Florida: Illegals increase; GOP uneasy. According to a just-released report of the Pew Research Hispanic Trends Center, Florida is second only to New Jersey in the growth of the number of illegal immigrants within its borders. Between 2009 and 2012, illegals in the Sunshine State grew from 875,000 to 925,000. Sunshine State News’ Jeff Henderson says that’s not good for the state’s GOP, which would rather avoid immigration issues, since the party, with a large Latino component, is deeply divided on the issue.
Louisiana: Bad news for Landrieu. The Senate’s refusal to pass the Keystone Pipeline by the 60 votes needed, with all Republicans and only 14 Democrats supporting the project, is a severe blow to US Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D) reelection effort in the December 6 runoff. In addition, a poll by Human Events-Gravis Marketing (R), taken the day before the Senate vote, gave Republican Bill Cassidy 59% to Landrieu’s 38%. Finally, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), a popular possibility for a presidential run, is headlining a National Republican Senatorial Committee fundraiser for Cassidy in Washington on December 1.
Kentucky: Paul slams Gruber. When MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber, a White House consultant on “Obamacare,” said the “stupidity of the American voters” and a “lack of transparency” aided passage of the Affordable Care Act, he didn’t count on the firestorm of criticism that has fallen on his head. Now, US Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), another potential presidential contender, has called for a hearing on Gruber’s consulting fees, which include $400,000 for his “Obamacare” work. Paul told Fox news, “How can we pay someone to be a consultant to government who’s frankly admitting that they were dishonest?”