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Smith ‘emboldened’ by minority opinions

Kavanagh may not have been bullish on the prospects for a revival of the 2011 immigration bills that failed, but Smith said he not only plans to bring his bills back, he is hopeful that Monday’s ruling will reignite anti-illegal-immigration fervor at the Capitol. “I would certainly like to think that people would be emboldened by the decision, especially when you read what Scalia and Thomas wrote.

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Analyzed to death

After a three-hour hearing that stretched into the early evening, the Republican-led Legislative Council yesterday approved an analysis for each of the 11 ballot measures that are expected to be voted on by the public in November. Most of the proposed analyses received bipartisan support, but two ballot language descriptions were particularly contentious.

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S1070 ruling: Everyone wins?

While some critics rejoiced, supporters of S1070 also claimed victory, pointing out that what they see as the law’s “heart and soul” has been upheld: the provision that requires law enforcers to inquire about people’s legal status if there is a suspicion that they are not in the country legally.

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Club For Growth takes shot at Franks (access required)

The Club for Growth had a short but strong rebuke for Franks today after he appeared in an ad for Cardon in which he “sets the record straight” on the “absolutely false” attack ads paid for by the Club. In the 30-second ad posted today on YouTube by Cardon’s campaign, Franks, who endorsed Cardon earlier this month, says he can personally vouch for Cardon as a “job creator,” “conservative Reagan Republican” and someone with the “business skills we need in the Senate to fix this economy.”

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Polish up those résumés

The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments has started accepting applications for the “anticipated vacancy” on the Supreme Court, even though Justice Hurwitz hasn’t yet resigned or given any indication of when he will leave the bench for the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals.

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The latest in a long series

Many Republicans view Obama’s new policy as a politically calculated maneuver to solidify his support among Hispanic voters. While that almost certainly was a consideration for the president, the announcement hews closely to the administration’s previous decisions about immigration enforcement and shouldn’t come as a much of a surprise.

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Pearce’s gypsy fundraiser

Two different Mexican restaurants told Pearce to scram after an anti-Pearce group organized a protest and threatened boycotts over a fundraiser scheduled for this afternoon. The event, the location of which was not initially disclosed, was initially booked at the Macayo’s on Central Avenue.

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