WBEZ | Steve King http://www.wbez.org/tags/steve-king Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Bush and Rove are back, and they're aiming at the Tea Party http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2013-02/bush-and-rove-are-back-and-theyre-aiming-tea-party-105378 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS6997_AP070813014787-scr.jpg" style="height: 415px; width: 620px;" title="Bush and Rove have started a new PAC aimed at other Republicans." /></div><p>Guess who&rsquo;s back? And guess who&rsquo;s decided to take the Republican civil war up a notch?<br /><br />Karl Rove -- the man who had a meltdown on Fox on election night as each and every one of his candidates went down to defeat, <a href="http://www.wnd.com/2012/11/notes-on-an-election-scorecard/">the biggest loser</a> of the 2012 elections -- has decided to take on the Tea Party. Joining him is no other than former President George W. Bush!<br /><br />That&rsquo;s right: After wasting tens of millions of dollars trying to put Mitt Romney in the White House and tip the Senate for what he has called &ldquo;<a href="http://ask.metafilter.com/110239/When-did-Karl-Rove-make-his-famous-prediction">the real prize</a> ... a permanent Republican majority,&quot;&nbsp; Rove and the President-Whose-Name-Shall-Not-Be-Spoken have determined that there&rsquo;s a bigger enemy than Barack Obama, a bigger danger than gay-loving tax and send liberals -- the extreme right wing of the GOP that he manipulated and exploited for years. In other words, the Tea Party.<br /><br />Oh, <em>the irony!</em><br /><br />Rove and Bush&rsquo;s new PAC &mdash; yes, Rove now has a role in at least three major Republican PACs though it&rsquo;s a first for Bush &mdash;&nbsp; is the Conservative Victory Project. (How many PACs can one Republican dude direct? Apparently as many as he wants. )<br /><br />But here&rsquo;s what makes the Conservative Victory Project different: Instead of focusing on the general election, this one is aimed squarely establishment Republicans taking back their party&rsquo;s primaries. <a href="http://blog.al.com/wire/2013/02/new_pac_headed_by_karl_rove_st.html#incart_river_news">The goal</a> is to nominate &quot;the most conservative candidate who can win&rdquo; -- in other words, to keep the crazies out, to avoid the likes of Todd Akin and Richard Murdock, both of whom went down to defeat -- taking GOP Senate hopes with them -- after particularly loony comments about rape.<br /><br />(The goal is probably broader than that: Establishment Republicans have been trying to marginalize Tea Partiers for months. In the House, Speaker John Boehner <a href="http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/12/04/gop-gets-serious-boots-tea-partiers-off-budget-committee/">booted them </a>from leadership positions and ignores their bills. Consider that Michelle Bachman&rsquo;s bill to try and <a href="http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/01/17/michele-bachmann-obamacare-repeal-gets-zero-co-sponsors/">repeal Obamacare for the 34th</a> time got exactly zero co-sponsors.)<br /><br />Over at Breitbart.com, where <a href="http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/02/03/Rove-declares-war-Tea-Party">the Tea Party perches</a>, editor Ben Shapiro shot back immediately:&nbsp; &ldquo;It is American Crossroads and its ilk that have run the GOP into the ground. Spending millions of dollars on useless 30,000-ft. advertising campaigns during the last election cycle, training candidates to soften conservatism in order to appeal to &lsquo;moderates,&rsquo; blowing up the federal budget under George W. Bush as a bipartisan tactic &ndash; all of those strategies led the party to a disastrous defeat in 2012. The Tea Party, which may nominate losers from time to time, also brought the Republicans their historic 2010 Congressional victory ... The Bush insider team that helped lead to the rise of Barack Obama insists that they, and only they, know the path to victory.&rdquo;<br /><br />First project up for Rove and Bush&rsquo;s new group: To keep Iowa Congressman Steve King, a real wack job but a popular one, from grabbing the GOP nomination for the seat being vacated by Dem Tom Harkin, the state&rsquo;s junior senator. Right now, <a href="http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/02/poll-iowa-senate-steve-king.php">King leads all comers in the GOP field</a> by about 20 points but would likely fail in the general by about 10.<br /><br />How wacky is King? Well, he didn&rsquo;t just back Akin, he actually backed up what Akin <em>said</em>.</p></p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 10:41:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2013-02/bush-and-rove-are-back-and-theyre-aiming-tea-party-105378 Durbin: Youth deportation reprieve to hold up http://www.wbez.org/news/durbin-youth-deportation-reprieve-hold-101722 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Dreamers3scaled.jpg" style="margin: 4px 0px 0px; float: left; height: 225px; width: 300px; " title="Undocumented students protest in 2010 at a GOP office in Chicago. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, says any attempt to reverse President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy would spark a public outcry. (WBEZ/Chip Mitchell)" />President Barack Obama&rsquo;s administration says it will start accepting applications Wednesday from some immigrants to get a temporary reprieve from deportation. That&rsquo;s under a controversial policy the administration is calling Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The immigrants won&rsquo;t get a path to citizenship &mdash; distinguishing the policy from stalled legislation, known as the Dream Act, that U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, (D-Ill.) has been pushing for more than a decade. But an estimated 1.7 million young people will have their first shot at valid papers to live and work in the country. Durbin is planning to attend a Wednesday event at Chicago&rsquo;s Navy Pier to help about 1,500 of these youths with the application. He told WBEZ&rsquo;s Chip Mitchell that this is an important moment for them.</p><p>DURBIN: It is a leap of faith on their part. Many of them have lived in the shadows for years and now they&rsquo;re stepping up to say to this government, &ldquo;We&rsquo;re here and we&rsquo;re ready to follow your law.&rdquo; I think it&rsquo;s going to be a day that they&rsquo;re going to remember for a long, long time.</p><p>MITCHELL: Yet, Senator Durbin, some immigrant advocates are calling the &ldquo;deferred action&rdquo; policy risky for the undocumented youths because they&rsquo;d be revealing details about their immigration status &mdash; [and] biometrics for the first time, in many cases &mdash; to the same government department that could one day deport them. The next president could throw out President Obama&rsquo;s policy as quickly as January. But you&rsquo;re recommending that the youths apply anyway. Could you be putting them in danger?</p><p>DURBIN: I believe the fact that two out of three Americans believe President Obama did the right thing &mdash; that most everyone agrees that children should not be held responsible for the wrongdoing of their parents &mdash; argues that ultimately that, once they come forward, once they comply with the law and become part of the system, it won&rsquo;t be reversed. And, if someone tries it, in either political party, if someone should try that in the future, I think there will be a strong public reaction in support of these young people and against efforts to rescind it.</p><p>MITCHELL: Some Republicans in Congress are criticizing the program&rsquo;s cost. And at least one &mdash; Steve King, not too far away, in Iowa &mdash; is vowing to file a suit to try to force the administration to, in his words, &ldquo;enforce the law.&rdquo; What&rsquo;s your response to him?</p><p>DURBIN: Congressman King of Iowa is notorious. He&rsquo;s kept alive a tradition, which has been in America for a long time, of hating immigrants, resisting immigration, denying what America is today &mdash; a nation of immigrants. That&rsquo;s his right. He can continue to. But let&rsquo;s get to the bottom line. Let&rsquo;s answer the question directly. These students are going to pay fees to cover all the costs to the federal government. So to argue that this is adding to our debt or deficit is just wrong.</p><p>MITCHELL: . . . Senator, how about the principle of enforcing the law as it stands &mdash; the rules enacted by Congress about who gets to stay in the U.S. and who doesn&rsquo;t? The law says these young people are not supposed to be in the country.</p><p>DURBIN: Every day, at every level of government, prosecutorial discretion is used. In other words, the government, with the power to continue a lawsuit or to start a lawsuit, decides, &ldquo;No, there are more important things to do with our resources to keep America safe.&rdquo; President Obama has made a decision. These young people who are here, being brought here as children, who have no significant criminal record of any kind and are ready to come forward and be part of the system, should not be a high priority for taking people out of our country. I think he&rsquo;s right. He&rsquo;s using prosecutorial discretion &mdash; the enforcement decision &mdash; which every government has used and has been recognized by the Supreme Court.</p><p>MITCHELL: Some immigrant advocates are criticizing the timing of President Obama&rsquo;s &ldquo;deferred action&rdquo; policy. He could have taken this step, after all, as soon as he took office in 2009. So these advocates are calling it a play for Latino support just months before he&rsquo;s up for reelection. What do you think?</p><p>DURBIN: The president is in a terrible situation now. Anything he does this year will be viewed in this context of the political campaign. I know where Barack Obama stands. He was a cosponsor of the Dream Act. He worked for its passage. He voted for it. And he&rsquo;s told me from the start that he will sign it as president of the United States, unlike Mitt Romney, who has promised to veto it. Two years ago, I said to the president, &ldquo;If we can&rsquo;t pass it in the Senate, because of the Republican filibuster, will you at least protect these young people from deportation until we can pass it?&rdquo; And he said he would. I think he&rsquo;s kept his word and he&rsquo;s been consistent.</p><p>MITCHELL: The Obama administration, nevertheless, is deporting people at a record pace &mdash; about 400,000 a year. Has this president done all he could for undocumented immigrants &mdash; the roughly 10 million people living and working in the shadows in this country &mdash; and for their families?</p><p>DURBIN: Well, of course, there are deportations and there must be. In some cases there are people who are dangerous to America, living here illegally with a criminal record or some major problem that brings them to the attention of our government. And, in those circumstances, every president has a responsibility to keep America safe. I&rsquo;ve never heard anyone argue that these Dream Act students are a danger to America. The president has made this decision. I think it is the right decision. And, ultimately, he has to depend on Congress to pass immigration reform. There&rsquo;s only so much the president can do on his own. I think we should and I hope we can do it on a bipartisan basis.</p></p> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 16:32:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/durbin-youth-deportation-reprieve-hold-101722