Polarization Schmolarization

Crossposted from DemocraticDiva.com

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Pew (and others) discover the SHOCKING TRUTH that people who pay attention to politics are polarized! You won’t believe what happens next!

Here’s Vox‘s Ezra Klein on a research paper by Pew analyzing “polarization” in the American electorate:

Perhaps the single most important fact about American politics is this: the people who participate are more ideological and more partisan, as well as angrier and more fearful, than those who don’t.

The finding emerges from Pew’s massive survey of 10,000 Americans, which concluded that “Republicans and Democrats are more divided along ideological lines — and partisan antipathy is deeper and more extensive — than at any point in the last two decades.”

But everyone already knew that. Here’s the real kicker: “these divisions are greatest among those who are the most engaged and active in the political process.”

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UA College of Law to hear AZ Supreme Court oral arguments in Medicaid expansion appeal

AZ SUPREME COURT ORAL ARGUMENTS
at THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

gavelWHEN: Thursday, November 6, 2-4:00P.M.

WHERE: The Ares Auditorium, Room 164, James E. Rogers College of Law, 1201 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85721.

WHAT: This judicial visit is hosted by the William H. Rehnquist Center for the Constitutional Structures of Government at the James E. Rogers College of Law. Seating is limited and available to those who have pre-registered at www.law.arizona.edu.  Others are welcome on a first-come, first-serve basis as remaining space allows.

The Court will hear appellate arguments in two cases:  Andy Biggs et al., v. Janice K. Brewer et al., and State of Arizona v. Daniel Diaz.  Case documents are available at: http://www.law.arizona.edu/azsupremecourt/.

[Andy Biggs et al., v. Janice K. Brewer et al., is Gov. Jan Brewer's challenge to an Appeals Court decision reviving the lawsuit filed by state Republican lawmakers against Medicaid expansion on the issue of standing to sue over a hospital assessment that funds the AHCCCS expansion.  The Maricopa County Superior Court in February had dismissed the case on grounds of lack of standing.]

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Arizona GOP freaks out: OMG! Latinos are voting!

Voting-RightsIt’s that time of year again — manufactured outrage over bogus claims of “voter fraud” from the Arizona GOP — the political party that regularly employs a voter suppression specialist on its payroll, Nathan Sproul, investigated by numerous states for his illicit activities.

The latest bogus claim of “voter fraud” comes from Maricopa County GOP chairman A.J. LaFaro.  He says he witnessed “voter fraud” when a Latino activist for the group Citizens for a Better Arizona dropped off a box full of completed ballots at the Maricopa County elections headquarters. Oh Noes!

LaFaro should have thanked this young volunteer for his civic-minded assistance to voters instead of trying to demonize him and criminalize election workers.

The Phoenix New Times reports, Viral Video of “Ballot Stuffing” in Phoenix Shows a Perfectly Legal Practice:

A YouTube video with more than 400,000 views purporting to show “ballot box stuffing” in Arizona actually shows a completely legal practice.

A.J. LaFaro, the chairman of the Maricopa County GOP, has been drumming up controversy by implying he witnessed voter fraud when an activist for the group Citizens for a Better Arizona dropped off some voters’ completed ballots at the Maricopa County elections headquarters, which has some right-wing blogs going nuts. [Just an average day.]

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The Empire Strikes Back Against Tucson and Charter Cities Rebels

Back in August, Tucson scored another direct hit on the ‘Kochtopus’ Death Star:

In 2012, Rep. Michelle Ugenti (R-Scottsdale), a storm trooper for the “Kochtopus” Death Star, the Goldwater Institute, sponsored HB 2826 (consolidated election dates; political subdivisions), a bill providing for the consolidation of elections in the fall of even numbered years only. The law will apply to elections in 2014 and thereafter.

StarWarsLast August [2013], Judge James E. Marner of the Pima County Superior Court entered his ruling after trial of this matter to the court in City of Tucson v. State of Arizona et al. (Case No. C20126272). Judge Marner ruled in favor of the Charter Cities of Tucson and Phoenix, and against the Arizona legislature. The 10 page ruling is Here.

Fast-forward to this week when the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled unanimously in favor of the Charter City rebels, led by Tucson and Phoenix. The Arizona Capitol Times (subscription required) reports, Appeals court frees Arizona cities to hold elections when they want:

Phoenix, Tucson and the state’s 17 other charter cities can have their local elections pretty much when they want, no matter what state legislators say, the Arizona Court of Appeals has ruled.

Read the Court of Appeals ruling Here (.pdf).

This week, the Empire Strikes Back. Attorney General Tom “banned for life by the SEC” Horne has filed an appeal to the Arizona Supreme Court in defense of this Goldwater Institute backed law.

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Navajo Nation election turmoil may affect Arizona election

On Thursday, the Navajo Supreme Court ordered the Navajo Nation presidential election scheduled to coincide with Election Day delayed for the printing of new ballots after removing candidate Chris Deschene from the ballot, because he allegedly does not meet a requirement for proficiency in the Navajo language.

The Daily Times reports, Navajo Nation Supreme Court orders Chris Deschene off off the general election ballot:

DescheneThe Navajo Nation Supreme Court today ordered the Navajo Election Administration to comply with tribal law and replace Chris Deschene with Navajo Nation Council delegate Russell Begaye as a presidential candidate on the general election ballot.

That action likely will delay the Nov. 4 election.

Deschene was disqualified as a candidate on Oct. 9 by the Navajo Office of Hearings and Appeals. But members of the Navajo Board of Election Supervisors decided to keep him on the ballot and not to postpone the Nov. 4 general election.

“The ballots are to be immediately reprinted without the name of the disqualified candidate, Christopher C. Deschene,” the opinion states.

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2nd Annual Anza Day at Canoa Ranch

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Mark your calendars for Sunday, Oct. 26, to celebrate the second annual Anza Day at Canoa Ranch.

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