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The US News Daily Digest from Guardian Liberty Voice for July 15, 2014 leads off with an attempt to reverse a Colorado court that has ruled the state’s anti-gay marriage amendment unconstitutional, while Utah awaits a Supreme Court decision on their version of the same amendment. California is now facing a 2016 referendum that would break up the state into six separate states, making Silicon Valley its own state. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has her track shoes on as she crisscrosses the country stumping for Democratic candidates. Fox News and the National Review have teamed up to present a very one-sided view of the immigration debate, while Tillamook Cheese reclaims stolen stunt vehicles, some of which have been toasted by vandals.
Colorado Asks State Supreme Court To Order County Clerks Not to Issue Marriage Licenses to Same Sex Couples
Colorado is now asking the state Supreme Court to prevent Colorado county clerks from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after a federal appeals court refused to reverse Colorado District Court Judge C. Scott Crabtree’s ruling that the state’s 2006 state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages was not constitutional. Crabtree refused to stay the execution of his ruling pending further appeals, but the federal appeals court did issue a stay on its ruling to uphold Crabtree’s verdict. County clerks in Boulder, Denver and Pueblo counties began issuing licenses to same sex couples after the appeals court upheld Crabtree’s ruling.
Colorado’s attorney general, John Suthers, a Republican, has pledged to defend the state’s constitutional amendment banning gay marriage all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States, despite requests from Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, that he drop the matter. Admitting defeat in advance, Suthers has publicly admitted that Colorado will probably soon have same sex marriage, but he is going through the motions of appealing the court’s ruling anyway, holding out some hope that the Supreme Court might reverse the lower court ruling.
Utah Appeal to Supreme Court May Have Fallen on Deaf Ears
Utah, where a federal appeals court set a precedent by overturning voter enacted same sex marriage restrictions, will have to wait until October, when the Supreme Court reconvenes, to discover whether the high court will even agree to hear their case. Given the grounds on which the same sex marriage restrictions were overturned, the Supremes may decide that they do not want to hear the case because the grounds – due process and equal protection – are the kind of black letter law that no one, not even the Supreme Court, wants to mess with.
Since the Supreme Court has already set aside the key provisions in the federal Defense of Marriage Act on precisely those same grounds – due process and equal protection – there is very little chance that the court will take up a case that would force them to reverse themselves on the Defense of Marriage Act. There are eight other states watching these proceedings to determine whether their defense of marriage amendments will be found unconstitutional but hope for the restoration of the previous status quo is rapidly fading as same sex marriage, along with the legalization of marijuana, come closer to universal acceptance.
Secession, California Style
Timothy Draper, a California venture capitalist billionaire, now has the 808,000 signatures he needs to put a referendum on the ballot in 2016 that would force the state to break up into six separate jurisdictions. No one gives the measure much chance of success but, if it were to pass, it would not be the first time that states have broken themselves up.
Vermont was originally disputed territory claimed by both New York and New Hampshire during the Colonial period. In 1777, Vermont was granted separate status as a state by New Hampshire, a move long disputed by New York. Maine was part of Massachusetts until 1820, when it achieved separate status as an independent state. During the Civil War, West Virginia declared itself independent from Virginia, siding with the Union instead of the Confederacy.
Draper’s plan is probably dead on arrival, the latest in a series of more than 220 previously failed efforts to subdivide the Golden State. Draper believes his plan would create a more business-friendly environment, ease traffic problems and solve the state’s perennial water issues. He did not explain how subdividing the state would change traffic congestions or solve the water shortage.
Elizabeth Warren Hits Her Stride
Elizabeth Warren is hitting her stride as a force to be reckoned with in the Democratic party. Sometimes mentioned in the same breath with Hillary Clinton as a potential presidential candidate, Warren, a freshman Democratic senator from Massachusetts, is turning out to be a great fundraiser as crowds around the country turn out to hear her speak. Labelled an “economic populist” by political pundits, Warren, a former Harvard University professor, can go where most leftish liberals would fear to tread, according to some US news sources.
Warren brought her blend of self-deprecating humor and economic acumen to Kentucky’s coal country, where she made appearances with Democratic senatorial candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is challenging Republican Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell. This is a grudge match for Warren, because McConnell opposed and finally killed Warren’s trademark student loan reform bill, which fell four votes short on a preliminary ballot. Warren’s bill would have permitted people struggling to pay off student loans to refinance at the current, lower rates. Warren’s mission on her campaign swings is to gain support for her student loan bill in the next congressional session by campaigning for candidates who did or would vote for the bill on its next go-round.
Fox News Reports the Endless Wave of Immigrants.
Over the past nine months, according to Fox, more than 60,000 illegal immigrants have come across the border from Mexico, with increasing numbers of unaccompanied children and adolescents making the nightly trek across the Rio Grande River, as reported by several other US news sources. That certainly sounds like a lot of people when it is expressed that way, but 60,000 people over a 287 day period from October 1, 2013 to July 15, 2014 comes to just 209 people per day, which is less than the number of people that a single Chipotle restaurant serves during a single day’s business.
Sixty thousand people are, however, a lot of people to have to house all in one place, which is precisely why the U.S. Border Patrol is trying to spread them around the country, a practice that is facing growing resistance from the states, which are responsible for providing care for at-risk, homeless children. The question of long-term jurisdiction over unaccompanied children is proving far more complex that it first appeared to be, with no easy solutions in sight. The big mystery, however, is why this sudden influx of unaccompanied children is taking place, with some law enforcement officials suggesting that the children who are being sent across the border are being coached to surrender immediately to American officials. Fox is right about one thing. As long as there is a border, and there are poor people on the other side of that border seeking better lives for themselves and their children, the wave of immigrants will indeed be endless.
National Review Challenges Liberals to Define Immigration Reform
National Review Online contributor Victor Davis Hanson has written an interesting article about how those who favor immigration reform really cannot describe what immigration reform would look like. Hanson, while claiming that President Barack Obama’s comments about the potential for amnesty for illegal immigrants triggered the latest influx of illegal crossings, chooses to ignore the fact that the Obama administration has stepped up deportations to highest levels in American history. If that is a welcome mat, it is a very, very small one.
Hanson’s article goes on to conflate two separate concepts to create a hodgepodge immigration proposal. Hanson believes that good fences make good neighbors. That did not work out well for the Chinese, whose Great Wall, by the time it was completed, was encompassing the very people it was originally constructed to keep out. It did not work for the Romans in Britain, where Hadrian’s Wall failed to keep Britons out. It did not work in India, when the British Raj tried it, and it did not work for the Soviet Union with their Berlin Wall.
Secondly, Hanson believes that the country should go ahead with a meritocracy plan that would enable well-educated, upper middle class aliens to apply for legal immigration through a relaxed H-1B visa program. That would be all well and good, if there were an influx of illegal engineers and scientists coming across the borders. Only poor people jump borders hoping to find a better life in someone else’s pasture, and that is exactly what low-wage employers who employ unskilled workers want, which is the real reason immigration reform will never pass a Republican majority in the House of Representatives.
Stolen Tillamook Cheese Vans Recovered
The Tillamook County Creamery Association is a 110 farm cooperative that makes cheese and other dairy products that are distributed nationally. They also have promotional program – Tillamook County Creamery Loaf Love Tour that travels around the country promoting their products with highly customized 1960s vintage Volkswagen buses and several support vehicles. When a group of car buffs – or maybe they were cheese buffs – stole the whole fleet of vehicles from a motel parking lot, they must not have had their thinking caps on, because stealing one of these things would be like stealing the Oscar Mayer Frankfurter Truck. What were they going to do with a vehicle that stands out like sore thumb, has a top speed of 45 miles an hour, has no papers, and cannot be sold. Not much, it seems, because the vehicles have all been recovered and, although several support vehicles were torched, the trademark chopped VW vans came through unscathed in what has turned out to be pretty cheesy story that sounds more like a publicity stunt than a stolen car ring at work. No arrests have been reported.
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