Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who has topped most recent opinion polls gauging public opinion of likely candidates for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, has been criticized by conservatives for his advocacy of a “path for citizenship” for illegal immigrants. He has often used that term and other language that is closer to that employed by President Obama (e.g., a “broken” immigration system) than to the more accurate descriptions of these situations employed by those who advocate strict enforcement of our immigration laws.
The New Year has ushered in ObamaCare’s insurance mandate on employers, marking the end of the unilateral delays that were passed one year ago by the White House. The delays provided ammunition to Republicans who argued that Obama was improperly providing administrative fixes where legislative ones were required.
Citing the Tenth Amendment, states’ rights, and even threats to national sovereignty, a coalition of some of Oklahoma’s most conservative lawmakers sent a letter to state Attorney General Scott Pruitt this week asking him to drop the federal lawsuit against Colorado voters’ 2012 decision to end marijuana prohibition. The group of state legislators, while making clear that they do not support pot, warned that the implications of the recently filed case would extend far beyond the controversial substance — potentially even threatening nullification efforts in Oklahoma and other states if successful at the Supreme Court. If the attorney general decides to pursue the case anyway, constituents of the Oklahoma lawmakers are urging them to file a brief defending Colorado’s right to self-government in the Supreme Court.
Even though the anti-gun groups generally lost big in the mid-term elections, it only encouraged them to do more of the same, but on the local level.
Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) has reportedly organized a group to unseat conservative activists within the Arizona Republican Party in advance of an anticipated 2016 reelection bid.