Mitch Perry Report 7.17.14 -Immigration politics

Remember when Obamacare was going to be the defining issue of the 2014 midterm elections? Everyone said so a few months ago. Some D.C. pundits even attributed David Jolly's victory over Alex Sink in CD13 to that issue, though the evidence indicated that poor Democratic turnout was the biggest factor.

Now the new issue that theoretically could hurt Democrats this fall is immigration, an issue where they have consistently polled higher than Republicans for a number of years, as momentum has increased for comprehensive immigration reform.
But that's changing as this border crisis in Texas continues to escalate. A new Gallup poll says more Americans say immigration is a major problem in the country, and some elected Democrats are now backpedaling from saying they'd welcome these refugees in their communities (like Maryland's Martin O'Malley).

So what's the upshot? For one, things change quickly in this country, and what might be a defining issue in March isn't in July. Will immigration hurt Democrats now more than Republicans in November? In certain states, it could. 

But it's a weird year politically, isn't it? In 2010, it was all about GOP intensity, fueled by the Tea Party. That energy is more diffused this year, and in fact sine polls show that most Americans aren't all that enthused about voting for anybody in 2014. Maybe we should worry about solving the current problem in the most efficient, humanitarian way, and forget about who benefits in November? (Of course, comments from Congressman Rich Nugent don't exactly tamp down the intensity, do they? ) Obviously that's not so easy, as there are different attitudes in Washington on how to deal with the issue. 

In other news...
Hillsborough County has had a shameful record on gay rights going back decades, specifically to 1995 when the Board of County Commissioners ignored LGBT citizens in its Human Rights Ordinance. Nineteen years later, the BOCC took the first step towards reversing that stance, voting 7-0 to forbid discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in connection with employment, public accommodations, real estate transactions and county contracting and procurement.

In your daily Uber news, the San Francisco-based ridesharing company realizes that it's got a PR problem when it comes to the thoroughness of their background check policy. So it was probably a good thing when Uber CEO Travis  Kalanick announced earlier this week that he was hiring Rudy Giuliani's security company to review said policy.

As you know, there's a big schism between those who support school vouchers and those who don't. Unions, for example, aren't fans, saying it takes away funds from the public schools. A school teacher with backing from the Florida Education Association announced yesterday he's suing to stop a bill passed this legislative session that expands corporate vouchers in the state.

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