Phoenix, AZ – Democrat Felecia Rotellini said the best way voters have to compare her and Republican Tom Horne is by their track records.
(I've prosecuted securities fraud. He's committed it. I've cracked down on border crimes. He just talks about it. I'm a career prosecutor whose dedicated my life to protecting Arizona. He's a career politician and he's looking for a stepping stone to the governor's office.)
The attack in the first two minutes of the half-hour debate appeared to catch Horne off guard.
Phoenix, AZ – It turns out that the percentage of people who either cast an early ballot or went to the polls on Aug. 24 is higher than its been in any primary since 1990. Two years ago the turnout was just 22.8 percent. And two years before that -- the last time most statewide offices were up for grabs -- it barely managed to crack 23 percent. Secretary of State Ken Bennett said there could be several reasons for that.
Phoenix, AZ – By Brewer's own assessment, her opening statement during the debate wasn't her finest moment.
(I have .... done so much. And I cannot believe that we have changed everything since I have become your governor in the last 600 days. Arizona has been brought back from its abyss. We have cut the budget. We have balanced the budget. And we are moving forward. We have done everything we could possibly do. ......... (laugh). We have did what was right for Arizona.)
Phoenix, AZ – Brewer has repeatedly defended her decision to sign SB 1070 to give state and local police more ability to arrest illegal immigrants. Goddard has been critical of the measure, a theme he repeated Wednesday night during a televised debate among the gubernatorial candidates.
Phoenix, AZ – Pew Hispanic estimates there were 475,000 illegal immigrants in Arizona in 2008. By last year that had slid by 100,000. That 20- plus percent decline compares with just a 4 percent slide nationwide. And some states like Texas showed no real change. Jeff Passel, Pew's senior demographer, said some migrants may simply be following the jobs rather than going home.
Phoenix, AZ – In nearly simultaneous press releases, the campaigns called on Democrats to renounce the support of the United Food and Commercial Workers and the Service Employees International Union. Both have announced they will boycott Arizona following the decision by Gov. Jan Brewer to sign what's billed as the toughest immigration law in the country. Doug Cole, campaign spokesman for Brewer, said there's nothing coincidental about the effort.
Phoenix, AZ – Eventually there will be 532 soldiers stationed at and around the border. Most will be handling surveillance. But Mario Escalante of Customs and Border Patrol said that means more than simply looking for people trying to enter the country illegally.
Phoenix, AZ – Rasmussen said the race for governor is nothing short of amazing. At the beginning of the year he said no one -- himself included - - would have presumed Jan Brewer would coast to victory in the Republican primary, much less that she had a chance of winning a full term.