Kyrsten Sinema, Joe Arpaio, Andrew Thomas: Targeting the Mexicans for political gain

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Rolling Stone magazine has a must-read article about Sheriff Joe Arpaio. A small excerpt of his demonstration of his infamous “Tent City” is below: Flanked by Arpaio’s two large body men, we pass through a series of jail yards, first for the women (where one of Arpaio’s deputies warns me, “Remember that you’re a married man – heh heh”), then for the male prisoners, who idle torpidly in the shade. Inside Arpaio’s jails, according to the federal lawsuit, guards refer to Latino inmates as “wetbacks,” “Mexican bitches,” “stupid Mexicans” and “fucking Mexicans.” Female prisoners, the suit claims, were forced to […]

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Was SB1070 racially motivated by Russell Pearce?

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona acquired thousands of Pearce e-mails through a public-records request and included dozens of them in a legal motion to block a portion of the law. The e-mails from Pearce in the court documents include statements such as: “Can we maintain our social fabric as a nation with Spanish fighting English for dominance? … It’s like importing leper colonies and hope we don’t catch leprosy. It’s like importing thousands of Islamic jihadists and hope they adapt to the American Dream.” They also include unsupported statistics such as “9,000 people killed every year by illegal […]

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Jan Brewer, mother of kidnapping rapist, wants to interfere with loving couple’s lives

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The Arizona governor, the same who has a son kept away from society for kidnapping and raping a woman, wants to tell others how to live their love life? Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) has requested that the Supreme Court overturn a ruling that allows state employees to keep their same-sex partners on their benefits, including health insurance. Brewer filed a petition for a writ of certiorari on July 2, requesting that the high court overturn the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit’s September 2011 ruling in Diaz vs. Brewer. The pushback comes three months after the Ninth Circuit denied a request by Arizona state lawyers […]

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Steve Leal: All things political – July 5th, 2012

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Steve Leal begins the show with a discussion of Connect the Dots, then spends the rest of the hour discussing Tucson Freedom Summer, including the first TUSD board meeting of July 2012, the Hicks-Harassing-Hispanics incident, and upcoming events. [ca_audio url=”http://threesonorans.com/Leality/2012-07-05_SteveLeal.mp3″ width=”500″ height=”27″ css_class=”codeart-google-mp3-player”]     Buy Three Sonorans a coffee! Become a sustaining member for just $5/month! (Google ad below)

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The Fast and Furious backfiring against the GOP

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The Fortune exposé, which reporter Katherine Eban says took her six months to assemble, is exhaustive and tough to summarize, but its highlights are these: Contrary to the narrative advanced by conservative bloggers and politicians, the federal government did not intentionally allow the sale of any guns to Mexican bandits. Seven ATF agents based in Phoenix were tasked with trying to stop the “river of iron”—2,000 American guns crossing into Mexico every day. (Those sales represent millions of dollars a week to gun manufacturers—who are major donors to the NRA’s lobbying efforts.) Their job was hard, because there’s no federal law against gun trafficking, there’s […]

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