Washington, DC – Arizona Republican Senate candidate Jim Lamon’s despicable ad where he depicts shooting the President, the Speaker of the House and Arizona Senator Mark Kelly is being widely condemned by observers in his state and across the country (read our take here). Yet elements of the ad – the endorsement of violence, the… Continue »

Arizona has long been at the center of the debate about immigration, producing some of the most extreme and ugly voices, from Joe Arpaio to Jan Brewer to the violent border posse. This year, we’re seeing Republican elected officials and candidates pushing even more dangerous xenophobic rhetoric. And, it’s just getting started. The GOP primary… Continue »

Washington, DC – Un anuncio dado a conocer hoy por el candidato republicano de Arizona al Senado, Jim Lamon, lo representa a él como un alguacil del Viejo Oeste disparando a personajes que caracterizan al presidente Biden, al senador Mark Kelly (D-AZ) y a la presidenta de la Cámara de Representantes, Nancy Pelosi. En el… Continue »

Republican Senate candidate Jim Lamon produced an ad where he shoots at President Biden, Speaker Pelosi, and Senator Mark Kelly. It’s craven and violent as it is, but Kelly’s wife, Gabby Giffords, was seriously wounded by a gunman back in 2011 when she was a Congresswoman representing Arizona. Lamon’s ad also features Pinal County Sheriff… Continue »

Washington, DC – An ad released today by Arizona Republican Senate candidate Jim Lamon features Lamon as an Old West Sheriff shooting characters representing President Biden, Senator Mark Kelly (D-AZ), and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. In the ad, Lamon is flanked by National Border Patrol Union head Brandon Judd and Pinal County (Ariz)… Continue »

Thanks to bottom-up organizing by Latino immigrants, 2022 will feature a showdown between inclusion and nativism   Immigrant youth and their allies won a big victory in Arizona yesterday. The Arizona House of Representatives passed legislation to place a referendum on the 2022 ballot that would make undocumented students eligible for in-state tuition rates at… Continue »

Arizona Republic: Biden reinstates deportation protections for 10,000 Liberians who fled Civil War In a new piece for Arizona Republic , Daniel Gonzalez reports on welcome good news for the Liberian and broader immigrant community. President Biden has signed an executive order extending Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) that will protect more than 10,000 Liberians from… Continue »

The Story of the Dramatic Political Change in the Southwest   Three years ago, Arizona had zero Democratic senators. After yesterday’s official swearing in of Mark Kelly, Arizona now has two Democratic senators. Together with the official certification of Joe Biden as the winner of Arizona in the presidential election, it reflects a political transformation… Continue »

Must read by WaPo’s Greg Sargent on why Arizona going blue is a big deal Yesterday, Arizona officially certified that Joe Biden won the state. Tomorrow, Democrat Mark Kelly will be sworn in as the new U.S. Senator for Arizona. These developments reflect one of the most consequential trends in recent election cycles: the political… Continue »

“Arizona may have added the latest brick in a new ‘blue wall’ in the Southwest”   One of the most consequential trends in recent election cycles has been the political transformation of the Southwest: In 2004, GWB won big: In his 2004 re-election victory, President George W. Bush won the Latino-heavy battleground states of Arizona,… Continue »