

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/breaking-news/story/1412760.html

UCLA study says legalizing undocumented immigrants would help the economy

Based on surveys done after the 1986 amnesty program, it concludes that even during the recession, legalizing undocumented workers would benefit the economy. Not everyone agrees.
Even during the ongoing recession, immigration reform legislation that legalizes undocumented immigrants would boost the American economy, according to a new study out of UCLA.

The report said that legalization, along with a program that allows for future immigration based on the labor market, would create jobs, increase wages and generate more tax revenue. Comprehensive immigration reform would add an estimated $1.5 trillion to the U.S. gross domestic product over 10 years, according to the report.

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-immig7-2010jan07,0,5871672.story


On Immigration, Which New York Will Rule?

In New York State, the legacy of Ellis Island is clearly echoed today. One in five New Yorkers are immigrants, granting the state one of the most vibrant and dynamic populations in the nation.

Perhaps it’s only fitting, then, that New York has become an important crossroads at the intersection of immigration and politics.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/frank-sharry/on-immigration-which-new_b_414069.html


Migrant issue could haunt McCain in race

Two years ago, a push for comprehensive immigration reform nearly unraveled John McCain’s bid for the White House. Now, his long-standing support for border reform is complicating his bid for a fifth Senate term.

President Barack Obama and Democratic congressional leaders have signaled their intention to take another crack at overhauling U.S. immigration policy in early 2010, putting Sen. McCain, R-Ariz., back on the spot as his conservative critics take aim at him in the state’s GOP primary.

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/2010/01/06/20100106mccain-immig0106.html


What Health Care Reform Means for the States

As the battle enters its final stage in Washington, a rebellion is taking shape in the states, which are alarmed about the new financial burdens they will face in a revamped system. Governors of both parties are complaining that reform will drive their budgets into even deeper holes, with some feeling the effects far more than others. But just how much will be riding on the states? Here’s a look at four changes that lie ahead.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1952147,00.html#ixzz0bvyz2URI

Is the Health Care Bill at Risk?

Democrats are near the finish line on health care legislation but they have yet to overcome one of the biggest hurdles — merging the Senate and House bills together.
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The Senate and House discuss compromises on the different versions of the bill.

Although Congress is officially still in recession, key lawmakers are actively involved in intense negotiations to merge the two different bills that, while similar, have some important differences between them.

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/HealthCare/democrats-health-care-finish-line-senate-house-bills/story?id=9500328


How interest groups behind health-care legislation are financed is often unclear

Many of the Washington interest groups that are seeking to shape final health-care legislation in the coming weeks operate with opaque financing, often receiving hidden support from insurers, drugmakers or unions.

The groups, some newly formed and others reappearing with different sponsors, have spent months staging noisy protests, organizing letter-writing campaigns and contributing to a record $200 million advertising blitz on health-care reform.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/06/AR2010010605160.html

Democrats’ retirements point to shifting political landscape

Sens. Byron Dorgan and Christopher Dodd and Gov. Bill Ritter decline to seek reelection, suggesting that the GOP may be able to capture Democratic seats. But both parties face volatile elections.
Reporting from Washington – The decisions by two powerful Democrats to retire from the Senate are a rude reminder of how dramatically the political climate has changed over the last 12 months since President Obama came to power — a wind shift that has thrown the Democratic Party off balance and turned the politics of raising hope into the politics of managing anger.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nation-and-world/la-na-dodd-democrats7-2010jan07,0,7018263.story


Three kings holy day growing in popularity

When Sandra Salas spotted a Spanish commercial showing three camels raving about Verizon cell phones as they carried the three kings, the Riverside homemaker couldn’t help but wonder: “Que pasa?”

It’s rare in the United States, she said, to see commercials about the Mexican celebration of the three wise men or tres reyes magos as they are called in Spanish.

http://www.pe.com/localnews/sbcounty/stories/PE_News_Local_W_kings07.42254dd.html

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