BREAKING – Flake caught defrauding voters

Monday November 5, 2012


On the menu this morning

Flake caught defrauding voters 
George Lopez is robo calling for Richard Carmona regarding U.S. Senate Race in Arizona – es chingon 
National stakes are high in Carmona-Flake duel
New Arizona Latino Voting Bloc Will Elect Next U.S. Senator
Latino voters surge in Arizona 


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Flake caught defrauding voters
November 4, 2012

12 News’ Brahm Resnik just broke a big story: Congressman Flake’s campaign is calling voters likely to cast their ballot for Rich and telling them to go to the wrong polling place to discourage them from voting.

These calls are paid for by the Flake campaign and coming out of the Flake campaign — not some shadowy outside group. At a time when both parties should be encouraging people to vote, Congressman Flake is actively trying to mislead voters and make it harder for folks who prefer Rich to cast their vote. Watch the video here…


George Lopez is robo calling for Richard Carmona regarding U.S. Senate Race in Arizona – es chingon
BY DEE DEE GARCIA BLASE
November 2, 2012

Comedian George Lopez gets out the Hispanic vote with a new robocall for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Richard Carmona. You can listen to it here.


National stakes are high in Carmona-Flake duel
BY DAN NOWICKI
November 4, 2012

As Arizona voters prepare to decide Tuesday whether Democrat Richard Carmona or Republican Jeff Flake will become Arizona’s 11th U.S. senator, polls show the race could be the closest Senate contest the state has seen in more than three decades.

The race between Carmona, a former U.S. surgeon general and decorated Vietnam War veteran, and Flake, a six-term representative and congressional reformer, could determine more than who replaces the retiring Republican Sen. Jon Kyl. It might also decide which political party controls the Senate in the next Congress…

Political observers say the Flake-vs.-Carmona slugfest could be the tightest Arizona Senate race since 1980, when Sen. Barry Goldwater, a Republican, edged Democratic challenger Bill Schulz to win a fifth and final term. Goldwater won by fewer than 10,000 votes, 49 percent to 48 percent, in a nail-biter that took 20 hours to call. Read more…


New Arizona Latino Voting Bloc Will Elect Next U.S. Senator
BY JIM GONZALEZ
November 1, 2012

Let me make a bold prediction.

Democratic nominee Dr. Rich Carmona will be elected Arizona’s next United States Senator on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012; and it will be the Latino community that gives him the critical margin of victory.

This victory will change our democracy for the better.

In many ways Arizona has become the ground zero for the next evolution of our nation’s political dynamics. Long regarded as a safe “Red State,” demographic destiny has been playing its silent and inevitable hand shifting the equation in Arizona away from xenophobic rabble-rousers and their divisiveness.

With the Carmona statewide victory, the hateful rhetoric and actions of Joe Arpaio’s racial profiling, Jan Brewer’s SB 1070, and Romney’s calls for “self-deportation,” will be headed to the dustbin of history. Read more…


Latino voters surge in Arizona
BY DANIEL GONZÁLEZ
November 3, 2012

Latino groups say they have registered tens of thousands of new Hispanic voters in Arizona leading up to the Nov. 6 general election. They also say the controversy over the wrong election date printed in Spanish on some Maricopa County election handouts may help boost voter turnout.

Over the past six months, a coalition of 10 Latino groups has been going from door to door, registering new voters and encouraging voters who are already registered to sign up for early mail-in ballots. The groups also have been encouraging voters who have received early ballots to mail them in and even offering to deliver them to county election officials on their behalf.

The voter-registration drives are part of a concerted effort by advocacy groups to increase the number of Latino voters in Arizona to counter what they consider anti-Latino policies such as Arizona’s immigration law, Senate Bill 1070, and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s immigration-enforcement sweeps.
The voter-registration efforts intensified over the past two weeks after it was revealed that the county printed the wrong election date on some election materials in Spanish, including bookmarks distributed at voter-outreach events and election reminders distributed with voter-ID cards.

The Spanish version of the materials gave Nov. 8 as the election date instead of the correct date, Nov. 6. The errors sparked an outcry from Latino voting groups concerned that the wrong election dates printed in Spanish could prevent some Latinos from voting, undermining some of their efforts to boost Latino turnout at the polls. Read More…


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Early voting is also available. Deadlines for in-person early voting vary by county.

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Vol VII – Education Key for Latino Families

Friday November 2, 2012


On the menu this morning

Education Key For Latino Families 
Arizona Congressman Says Latinos Need to Make Their Voices Heard and Vote
Richard Carmona Arizona Senate Effort Copies ‘Team Awesome’
Richard Carmona, Centrist Avenger
Richard Carmona letter undercuts Jon Kyl account


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Education Key For Latino Families
BY RICHARD CARMONA
November 1, 2012

My mom used to tell me that the most valuable thing she owned was her library card.

We were poor, but that’s not what she was talking about. My mom knew that education opened doors and opened minds. She used to tell me, “Rich, get an education, it will set you free. If you get an education you can be anything you want.”

…I recently had the opportunity to visit the Girls Leadership Academy of Arizona in Phoenix…

As a Latino who grew up poor, faced discrimination and saw so many of my friends never make it out of the rough neighborhood we grew up in, it’s hard to describe how proud I was to see these young women talking about where they wanted to go to college and what career paths they wanted to follow.

But more than just as a Latino who has lived that experience, it made me proud as an American that we live in a country that never ceases to provide opportunities to families that work hard and sacrifice — no matter who they are or where they come from. Read more…


Arizona Congressman Says Latinos Need to Make Their Voices Heard and Vote
October 30, 2012

Rep. Raul Grijalva, who is seeking another term in Congress from a newly redrawn district in southern Arizona, is urging his fellow Latinos to head to the polls on Nov. 6.

“This election is key – the Hispanic community must get out and make a strong showing at the polls,” the Democrat told Efe in an interview.

The congressman said it’s important for Hispanic voters to make their voices heard.

Proud of his roots, the Tucson native is the son of a Mexican immigrant who came to the United States in 1945 as part of the Bracero program for guest farmworkers and worked in the fields of southern Arizona. Read more…


Richard Carmona Arizona Senate Effort Copies ‘Team Awesome’
BY ELISE FOLEY
October 26, 2012

About a year and a half ago, a firefighter named Danny Valenzuela decided to run for Phoenix City Council. He went to Grand Canyon University to persuade a handful of undocumented young people to help with his campaign.

The group included Arizona residents who couldn’t vote because of their legal status, but wanted to help Valenzuela anyway. Eventually, they and other volunteers adopted the name “Team Awesome” and came out in full force for Valenzuela on his first day campaigning, helping him collect signatures to qualify for the ballot. He did. But Team Awesome didn’t stop there. They picked up three times the number of signatures needed — on the first day alone — and continued working through Election Day.

The Arizona Democratic Party is now trying to mimic Team Awesome’s effort on a larger scale…Democrats are concentrating their energy on former U.S. surgeon general Richard Carmona, who is running for U.S. Senate, and former police officer Paul Penzone, running for Maricopa County sheriff.

It’s hyper-local campaigning, in which people who aren’t always engaged in the political process, or who live in neighborhoods often ignored by politicians, feel like they have a real stake. Team Awesome proved it worked in smaller races. Now they’re trying to do it statewide. And if successful in November, the strategy may be a template for others, outside of Arizona, to follow. Read more…


Richard Carmona, Centrist Avenger
BY JAMELLE BOUIE
October 31, 2012

Richard Carmona might be new to campaigning, but he’s not exactly new to politics. In 2005, he was a recruiting target for Republican Senator Jon Kyl and his ally in the statehouse, then-secretary of state Jan Brewer. Phone calls were made, meetings were held, and Kyl even sent Carmona a handwritten note on his personal letterhead: “For someone who’s ‘not so political’ you sure leave an audience in awe,” Kyl wrote. “Thanks for all you did for me in Phoenix last week. I look forward to continuing our discussion at your convenience.”

It’s not hard to see why Kyl—and by extension, the Republican Party—had an interest in Carmona. Just look at his biography: A Puerto Rican raised in Harlem, he dropped out of high school at 16, and shortly after enlisted in the Army. He earned his G.E.D, joined the special forces, fought in the Vietnam War, and received training as a combat medic. He’s received degrees in nursing, biology, medicine, and public policy. He’s run hospitals, health care systems, and served in law enforcement. Read More…


Richard Carmona letter undercuts Jon Kyl account
BY SCOTT WONG
October 29, 2012

Arizona Democrat Richard Carmona’s campaign produced evidence Monday raising questions about Sen. Jon Kyl’s account that he only had “one phone conversation” with Carmona to recruit him for an open congressional seat.

In February 2005, Kyl, an Arizona Republican whose Senate seat Carmona is seeking, wrote a handwritten letter to Carmona, then the U.S. surgeon general. The letter refers to a meeting in Phoenix, where Carmona says the two had a political discussion that included the possibility of him running for elected office in Arizona as a Republican.

“For someone who’s ‘not so political’ you sure leave an audience in awe,” Kyl wrote to Carmona on his personal letterhead, which typically is reserved for unofficial or political business. Read More…


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Early voting is also available. Deadlines for in-person early voting vary by county.

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Vol VI – Brewer’s PAC spends $100,000 on mailer promoting Flake

No se pierda de escuchar su programa “Voces Unidas de Arizona” con su anfitrión
Jim Gonzalez, cada domingo al mediodía. Escuché aquí.

Friday October 26, 2012


On the menu this morning
Activists Groups Call Foul on Election Practices in Arizona
Brewer’s PAC spends $100,000 on mailer promoting Mesa’s Flake
Report predicts increase in Latino voter turnout in Arizona, nationally
Why Arizona Isn’t a Battleground State (and Why It May Be Soon)
Latino Democrat narrows race for Senate in Arizona

Activists Groups Call Foul on Election Practices in Arizona
BY EMILY DERUY
October 24, 2012

A series of missteps by Arizona election officials have some advocacy groups wondering whether the acts are actually intentional attempts to deter would-be voters.

Last week, election officials in Maricopa County listed the wrong election date on voter-registration cards written in Spanish, but the correct date on the English version. They erroneously named Nov. 8, two days after the actual Nov. 6 election date, as the last day to cast ballots. Read more…


Brewer’s PAC spends $100,000 on mailer promoting Mesa’s Flake
BY HOWARD FISCHER
October 24, 2012

Gov. Jan Brewer delivered a nearly $100,000 infusion Wednesday into the campaign of Republican Jeff Flake to become the state’s next U.S. senator.

Reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission show Jan PAC spent $99,998.72 printing and sending out a mailer promoting Flake over Democrat Richard Carmona. That comes just a day after the governor poured more than $35,500 into an attack mailer on Democratic congressional candidate Ann Kirkpatrick and another $29,651 to help elect Republican Martha McSally in a different district.

The governor’s spending, coming just two weeks before the election, could be crucial. Read more…


Report predicts increase in Latino voter turnout in Arizona, nationally
BY JOE HENKE
October 23, 2012

A series of missteps by Arizona election officials have some advocacy groups wondering whether the acts are actually intentional attempts to deter would-be voters.

Last week, election officials in Maricopa County listed the wrong election date on voter-registration cards written in Spanish, but the correct date on the English version. They erroneously named Nov. 8, two days after the actual Nov. 6 election date, as the last day to cast ballots. Read more…


Why Arizona Isn’t a Battleground State (and Why It May Be Soon)
BY MICAH COHEN
October 23, 2012

While the Republican primaries were still unfolding, the Obama campaignsuggested it could compete in Arizona. That looks to have been a bit optimistic: polls show Mitt Romney leading comfortably.

But the idea that Arizona would be a battleground in 2012 made some sense. President Obama made substantial gains in the Southwest in 2008, carrying three of Arizona’s neighbors — Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico — that had voted Republican in 2004. Arizona was the exception, but Mr. Obama had a good excuse: there was an Arizonan on the ballot, Senator John McCain.

In 2012 that would not be an issue; Mr. Romney has a lot of “home” states (he was governor of Massachusetts, grew up in Michigan and has a vacation home in New Hampshire), but Arizona isn’t one of them.

In addition, Democrats have some advantages in the Grand Canyon State. It is almost one-third Hispanic, the fourth-highest share in the nation, and polls show Latinos favoring Mr. Obama over Mr. Romney by about two to one. Arizona is also the ninth-most-urban state by population, with a majority of its residents clustered in and around Phoenix. Read More…


Latino Democrat narrows race for Senate in Arizona
BY TIM GAYNOR
October 23, 2012

A Latino Democrat who rose from a hardscrabble childhood to become U.S. surgeon general has tightened the race for an open Senate seat in Arizona, a state that hasn’t elected a Democratic senator in almost 25 years.

With just two weeks before the November 6 election, Democrat Richard Carmona is in a statistical dead heat with six-term Republican congressman Jeff Flake, the early favorite.

Carmona has been boosted in part by a drive to register thousands of Hispanics riled by the border state’s crackdown on illegal immigration. But it is economic issues such as job creation and deficit reduction, not immigration, that are dominating the discourse in the race. Read More…


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Vol V –

Friday October 19, 2012


On the menu this morning
Carmona’s bipartisan views will benefit all
The Amazing Story of Dr. Richard Carmona and my Late Grandfather
Elections 2012: Arizona is New Swing State; American Indians, Latinos Will Decide Outcome

Candidate Voices:
U.S. Senate candidates Richard Carmona and Jeff Flake
Who Won Arizona Senate Debate, Carmona vs Flake

Carmona’s bipartisan views will benefit all
ARIZONA DAILY STAR – ENDORSEMENTS
October 14, 2012
The next person who will represent our state in the U.S. Senate must be effective on the national stage on immigration reform, education and fiscal policy. Effective leadership will require being untethered to a rigid political ideology, and cooperation among disparate political parties and agencies.

We believe Richard Carmona is the best person to earn and accept this responsibility.

Carmona is facing longtime Arizona Rep. Jeff Flake, a Republican, and Libertarian Marc Victor. Carmona has demonstrated independence – and although he is running as a Democrat, he served in a Republican administration as surgeon general. He also has been courted by Republicans to run for political office. Such bipartisan appeal is unusual and, we believe, essential in the closely divided legislative body.

In fact, Carmona didn’t register as a Democrat until November 2011. “I’ve been an independent my whole life, until I decided to run,” he told us. “Both sides have good ideas…I chose the Democratic side when I looked at issues of women’s health, access to healthcare,” he said. “I couldn’t support legislation blocking women’s access to health care. I’m closer to the Democrats.”

We join Carmona in rejecting legislation that interferes with a woman’s right to make, together with her medical professional, the most personal and private healthcare decisions. Read more…


The Amazing Story of Dr. Richard Carmona and my Late Grandfather
BY ROATTI
October 11, 2012

You may all be familiar with Richard Carmona – he is a Vietnam Veteran, former US Surgeon General who then became highly critical of the Bush Administration over its political interference with scientific findings, and is currently running for Senate in Arizona against Tea Party candidate Jeff Flake. However, Richard Carmona has also had an amazing interaction with my family that I feel I must share with all of you….

Fast forward to last weekend. I come from a family of strong Democrats who donate to several Democratic politicians, and this year with Dr. Carmona running for Senate, my mom sent him a donation online and attached a note saying how she is my grandfather Sal’s daughter and she saw Dr. Carmona mention him in the interview and she wished him luck in his Senate race. Literally 5 minutes after the donation was made, Dr. Carmona personally called my mother to express his gratitude for the guidance given to him by my grandfather. He told my mother that his office forwarded him my mother’s note and that he has been trying to track down my grandfather for years to thank him for teaching him the importance of education and for being a great teacher and that he owes a lot of his success to my grandfather’s support. He didn’t know that he had died and said that if he were alive he would want to put his arms around him in thanks. My mom was overwhelmed that a Senate candidate would take the time off the campaign trail to call her personally and, suffice to say, it affected her greatly. Read full story here.


Elections 2012: Arizona is New Swing State; American Indians, Latinos Will Decide Outcome
BY MARK TRAHANT
October 15, 2012

Arizona is a state that most polls and pundits long ago wrote off. The thinking was simply – it’s a Republican state. It was Barry Goldwater’s home and Democrats rarely win.

And it’s also a state – as I pointed out last week – where American Indians could make a difference, especially as a part of a coalition that includes Latino voters.

Now there are new numbers to back up this story. The Rocky Mountain Poll released over the weekend says President Barack Obama has pulled into a statistical tie with Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Just a few months ago that same poll showed Romney ahead by 8 points.

“Thus it must be concluded that Arizona is definitely a battleground state in both the Presidential and the U.S. Senate races and there can be little doubt that the outcome will be largely dependent on which political party does the best job of turning out its voters and whether the Democrats can hang onto the Latino vote,” the Rocky Mountain polls says. Read more…


Candidate Voices:

U.S. Senate candidates Richard Carmona and Jeff Flake
BY Steve Goldstein
October 17, 2012

Congressman Jeff Flake and Dr. Richard Carmona joined Steve Goldstein separately to talk about their views on economic progress, the Affordable Care Act, and immigration reform.

Carmona, the former U.S. Surgeon General, says the ACA was a good attempt but is too complicated and can be improved. Flake says the ACA should be repealed, and Congress and the White House should start the process again.

On immigration, Carmona says comprehensive reform is possible and should be a top priority of the next Congress. Flake says he’s been involved in the fight for immigration reform for nearly a decade, but a secure border has to come before a guest worker program or a path to citizenship can go into effect. Flake says Democrats and Republicans have tried, but voters don’t trust government to implement strong reform.

Listen to the discussion with Carmona here.
Listen to the discussion with Flake here.


Who Won Arizona Senate Debate, Carmona vs Flake
BY CHAD BASCOMBE
October 15, 2012

The second of three debates between two candidates vying to replace retiring Arizona Senator Jon Kyl (R) took place Monday night less than a week after “early voting” opened for the state’s voters. Once again, the discussion largely focused on domestic issues, such as immigration and border enforcement, and the challenge of managing health care costs. It was clear that the candidates’ positions were formed as the result of vastly different life experiences.

Former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona (D) effectively challenged Representative Jeff Flake (R) on his votes on military aid, and his positions on immigration reform and border enforcement, casting aside his perspectives as politicized talking points and his own as the product of decades of on-the-ground experience.

However, Flake continued to cite his record of bipartisanship, and his willingness to take a firm stance on issues like earmark reform as strong pillars of his candidacy. Read More…


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VOL IV – Why Arizona may be the surprise of 2012

Friday October 12, 2012


On the menu this morning
Why Arizona may be the surprise of 2012 – the big Latino vote that you didn’t see coming
Democrats Bet on Shift in Hispanic Numbers to Win Arizona Race
Arizona, Connecticut Contests Are Flipping the Script
Dem poll: Carmona up 4 over Flake
Arizona Senate candidate looks to turn seat from red to blue 


Why Arizona may be the surprise of 2012 – the big Latino vote that you didn’t see coming
BY LATINO DECISIONS
October 10, 2012

In 2010, the average of 16 polls of likely voters in Nevada suggested Sharon Angle had a firm 3 point lead, and 538′s Nate Silver gave her an 83.4% chance of winning. On election night, the results showed Harry Reid with a 5 point win — an 8 point difference from the poll averages. Why the error? Almost every statewide poll in Nevada badly missed the Latino vote. In the final analysis, Reid won close to 90% of the Latino vote, and Latino turnout was much higher than anticipated.

New polling data out of Arizona released by America’s Voice and Latino Decisions suggests Arizona may be much closer than the polling averages indicate. A full 80% of Latinos say they plan to vote for Obama, compared to just 14% for Romney, and Latino enthusiasm is much, much higher in Arizona than the national average. In Latino Decisions national tracking poll 34% of Latinos say they are more excited about voting in 2012 while 36% say they were more excited back in 2008. In Arizona 60% are more enthusiastic in 2012 compared to just 16% who were more enthused in 2008. If Latino turnout is high in Arizona this year, it will be the Nevada of 2012 that takes the mainstream media by surprise. Full results of the Arizona Latino poll are posted here.


Democrats Bet on Shift in Hispanic Numbers to Win Arizona Race
BY FERNANDA SANTOS
October 6, 2012

The man who could be the first Latino to represent Arizona in the Senate, Richard H. Carmona, says he is not fooling himself. “I want to be realistic on the expectations,” he said last week at his office.

Mr. Carmona, 62, is an untested candidate of vast experiences with a made-for-Hollywood biography. He was a high school dropout, born into poverty in New York City to Puerto Rican parents who struggled with alcoholism and drug abuse. He served in Vietnam, earning Bronze Stars, Purple Hearts and other combat decorations, and attended medical school before his eventual rise to surgeon general under President George W. Bush.

He is running for public office for the first time, challenging a six-term congressman, Jeff Flake, 49, a Republican…. Mr. Carmona, a longtime independent, is running as a Democrat. That is not because the party is “a perfect fit,” he said, but because “I was forced to pick a position, and when I looked at where the Republicans were, especially in this state – immigration, women’s issues — I chose the Democratic Party.” Read more…


Arizona, Connecticut Contests Are Flipping the Script
BY ABBY LIVINGSTON
October 9, 2012

The National Republican Senatorial Committee is making TV reservations in Arizona to counter Richard Carmona’s strength: his biography.

The emergence of Arizona and Connecticut as competitive Senate battlegrounds has reinforced one of the most important themes of this cycle: In a neutral political environment, candidates matter more than ever.

Both open-seat races share similarities that extend beyond the fact that each party was favored to hold one seat until recently. The contests are the latest surprises on the 2012 Senate map, following the open seats in Indiana, North Dakota and Maine — all of which turned into more competitive contests than were originally expected. Read more…


Dem poll: Carmona up 4 over Flake
BY ALEXANDER BURNS
October 10, 2012

An internal poll for Senate Democrats shows former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona leading Republican Rep. Jeff Flake by 4 percentage points – a figure consistent with recent polling that has the candidates locked in a dead heat. Read more… 


Arizona Senate candidate looks to turn seat from red to blue
HARDBALL – CHRIS MATTHEWS

Hardball: Ariz. Senate candidate looks to turn seat from red to blue


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Friday October 5, 2012


On the menu this morning

Carmona up 2, Romney by 9 in Arizona
Immigration sleeper issue in Senate races for Latinos
Neto’s Tucson: Organizers go door-to-door to register Latino voters
Veterans groups jump into U.S. Senate race in Arizona
Huffington Post: A GOP Senate Is Slip-Sliding Away: Countdown Day 40


Carmona up 2, Romney by 9 in Arizona
OCTOBER 3, 2012

PPP’s newest poll of the Arizona Senate race finds Democrat Richard Carmona leading Republican foe Jeff Flake 45-43. That represents a small shift in Carmona’s direction since our last poll of the state three weeks ago, which had found Flake ahead by just a 44-43 margin. Read more…


Immigration sleeper issue in Senate races for Latinos
SEPTEMBER 27, 2012
BY RAISA CAMARGO

Latino voters will be influential in almost all realms of the political sphere this year and even within the Senate races as Democrats fight to keep their control.

In terms of Latino influence, there are six senate races to watch on immigration policy. The well-known battleground states of Florida, Nevada and Virginia coupled with the near toss-ups of New Mexico, Massachusetts and Arizona.

National organizations like America’s Voice, a Washington D.C. based organization that advocates for immigration reform, are keeping a close watch on Latino turnout for one reason.

“We want to focus on them because the politics of immigration will shape the future of the policy debate over immigration reform,” said Frank Sharry, executive director of America’s Voice.

“If Democrats with pro-reform positions win in most of these states and Latino voters help them win-and immigration is a key issue-it’s going to send a real signal to both parties that immigration reform is a political winner,” he told VOXXI. Read more…


Neto’s Tucson: Organizers go door-to-door to register Latino voters
OCTOBER 1, 2012
BY ERNESTO “NETO” PORTILLO JR.

Early this month I wrote about the slow growth in the numbers of Latino voters, citing numbers from the Pew Hispanic Center. While the number of Latino voters has grown, it is small compared with the number of potential Latino voters…

But organizers like Vargas and Rivas want to recruit far more Latino voters because of Arizona laws that many people, despite pronouncements to the contrary, consider to be anti-Latino. Arizona’s “papers, please” provision, the ban on Mexican-American Studies and laws that require photo IDs in order to vote all have a direct effect on the growing Latino population in Arizona. Read more…


Veterans groups jump into U.S. Senate race in Arizona
SEPTEMBER 27, 2012
BY RACHAEL MARCUS

A new ad from a veterans’ outside spending group and a major Democratic super PAC accuses Arizona Republican Rep. Jeff Flake of failing to support members of the armed services.

“Congressman Flake voted to send us to that war,” says Steven Lopez, an Iraq war veteran, in the new ad, “and then voted against us when we returned home.”

Flake and former Surgeon General Richard Carmona, a Democrat, are facing off to replace retiring Republican Sen. John Kyl in an increasingly competitive race. Read more…


Huffington Post: A GOP Senate Is Slip-Sliding Away: Countdown Day 40
SEPTEMBER 27, 2012
BY HOWARD FINEMAN

You couldn’t make up the impressive biography of Richard Carmona of Tucson, Ariz.Hollywood would never buy it. But Carmona is real — and one reason why Republicans are losing what once looked like a good shot at retaking the U.S. Senate.

Carmona is a 62-year-old former Army officer of Puerto Rican descent, trauma doctor, SWAT team leader and U.S. surgeon general appointed by President George W. Bush. He was a political independent until a year ago, when he became a Democrat to compete for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Republican Sen. Jon Kyl.

The seat was once thought to be a gimme for Kyl’s GOP heir apparent, Rep. Jeff Flake, a Mormon and anti-government conservative from rural Arizona.

For that matter, the state was considered a gimme for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, a Mormon and (newborn) anti-government conservative from Michigan, Massachusetts, Utah and California.

Now the Carmona-Flake race is considered a tossup, and President Barack Obama, though still behind, is slowly but noticeably gaining ground. Read more…


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Vol 2 – State ID Laws could affect 10 million Hispanic voters


Friday September 28, 2012


On the menu this morning
State ID laws: 10 million Hispanic voters could be affected, study says
First arrest made since new immigration law provision ‘show me your papers’ in effect
Independent Arizona voters for Richard Carmona — and the problem with Tea Party Jeff Flake and his extremist endorsements
Flake declines invitation for debate with Carmona in Southern Arizona


State ID laws: 10 million Hispanic voters could be affected, study stays
BY WARREN RICHEY
SEPTEMBER 24, 2012

New restrictive voting laws in 23 states could make it more difficult for a significant number of Latino voters to cast ballots in the November presidential election, according to a new study released on Monday.

Voter ID laws, tougher voter registration requirements, and efforts by state officials to remove noncitizens from their voter rolls could intimidate or deter many Latinos from exercising their right to vote, the report says.
The study, produced by the civil rights group Advancement Project, says there are more than 10 million eligible Latino voters “who could be deterred or prevented from voting in the 2012 elections” because of new voting laws enacted or proposed in 23 states. Read more…


First arrest made since new immigration law provision ‘show me your papers’ in effect
BY STEVE KUZJ
SEPTEMBER 21, 2012

The first person arrested since the so-called “show us your papers” provision of Arizona’s anti-immigration law went into effect said it was all very confusing and scary for him and his friends.

The group said all they did was make a wrong turn in their car, and the next thing they knew, they’re all in handcuffs and being taken away by Phoenix police. Read more…


Independent Arizona voters for Richard Carmona — and the problem with Tea Party Jeff Flake and his extremist endorsements
BY DEE DEE GARCIA BLASE
SEPTEMBER 22, 2012

Arizona Independent voters are tired of partisanship and Party politics. In fact, too many Arizonans and Americans forget too easily how Jeff Flake was part of the obstructionist Tea Party group in 2011.
Independent voters are raging mad at our U.S. Representatives who play the partisanship game instead of taking care of Americans first… Read more…


Flake declines invitation for debate with Carmona in Southern Arizona
BY BRADY MCCOMBS
SEPTEMBER 26, 2012

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Flake has turned down the Star’s invitation to debate Democrat Richard Carmona…

Both candidates confirmed that there’s just one debate scheduled for the entire state: On Oct. 10 in the studio of a Phoenix TV station, without a live audience.
The debate will be on “Horizon,” a public affairs show on KAET, the Public Broadcasting Service affiliate based at Arizona State University. It airs from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Read more…


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