Daily Fix, Feb 16

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Immigration bills, death threats, famous tweeters and budget battles. Plus, the Utah legislature starts two-a-days today – floor time, that is.

*Two state reps running illegal immigration bills have received open threats. A two-page letter – sent to Rep Chris Herrod and Rep Steve Sandstrom, media outlets and Hispanic activist and included images of Che Guevara and an AK-47. It calls for a confrontation with the “racist state of Utah” based on a “dialogue of bullets, the ideals of assassination, bombing, and destruction, and the diplomacy of the cannon and machine-gun.” So not cool. Des News

*Big Love’s Bill Henrickson is now tweeting from Utah’s Capitol Hill. Some gems:
• Good grief, how many days are going to be wasted on gun talk! I like Rep. Selig’s passion. 4th wife if she plays her cards right.
• Need ideas for other official state items! State jello? State chemical weapon? State of denial on Ed funding? Hit me back
Now that UTferalcat has mostly gone away, be sure to follow Bill on Twitter: @SenHendrickson Trib

*The annual budget battles between the legislature and the executive branch have begun. Governor Herbert took a swipe at the legislature’s budgeting process, calling it convoluted, anxiety-producing and one that gives the legislature a black eye. Speaker Lockhart responded by saying “I will not apologize for the legislative process” while Senator Lyle Hillyard said “We could make it simpler if you made me king and didn’t let the press into our appropriations committees and did it all behind closed doors, kind of like the governor does.” Trib

*It’s no different on the national level. Obama threatened to veto GOP spending cuts. A statement released by the White House said that “If the president is presented with a bill that undermines critical priorities or national security through funding levels or restrictions, contains earmarks or curtails the drivers of long-term economic growth and job creation while continuing to burden future generations with deficits, the president will veto the bill.” Additionally, the White House said the cuts in the GOP plan “will undermine our ability to out-educate, out-build, and out-innovate the rest of the world” and that the GOP proposal goes too far and “proposes cuts that would sharply undermine core government functions and investments key to economic growth and job creation.” Let the games begin. The Hill

*Another Utah immigration bill has passed committee, but it’s one that is quite different than the Sandstrom bill. Rep Bill Wright is proposing a guest worker program for illegal immigrants. The ACLU told the committee that the bill is unconstitutional and doesn’t guarantee undocumented workers won’t be deported. The committee moved the bill forward by 6-1 vote, even with concerns about the Constitutionality of the bill. Des News

*And then there’s something about hazing freshman …… Trib

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7 Responses to “Daily Fix, Feb 16”

  1. JBT Says:

    What Holly leaves out says more than what she posts in today’s blog. She dropped the bill Rep. John Dougal talked he into putting her name on as the sponsor like a hot potato when she discovered the controversy attached to the bill.

    With friends like Dougal, Holly doesn’t really need any enemies. Welcome to the Utah Legislature Holly. You are swimming with the sharks now, not just blogging about what they do.

  2. JBT Says:

    Sorry, Holly did reference that in her link to Rolly’s tribune article. Care to comment on the accuracy of Rolly’s take Holly?

  3. hollyonthehill Says:

    You know, JBT, I already answered the question, on the Feb 11th post. I don’t feel hazed and I was told I was being deceived by the father of all lies.
    And btw, I’m not afraid of controversy.

  4. Rob Says:

    Please vote NO on HB 191, which I believe is to remove in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants. Elder Ballard in the past has supported in-state tuition for these immigrants. Many of these children were brought here by their parents, and have known no other home.

  5. Rob Says:

    Oh, and while I oppose Reps. Sandstrom and Herrod on their immigration enforcement bills, I thoroughly and publically condemn anyone trying to intimidate them through threats of violence. Totally unacceptable.

  6. Alice Flanders Says:

    Holly, I saw your cartoon of the guy waving the dollars. Is that copywrited? I am starting a facebook page to help people on welfare become employed. I would like to use that picture as the picture on my page. May I?

  7. hollyonthehill Says:

    I found it on the Internet. 🙂

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