Well, well, well...this would explain those push polling phone calls as well as the pollster who's going around to immigrant businesses questioning them about Congressman Murphy and immigration.
The National Republican Congressional Committee is targeting 23 Democratic incumbents, including several freshmen, and one open seat, according a memo obtained by Roll Call that was prepared by the NRCC for a March 5 briefing to political action committee officials.
The memo includes a write-up of the Republican candidates running in each of the targeted seats - all GOP candidates are included if there is a contested primary - as well as a short description of the Democratic incumbent.
"There are multiple pickup opportunities for our Republican challengers in the fall," NRCC spokesman Ken Spain said, when asked to comment on the memo. "With [a Congressional] approval rating hovering around a record low, Democrats sitting in Republican-leaning districts will have a hard time defending their abysmal record of tax hikes and runaway spending in a presidential election year."
According to the memo, the targeted Democratic incumbents are:
Rep. Harry Mitchell in Arizona's 5th district and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona's 8th; Rep. Jerry McNerney in California's 11th; Rep. Christopher Murphy in Connecticut's 5th; Rep. Tim Mahoney in Florida's 16th; Rep. Jim Marshall in Georgia's 8th; Rep. Melissa Bean in Illinois' 8th; Rep. Baron Hill in Indiana's 9th; Rep. Nancy Boyda in Kansas' 2nd and Rep. Dennis Moore in Kansas' 3rd; Rep. John Yarmuth in Kentucky's 3rd; Rep. Tim Walz in Minnesota's 1st; Rep. Carol Shea-Porter in New Hampshire's 1st and Rep. Paul Hodes in New Hampshire's 2nd; Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand in New York's 20th; Rep. Michael Arcuri in New York's 24th; Rep. Jason Altmire in Pennsylvania's 4t, Rep. Patrick Murphy in Pennsylvania's 8th, Rep. Christopher Carney in Pennsylvania's 10th and Rep. Paul Kanjorski in Pennsylvania's 11th; Rep. Nick Lampson in Texas' 22nd and Rep. Ciro Rodriguez in Texas' 23rd; and Rep. Steve Kagen in Wisconsin's 8th.
What's really going on here? The NRCC is banking on Republican hatred of Chris Murphy. They have no realistic shot at winning the seat back. The only reason Murphy's name (and I suspect this is also true of a few others) is on the memo is to help the NRCC raise some much needed cash from their base.
On September 26, 2007, ten plaintiffs filed suit in response to an arrest of aday laborers at a public park in Danbury, Connecticut. Plaintiffs amended their complaint on November 26, 2007.
The amended complaint states that plaintiffs sought to remedy the continued discriminatory and unauthorized enforcement of federal immigration laws against the Latino residents of the City of Danbury by Danbury's mayor and its police department.
Plaintiffs allege that the arrests violated their Fourth Amendment rights and the Connecticut Constitution because defendants conducted the arrests without valid warrants, in the absence of exigent circumstances, and without probable cause to believe that plaintiffs were engaged in unlawful activity. In addition, plaintiffs allege that defendants improperly stopped, detained, investigated, searched and arrested plaintiffs. Plaintiffs also allege that defendants violated their Fourteenth Amendment rights when they intentionally targeted plaintiffs, and arrested and detained them on the basis of their race, ethnicity and perceived national origin. Plaintiffs raise First Amendment, Due Process and tort claims.
Plaintiffs request declaratory relief, damages and attorneys fees.