Political Calendar: Week of November 23, 2014

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Political Calendar for the Week of November 23, 2014:

Sunday, November 23, 2:00 p.m.: [Note: meeting cancelled] Legislative District 11 meeting, at the Mountain Vista Unitarian Universalist Church, 3601 W. Cromwell Drive (Tucson). For more information please contact Tom Cuevas at (520) 440-5458. Find us at www.AZLD11Dems.org.

Monday, November 24, Noon: Democrats of Greater Tucson luncheon, Dragon’s View Restaurant (400 N. Bonita, South of St. Mary’s Road between the Freeway and Grande Avenue, turn South at Furr’s Cafeteria), buffet lunch costs $8.50. Featured speaker is Don Jorgensen, Pima County Democratic Party Chair, on election postmortem; nominations for DGT Board. Next Week: Tucson City Councilman Paul Cunningham. DGT Board Election is December 8.

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Unofficial 2014 El Tour de Tucson results

Congratulations to all of those who rode in today’s various rides (104, 75, 55 or 40 miles) of El Tour de Tucson 2014.  Hope you all had a great time riding and celebrating afterwards.

Here’s the link to the unofficial results from the website of Perimeter Bicycling at www.perimeterbicycling.com.

http://www.perimeterbicycling.com/el-tour-de-tucson/results/

Couple of odds and ends post-President Obama executive order announcement

Crossposted at DemocraticDiva.com

Here’s the very first bill filed in the Georgia Senate for their upcoming session.

First Reader Summary
PF: A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Chapters 5, 11, and 16 of Title 40 of the O.C.G.A., relating to drivers’ licenses, abandoned motor vehicles, and the Department of Driver Services, respectively, so as to provide that persons who possess a lawful alien status are the only category of noncitizens who may obtain a license, permit, or card; to require the Department of Driver Services to participate in the Records and Information from DMVs for E-Verify initiative of the United States Department of Homeland Security; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes…

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(11) ‘Lawful alien status’ means an alien status provided for by the federal Immigration
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and Nationality Act or any other provision by the United States Congress; provided,
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however, that lawful alien status shall not include a grant of any deferred deportation
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action from the United States Department of Homeland Security

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GOP files frivolous lawsuit over ACA

ObamacareThe farce that is the modern-day Tea-Publican Party just keeps making the tragicomedy of our political system even worse.

Steve Benen writes, House Republicans finally file anti-Obama lawsuit:

It took them long enough. Four months after announcing their intention to sue President Obama, House Republicans finally followed through.

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Jane C. Timm reported:

House Republicans on Friday filed a long-anticipated lawsuit against the White House, alleging the Obama administration abused its power by making unilateral changes to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

The lawsuit comes just hours after President Obama enacted sweeping changes to the immigration system, enraging conservative lawmakers and setting the stage for an all-out war between the Republican Party and the president over the limits of his executive authority. The legal action threatens not only the president’s healthcare overhaul, but could change the power of executive authority forever.

How we got to this point continues to be a story unto itself. As we talked about last week, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) first announced his plan to sue the president back in June. A month later, the Speaker’s office formally unveiled the legislation to authorize the litigation. A month after that, House Republicans agreed to pay a D.C. law firm $500 an hour, in taxpayer money, to handle the case.

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Legal basis for Executive Orders on immigration

ImmigrantsThe Office of Legal Counsel to the President last night released a legal opinion that lays out the legal authority and precedents for President Obama’s executive orders on the use of prosecutorial discretion to defer deportations. The Department of Homeland Security’s Authority to Prioritize Removal of Certain Aliens Unlawfully Present in the United States and to Defer Removal of Others (.pdf).

Moreover, a group of leading legal scholars has written a letter declaring Obama’s action is well within his legal authority to exercise broad discretion over how to employ the nation’s enforcement machinery. Legal Scholars: Obama’s Immigration Actions Lawful:

President Barack Obama’s announced immigration executive actions are lawful, a group of ten prominent legal scholars wrote in a Joint Letter (Scribd) shared by the White House with TIME.

Pushing back on Republicans who have blasted Obama’s action as unconstitutional and unlawful, the signatories include Columbia University President Lee Bollinger, Harvard Law School Professor Laurence Tribe, conservative legal scholar Eric Posner, and former Yale Law School Dean and former State Department Legal Advisor Harold Hongju Koh.

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