Washington Post: Holder Think Nixon “Sent the Wrong Message”

November 21, 2014 - Leave a Response

The Washington Post reports that US Attorney General Eric Holder is unhappy with Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.
According to a Post story Friday, citing an unnamed Justice Department official, Holder is not pleased Nixon declared a state of emergency before the Ferguson grand jury decision is announced.
Nixon also has activated portions of the Missouri National Guard.
The governor has conceded the situation in St. Louis is tense ahead of the announcement of the Grand Jury’s decision on if it will indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the death of 18 year old Michael Brown last August.
The Post story says Holder called Nixon privately this week. It says Holder wanted to express his ‘frustration” to Nixon.
The Justice official said Holder believes Nixon’s Monday evening news conference with reporters explaining the actions “sent the wrong message . The tone of the press conference was counterproductive”, according to the source in the article.
The story goes on to quote the unnamed official, “instead of de-escalating the situation, the governor escalated it,”.

School District Near Ferguson Cancels Class for Next Week

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(AP) – A school district that includes some students from Ferguson, Missouri, is calling off classes Monday and Tuesday, citing potential unrest if a much-anticipated grand jury announcement occurs soon.

The Jennings School District had already planned to shut down Wednesday through the end of the week for Thanksgiving. A letter sent home to parents on Friday said that with the uncertainty regarding the grand jury announcement, closing schools for the entire week seemed like the most logical thing to do.

An announcement is expected soon about whether the grand jury will indict Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb on Aug. 9. The St. Louis region is bracing for protests over the decision.

Hancock & Martin Clash Over Missouri GOP Leadership & Money

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(AP) – A battle is brewing over the leadership of the Missouri Republican Party as it looks toward a 2016 election in which nearly all of the state’s offices will be on the ballot.

Republican consultant John Hancock says he plans to challenge state party Chairman Ed Martin in a leadership election that will occur within the next couple of months. Hancock cites concerns about the party’s finances.

There have been times during the past year when the state party had just a few thousand dollars in the bank. Party Treasurer Dick Peerson says the finances are the worst he’s seen in 10 years in the job.

Martin says the party’s finances are fine. He notes Republicans gained seats in both the state House and Senate in 2014 elections.

Kobach Expects to Push for Tougher Voter Fraud Laws in 2nd Term

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(AP) – Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says that next year he’ll revive a proposal to give his office the power to prosecute election fraud cases.

Kobach pushed the idea after taking office in 2011, but his efforts to win legislative approval of the idea fell just short of passage two years later, even though fellow Republicans control the Legislature.

Kobach won re-election this month with 59 percent of the vote.

He persuaded legislators to enact a 2012 law requiring all voters to show photo identification at the polls, and a 2013 statute requiring new voters to provide proof of their U.S. citizenship to register.

But the secretary of state’s office can’t initiate election fraud prosecutions on its own. Such decisions are left to county or federal prosecutors.

Immigration Speech Doesn’t Sell Well in Region

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Here’s more reaction of members of the Kansas and Missouri Congressional delegations to the President’s speech:
“The very first action the President has taken, following the historic rejection of his policies, is to slap the face of every immigrant that went through the legal process to become American citizens.

“I have all confidence that the Republican Congress will fight to uphold the Constitution.”
Ed Martin
Missouri GOP Chairman

“Amnesty rewards those who have cheated the system and punishes those who played by the rules and went through the legal immigration process. I strongly oppose this amnesty order and the President’s attempt to not only bypass the legislative process, but the American people,” he continued.
“We are a nation of laws and no one is above the rule of law – not this President or any President,”
Mo. Rep. Same Graves

“I am disappointed that President Obama has chosen to bypass Congress in his rush to implement immigration reform. Our Constitution requires that Congress write the laws and the President execute those laws. Americans are divided on how to address immigration reform. President Obama’s action can only harm efforts to bring Americans together to reach consensus on this important matter.”
Rep. Vicky Hartzler

“President Obama’s Executive Order is a clear overreach of his authority and sets a dangerous precedent by placing politics ahead of the rule of law. Instead of working with Congress to craft a true solution to the immigration crisis, as required under the Constitution, the President’s action will only serve to exacerbate the underlying problem—border security.

“It is my hope that the legal challenges that are sure to follow are successful in overturning this unlawful executive order. Kansans deserve better from Washington and the President.”
Rep. Mike Pompeo

“Today’s action by the president to unilaterally grant amnesty to millions of undocumented illegal immigrants in the United States is not only unconstitutional but also a complete overreach by this administration. The president has completely circumvented Congress with this executive action. Just last year, the president was quoted saying, “I’m not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed.” He should follow his own words and realize that immigration reform is much too complex and too important to not properly go through the legislative process. Rather than issuing these lawless executive actions, the president should complete the border fence that Congress previously passed into law, increase enforcement against tax and welfare fraud by illegal immigrants, and actually follow through with existing law instead of a “catch-and-release” approach. House Republicans have been holding discussions regarding how to address this issue and I am confident that action will be taken soon.”
Mo. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer

“This election the American people sent a clear message to Washington that they do not want repeats of failed past policies, they want President Obama to work with Congress to solve problems. The President’s unilateral action blatantly disregards this message and the separation of powers set forth by the Constitution. Even President Obama himself has admitted over 20 times that this executive action exceeds constitutional authority. Furthermore, as the White House has rightly pointed out, executive amnesty has been tried in the past and that it is even being discussed again is proof positive that it is a failed policy. Repeating a past mistake will only make things worse and will destroy any progress Congress has made toward real immigration reform.
Ks. Rep. Lynn Jenkins

“Our immigration system is broken, and I support a comprehensive plan to fix it, but executive orders aren’t the way to do it. The system can only be truly fixed through legislation by Congress. The Senate’s comprehensive plan got overwhelming bipartisan approval, and Republicans in the U.S. House have sat on their hands for a year-and-a-half, refusing to even consider that bill. They should quit stalling, get to work, and do their jobs—debate the comprehensive plan that passed the Senate with a two-thirds margin.”
Mo. Sen. Claire McCaskill

“The President’s plan to grant amnesty to those who have entered this country illegally is unconstitutional. I strongly oppose his unilateral efforts to ignore federal law and will support any legislative means possible to stop these actions including using the power of the purse to defund these unprecedented measures.

“If there was any question about the unlawful nature of this plan, we need only to look back to President Obama’s own words: ‘there are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system. That for me to simply, through executive order, ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as President.’
Ks. Rep. Kevin Yoder

The Kansas City Star quotes U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, “Our immigration system is broken and the American people overwhelmingly support reform,” Cleaver said in Washington, “but our partisan politics have precluded progress in Congress.”

In a written statement, Cleaver defended the executive action. “There is precedent of previous presidents acting alone on immigration,” he wrote, “but some of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle are threatening a shutdown now that President Obama is taking action.”

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article4039832.html#storylink=cpy

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