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MoveOn is hosting an online petition that urges federal immigration officials and local police departments to treat all immigrants like Justin Bieber.
I'm not a 12-year-old girl and thus not specifically attuned to the story, but apparently the Canadian heartthrob was arrested early Thursday on suspicion of drunken driving after officers saw him drag racing in a yellow Lamborghini.
The petition, launched by activist Jesus Iñiguez of Presente.org, claims that "the treatment of Justin Bieber has proven that an immigrant can make mistakes and not be slapped with outrageously steep fines by the justice system, or be detained and deported by Immigration and Customs Enforcement."
"We demand that ALL undocumented immigrants be treated the same way," the petition says. "We're Beliebers that this form of justice will prevail and that this becomes reflective of the change President Obama promised us."
Without taking any stance on the issue of immigration, I'll just say I actually favor deporting Justin Bieber. From the planet.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus will speak at the state GOP's spring convention.
Priebus will be the opening-night speaker at the confab, which runs March 14 through 16 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport in Burlingame. The party also announced Friday that House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, will speak at the Saturday-night banquet.
The party previously had announced that former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will speak as well.
"We're thrilled to have such a distinguished lineup of speakers for this convention," party Chairman Jim Brulte said in a news release. "Both Chairman Priebus and Congressman Sessions have track records of success in reviving Republican organizations and will be extremely helpful in the ongoing efforts to rebuild our state party from the ground up."
State Controller John Chiang overstepped his legal authority in 2011 by deciding to dock lawmakers' paychecks because he deemed the budget they had passed to be unbalanced, a state appellate court ruled Friday.
"(W)here the Legislature is the entity acting indisputably within its fundamental constitutional jurisdiction to enact what it designates as a balanced budget, the controller does not have audit authority to determine whether the budget bill is in fact balanced," Court of Appeal Associate Justice M. Kathleen Butz wrote; associate justices Cole Blease and William Murray Jr. concurred in this affirmation of a lower court's 2012 decision.
Proposition 25 of 2010, approved by 55 percent of voters, lets the Legislature approve budgets on a simple-majority vote, but it also says lawmakers must forfeit their pay and per diems for each day the state is past its constitutional deadline without a budget.
Chiang announced in June 2011 that his office's review of the budget, which had been passed on the day it was due, "found components that were miscalculated, miscounted or unfinished. The numbers simply did not add up, and the Legislature will forfeit their pay until a balanced budget is sent to the governor." He ended up withholding about $583,000 from the lawmakers.
Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles, and state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, sued on principle, without seeking recovery of that back pay.