Don't tread Fed on me. Arizona Black Rattlesnake (above) is a fitting symbol for Arizona's widely unread immigration law: "When threatened, rattlesnakes will often rattle their tails, producing a loud, dry rattling sound meant to warn the threat away."
Scott Brown may be disappointing a lot of his supporters by going RINO in recent U.S. Senate votes, but the Brown Effect is in full swing stateside in Taxachusetts. We just got wind of this from Barney Frank challenger Sean Bielat on Twitter:
With one lawmaker citing President Lincoln's respect for the rule of law, the Massachusetts Senate passed a far-reaching crackdown this afternoon on illegal immigrants and those who would hire them, going further, senators said, than any immigration bill proposed over the past five years …
Democrats had resisted such a sweeping proposal, but spent last evening negotiating today’s measure, shortly after a new polled showed 84 percent of the liberal-leaning state’s voters supported tough immigration rules barring state services to illegal immigrants.
"The measure comes weeks after immigration measures failed in the House, and amid heightened debate over illegal immigration fueled by the state's election season and Arizona's passage in April of the toughest immigration law in the nation," reports the Globe [A fine job of reporting, we must say. Not a whiff of Bush bashing.]:
Thursday's Senate amendment would also authorize the state attorney general's office to broker an agreement with federal authorities to help enforce immigration law. That would be a stark departure for Attorney General Martha Coakley, who has increased outreach to immigrants, encouraging them to file employment complaints, regardless of their legal status. Scores of immigrants whose bosses allegedly failed to pay their wages have turned to her for help in recent years.
The Brown Effect segues into the Arizona Governor Jan Brewer Effect?
Related: "MSNBC's 'A Divided Nation' Ignores Conservatives, Champions Immigration Overhaul."
Update II: Instalanche! This story has legs.
Update III: Maggie's links!