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Wed Nov 4, 2020, 09:28 PM

Arizona Activists Celebrate As Conservative Stalwart Shifts Blue, 'Truly Remarkable'

'Truly remarkable': Arizona activists celebrate as conservative stalwart shifts blue.' The Guardian, Nov. 4, 2020.

A decade ago it seemed unthinkable that the state could go Democratic – but Tuesday was the culmination of years of tireless work.

Ten years ago in Arizona, a night like 3 November 2020 would have seemed impossible.

Back then, the conservative stalwart of the south-west was not just a state with strong Republican leadership on almost every level – it was a state whose staunch anti-immigration stance would go on to shape policy in the party for years to come, and would gain a reputation as the birthplace of Trumpism.



A Republican super-majority state legislature had passed SB1070, a law requiring local law enforcement to ask for proof of legal immigration status from anyone deemed suspicious. Hardline anti-immigration sheriff Joe Arpaio – the Donald Trump of Maricopa county before Donald Trump became the Donald Trump he is today – was not just in power, he seemed near untouchable.

We would host know-your-rights sessions, with backyards full of over a hundred people because there was so much fear,” said Alejandra Gomez, co-executive director of advocacy group Living United for Change in Arizona (Lucha). “There were literally checkpoints that we would have to go monitor that Sheriff Arpaio put in common intersections. There were phone trees that the community had to give each other heads up of when Arpaio and his posse were going to be there.”

Gomez smiled. “We don’t have that any more. And that’s because of the resistance of Arizona and the strategic calculations that this community has made.”

On Tuesday, Arizona began to shift blue. While a number of ballots remained to be counted, the Associated Press called the race for Joe Biden, who was leading by 5 percentage points, saying that the remaining ballots would not be enough for Trump to close the gap to victory in Arizona. With 99% of precincts reporting, Democratic candidate Mark Kelly leads Republican Martha McSally with 52.63% of the vote in the race for John McCain’s former senate seat...

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/nov/04/arizona-democrats-blue-republicans-trump-biden

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appalachiablue Nov 2020 OP
NBachers Nov 2020 #1
appalachiablue Nov 2020 #2
riversedge Nov 2020 #3
madeup64 Nov 2020 #4
ChazInAz Nov 2020 #5

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Wed Nov 4, 2020, 10:39 PM

1. A very good article; well worth reading. This is a roadmap for change in any red district or state.

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Wed Nov 4, 2020, 10:44 PM

2. Successful roadmap, example that we need more of, a lot more.

Good on Arizona..

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Nov 4, 2020, 11:22 PM

3. Congrats Progressives.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Thu Nov 5, 2020, 10:06 AM

4. When SB 1070 passed

I recall there being some talk about would Arizona end up like California when they passed their hard-line anti-immigrant bill. And once again conservatives do not learn from history because I've got to imagine this was part of it. I worked for the State of Arizona at the time and knew quite a few Hispanic co-workers who weren't political at all who immediately became political when SB1070 passed. Considering we lost the Super Bowl years ago because we wouldn't make MLK Day a state holiday it's nice to finally be proud of Arizona for once.

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Thu Nov 5, 2020, 10:31 AM

5. We have work to do, yet.

The republican stranglehold on our legislature needs to be broken. It's a matter of public survival in this right -to-work state.

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