In an effort to strike a pre-election Republican compromise on immigration, Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) will unveil a plan in the Senate Radio and Television Gallery at 10:00 am ET that would allow most of the 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States a chance to work here legally, but only after the government certifies that U.S. borders have been sufficiently secured.
Per the Washington Post's Jim VandeHei and Charles Babington, the proposal would "pressure illegal immigrants to 'self-deport' to their home countries within two years of the law's enactment and apply for a new kind of visa that would allow them to return to the United States quickly and work legally if a job awaits them. They would have to work here for 17 years, however, to be eligible for U.S. citizenship." LINK
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At 10:00 am ET, Lynn Cheney presents a $10,000 award to Tonya Bolden, author of "Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl," which tells the story of a freeborn, African-American girl's childhood days in New York City and Rhode Island. The ceremony takes place at New York City's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Mrs. Cheney appeared at home base on the Fox News Channel this morning.
Former President Bill Clinton helps raise money for Sen. Hillary Clinton's (D-NY) reelection campaign at a Friends of Hillary event geared towards "young professionals," each of whom will pay $75 to attend the event at Capitale nightclub in New York City at 8:00 pm ET. Each ticket holder is entered in a raffle to see Jon Bon Jovi with Mr. and Mrs. Clinton on Aug. 12. Sam Arora (who The Hill seems to think is not as handsome as Kevin Madden, but still darn handsome LINK) is helpfully pointing reporters to nearby wireless venues.
Oklahoma holds its primary election today. The state's 5th District is the site of a competitive Republican primary which many predict will result in a run-off. Also of interest are both parties' primaries for lieutenant governor, an office whose importance may greatly increase if it becomes the tiebreaker in a deadlocked state legislature. Polls opened at 8:00 am ET and close at 8:00 pm ET. Thirty percent of registered voters are expected to turnout today, reports the Oklahoman. LINK
Eliot Spitzer and Tom Suozzi square off at Pace University from 7:00 to 8:00 pm ET tonight in a Democratic gubernatorial debate that will be broadcast live on cable television and on several radio stations.
The "Governator" continues his statewide "Protecting the California Dream Tour" with a Southern California jaunt: at 12:30 am ET, Gov. Schwarzenegger holds a town hall meeting at the Harry Griffen Park Amphitheater in La Mesa; at 3:15 pm ET, he shoots the breeze with Temecula residents at Sweet Lumpy's Barbeque; and at 6:00 pm ET he heads to Rancho Cucamonga to meet with voters at the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center.
At 11:30 am ET, Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (D-VA) speaks about expanding access to quality early education at the New America Foundation in Washington, DC.
Sens. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Lincoln Chafee (R-RI) join others as witnesses at a 2:30 pm ET Health Care Subcommittee hearing on "CHIP (Child Health Investment Partnership) at 10: A Decade of Covering Children" at Dirksen Senate Office Building.