Petri to have challenger in 2012

Looks like 32-year incumbent Tom Petri is going have a challenge from the right, as the founder of Conservative Wisconsin PAC has filed papers to run.  From the Lauren Stephens for Congress Facebook page.

I am finishing up the website which will go into detail about my platform, but until then, I’ll let you know that Illegal Immigration, Social Security (you’re being lied to!), the Patriot Act, Election/Campaign Finance Reform and NAFTA are some of the main issues that are important to me.

Could be an uphill battle as Petri has nearly $1 million in his campaign coffers.  However  a true grassroots campaign if properly organized and with the right backing could be successful.  Look for more from Lauren soon as her campaign takes shape.

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Birthright Citizenship Act has 61 co-sponsors

The legislation was introduced last month by Rep. Steve King of IowaIn recent days it gained four more co-sponsors.

The Fourteenth Amendment extends citizenship to all persons born in the U.S. and “subject to the jurisdiction”; it also grants Congress the power to enforce and define the provisions of the amendment.

Since the Civil Rights Act of 1866, Congress has defined Birthright Citizenship through appropriate legislation, which for decades has granted citizenship to newborns with both parents illegal aliens, foreign tourists or temporary foreign workers and students. The Fourteenth Amendment gives Congress the right to define birthright citizenship differently.

The Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011 would add to the existing federal code a provision that requires at least one parent of a new born to be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident in order for the new born to receive automatic citizenship.

This legislation is sound and appropriate.  Wonder why new House members Reid Ribble (WI-08) and Sean Duffy (WI-08) haven’t signed on as co-sponsors.  For that matter why haven’t any members of the Wisconsin House delegation signed on?

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Wisconsin law dealing with illegal immigration proposed

Someone has stepped up to the plate concerning the ILLEGAL immigration situation in Wisconsin.

People suspected of crimes in Wisconsin would have to prove they were legally in the United States or be turned over to federal immigration authorities under a bill that will be introduced next year in the newly Republican state Legislature.

“I want Wisconsin to be recognized as a state that will be on the side of Arizona,” said bill author Rep. Don Pridemore (R-Hartford).

But he noted Wednesday that his bill is smaller in scope than the Arizona law that has drawn international attention and a lawsuit by the U.S. Department of Justice.

“This is minor in comparison of what could be done and should be done by the federal government,” Pridemore said.

Under Pridemore’s bill, those arrested or charged with a crime would have to show they are legally in the state with a passport, birth certificate, immigration documents or other records, if police had a reasonable suspicion they were here illegally.

They would be held in jail for up to 48 hours. If they could not prove legal presence in the state by then, they would be turned over to immigration authorities.

Pridemore noted the bill applied only to those under suspicion of violating a law. Someone pulled over for a broken tail light might have to prove his identity, but a passenger in the vehicle would not, he said.

The bill would allow citizens to sue municipalities and counties if they did not believe they were enforcing the immigration law. Those communities could pay fines of $500 a day for not complying with the law.

The bill also would prevent local governments from passing ordinances barring officials from inquiring about the immigration status of those receiving public services. Pridemore said he put that in the bill in response to a Madison ordinance, which would be automatically repealed if the bill passed.

Dealing with ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION needs to be done in Wisconsin.  As soon as the economic crisis facing the state has been dealt with it should be a priority to pass this or something even closer to Arizona’s law.

As state Senator Grothman points out:

“It sure is frustrating that the federal government under Clinton, Obama and Bush seems not to take our immigration laws seriously,” Grothman said. “I have a lot of sympathy for Representative Pridemore’s efforts.”

That’s the key if the federal government took immigration seriously, this proposal wouldn’t be needed.

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Ribble answers the lies

Great ad and a quick response by the Reid Ribble campaign to the recent false ad by Congressman Steve Kagen on illegal immigration.

Aggressiveness by the Ribble campaign while highlighting the issues is what needs to happen as desperation causes the mask to come off politician Steve Kagen.

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