Arizona Politics


Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Many Arizona Latinos Dissatisfied with Two Major Political Parties

*A recent Univision poll had similar results. That poll said there was a  large group of Latino voters who didn’t identify with either political party and were therefore “persuadable.” Critics said the poll was tainted because its intent was to persuade GOP candidates to spend ad money. Another study says Arizona could soon become a

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Arizona panel directs cash for border fence to technology

*The headline hides what I think is the real story. Four years ago the Arizona legislature began raising private funds to build a $50 million fence along the U.S.-Mexico border. To date they’ve only raised $265,000. So...

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Judge blocks sheriff Joe Arpaio’s raids on undocumented workers in Arizona

*This is good, kinda. The federal ruling says Arpaio’s raids are probably unconstitutional. So a judge stopped them. We’ll see if this preeliminary injunction holds up. VL   By Rory Carroll, The Guardian A federal judge has...

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Day 1 – Arizona: Ground Zero on Immigration

*Dr. Gabriela Lemus,  Executive Director of the Progressive Congress, is in Arizona on a listening tour on immigration. This is the first of several reports that she’ll be filing on NewsTaco. VL By Dr. Gabriela Lemus, NewsTaco Arizona...

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Linda Ronstadt talks Tucson, Mexico and border fence

*Not long after being awarded the National Medal of Arts and Humanities at a White House ceremony, Linda Ronstadt sat for an interview about life in Arizona and border issues. She says she’s a girl from the Sonoran...

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Arizona to Mexico?

*What if we gave Arizona back to Mexico? It could happen. At least it could in the mind of cartoonist Ward Sutton. This series of hilarious cartoons turns the immigration and border issue on its head. Funny,...

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Arizona Candidate Who Changed His Name To Cesar Chavez Removed From Ballot

*All I can say is … good. VL By Aalia Shaheed, Fox News Latino The grandson of labor icon Cesar Chavez trumpeted a judge’s ruling that invalidated the ballot of an Arizona congressional candidate who legally changed his...

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

GOPer Changes Name To Cesar Chavez, Becomes A Dem To Run In Heavily Hispanic District

*Whaaaatt? SMH. Hat tip to Taquista Thurman Williams. VL By Cartherine Thompson, Talking Points Memo One failed GOP candidate will do just about anything to win in Arizona’s heavily Hispanic 7th congressional district — including switching parties...

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Latino: Use only when it’s politically convenient?

*Great question! This is what happens when the theory of identity runs into the reality of politics. What makes a Latino politician? Culture alone, or advocacy? It’s interesting to see who makes the cut – Arizona is...

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Pollster: Arizona’s switch from red to blue state ‘inevitable’

*Just as in Texas, if Latinos don’t vote, the needle doesn’t move. VL By Joe Martin, Cronkite News Service/Verde Independent PHOENIX – Arizona has a national reputation for hard-core conservatism, but it’s inevitable that Democrats will hold...

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

AZ Congressman Ed Pastor’s Surprise Retirement Sets Off A Scramble To Fill His Seat

By Fox News Latino The deadline for filing to run for retiring U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor’s seat in Arizona isn’t until the end of May, but Arizona state Rep. Ruben Gallego already has a fundraiser planned for...

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Gov. Brewer won’t seek re-election

By Arizona Daily Star PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer, who developed an international reputation for her vociferous attacks on illegal immigration, is ending her career as an elected politician at the end of the year. But she’s...

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Arizona Sen. Gallardo discloses he’s gay

By Mary Jo Pitzl, The Republic State Sen. Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix, disclosed he is gay at a news conference Wednesday, saying the furor over Senate Bill 1062 prompted his decision to go public. “I am gay, I’m...

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Arizona’s Harsh Immigration Law SB1070 Dealt Another Blow in Court

By Hispanically Speaking News Yesterday the 9th Circuit Court of Arizona dealt another blow to Arizona’s harsh immigration law known as SB1070.  This court’s decision basically upheld a lower Arizona court’s decision to block the “harboring” provision...

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