Posts Tagged ‘Arizona’s Immigration law’

Voters Give Washington A One-Two Punch

Voters landed two punches square on the chin of the political fat cats in Washington.

It appears that the national voter sentiment about electing new candidates who lack experience and thus are not in the grasp of either the Democratic or Republican Party is alive  in California and South Carolina.

Last Tuesday voters in California passed Proposition 14.  Proposition 14 is to a politician what Arizona’s Immigration Proposition 1070 is to Illegal Immigrants.

Also on Tuesday voters in South Carolina followed up with an upper cut by electing a virtual unknown in the State primary to represent Democrats in the November Senatorial Election.

It appears that the voters in California don’t take kindly to the idea that money can buy anything, even a primary election. Tuesdays Republican primary election of Meg Whitman for governor  and Carley Fiorina for Senate seem to be evidence that if you have enough money you don’t really need good old-fashioned voter support or their donations.

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Whitman spent 71 million dollars of her own money to defeat long time politician Steve Poizner.

Carley Fiorina spent 5 million dollars of her own money to win her nomination for Senator. In addition Chris Kelley who was running for California Attorney general lost his bid but not before he spent 12 million dollars of his own money.

In response to this voters passed proposition 14.  Proposition 14 is the first step to take away the two-party system in California.  It takes effect in the primary elections in 2012. This law does away with the notion that only Democrats and Republicans can vote in the State’s Primary. It also does away with the notion that you must actually be a Democrat or Republican to be a candidate in the State’s Primary election.

“Specifically, Proposition 14 provides for a “voter-nominated primary election” for each state elective office and congressional office in California. Voters can vote in the primary election for any candidate for a congressional or state elective office without regard to the political party affiliations of either the candidate or the voter. Candidates can choose whether or not to have their political party affiliation displayed on the ballot. “ (Ballot Pedia)

In South Carolina voters elected a virtual unknown person as their democratic candidate for Senate Alvin Green and sent home long time Democratic politician Vic Rawl. To add insult to injury, Mr. Green did not have a campaign, did not have campaign money, and has a questionable personal history. Rawl just doesn’t believe he lost to Green and is reportedly challenging the outcome.

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No matter what happens in the November General Election, the election of Mr. Green is an acute message to Washington and a victory for Democracy.

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Is Arizona’s Immigration and Politics a View into the Next Presidential Election?

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President Obama might be more interested in the Arizona Governor’s race than any other political race in the country.

Jan Brewer who is a candidate for Governor of Arizona went from basic obscurity to a National figure in a matter of just a few months. She signed into law the toughest immigrant law in the nation. Brewer has pleased Arizona residents with her courageous defense of Arizona’s Immigration law.  She has also outraged those who think the law has racial bias overtones.

She is standing toe to toe with President Obama and the Democratic Party, who have rebuked the Arizona law, and in return she has scoffed at Janet Napolitano, her predecessor, saying:  “She (Napolitano) kind of did a 180 on the state of Arizona now that she’s secretary of homeland security. The comments that the borders are just as secure as they’ve ever been, if you would look at some of her correspondence previously, they weren’t very secure,” Brewer told reporters May 28 after signing the canvass for the May 18 special election on Proposition 100. “I’ve always said that she’s (Napolitano) turned a blind eye and is looking at it from a different perspective, sitting up there in the city of sin.” (Provided by Arizona Capitol Times)

When Brewer announced her intent to run for Governor replacing outgoing Janet Napolitano her chances of winning the Republican nomination against the likes of the infamous Sheriff Joe Arpaio were considered by most slim.

Arizona rumors were that Arpaio, who also supports the immigration law and is also a Republican, have been inaccurate. Arpaio has announced  that he is bowing out of the race for governor. If Brewer wins the nomination she could be a welcome ally for Arpaio who is probably weary of  the lack of gubernatorial support.

Let’s not forget Senator John McCain who is fighting for his political life in a primary challenge by radio talk show host JD Hayworth. In fact the Senatorial election may take a back seat to the election for governor in Arizona.  McCains previous stance on immigration has come home to haunt him.

The national spot light on Arizona’s immigration law is the last thing McCain could wish for because his previous stance on immigration has been soft. He has been forced to change/clarify his political platform.

He is now on the Arizona immigration band wagon calling for more Federal Troops to supplement the Border Patrol.  McCain is faced with the fact that  Sheriff Arpaio’s popularity is over 60% in support of  Arpaio’s past policy to enforce immigration laws if politically correct or not.

McCain wants to save his Senate seat and be included in the “clean sweep” Arizona’s voters seem to be heading for.  By passing the Arizona immigration law voters are signaling  political representatives  that they should  stop the huge influx of immigrants into the State of Arizona from Mexico or they are not going to be reelected to office.  It doesn’t appear to matter what the party affiliation is.

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