Obama Nominates DOJ Radical, Thomas E. Perez For Labor Dept. Secretary (Video)

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In a move, Monday,  that signaled the end of his so-called “charm offensive” toward Republicans,  Obama nominated dishonest and odious radical, Thomas E. Perez,  to be the next Labor Department secretary.

Via The Washington Times:

Mr. Obama’s pick comes less than a week after a scathing audit of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, which Mr. Perez runs as an assistant attorney general. The department’s inspector general said the Civil Rights division had become riven with factions, and questioned whether Mr. Perez was completely truthful in information he gave about the decision to dismiss a high-profile voter intimidation case involving the New Black Panther Party in Philadelphia.

J Christian Adams reported at Election Law Center:

When the last Inspector General report came out about Civil Rights Division hiring, AAG Wan Kim promised to implement all of the suggestions.  His successor AAG Tom Perez is not as magnanimous and appears resistant to implementing changes described by the report as necessary.

Senators take note.

In particular, Perez seems opposed to implementing changes regarding hiring practices which has resulted in a 100 percent liberal or leftist bias in Voting Section lawyers.  Some inside the DOJ simply cannot understand that this is a problem, and for that blindness, a heavy price may be paid if Perez is nominated for Secretary of Labor.  (An aside: I spent the day on Capitol Hill and there is an emerging view that Perez will not be nominated.  Damaged goods.  I am not sure I agree with that assessment given the people nominating spend an inordinate amount of time justifying the correctness of their position, even if it is a corroded one.)

Perez  refused to take any action to fire or even reprimand Justice Dept employees who engaged in bad behavior.

Adams also reported:

Senator Charles Grassely is asking the same question posed by this blog: Why do the people who engaged in bad behavior as documented by the Inspector General’s report still have jobs?  The Washington Times:

“A senior Republican in Congress said Wednesday that he wants to know why Justice Department employees whose “hostile, racist and inappropriate behavior” was documented in a new report — including one who admitted lying to the department’s office of inspector general — are still employed.”

Some of the damage Perez has done at the DOJ, via Discover the Networks:

  • On April 23, 2012, Perez’s Justice Department sued the city of Jacksonville, Florida, claiming that its use of written tests to determine promotions in its fire department had “resulted in a disparate impact upon black candidates,” who registered passing grades at significantly lower rates than their white counterparts. “This complaint should send a clear message to all public employers that employment practices that have the effect of excluding qualified candidates on account of race will not be tolerated,” said Perez.
  • This was just one of numerous Perez/DOJ lawsuits designed to force various municipal fire (and police) departments to do away with written tests for membership. In a case against the New York Fire Department, Perez and DOJ argued in favor of what amounted to strict racial quotas favoring blacks, even if they scored as low as 30% on their qualifying exams.

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Perez has emphasized CRD’s “critical work” of “monitoring federal, state, and local elections across the country to ensure that voting takes place free of unlawful intimidation.” But in June 2010, J. Christian Adams, a five-year DOJ veteran, resigned to protest the “corrupt nature” of DOJ’s dismissal of a case involving two Philadelphia-based members of the New Black Panther Party who had intimidated white voters with racial slurs and threats of violence on Election Day, 2008. Adams cited Perez and Thomas Perrelli (the associate attorney general) as the two DOJ officials most responsible for dropping the case. In July 2010, Adams gave damning public testimony about how Perez and other Obama DOJ officials believed that “civil rights law should not be enforced in a race-neutral manner, and should never be enforced against blacks or other national minorities.”

In September 2010, Christopher Coates—Voting Section Chief for the DOJ—testified to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission and corroboated Adams’ assertion that the Department had routinely ignored civil rights cases involving white victims. For more than a year, Perez had denied the Commission’s requests to hear Coates’ testimony and had instructed Coates not to testify. But in September 2010, Coates finally chose to go public with his story and asked for protection under whistleblower laws. For the full text of Coates’ testimony, click here.

Perez has played a key role in opening investigations of several large urban police departments for systematic civil-rights abuses such as harassment of racial minorities, false arrests, and excessive use of force. In 2011, for instance, Perez’s CRD initiated a high-profile push to reform the New Orleans Police Department; “pattern and practice” investigations of police departments in Newark and Seattle; and a preliminary investigation of the Denver Police Department. These actions were consistent with what Perez had stated in September 2010: “In case you haven’t heard, the Civil Rights Division is once again open for business. There were very few [pattern and practice] cases during the prior administration.” On another occasion (in April 2010), Perez had stated: “Criminal prosecutions alone, I have learned, are not enough to change the culture of a police department.” As of March 2013, Perez had initiated 17 probes of police and sheriff’s departments across the United States—more probes of that type than CRD had ever previously conducted under any individual’s leadership.

In 2011, Perez led a DOJ lawsuit against Alabama’s recently passed anti-illegal immigration law (HB-56), similar to Arizona’s 2010 law.

In July 2011, Perez addressed a luncheon meeting of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), a pro-amnesty immigration group with which he has long had a close relationship. In his remarks, Perez praised NCLR’s work and expressed gratitude for its steadfast support of President Obama’s agendas. He also lauded the organization’s members as valuable “change agents” and “serial activists” who “will [help] move America forward.” And he characterized opponents of immigration reform as racists: “It’s undeniable that what else we see out there in America is an absolute headwind of intolerance, and it’s a headwind of intolerance that has been manifested in many different ways shapes and forms.”

In December 2011, the Justice Department blocked a new South Carolina law requiring voters to present valid identification at their polling places on election day. Claiming that the law discriminated against minority voters, Perez wrote: “Although the state has a legitimate interest in preventing voter fraud and safeguarding voter confidence … the state’s submission did not include any evidence or instance of either in-person voter impersonation or any other type of fraud that is not already addressed by the state’s existing voter identification requirement.” Perez further contended that the law violated Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, because 8.4% of the state’s registered white voters lacked photo ID, compared to 10% of nonwhite voters.[1]

Perez also led a 2012 CRD lawsuit that succeeded in overturning Texas’s voter ID law.

In late May 2012, Perez and DOJ ordered the state of Florida to halt its efforts—which were already underway—to verify the identity and eligibility of the people listed on its voter rolls. DOJ explained its actions by saying that it had not yet been able to verify that Florida’s efforts “neither have the purpose nor will have the effect of discriminating on account of race, color, or membership in a language minority group.” In a letter (dated June 11) to the Florida Secretary of State, Perez charged that Florida was violating the National Voter Registration Act and the Voting Rights Act. “Please immediately cease this unlawful conduct,” he wrote.

Florida was not compliant with DOJ, however. “We have an obligation to make sure the voter rolls are accurate and we are going to continue forward and do everything that we can legally do to make sure than ineligible voters cannot vote,” said Chris Cate, a spokesman for Florida secretary of state Ken Detzner. “We are firmly committed to doing the right thing and preventing ineligible voters from being able to cast a ballot. We are not going to give up our efforts to make sure the voter rolls are accurate.” Earlier that year, Florida election officials had identified some 53,000 still-registered voters who were deceased, and another 2,600 who were non-citizens. In fact, state officials estimated that the total number of non-citizens on Florida’s registered-voter rolls was as high as 182,000. Nevertheless, DOJ filed suit against Florida on June 12, 2012. “Because the State has indicated its unwillingness to comply with [DOJ’s] requirements, I have authorized the initiation of an enforcement action against Florida in federal court,” said Perez.

In early August 2012, Rep. Trent Franks (R-Arizona), a member of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, asked Perez: “Will you tell us here today that this Administration’s Department of Justice will never entertain or advance a proposal that criminalizes speech against any religion?” Perez refused to answer, four separate times. Breitbart.com provided some context for this:

“Last October, at George Washington University, there was a meeting between DOJ officials, including Perez, and Islamist advocates against free speech. Representatives from the Islamist side included Mohamed Magid, president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)…. The leader of the Islamist [side] was Sahar Aziz, an Egyptian-born American lawyer and Fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, a Muslim advocacy group based in Michigan. At the meeting, the Islamists lobbied for: cutbacks in U.S. anti-terror training; limits on the power of terrorism investigators; changes in agent training manuals; [and] a legal declaration that criticism of Islam in the United States should be considered racial discrimination. Aziz said that the word ‘Muslim’ has become ‘racialized’ and, once American criticism of Islam was silenced, the effect would be to ‘take [federal] money away from local police departments and fusion centers who are spying on all of us.'”

Perez raised no objection in response to Aziz. (For a video of Perez’s exchange with Rep. Franks, click here.)

In March 2013, the American Spectator reported that “Perez has overseen most of the unprecedentedly naked politicization of DOJ’s Civil Rights Division,” as evidenced by the fact that “every one” of the 113 people his CRD had hired for supposedly non-political civil-service positions were “demonstrably liberal activists.” Moreover, said the report, Perez had “insisted on personally approving each of these new hires.”

Also under Perez, the DOJ has repeatedly slow-walked efforts intended to help ensure that overseas military personnel (who tend to support Republican candidates by a wide margin) could exercise their voting rights. Meanwhile, Perez’s division has strived—without jurisdiction—to help felons (who overwhelmingly support Democratic candidates) regain voting privileges in a number of states.

Megyn Kelly and Chris-stirewalt discussed the Thomas Perez nomination on America Live, Monday. Kelly asked a good question – is it less controversial for Perez to be moved to labor or stay at the Civil Rights division of the DOJ? In other words where will this malevolent a$$hole do the most damage?

UPDATE:

Senator Jeff Sessions released this statement on the Perez nomination, Monday:

Sessions Comments On Nomination of Thomas Perez To Head Labor Department:

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary committee, commented today on President Obama’s nomination of Thomas Perez to serve as the Secretary of Labor:
 
“This is an unfortunate and needlessly divisive nomination. The top priority of the Secretary of Labor should be to create jobs and higher wages for American workers. But Mr. Perez has aggressively sought ways to allow the hiring of more illegal workers. Mr. Perez has also had a controversial tenure at the Department of Justice where he has demonstrated a fundamentally political approach to the law.
His views on illegal immigration are far outside the mainstream. Mr. Perez previously served as the President of the Board of Casa de Maryland, a fringe advocacy group that has instructed illegal immigrants on how to escape detection, and also promoted illegal labor sites and driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants. As a councilman in 2003, Mr. Perez advocated for allowing illegal immigrants to be able to use foreign identification, known as matricula cards, in place of a valid U.S.-issued ID to work and receive public services. By nominating Mr. Perez to this important post, the President has placed his drive to promote his flawed immigration policies over the needs of the millions of unemployed Americans. We need a Secretary of Labor who fights to create jobs for American workers, not one that undermines legal work requirements. It is plain that if the policies of Mr. Perez were to be enacted, jobs for Americans would be harder to come by and wages lower. He is the wrong man for this job.”
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Who saw that one coming?

Monday Catch-Up: Trusting Obama

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After an action-packed four days in Washington DC for CPAC, I’m battling “the CPAC Crud” which plagues conservatives every year. Dang it. But there’s lot’s going on so the blog must go on:

Michelle Malkin filed this important story: Time To Opt Out of Creepy Fed Ed Data-Mining Racket:

Last week, I reported on the federal government’s massive new student-tracking database, which was created as part of the nationalized Common Core standards scheme. The bad news: GOP “leadership” continues to ignore or, worse, enable this Nanny State racket (hello, Jeb Bush).

The good news: An independent grassroots revolt outside the Beltway bubble is swelling. Families are taking their children’s academic and privacy matters out of the snoopercrats’ grip and into their own hands. You can now download a Common Core opt-out/disclosure form to submit to your school district, courtesy of the Truth In American Education group: CLICK HERE.

Parents caught off guard by the stealthy tracking racket are now mobilizing across the country. Echoing families across the city, Big Apple public advocate Bill de Blasio blasted the tracking database in a letter to government officials: “I don’t want my kids’ privacy bought and sold like this.” On Wednesday, prompted by parental objections, Oklahoma state representatives unanimously passed House Bill 1989 — the Student Data Accessibility, Transparency and Accountability Act — to prohibit the release of confidential student data without the written consent of a student’s parent or guardian.

Hot Air: Video: Hillary stops pretending that she’s against gay marriage; Update: 58% support gay marriage in new poll:

Alternate headline: “Wait, Hillary wasn’t already on record in favor of gay marriage?” Evidently not. Five years ago, top-tier Democratic candidates concluded that they couldn’t safely support SSM publicly; five years and a double-digit swing in public opinion later, they’ve concluded that they can’t safely oppose it. The GOP will wrestle with this issue for awhile but, as of now, I think supporting gay marriage has reached the same stature among Democrats as supporting abortion rights. Namely, while occasional disagreement from backbenchers will be grudgingly tolerated in the name of winning purple states, no party nominee will ever, ever again end up on the other side of this issue. If you want to win a national Democratic primary, you’re pro-gay marriage, period. Hillary’s just checking the box.

Did you hear that the History Channel’s “Satan” character is the spitting image of Obama, “After 15 More Years of Smoking?”

The producers of the show insist that it’s just a coincidence, and I believe them.

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Liz Sheld, The Conversation: HISTORY Channel Releases Statement on Obama ‘Lookalike’ Satan Character:

The Bible’s executive producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey also released a statement:

“This is utter nonsense. The actor who played Satan, Mehdi Ouzaani, is a highly acclaimed Moroccan actor.  He has previously played parts in several Biblical epics– including Satanic characters long before Barack Obama was elected as our President.”

Executive Producer, Roma Downey added, “Both Mark and I have nothing but respect and love our President, who is a fellow Christian.  False statements such as these are just designed as a foolish distraction to try and discredit the beauty of the story of The Bible.”

Smitty of The Other McCain: In Missouri, ObamaCare Sucks Even Harder Than Military Service:

So, you can be a conscientious objector, and gaff off military service, but:

A federal judge has struck down a Missouri law exempting moral objectors from mandatory birth control coverage because it conflicts with an insurance requirement under President Barrack Obama’s health care law.

Townhall: Obama Appoints Radical Who Lied Under Oath About New Black Panther Party Case to Head Labor Department:

President Obama is expected to nominate Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez Monday for Labor Secretary.

Seeking to fill yet another second-term Cabinet vacancy, President Barack Obama is set to nominate Thomas Perez, an assistant attorney general, to be the next secretary of labor, the White House says.

If confirmed by the Senate, Perez, who has been head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division for 3½ years, would take over the Labor Department as Obama undertakes several worker-oriented initiatives, including an overhaul of immigration laws and an increase in the minimum wage.

Before taking the job as assistant attorney general, Perez was secretary of Maryland’s Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, which enforces state consumer rights, workplace safety and wage and hour laws.

Perez’s nomination has been expected for weeks, and comes with vigorous support from labor unions and Latino groups.

When the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation case was dismissed by the Department of Justice, Perez said under oath that senior officials were not involved in the decision to do so and not prosecute Party members for wielding a night stick outside of a Philadelphia polling place in 2008. Last week, a report from the DOJ Inspector General contradicted this claim, proving Perez’s testimony was false. In addition, according to a ruling by a judge in a lawsuit about the case last week, Perez’s statement that DOJ senior officials weren’t involved in dismissing the case contradicts the evidence.

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Ramirez cartoon via Townhall

Oh, look – The Stupid Party is at it again.

Big Government: Boehner: I ‘Absolutely’ Trust Obama:

On ABC’s This Week, hosted by Martha Raddatz, Speaker of the House John Boehner appeared to downplay the problem of national debt while loudly proclaiming his wonderful relationship with President Obama. “The president and I, as I have made very clear, have a very good relationship. We’re open with each other. We’re honest with each other,” said Boehner.

“Do you trust President Obama?” Raddatz asked.

“Absolutely,” Boehner replied.

“Absolutely?” Raddatz emphasized.

“Absolutely,” Boehner repeated.

I don’t even know what to say. The guy lies to our faces constantly, and appoints incompetents and known liars to positions of power. The Regime’s serial dishonesty, corruption, and lack of transparency is a scandal in and of itself. What is Boehner even thinking? Why are Republicans so afraid to say what they really think? We are going to LOSE in 2014 if we adopt the same weak, “Obama’s a nice guy” strategy, Mitt tried in 2012. Good grief.

Update: Check it – Mark Levin saying the same thing via The Right Scoop: Mark Levin slams Boehner, says if Republicans don’t get SERIOUS the Republican Party is gonna go down!

The Right Scoop: WATCH Pat Caddell’s famous CPAC Speech:

Pat Caddell’s famous CPAC speech, where he blasts the GOP for allowing consultants to run their campaigns has finally turned up thanks to Politi-Chicks who apparently recorded it.

RS McCain, The American Spectator: The Liberal Media Lie About CPAC:

Take, for example, the young comedian Steven Crowder. While serving as emcee on the Potomac Ballroom stage Saturday at CPAC, Crowder made a joke about actress (and, it is rumored, future Kentucky Senate candidate) Ashley Judd: “This just in, Ashley Judd just tweeted that purchasing Apple products is akin to rape — from her iPhone.” Which is pretty doggone funny if you know that, as Alex Pappas of the Daily Caller reported, Judd has claimed that the purchasers of the iPhone and other Apple products are “financing mass rape” by using minerals mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Judd has a penchant for throwing around “rape” in her far-left political rants. She has compared coal-mining in Kentucky to rape and, also, to genocide in Rwanda. Judd’s long history of such outrageous comments has Republicans laughing mirthfully at the prospect of the actress challenging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky next year. But according to liberal journalists — whose cheerleading for Democrats is now so unapologetically blatant that it is taken for granted — the real outrage is that any Republican would criticize Judd’s lunatic utterances.

This is apparently why the Huffington Post decided to lie about Crowder’s joke. “Steven Crowder, a Fox News contributor who hosted part of Saturday’s activities at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference, made a questionable remark about actress and possible Kentucky Senate candidate Ashley Judd,” a post at the site described it, omitting both the factual context and the first part of the joke, quoting only Crowder’s follow-on comment: “What is this obsession with Ashley Judd and rape? It’s pretty unnerving.”

John Nolte, Big Journalism: ’60 Minutes’ Uses Left’s ‘War on Women’ Playbook Against Vatican:

There are a number of glaring and  incredibly reckless lies of omission in the 14-minute “60 Minutes” report embedded above.

The first is that like the rest of the media, “60 Minutes” refuses to broadcast the Church’s basic reasoning behind Church doctrine (what Simon calls “conservative” policies) surrounding same-sex marriage, contraception, chastity, sexuality, and allowing only men to become priests.

How hard could it be to bring on an articulate Catholic to explain these policies? It is a sad fact, though, that the media are almost always reluctant to allow someone smart and articulate to argue against The Narrative.

Secondly, CBS only allows nuns unhappy with the Church any airtime. Nuns perfectly satisfied with the Church are memory-holed as though none exist. Heaven forbid a nun who disagrees with the LCWR is offered a chance to explain why. Can’t have that.

Gateway Pundit: What Sequester?… Obama Administration Continues Food Stamp Outreach to Illegal Immigrants:

Despite the sequester cuts, the Obama administration continues to pursue a “partnership” with the Mexican government to “raise awareness” about food stamps.
FOX News reported:

Salmonella outbreaks. E. coli outbreaks. Millions of dollars in economic losses.

These are among the scenarios the Obama administration warned about last month as it claimed the sequester would force the U.S. Department of Agriculture to furlough meat inspectors.

But while the administration prepares to take that step, it continues to pursue a “partnership” with the Mexican government to “raise awareness” about food stamps. When a top Senate Republican proposed cutting off funds for that program last week — in the form of an amendment to a budget resolution — Democrats on the Budget Committee shot it down.

The Conversation: Voters Prefer GOP Budget Proposal Over Dem Plan By 2-To-1 Margin, But Trust Dems More On Budgetary Issues…

The Hill blames the discrepancy on the GOP’s “image problem”. I blame the GOP’s “image problem” on an MSM that demonizes them every time they advocate for fiscal constraint.

Bottom line: the American people appear to be very confused…

Respondents in The Hill Poll were asked to choose which of two approaches they would prefer on the budget, but the question’s phrasing included no cues as to which party advocated for which option.

Presented in that way, 55 percent of likely voters opted for a plan that would slash $5 trillion in government spending, provide for no additional tax revenue and balance the budget within 10 years — in essence, the path recommended by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) last week.

This was almost twice as many voters as opted for a proposal that would include $1 trillion in added tax revenue as well as $100 billion in infrastructure spending, and which would reduce the deficit without eradicating it.

Harriet Baldwin, The Examiner: Glenn Beck: The New Media Must “Link Arms”:

Beck has put out a call to all journalists and bloggers to “Link Arms”- and to share information with one another -in order to get news and information out to wider and broader audiences- outside the mainstream media.

Much the same as Andrew Breitbart did, the movement will strive to have information sharing between writers such as myself and other Examiner writers, independent journalists and bloggers.

On this morning’s show, Beck pointed out that the currency and banking story in Cyprus broke on Twitter! And that the traditional news channels were mostly silent on this economic story.

It’s becoming increasingly clear that Facebook has been censoring Conservative journalists and in particular “Citizen Journalists” who post stories to that social media site. This topic has been covered extensively by our own Examiner writer, Joe Newby. Read his latest story on Facebook censorship HERE.

Censorship is a very dangerous thing in a “free” society. The control of the flow of information will threaten our civil society.

We will not stand for control of or taxation of The Internet.

The American People will not stand for a bureau of government controlled media. Or, as Rush Limbaugh calls it “State Controlled Media.”

If YOU are a Conservative Citizen Journalist, blogger or a concerned citizen who watches the news cycle- please heed the warning signs. Please take action. And YES- LINK ARMS- and share your news and information.

Tony Katz: Another Liberal Radio Station Folds Because Of Money:

According to Talkers.com, Reno, NV liberal talk station KJFK announced that it will go dark on March 18th. (A screen shot of the announcement is posted below.) The line-up is a who’s who of left leaning hosts, including Thom Hartmann, Leslie Marshall and now MSNBC weekend mascot Ed Schultz. The problem? The money: (emphasis mine)

Given the volume of rhetoric dispensed on-air from “the other side”, we felt it vital to remain on-the-air through the 2012 General Election, despite the fact that KJFK has operated at a loss of thousands of dollars a month. Since we launched the station with an appearance by Al Franken in 2005, when nearly 500 people joined us at the Atlantis for now Senator Franken’s appearance just days after we hit the air, we’ve known a passionate audience has been with us all along. Unfortunately, this station was never able to generate the revenue necessary to sustain, and we simply cannot absorb the financial loss any longer.

Weasel Zippers: Reporter To White House: Is Obama Planning To Cut Back On Lavish Vacations – White House: No.

Local reporter asks White House with unemployment rates still high and families having to cut back on budgets, how does President Obama justify his taxpayer-funded vacations and does he plan on cutting back his vacations? (March 18, 2013).

CO Governor Hickenlooper’s Moment of Truth: Is He a Gun Control Zealot, or a Pro Business Moderate? (Video)

Last week, the Dem majority in the Colorado legislature passed an extreme gun bill that would essentially ban all guns.  Since convertible magazines are being banned, this would have the effect of banning almost ALL guns in Colorado because almost all gun mags are convertible.  The bill now sits on Governor Hickenlooper’s desk, and notably, he did NOT sign it last Friday, as was expected, (because it would have taken the news story into the weekend which would have gotten it less attention.) This already unpopular legislation has become even more unpopular in recent days.

Last week,  Kyle Clark and Brandon Rittiman of  KUSA-TV exposed the  gaping F-ups in the magazine ban.

Clark has long been the worst nightmare of the unprepared politico. Now he and sidekick Rittiman are the worst nightmare of ill-conceived legislation also.

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The idea that Hickenlooper will for certain sign this legislation is now a thing of the past. Watch that 9News report and tell us how Hickenlooper can sign that bill. Even before Clark’s report, the DC talking heads had started talking about how Hickenlooper was losing his moderate ju ju. Polling shows the public mood has turned against gun control.That was before the public and the DC writers knew that the big bad bill at the center of this controversy banned every damn magazine in Colorado.Can John Hickenlooper really sign a bill that bans every damn magazine in Colorado?As Senator Brophy (R-Wray) said in a press release:

“How far do the Democrats want to go pushing gun control in Colorado? This is the moment we find out who Governor Hickenlooper really is. Is he the gun control Governor or is he really the pro-business moderate he claims to be?”

Colorado Sheriffs are refusing to enforce the new law if it is passed:

 Weld County Sheriff John Cooke, however, says that he would be violating his sworn duties if he enforced these laws. In a statement he made while surrounded by fellow sheriffs and deputies, he explained that he couldn’t enforce the laws because the Democrats in the legislature were so uninformed when they enacted them that the laws are impossible to enforce and functionally dangerous

They’re feel-good, knee-jerk reactions that are unenforceable. *** Criminals are still going to get their guns.”

Moreover, said Cooke, he “won’t bother enforcing” the laws because it’s impossible to monitor whether Coloradans are complying with either the magazine limit or the background check law.

Cooke’s refusal to enforce unreasonable and ineffective laws was joined by El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa, who calmed an angry gun-rights crowd in Colorado Springs. Said Maketa:

I can’t tell you when those were sold, bought and purchased. As far as I’m concerned, they were all pre-July 1 if the governor does sign this bill.

Many Colorado sheriffs are also concerned that the background check-law amounts in practice to a gun registration law. While Maketa does have records of every person in his county who has a concealed-carry licensed, that information is confidential. So confidential, he said, that he would destroy the database if he had reason to believe that the government was planning on arresting people peacefully exercising their Second Amendment rights.

In this Revealing politics video, Colorado State Senator Kevin Lundberg (R-Berthoud) explained to the Colorado Senate why the “high capacity magazine magazine ban”  would actually render almost every magazine, even those manufactured to hold 15 or fewer rounds, banned under the law. Video from Colorado Channel Friday, March 8, 2013:

Will Governor Hickenlooper, who has claimed to be pro 2nd Amendment,  bow to pressure and sign this anti-gun bill, or will he do the sane thing and kill it? It’s high noon in Colorado.

UPDATE:

It appears Hickenlooper has not chosen wisely:

Weasel Zippers: Report: Colorado Dem Governor To Sign Anti-Gun Bills Into Law On Wednesday…

Magpul Confirms Plan To Leave Colorado “Almost Immediately” Once Dem Governor Signs Magazine Limit Bill…

Heck of a job, Loopie.