Tag Archive: Arizona

A Side of Immigration Red Meat at Trump’s Arizona Rally

August 22, 2017

This post first appeared on NBCNews.com. Arizona is synonymous with immigration drama. There was SB 1070 in 2010 and the infamous antics of the convicted former Sheriff Joe Arpaio. So when President Trump arrived at the Phoenix convention center for his rally, it was a Continue Reading →

From Arizona’s Immigration Legacy to Trump

March 26, 2016

This post first appeared on NBCnews.com Arizona is the birthplace of the Trump phenomenon. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, then Governor Jan Brewer, and former state senator Russell Pearce, the author of SB 1070, all lovingly nurtured a babe born of anti-immigrant sentiment. Now that baby Continue Reading →

Carmona’s AZ Senate Bid— Democratic Oasis or Mirage?

May 24, 2012

This post originally appeared on NBCLatino. Arizona is a red state. The Governor and the legislature is Republican, very Republican, and the state’s congressional delegation is dominated by the GOP. Let’s just say that when I come home to visit my folks in Southern Arizona Continue Reading →

What’s the Matter with Arizona?

February 28, 2012

This post orignally appeared in The Nation blog  Nothing.  My home state does not suffer from a fundamental political or societal flaw.  There are a number of things that I do not like about Arizona, namely S.B. 1070, tent-city Joe Arpaio, and finger-wagging Jan Brewer.  But to Continue Reading →

Strange Bedfellows in Arizona’s recall of Russell Pearce

July 28, 2011

Politics makes for strange bedfellows and Arizona’s opposition to SB 1070 is a poster child for odd alliances – Chamber of Commerce Republicans, Mormons, and Latinos.  The reasons for their opposition to SB 1070 differs as do their visibility.  But in the end all parties Continue Reading →

All Politics Is Local: The Battle to Unseat Russell Pearce

July 3, 2011

Arizona state senator Russell Pearce holds the dubious honor of being the first elected official to face a recall election.[1]  The movement to recall Pearce, the author of SB 1070, has been gaining traction among a motley crew of chamber of commerce Republicans, Latinos, and Continue Reading →

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