Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Our current news river churns a steady torrent of controversy

Published: Sunday, May 4 2014 12:05 a.m. MDT

Webb: Some Utah Romney supporters believe if they can get enough voters across the country to view the recent documentary that portrays the “real Romney,” enough of a nationwide groundswell will occur to get him to run again. People close to Romney say he will not run again. But he obviously wants to stay involved and help shape the Republican agenda.

Huntsman, I believe, will bide his time, watch the Republican field, and if an opportunity presents itself, he will jump in. But he will be careful because having experienced it once before, he knows how hard and expensive a presidential run is.

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner has chided his own Republican colleagues for being frightened of comprehensive immigration legislation. What will it take for House Republicans to get some spine?

Pignanelli: Several months ago, immigration was declared dead until the 2015 congressional session. However, political commentators and activists are keeping the issue alive. Currently, Democrats are burdened with an unpopular president and disliked policies. But they have a chance to keep the Senate if Republicans do not change the rhetoric towards women and Hispanics. Pure electoral politics (but any reason is good) may drive action on the issue.

Webb: Boehner does a pretty good crybaby. And that’s what Republicans are who lack courage on immigration. They know a solution would be good for the economy, good for jobs, and good for the Republican Party and its candidates — and the humane thing to do. But they’re fearful of a few far-right voters. Utahns ought to push Jason Chaffetz, Chris Stewart, Jim Matheson, Rob Bishop to get it done. And we should push Mia Love, likely to win Matheson's seat, to take a responsible position on immigration and not hide from it.

Republican LaVarr Webb is a political consultant and lobbyist. Previously he was policy deputy to Gov. Mike Leavitt and Deseret News managing editor. Email: lwebb@exoro.com. Democrat Frank Pignanelli is a Salt Lake attorney, lobbyist and political adviser. Pignanelli served 10 years in the Utah House of Representatives, six years as minority leader. His spouse, D’Arcy Dixon Pignanelli, is a state tax commissioner. Email: frankp@xmission.com

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