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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/201004...s/ynews_ts1831

Amid a national debate over Arizona's tough new immigration law, Republican Alabama gubernatorial candidate Tim James (and son of previous Gov. Fob James) vows in a new campaign ad that if he's elected, he'll give the state driver's license exam only in English, as a cost-saving measure.

"This is Alabama; we speak English," he says in the ad. "If you want to live here, learn it."

It's not clear how James thinks the change would save the state money. Marc Ambinder of the Atlantic says Alabama could actually lose billions of dollars in federal funding if it enacts the measure, and he points to an Alabama political blog that runs down the legal history for why the exams are in multiple languages.

James says he's been attacked by the left for the ad, singling out MSNBC host Rachel Maddow. A writer on her blog called the ad "just plain mean" and argued it was simply pandering to the candidate's conservative base.

"I have come under attack and under assault by a very interesting group of far-left reporters," he said Monday, according to the Birmingham News. He said English exams are a public safety issue, to ensure drivers can read signs. Exams are currently given in Arabic, Chinese, English, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Thai and Vietnamese, according to AOL News.

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I demand that they give me a driving test in Central Siberian Ket. That is my native tongue and if they dont, they are racist assholes.
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I demand that they give me a driving test in Central Siberian Ket. That is my native tongue and if they dont, they are racist assholes.
Silly Ruskie. Discriminating against white people isn't racism.
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James says he's been attacked by the left for the ad, singling out MSNBC host Rachel Maddow. A writer on her blog called the ad "just plain mean" and argued it was simply pandering to the candidate's conservative base.
Ya, God forbid he does what his constituents want to do, rather than the liberal agenda.

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Perry needs to make this the law here, and follow suit with Arizona. I am so sick of all the bullshit mexicans, coming over here, living scott free, we take care of them and all the kids, and they refuse, and I mean literally refuse to learn english. What really pisses me off is when like yesterday for instance, we are one of the only white roofing companies left. So mexican driving a brand new truck rolls off the street, comes in the back yard where we are roofing the back of a house, and ask me if I speak spanish. Fuck no I dont, I speak english. He wanted us to sub some work out to him. My dad told him to get lost. From what I have seen, and heard recently, all mexican crews are not well liked anymore, and people actually want white clean cut Americans to do there work. I have heard from several of our recent clients, that they slop there work, it leaks, and they wont fix there roofs. Its no surprise to me though, we fix there problems all the time. People want to be able to come outside and talk to who ever is in charge, and them speak english.

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