Monday, January 28, 2013

Monday Must Read: Senators Reach Bipartisan Deal on Immigration Reform; Judge Seemed Unsympathetic to Oyster Farm's Arguments

By Robert Gammon
Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. A group of four Democratic and four GOP senators has reached a bipartisan deal on federal immigration reform, the Washington Post reports. The agreement includes a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants who are currently living in the country. Republicans have done an about-face on immigration reform in the past few months after President Obama easily defeated Mitt Romney in the November election, and won resoundingly among Latino voters.

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2. A federal judge in Oakland appeared to be skeptical of arguments made on Friday by the attorneys of Drakes Bay Oyster Company, the Chron and Marin IJ reported. Lawyers for the oyster farm asked the judge to issue an injunction that would allow it to continue operating at Point Reyes National Seashore — and thus delay the creation of the first marine wilderness on the West Coast — as the case wends through the courts. But US District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers questioned whether the decision by US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to allow the oyster farm’s lease to expire was reviewable by the courts.

3. Governor Jerry Brown’s proposal to build two large water tunnels through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta is being met with skepticism in the state Legislature, the SacBee reports. Many environmental groups also oppose Brown’s plan, which would ship fresh water from the Sacramento River to the southern Central Valley and Southern California.

4. The era of small class sizes in California elementary schools appears to be over, the AP reports. K-12 schools throughout the state have abandoned small class sizes because they’re expensive to maintain and because research shows the benefits have been negligible.

5. And an appeals court decision on Friday to invalidate President Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board not only could create chaos in US labor law, but it also could drive other presidential appointees from office, Politico reports. Obama has made numerous recess appointments because Republicans have blocked his appointees in the US Senate.

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