First of all, let’s stop with this ridiculous “undocumented immigrant” tripe. While reporting about the “Driver Authorization Cards” I heard KRNV painfully and awkwardly report about “undocumented immigrants”. They’re not the only ones, though. If you want to see a headline, check out this one from KOLO TV: “Illegal Immigrants Are Now Legal Drivers”. Of course, they use the term “undocumented immigrants” in the story, but they get points for the headline.
I know what you’re thinking. “No human is illegal!” Sure. Whatever. Humans may not be illegal, but their actions are. If not, then burglars simply become “undocumented visitors”. Stalkers are simply performing “undocumented stakeouts”. Stolen goods come from “undocumented purchases”. There is nothing wrong with using your words to describe something. Especially when describing an “immigrant” that arrived in the country “illegally”.
Moving on! Today’s topic is not about how we describe people. It’s not even about SB303. Not really. I will say this. SB303 is a bad idea. If you want to have this discussion, then let’s directly address the topic of illegal immigration. Let’s talk deportation, amnesty or whatever. To dance around the issue with Matricula Consular cards and “Driver Authorization” cards is foolish. It’s like telling the burglar, “I know you’ve committed a crime and that’s wrong; however, we’re going to allow you to keep the stolen goods and enjoy them while we ignore the fact that you molested our property.” It’s a complicated issue with very valid arguments on both sides. But rather than deal with the issue, we’ve just kicked the can down the road. That’s what passes for leadership these days. But I disgress.
Do you know who represents you? What do you know about the leadership in Nevada? I’d like to use the Driver Authorization Card issue as an excuse to share a few facts.
How many in the Assembly and Senate are actually from Nevada?
Assembly: 15 of 42 (36%)
Senate: 4 of 21 (19%)
I have no problem with electing people from other states. Nevada is awesome so why wouldn’t they want to come here? I do have a bit of an issue with where our current representatives come from, though. They come from states that have destroyed themselves through progressive policies. States like California and New York. There are a few from Utah and Texas, but not many. To most of these politicians, Nevada is just a new girlfriend. Instead of realizing how amazing Nevada is, they go on and on about their old girlfriend and how great she was. They never stop to remember how rocky that relationship really was. This is just something to keep in mind during the next election. We should probably dump these bums and look for someone serious who is ready to commit instead of making us dress-up in their ex’s old clothes.
How did the Assembly and Senate vote on SB303?
Assembly: 100% Yea
Senate: 100% Yea
Assembly: 4 Yea, 9 Nay
Senate: 9 Yea, 1 Nay
There’s something I’ve wondered for a long time. The Republicans are the ones who are close-minded, right? Unwilling to reach across the aisle. Don’t even get me started on how racist they are! When was the last time every Republican voted for or against something and some of the Deomcrats joined them? Has it ever happened? And yet, Republicans are always fractured. The Democrats just toe the line while accusing Republicans of the very things they’re guilty of themselves.
There’s plenty of blame to go around. The Republicans need to start voting on principle instead of playing politics. Democrats need to stop being shills for the party of corruption and deceit.
Here’s a list of the members of Nevada’s Assembly and Senate, along with birth location and how they voted on SB303.
Aizley, Paul (D): Yea (Boston, Massachusetts)
Anderson, Elliot (D): Yea (Marshfield, Wisconsin)
Anderson, Paul (R): Excused (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Benitez-Thompson, Teresa (D): Yea (Ventura, California)
Bobzien, David (D): Yea (Washington, D.C.)
Bustamante Adams, Irene (D): Yea (Hanford, California)
Carlton, Maggie (D): Yea (St. Louis, Missouri)
Carrillo, Richard (D): Yea (Belen, New Mexico)
Cohen, Lesley (D): Yea (New York City, New York)
Daly, Skip (D): Yea (Reno, Nevada)
Diaz, Olivia (D): Yea (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Dondero Loop, Marilyn (D): Yea (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Duncan, Wesley (R): Excused (Sonora, California)
Eisen, Andy (D): Yea (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Ellison, John (R): Nay (Elko, Nevada)
Fiore, Michele (R): Nay (Brooklyn, New York)
Flores, Lucy (D): Yea (Glendale, California)
Frierson, Jason (D): Yea (Los Angeles, California)
Grady, Tom (R): Nay (Tonopah, Nevada)
Hambrick, John (R): Nay (St. Paul, Minnesota)
Hansen, Ira (R): Nay (Reno, Nevada)
Hardy, Cresent (R): Yea (Mesquite, Nevada)
Healey, James (D): Yea (Stanford, California)
Hickey, Pat (R): Yea (Carson City, Nevada)
Hogan, Joseph (D): Yea (Fort Dodge, Iowa)
Horne, William (D): Yea (Wichita Falls, Texas)
Kirkpatrick, Marilyn (D): Yea (“Clark County, Nevada”)
Kirner, Randy (R): Nay (Los Angeles, California)
Livermore, Peter (R): Nay (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Martin, Andrew (D): Yea (Newark, New Jersey)
Munford, Harvey (D): Yea (Akron, Ohio)
Neal, Dina (D): Yea (North Las Vegas, Nevada)
Ohrenschall, James (D): Yea (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Oscarson, James (R): Nay (Ogden, Utah)
Pierce, Peggy (D): Excused (Milton, Massachusetts)
Spiegel, Ellen (D): Yea (New York City, New York)
Sprinkle, Michael (D): Yea (San Francisco, California)
Stewart, Lynn (R): Yea (Salt Lake City, Nevada)
Swank, Heidi (D): Yea (Prescott, Wisconsin)
Thompson, Tyrone (D): Yea (North Las Vegas, Nevada)
Wheeler, Jim (R): Nay (Los Angeles, California)
Woodbury, Melissa (R): Yea (Palo Alto, California)
Atkinson, Kelvin (D): Yea (Chicago, Illinois)
Brower, Greg (R): Yea (South Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
Cegavske, Barbara (R): Yea (Faribault, Minnesota)
Denis, Moises (D): Yea (Brooklyn, New York)
Ford, Aaron (D): Yea (Dallas, Texas)
Goicoechea, Pete (R): Yea (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Gustavson, Donald (R): Nay (Culver City, California)
Hammond, Scott (R): Yea (Syracuse, New York)
Hardy, Joseph (R): Yea (Reno, Nevada)
Hutchison, Mark (R): Yea (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Jones, Justin (D): Yea (Granada Hills, California)
Kieckhefer, Ben (R): Yea (Springfield, Illinois)
Kihuen, Ruben (D): Yea (Guadalajara, Mexico)
Manendo, Mark (D): Yea (Erie, Pennsylvania)
Parks, David (D): Yea (Boston, Massachusetts)
Roberson, Michael (R): Yea (Webb City, Missouri)
Segerblom, Tick (D): Yea (Boulder City, Nevada)
Settelmeyer, James (R): Yea (Carson City, Nevada)
Smith, Debbie (D): Yea (Tucson, Arizona)
Spearman, Pat (D): Yea (Indianapolis, Indiana)
Woodhouse, Joyce (D): Yea (Glendive, Montana)