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What’s Wrong with Arizona?

That question was first asked by Susan Estrich in a blogged piece on April 21st, this year……

But the question seems to have taken on more meaning then Estrich’s reference to the states Immigration law policy for police officers……

The piece below lends the question to several other issues in the state……

Gun laws, The Presidential Birther issue, GOP Senate Primary, a Governor that disparages her own state, and more and more California transplants along with legal and Illegal immigrants…..

Last fall, the state's governor, Jan Brewer, was caught on video in Tucson expressing her 'great relief, to say the least, to get out of that hellhole in Phoenix.'

[ Last fall, the state’s governor, Jan Brewer, was caught on video in Tucson expressing her ‘great relief, to say the least, to get out of that hellhole in Phoenix.’ ]

There’s an immigration measure that effectively converts the state’s police departments into immigration officers, mandating that they stop and question people they suspect of being undocumented immigrants.

And there’s the new gun law that allows anyone besides convicted felons to carry concealed weapons without registration or background checks.

Finally, for good measure, there’s the sideshow Republican Senate primary starring J.D. Hayworth, a serious challenger to Sen. John McCain, and his now-famous observation that same sex marriage laws would lead to men marrying horses.

So, what is the matter with Arizona?

“Relationships have just deteriorated to the point where government is not serving its essential function, which is serving the people,” said Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley. “The rhetoric has gone up several notches to the point where everyone is taking it personally.”

“Immigration is the federal government’s responsibility, and we have failed to address it,” Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said in a statement to POLITICO. “State and local governments, particularly in Arizona, are bearing the brunt of our inaction, so I don’t blame the Arizona legislature for trying to pick up the slack.”

Flake said the immigration measure “isn’t the bill I would have written, but it’s difficult to criticize the state for trying to deal with a problem created by the federal government.”

“People are asking ‘what’s the matter with Arizona’” added Andrei Cherny, a Democratic candidate for Arizona treasurer in a post in POLITICO’s Arena. “Under the very brightly shining sun, we too are losing our wealth, population, and standing. But there is nothing wrong with Arizona – except for the ‘leaders’ the state has elected to public office.”

More……

April 23, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, CD @ PolitcalDog, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, The Economy, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , | 6 Comments

What's Wrong with Arizona?

That question was first asked by Susan Estrich in a blogged piece on April 21st, this year……

But the question seems to have taken on more meaning then Estrich’s reference to the states Immigration law policy for police officers……

The piece below lends the question to several other issues in the state……

Gun laws, The Presidential Birther issue, GOP Senate Primary, a Governor that disparages her own state, and more and more California transplants along with legal and Illegal immigrants…..

Last fall, the state's governor, Jan Brewer, was caught on video in Tucson expressing her 'great relief, to say the least, to get out of that hellhole in Phoenix.'

[ Last fall, the state’s governor, Jan Brewer, was caught on video in Tucson expressing her ‘great relief, to say the least, to get out of that hellhole in Phoenix.’ ]

There’s an immigration measure that effectively converts the state’s police departments into immigration officers, mandating that they stop and question people they suspect of being undocumented immigrants.

And there’s the new gun law that allows anyone besides convicted felons to carry concealed weapons without registration or background checks.

Finally, for good measure, there’s the sideshow Republican Senate primary starring J.D. Hayworth, a serious challenger to Sen. John McCain, and his now-famous observation that same sex marriage laws would lead to men marrying horses.

So, what is the matter with Arizona?

“Relationships have just deteriorated to the point where government is not serving its essential function, which is serving the people,” said Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley. “The rhetoric has gone up several notches to the point where everyone is taking it personally.”

“Immigration is the federal government’s responsibility, and we have failed to address it,” Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said in a statement to POLITICO. “State and local governments, particularly in Arizona, are bearing the brunt of our inaction, so I don’t blame the Arizona legislature for trying to pick up the slack.”

Flake said the immigration measure “isn’t the bill I would have written, but it’s difficult to criticize the state for trying to deal with a problem created by the federal government.”

“People are asking ‘what’s the matter with Arizona’” added Andrei Cherny, a Democratic candidate for Arizona treasurer in a post in POLITICO’s Arena. “Under the very brightly shining sun, we too are losing our wealth, population, and standing. But there is nothing wrong with Arizona – except for the ‘leaders’ the state has elected to public office.”

More……

April 23, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, CD @ PolitcalDog, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, The Economy, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , | 6 Comments