Frank Antenori 
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Re: “SB 1070 Fallout: Spin on Sound Strike

Jeff,

We are following the Constitution and we agree that the federal government has the authority to set immigration law. That's why we adopted federal law word for word. Nothing in the Constitution prevents states from ENFORCING federal law.

The Supreme Court has ruled that states may adopt legislation that mirrors federal law and also enforce federal laws. We may not adopt laws that conflict or exceed federal law because it might violate the supremacy clause in which case the federal law would preempt the state law. Since SB 1070 is a measure to ENFORCE existing federal law, there is no preemption issue.

States have adopted federal labor laws, environmental laws, and laws dealing with controlled substances, just to name a few. States enforce federal laws such as bank robbery, counterfeiting, smuggling, capitol murder, embezzlement, etc. It’s never been an issue.

What one really has to wonder is why cities, that clearly violate the constitution by implementing their own immigration laws/policies in direct conflict to federal law, are not held to your standard? The federal government should instead sue cities that have decided to implement their own sanctuary policies, an obvious and clear violation of federal law and a cut and dry example of preemption. They would have a better argument and a better likelihood of success.

The Supreme Court will eventual decide this issue, and if they follow the Constitution and previous precedent, SB1070 will stand.

Regards,

Frank

Posted by Frank Antenori on 07/21/2010 at 4:52 PM

Re: “The Skinny

Jim, Jim, Jim,

You just can't shoot straight can you. Once again you're either "deliberately deceptive" or sloppy. I'll let you choose which category you fall into.

Your story did not say "Supporting bad environmental legislation OR missing votes."

You clearly used the word AND:

"Among the local legislators who failed on the report card (by supporting bad environmental legislation AND missing votes): Al Melvin and Jonathan Paton in the Senate, and David Gowan, Frank Antenori, David Stevens and Vic Williams in the House."

Unless you went to the Bill Clinton School of Journalism, where the definition of the word "is" varies based on the political climate, you clearly change the meaning of a sentence by substituting the word “and” for “or.”

Again Jim, while I respect your political difference of opinion, I can’t tolerate you deliberately misinforming readers. You have plenty of news to cover and write about to stoke the political fire of your brand of journalism, there’s no need for you to be “deceptive.”

Frank Antenori

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Posted by Frank Antenori on 07/30/2009 at 10:49 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Jim,

I know you lean to the left, but do you have to lie? You stated that I and other legislators were penalized by the Sierra Club for "supporting bad environmental legislation and missing votes."

Only thing is, we didn't miss votes. If you bothered to do some checking, you would see that, with the sole exception of Sen. Paton, who was absent for only one vote, none of the Republicans missed a vote on any of the Sierra Club bills. As a matter of fact, neither Rep. Gowan nor I missed a single vote on any bills this session, yet you made the implication we did. Why? Was it a deliberate attempt to besmirch Republicans?

If you bothered to look you'll see that the combined total for missed votes on Sierra Club supported bills among the Democrats you listed was 12 missed. So the Dems miss 12 votes, the GOP misses 1 yet you put the moniker of missing votes in front of the Republicans listed.

I know you can't be fair and balanced and love taking your jabs, but how about at least telling the truth?

Frank Antenori

Posted by Frank Antenori on 07/25/2009 at 10:44 PM

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