Two Georgia Activists Address Trump Immigration Orders

Two Georgia Activists Address Trump Immigration Orders

Two Georgia activists who stand on polar opposites regarding illegal immigration released statements on Trump administration instructions issued yesterday by the Department of Homeland Security. One of the memos is titled “Enforcement of the Immigration Laws to Serve the National Interest” and another one is “Implementing the President’s Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements Policies,” which provides guidance to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Border Patrol on how to execute President Donald Trump’s Jan. 25 executive orders. “Big smiles and a happy dance here! After eight years of Obama, it looks like immigration enforcement is breaking out all over the country,” says Dustin Inman Society president D.A. King. “Memo to the now panicked liberal mainstream media: Don’t forget to tell your readers, viewers and listeners that all illegal aliens are deportable. While we bask in the glow of a president who seems to genuinely care about Americans and our jobs, we still point to Mexico’s enthusiastic and unapologetic immigration enforcement policies as a goal for the rest of our elected officials, including here in Georgia.” King cites Homeland Security figures that show Georgia with more illegal aliens than Arizona and the fact that Georgia driver’s licenses have been issued to aliens with illegal status since 2012. Mexico does not issue drivers licenses to any class of illegal aliens. Jerry Gonzalez, executive director of the left-leaning Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO), issued this warning: “This is the extremist mass deportation policy that Trump announced during his campaign. These policies will expand the categories for people who would be prioritized for deportation. This is a dangerous policy...

Around the South for February 23rd, FL, KY & TN

  Florida: Trump solid with GOPers. An Associated Industries of Florida poll, taken in mid-February, shows President Trump is getting strong support from Republican voters. Sixty-seven percent approve of his performance as president, with 56% strongly approving. Gov. Richard Scott (R), who gets mentioned as a potential challenger to US Sen. Bill Nelson (D) next year, also gets a 67% approval rating, with 41% strongly approving, reports Sunshine State News ……. Kentucky: McConnell talks about graveyards. Speaking to the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce in the Bluegrass State, US Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) compared his job as senate majority leader to being a groundskeeper at a cemetery. “Everybody’s under you, but nobody’s listening,” reports The Hill ……. Tennessee: Alexander defends vaccines. US Sen. Lamar Alexander (R) teamed up with US Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) to defend the use of vaccines, as some Trump appointees appear to have questioned whether childhood vaccinations may cause autism. The bipartisan letter, sent to fellow members of Congress, read in part that immunizations “protect Americans, especially infants and children, against outbreaks of serious and deadly infectious diseases.”...

Around the South for Feb. 22: KY, NC & VA

  Kentucky: Bevin backs 3-day limit for pain Rx. Appearing before the state House Judiciary Committee, Gov. Matt Bevin (R) endorsed House Bill 333, which would limit physicians’ prescriptions for opioids and other controlled substances to a three-day supply, which some carefully crafted exceptions. “We’ve got to make it harder to get addicted,” he said, reported the Courier-Journal; “It’s a huge problem nationally. It’s a bigger problem for Kentucky.” ……. North Carolina: Cooper would raise teacher pay. In his recently announced budget, Gov. Roy Cooper (D), just into his first term, proposed a 5% across-the-board raise for teachers. The aim is to reach parity with the national average for teacher pay by the 2021-22 school year. “These aren’t just investments in our teachers; they are lasting investments in our economy and in our own children’s future,” Cooper said, reported HickoryRecord.com ……. Virginia: House speaker retiring. House Speaker William J. Howell (R), who has presided over the state’s House of Delegates for 15 sessions, announced his retirement this week. Often a unifying force for House GOPers and as often a problem for Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Howell called the experience “the greatest professional honor of my life,” reported the Washington Post...
The Johnson Amendment: What’s the Big Deal?

The Johnson Amendment: What’s the Big Deal?

By Randy Evans – Until President Donald Trump pledged to “totally destroy” the Johnson Amendment, most Americans (except a few well-informed church leaders and tax lawyers) had no idea what he was talking about. After all, the law has apparently never been enforced or even discussed to any significant degree. So, what exactly is the Johnson Amendment? Well, it was a stealthy addition to a large piece of tax legislation enacted by Congress on July 2, 1954. The amendment itself had a very specific purpose. It prohibited nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations created and operating pursuant to section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue tax code from endorsing or opposing political candidates. Generally speaking, section 501(c)(3) organizations are nonprofit groups more commonly known as charities. Most charities are legitimate and do good work for the people and communities they serve. As a result, the federal government gives them some tax benefits. First and foremost, functioning as a section 501(c)(3) nonprofit makes it much easier to raise money. Donations are tax deductible for the donor and not taxable to the donee. As a result, every taxpayer effectively contributes the taxes lost from the deduction by the donor from their income for tax purposes. Senator Lyndon Johnson (who became President Johnson) insisted that the amendment helped keep charities true to their altruistic principles and out of the dirty business of politics. In reality, Senator Johnson, up for reelection, had become concerned about a tax-exempt, nonprofit group calling itself the Facts Forum which “educated” voters through “public service programs” about a litany of issues and politicians. Senator Johnson, tipped off that he was on their...

Around the South for Feb. 21: SC, TX & VA

  South Carolina: McMaster welcomes Trump big time. “This may be the single best day in the history of South Carolina,” Gov. Henry McMaster (R), the first elected statewide official to endorse Donald Trump for president, said in welcoming President Trump to North Charleston for the rollout of Boeing’s 787-10 Dreamliner. “We are going to makeAmerica great again and greater than ever before,” he added, reports the Aiken Standard ……. Texas: GOPers increase support for Trump. A University of Texas/Texas Tribune survey found that 81% of the state’s Republicans view President Trump favorably, up by 21 points from October. Meanwhile, 83% of Democrats oppose Trump. Overall, 46% of Texans approve of the job Trump is doing, to 44% who disapprove ……. Virginia: Democrats to challenge more GOP lawmakers. In 2015, Democrats challenged 21 incumbent Republicans in the state’s House of Delegates; this year, they plan on challenging 45, including 17 in districts that Hillary Clinton carried last November...