"I think Mitt Romney is in a terrific position to win the nomination, but I'm deeply concerned about his strength among the Pacific Islander demographic," said absolutely nobody, ahead of Saturday's contests in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands and tomorrow's primary in American Samoa.
However, if someone were to have such concerns, they were allayed by Romney's strong performances over the weekend, which offset Rick Santorum's near-sweep of the Kansas caucuses…
The campaign's tally shows Romney taking a total of 38 delegates on Saturday — nine each in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, seven in the Virgin Islands, seven in Kansas and at least six in Wyoming, where the final delegate count has yet to be determined.
Santorum, according to the Romney camp's numbers, took 33 delegates in Kansas and at least one in Wyoming, but zero in the three U.S. territories, giving the former senator from Pennsylvania a total of 34 delegates for the day.
Unlike tomorrow's vote in American Samoa, which Mitt Romney is expected to dominate thanks to the island's large LDS population, Romney doesn't have any personal connection to Guam, the Northern Marianas or the U.S. Virgin Islands. Other factors did work in his favor. He may not be an islander himself, but some of his friends no doubt own an atoll or two. He sends some of his favorite possessions on island vacations. And no doubt, the palm trees are just the right height.
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Tags: Guam, Kansas, Mitt Romney, Northern Mariana Islands, Primaries, Republicans, Rick Santorum, Virgin Islands
Arizona's recent bid to lead as America's biggest racial profiler has already received backing from Michigan, Alabama, Florida, Nebraska, and the Northern Mariana Islands, among others. But now seven of Mexico's fellow Latin American countries have followed its lead with motions in supports of lawsuits challenging Arizona's immigration enforcement law SP1070…
Bolivia, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Paraguay and Peru filed separate, nearly identical motions to join Mexico's legal brief supporting the lawsuit filed by U.S. civil rights and other advocacy groups….
Mexico says the law would lead to racial profiling and hinder trade, tourism and the fight against drug trafficking.
You know what that means, don't you? It's time for Migration Madness, the tournament in which political entities slug it out in the headlines for the title — no, the legal right, actually — to have or not have Constitutionally unsound racial profiling implemented within the United States.
And, no that we know which governing bodies have qualified, we can finally draw up the tournament seedings, which are based upon several factors, including country ranking, win-loss war record, ethnicity, and whether or not I think a country had a funny name. Continue after the jump to see how it shakes out…
Tags: Alabama, Arizona, Bolivia, Colombia, El Salvador, Florida, Guatemala, Immigration, Michigan, Mike Cox, Nebraska, Nicaragua, Northern Mariana Islands, Paraguay, Pennsylvania, Peru, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, West Virginia
It appears as though Michigan is leading the charge against not supporting Arizona in its time of race-baiting need…
States have the authority to enforce immigration laws and protect their borders, Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox said Wednesday in a legal brief on behalf of nine states supporting Arizona's immigration law.
Cox, one of five Republicans running for Michigan governor, said Michigan is the lead state backing Arizona in federal court and is joined by Alabama, Florida, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas and Virginia, as well as the Northern Mariana Islands.
I'm just really happy to see that The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands , where non-native islanders are not allowed to own land, have decided to take a stand and support Arizona. I had almost forgotten they existed.
Tags: Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Immigration, Michigan, Mike Cox, Nebraska, Northern Mariana Islands, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia
We have exciting news for all of you who have been on tenterhooks (whatever that means) awaiting the results of the delegate race for the Northern Mariana Islands…
Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan will be going to Washington!
Sablan, an Independent, squeaked out a 357-vote victory over Republican Pedro A. Tenorio in a recount election that was finally decided last week. He intends to caucus with the Democrats.
The Northern Marianas Islands (previously best known for housing Jack Abramoff's slave-fueled sweatshops) is thrilled to be sending a delegate to Congress for the first time ever. Now, Sablan will get to join the ranks of delegates from the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam in not being able to vote on legislation. But at least they get to watch!
The only drawback will be Sablan's commute. A Fox News reporter caught up to him on Saturday for an exclusive interview…
I asked Sablan how one gets to Washington from the Northern Mariana Islands. He took a four-hour flight from the capital of Saipan to Tokyo. Then boarded a Northwest flight to Detroit. Then hopped a direct flight to Washington.
"I've been traveling more than 24 hours," Sablan moaned.
Good luck with that one, Delegate!
Tags: House of Representatives, Jack Abramoff, Northern Mariana Islands