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Yes, anti-equality Democrats in Congress are a dying breed. But they are perhaps about to get a boost from an unlikely source: a 70-percent Obama district in his home state of Hawaii.

In Hawaii’s First Congressional District, State Senator Donna Kim is the frontrunner in the August 9th Democratic primary, despite a strident anti-LGBT record that has led the Christian Coalition to label her “fantastic.” She’s studiously courted the Religious Right throughout her three decades in various elected offices, even participating in February with evangelical pastors in a panel discussion titled “God’s Law vs. Man’s Law,” in which she railed against Hawaii’s legalization of marriage equality. Presumably, she agrees with the Hobby Lobby opinion. Kim is one of the few Dems running for Congress who hasn’t commented on the case.

She appeared earlier this year on the local Christian Coalition’s TV show for a 30-minute discussion (there was too much agreement to call it an “interview”) in which she made it clear she’s not just a social conservative. Saying nothing that a Tea Partier would disagree with, she claimed government has “so much waste,” particularly in education and social services; expressed her general opposition to taxes and an array of programs, including early-childhood education; and claimed government workers “are getting paid huge dollars!”

Hawaii voters do have a progressive alternative: Honolulu City Councilmember Stanley Chang, who is the only candidate who’s pledged to join the Congressional Progressive Caucus (following in the footsteps of late Hawaii Congresswoman Patsy Mink, who founded the caucus). Chang has been endorsed by the CPC’s PAC and Blue America. In addition, along with Senator Brian Schatz, Chang was one of the first two candidates anywhere in the U.S. ever endorsed by the new Climate Hawks Vote PAC. The Climate Hawks are so excited about both Chang and Schatz that they’ll be opening an office in Honolulu prior to the primary.

This seat is currently held by New Dem Colleen Hanabusa, who’s giving it up to challenge Schatz. If Chang wins, the seat goes from the New Democrat Coalition to the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which is the functional equivalent of a pickup. If Kim wins, the seat goes even more conservative.

Alas, some Hawaii Dems are promoting authoritarian State Representative Mark Takai as the “progressive” alternative to Kim. In two unremarkable decades at the State Legislature, Takai has continually (and unsuccessfully) pushed to establish nuclear-power plants in tsunami-prone Hawaii and to require drug tests for suspicionless low-income residents. But mostly he’s a military fetishist, frequently campaigning while in his National Guard uniform and consistently advocating for more defense spending. Earlier this year, he used his campaign’s Facebook page to link to an article on local right-wing, birther-friendly blog, harshly criticizing President Obama (who was born in this district) for not spending enough on the defense contractors and the Pentagon. He titled his post, which crudely featured a picture of a machine gun apparently being used in Afghanistan, “Our Military’s Presence Must be Maintained in the Pacific!” (He’s also a fan of Kim’s tiresome crusades against government agencies in Hawaii.)

Takai doesn’t have the record or the disposition to fire up a lot of voters and get them to the polls on a summer Saturday in Honolulu. So, Kim, thanks to her corporate money, may cruise to Congress. There is one chance for an upset. Chang is making a concerted effort to finish strong, knocking on doors every day and unabashedly calling for Hawaii to honor its progressive history and culture by sending an ally of Elizabeth Warren and Alan Grayson to Congress. If the 31-year-old Chang pulls it out, he’d become the youngest CPC member and an emerging national leader. Click here to help Blue America support Chang’s get-out-the-vote efforts and make history in Hawaii.

PBS Hawaii is hosting a debate in this race at 11 p.m. PDT on Thursday, July 10. The debate, on the show “Island Insights,” will be streamed live online. Follow the debate— and even ask questions (like, “Why does divorcée Donna Kim oppose marriage equality?”)— by using hashtags #PBSInsights and #HI01. 

Dear #HI01 Dem Primary voters, vote for the REAL progressive , NOT GOPer posing as a Dem .

h/t: DownWithTyranny

A Republican candidate seeking to represent Georgia’s 10th U.S. House district believes that the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty does not apply to followers of Islam.

“Although Islam has a religious component, it is much more than a simple religious ideology,” Rev. Jody Hice wrote in his 2012 book It’s Now Or Never, according to Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It is a complete geo-political structure and, as such, does not deserve First Amendment protection.”

The House candidate also believes the Muslim Brotherhood is secretly infiltrating the United States in a plot to impose Sharia law on the entire country, a conspiracy theory he shares with Reps. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and Louie Gohmert (R-TX).

Hice tied Mike Collins in the Georgia Republican primary in May, with each candidate getting about 34 percent of the vote. The winner of the July 22 runoff election will face Democrat Ken Dious in November.

Hice has previously said that Islam and the U.S. Constitution are incompatible.

“Most people think Islam is a religion, it’s not. It’s a totalitarian way of life with a religious component. But it’s much larger. It’s a geo-political system that has governmental, financial, military, legal and religious components. And it’s a totalitarian system that encompasses every aspect of life and it should not be protected (under U.S. law),” he told members of the Coweta County Tea Party Patriots in 2011, according to The Citizen.

“This is not a tolerant, peaceful religion even though some Muslims are peaceful. Radical Muslims believe that Sharia is required by God and must be imposed worldwide. It’s a movement to take over the world by force. A global caliphate is the objective,” he added.

h/t: Eric W. Dolan at The Raw Story

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Sean Hannity defends guest who tells Republicans to ‘stop chasing genitalia’

Fox News host Sean Hannity quickly covered for conservative radio host Mark Levin on Tuesday after Levin used coarse language to urge Republicans not to make inroads with women or communities of color.

“Stop chasing ethnic groups, stop chasing genitalia,” Levin told Hannity. “Talk to the American people. Talk about liberty, opportunity. Explain to them that [President Barack] Obama’s wrong, and that we need to unleash the American people and unleash the economy.”

“You might be making news with that ‘genitalia’ remark,” Hannity responded. “But those that don’t know you don’t know your sense of humor.”

The “joke” appeared to be a rebuke to recent GOP efforts to avoid making themselves look intolerant,particularly regarding issues related to immigration and african-american voters. The party has also been accused of conducting a “war on women” due to its consistently conservative — at times radical — views opposing reproductive health rights.

Hannity noted that Levin was one of several radio personalities who supported Tea Party challenger Dave Brat’s upset win over House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) in the Republican primary for Virginia’s 7th congressional district earlier in the day. Brat’s campaign facebook page features pictures of not only Levin, but Glenn Beck, Ann Coulter, and Laura Ingraham, among others.

The page also contains pictures of former President Ronald Reagan, and both Hannity and Levin compared Brat’s win to Reagan’s winning the support of the “Moral Majority” movement as he rose to the top of the GOP in 1980.

“People are yearning for a leader,” Levin told Hannity. “They do not like the status quo, whether it’s defended by Republicans or Democrats.”

Levin then accused the Chamber of Commerce, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) of marginalizing other conservatives.

“This isn’t a joke to the American people,” he said. “This is their future. And we see the country slipping away — at least, the kind of country that we want — and why is it so hard for these guys to articulate our principles? They talk about Reagan, but they’re rockefeller republicans.

Earlier this year, Levin said on his radio show that marriage equality “affects society” in a way similar to incest. Last year, he also called for “cockroaches” to be purged from the Republican Party.

Watch the interview between Levin and Hannity, as posted on tuesday by media matters, below.

h/t: Brian Tashman at RWW

CBS This Morning hosted its political analyst Frank Luntz to discuss House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s Republican primary loss to Dave Brat. An upset Luntz said that Cantor’s defeat was “a great loss not just for Virginia, but for the country.” But at no point did CBS News or Luntz disclose a major conflict of interest: Cantor has paid Luntz’s firm thousands of dollars for consulting.

Frank Luntz is the CEO of the political consulting firm Luntz Global (Luntz sold his majority stake in the company in January, but continues to serve as an executive). According to documents filed with the Federal Election Commission, Luntz Global has received over $15,000 in consulting fees since 2012 from Cantor for Congress: On February 27, Cantor paid Luntz Global $2,353 for “seminar expenses”; on December 12, Cantor paid Luntz Global $5,000 for “speech consulting”; on April 9, 2012, Cantor paid Luntz Global $8,000 for “speech writing.”

CBS This Morning hosts Norah O’Donnell and Charlie Rose did not note the CBS News political analyst’s financial connections to Cantor. Luntz hailed Cantor as a hero to the country whose loss shatters the “cooperation” between House Republicans and the White House. From the June 11 edition of CBS’ CBS This Morning

LUNTZ: Well you had Eric Cantor, who had a very good relationship with Joe Biden. Had open lines of communication. I think for the GOP it’s going to be very dangerous now for a Republican to talk to Democrats, as it was Democrats to talk to Republicans a few years ago. That this a blow for conversation. This is a blow for some sort of cooperation and I think it’s bad for the country, not just bad for the Republicans.

[…]

LUNTZ: I think this is such a great loss not just for Virginia, but for the country. Eric Cantor had the ability to negotiate. Eric Cantor had the ability to sit toe to toe and make concessions and make agreements. And maybe that hurt him in the primary, but that’s exactly what we need in Washington, and now we’re losing him.

After Rose noted Cantor “was a pipeline to Wall Street too in raising money,” Luntz replied, “He was also a pipeline to Americans who just wanted people to get things done. And we’ve lost that leadership in Washington.” 

In his book Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives, Robert Draper reported that Luntz orchestrated a 2009 meeting where prominent Republicans, including Eric Cantor, formulated a plan to win back Congress and the White House. He wrote: “Luntz had organized the dinner — telling the invitees, ‘You’ll have nothing to do that night, and right now we don’t matter anyway, so let’s all be irrelevant together.’ He had selected these men because they were among the Republican Party’s most energetic thinkers — and because they all got along with Luntz, who could be difficult.”  

CBS News has repeatedly had disclosure problems with Luntz, who was hired by the network in 2012. When it first began hosting him, CBS couldn’t decide whether Luntz was an active Republican or a “former Republican” pollster and strategist (he’s active). Luntz also appeared on CBS during the 2012 campaign to discuss Republican vice presidential candidate and Rep. Paul Ryan without disclosing Luntz Global received money from Ryan’s congressional campaign.

Luntz’s lack of disclosure may violate CBS Corporation’s standards of conduct. The CBS Corporation Business Conduct Statement on conflicts of interest informs CBS employees, “including those employed on a temporary, freelance, intern, or per diem basis,” that “in all cases” they “must disclose all potential conflicts of interest” to CBS. 

H/T: Eric Hananoki at MMFA

thepoliticalfreakshow:

No one thought Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, could actually lose. His primary challenge in his suburban Richmond district, from a local economics professor named David Brat, was thought to be nominal. No sitting majority leader has lost a primary since the position was invented in 1899. Cantor, though unloved by many in his party and in Congress, was seen as the speaker-in-waiting whenever John Boehner decided, or was forced, to hang it up.

But all those assumptions went out the window Tuesday night, when Cantor shockingly lost—and by a wide margin. With 97 percent of the vote counted, Brat had 56 percent of the vote to Cantor’s 44 percent.

In retrospect, there were signs Cantor felt endangered. As the Washington Postreported, in a dispatch that seemed far-fetched at the time but now appears prescient, Cantor was booed at a local Republican gathering last month, and his handpicked candidate for district GOP chair was defeated. His campaign aired TV ads and sent mailers crediting him for blocking immigration reform—signs he had begun to sense a threat. Meanwhile, Brat, a Tea Party activist, was championed by national conservatives like Ann Coulter and Mark Levin. (According to Virginia’s “sore-loser” law, Cantor can’t run against Brat as an independent in the general election, though he might be allowed to mount a write-in bid.)

One immigration-reform-supporting conservative operative emailed me mournfully: “I can’t vote for Democrats because I am pro-life, but my party seems beyond repair.” 

Cantor’s loss will prompt the reexamination of some other pieces of conventional wisdom: One, that the Tea Party is dead—clearly, at least in one restive precinct, anti-Washington anger is alive and well. And two, that supporting immigration reform doesn’t necessarily hurt Republicans in primaries—Cantor’s supposed support for “amnesty” was Brat’s chief line of attack. Supporters of immigration reform now fear that Republican members of Congress, leery of touching the issue before, now will never be persuaded that it is not politically toxic. As one immigration-reform-supporting conservative operative emailed me mournfully: “I can’t vote for Democrats because I am pro-life, but my party seems beyond repair.” 

In truth, it’s not quite so simple. The Tea Party has come up short in most of the big races where it played this year, and other, unapologetic Republican supporters of immigration reform, like North Carolina Representative Renee Ellmers and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, have held on in the face of primary challenges. Cantor may have suffered more for his role as part of the unpopular House leadership than for any particular issue. After Republicans took the House in 2010, Cantor positioned himself as conservatives’ voice in leadership, a role in which he was blamed for scuttling the 2011 debt-limit deal that led to the nation’s credit being downgraded. But he had since patched things up with Boehner, a turnaround that led many House Republicans in both camps—the hard right and the establishment—to be unsure they could trust him. Cantor was ambitious, perpetually billed as a “rising star” despite his seven terms in Congress, but his ideas, like his “Making Life Work” reform agenda, never seemed to gain traction within his party.

There are few real surprises in politics. Tuesday’s result in Richmond was a rare exception. The political world now must get to know an obscure Randolph-Macon professor named Dave Brat; his Democratic opponent, an even more obscure professor at the same college named Jack Trammell; and a new world order in the House of Representatives.

Conservative radio host and ABC News contributor Laura Ingraham made good on her promise to primary any Republican candidate who didn’t share her anti-immigrant views, actively campaigning against House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) by endorsing his victorious opponent Dave Brat and making appearances at rallies to support him.

Cantor Loses To Challenger Dave Brat In VA Primary Upset

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Loses In Primary To Dave Brat. On the night of June 10, Rep. Cantor lost in the Republican primary to his conservative challenger Dave Brat, widely considered a longshot to win the race:

Meet Dave Brat, an economics and ethics professor at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, who launched a long-shot — and ultimately successful — bid to oust House Majority Leader Eric Cantor from his seat representing Virginia’s 7th Congressional District.

Brat, who admits that he has supported several Cantor candidacies over the years, says he mounted his improbable primary campaign because the House GOP’s No. 2 leader has lost touch with his constituents, “veering from the Republican creed.”

"Years ago he had a good conservative track record, but now he’s veered off," Brat told ABC News during an interview on Capitol Hill in May. "If you go to Heritage and look at their score, I think he’s at about a 53 right now. I mean, that’s an F-minus." [ABC News, 6/10/14]

Brat Attacked Cantor’s Views On Immigration In Campaign. The Wall Street Journal reported that Brat “has repeatedly accused [Cantor] of supporting amnesty for people in the U.S. illegally”:

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who goes before GOP primary voters on Tuesday, has faced a sharp attack from his underfunded opponent, who has repeatedly accused him of supporting amnesty for people in the U.S. illegally.

[…]

Back home, Mr. Cantor has responded to the attacks by emphasizing his opposition to “amnesty,” while also making sure that no pro-immigration legislation reaches the House floor, at least for the moment.

It was somewhat unexpected, mostly because Mr. Cantor is not exactly a champion for an immigration overhaul. He says he supports citizenship for young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children, but he has yet to introduce much less schedule a vote on this idea. He personally blocked a vote this spring on an amendment to a defense policy bill that would let young illegal immigrants brought to the country by their parents earn green cards by serving in the military. And when he put his agenda out for House action in June, immigration was conspicuously absent.

Still, Mr. Brat has attacked him relentlessly on the issue. [The Wall Street Journal6/9/14]

Ingraham Blasted Republicans For Supporting Any Pathway To Citizenship

Ingraham: Republican Politicians Supporting “Special Pathway” For Undocumented Immigrants ”Are In Violation Of Their Oath Of Office.” During a discussion with Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) on the February 4, 2014 edition of her radio show, Ingraham told him that “we don’t want any bill,” adding:

INGRAHAM: As far as I can tell, any Republican who stands up and says ”We are going to give a special pathway to the people who are here illegally” are in violation of their oath of office. That is my take on it. And I think we have millions of people across the country who are ready to throw all of you out of office unless you stand up for the American worker. [Courtside Entertainment Group, The Laura Ingraham Show2/4/14, via Media Matters]

Ingraham Advised Boehner To Step Away From Immigration Reform “Trap.” On the July 10, 2013 broadcast of her radio show, Ingraham likened immigration reform to a “trap” and stated that she was pressuring Boehner to make sure that he ultimately “walk[ed] away from this trap set” by congressional Democrats and other immigration reform supporters. [Courtside Entertainment Group, The Laura Ingraham Show, 7/10/13

Ingraham: Immigration Reform Will Be “The End Of The Republican Party.” On the April 17, 2013 edition of her radio show, Laura Ingraham claimed that immigration reform “will be the end of the Republican Party as we know it.” [Courtside Entertainment Group, The Laura Ingraham Show4/17/13]

Ingraham Repeatedly Stumped For Anti-Immigrant Candidate Brat

Ingraham Blog Promotes Dave Brat Rally Appearance. On June 2, Ingraham’s blog promoted her appearance at a rally for Dave Brat, touting his “consistent, principled stance against Amnesty.” The post, which includes a statement from Brat, cites an upcoming House vote on amnesty as a reason to support Brat: “A new report shows that House Leadership is eyeing a vote on Amnesty just 5 days after the June 10th primary is over. Is this a coincidence? Vote Brat and stop amnesty once and for all.” [LauraIngraham.com, 6/2/14

DuringBrat Rally, Ingraham Says She Wishes Cantor Had Been Traded For American Prisoner Of Taliban. At a June 4 rally for Dave Brat, Laura Ingraham said she wished Obama had traded Eric Cantor for Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier held captive by the Taliban:

INGRAHAM: I kind of wish, thinking about this, that President Obama would have thought this through a little bit more. And maybe, for getting Sgt. Bergdahl out of captivity, instead of sending five Taliban MVPs over there, he could have just traded one Eric Cantor. [MSNBC, The Last Word6/10/14]

Ingraham's Website Posts Election Day Reminder: Vote Brat, Stop Amnesty. An Election Day post on Laura Ingraham’s blog slammed Eric Cantor for “announcing that he will work with Barack Obama to pass amnesty for illegal children,” and told readers to instead “VOTE DAVE BRAT TODAY.” [LauraIngraham.com, 6/10/14]

Ingraham Blamed Cantor For The"Enticement" Of Immigrant Children In Humanitarian Crisis. On the June 3 edition of The Laura Ingraham Show, Ingraham blasted congressional Republicans and Democrats who support any kind of immigration reform, including Rep. Eric Cantor, for the “enticement” of the immigrant children into the country, which she described as “an invasion facilitated by our own government.” [Courtside Entertainment Group, The Laura Ingraham Show, 6/3/14, via Media Matters]

Ingraham Attends Henrico, VA Rally For Brat. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported conservative radio talk show host Laura Ingraham’s attendance at a June 3 rally for Virginia congressional candidate Dave Brat:

Dave Brat drew some star power Tuesday night in the final week of his bid to beat House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the 7th Congressional District’s Republican primary.

Laura Ingraham, a conservative radio talk show host, author and political commentator, attended a Brat rally at a country club in Cantor’s Glen Allen neighborhood in Henrico County. [Richmond Times-Dispatch6/3/14]

Fox Personalities Tout Ingraham’s Role In Brat’s Defeat Of Cantor

Fox News Personalities Praise “The Power Of Talk Radio” For Dave Brat’s Unseating Majority Leader Eric CantorDuring the June 10 edition of The Kelly File, Fox’s Brit Hume claimed Laura Ingraham and other conservative radio show hosts’ support of Dave Brat helped him to defeat Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Hume added, ”There are parts of this country where if Laura Ingraham, and Ann Coulter, and Mark Levin are on the radio supporting you, that’s worth a lot. … In the right place, with the right constituency, those people hold real power.” Kelly chimed in that it was “the power of talk radio.” [Fox News, The Kelly File6/10/14, via Media Matters]

Fox’s Kelly: Ingraham’s Support Was “Instrumental” In Brat’s Victory Over Cantor. During Fox News’ live coverage of Rep. Cantor’s primary defeat, Fox host Megyn Kelly said Laura Ingraham, Ann Coulter, and others “were instrumental, perhaps, in causing this event tonight.” When she interviewed Ingraham later in the show, Kelly more firmly called her “instrumental” in Cantor’s defeat, noting that “she campaigned for Brat, she rallied for Brat, and must be very pleased with the results tonight.” During her interview, Ingraham continued to warn the GOP away from immigration reform. [Fox News, The O’Reilly Factor6/10/14]

h/t: Media Matters For America

WOW! A major upset. 

H/T: Alan Suderman at Huffington Post, via AP


Gene Taylor’s comeback bid is foiled.

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The Arizona Capitol Times reported Monday that Scott Fistler, who launched a failed write-in campaign as a Republican against Rep. Ed Pastor (D-AZ) in 2012, successfully petitioned an Arizona superior court last November to change his legal name to Cesar Chavez. Chavez also became a Democrat earlier this year before filing to run for the congressional seat being vacated by Pastor, who is retiring.

Reached for comment by the Capitol Times, Chavez said he had been “flooded with calls and emails” and was no longer speaking to the press. He also told the newspaper that if he did decide to answer its questions, he would not discuss the name change.

“There is just simply not enough Cesar Chavez to go around,” he wrote, as quoted by the Capitol Times. “We may resume questions starting May 10 [sic].”

The candidate formerly known as Scott Fistler also prominently displayed photos on his website of crowds carrying signs and wearing T-shirts with the name “Chavez.” But the photos, as the Capitol Times pointed out, were actually of Venezuelans rallying for deceased former President Hugo Chavez.

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The State Democratic Party finds Chavez’s candidacy fishy. The Capitol Times reported that voter records show Chavez became a Democrat on April 28, even though he filed to run for Congress as a Democrat in February. DJ Quinlan, the state’s Democratic Party chair, told the Capitol Times that the Party’s legal team was determining whether to bring a challenge against Chavez.

“He’s either trying to make a mockery of the system, or of Democrats, or of the Hispanic community,” Arizona Democratic Party Chairman DJ Quinlan told the Capitol Times.

Images via Tea Party Cheer, Cesar Chavez for Congress in 2014.

Source: Catherine Thompson for Talking Points Memo

thepoliticalfreakshow:

A leading Iowa Republican candidate is championing a nefarious proposal in his bid for Congress: banning undocumented children from receiving public education.

Brad Zaun, vying to represent the third congressional district in southwest Iowa, was a guest on Mickelson in the Morning, a local conservative radio program hosted by Jan Mickelson, late last week. When the conversation turned to immigration, Mickelson wondered why the state of Iowa spent money educating the children of undocumented immigrants. He dismissed the Supreme Court ruling 32 years ago that it’s illegal to deny undocumented children public education and asked Zaun whether it’s time to revisit the matter.

“Absolutely,” Zaun, currently a state senator, said. “I can tell you that we’ve had a lot of attempts to make some changes.” He blamed fellow lawmakers for a “lack of courage” in deciding not to strip undocumented children of an education.

MICKELSON: The state of Iowa spends millions and millions and millions of dollars every single year trying to educate people whose parents aren’t even here legally. About $200 million. And we have been doing this for years. And our governor says, “well that’s the law of the land. That’s Plyler. The Supreme Court says we have to.” I say that’s bullhockey. Even if that court case has some merit, and I don’t think it does, it ought to be challenged, and it should not be automatically applied here in Iowa, because we ain’t Texas! What do you think ought to be done? Is it time to challenge Plyler here in the state of Iowa?

ZAUN: Absolutely. I can tell you that we’ve had a lot of attempts to make some changes. The problem is we’ve got a Democratic-controlled Senate. It’s just been frustrating. […] There’s lack of courage to do that. I’m just being honest with you.

Listen to it:

This is not a merely academic issue. Hundreds of school districts across the country have been unconstitutionally inquiring about students’ immigration statusprompting the Department of Justice and Department of Education to send out guidelines reminding school officials that they must enroll every child.

In addition, though Mickelson claims immigrant children are leeching off taxpayers, he never acknowledges the fact that undocumented immigrantspay billions in taxes. In 2010 alone, the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy found that undocumented immigrants paid $10.6 billion in state and local taxes.

Zaun is currently considered a frontrunner for the Republican nomination. The primary election is held Tuesday.

Source: Scott Keyes for ThinkProgress