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cal04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-07-10 05:28 AM
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Arizona leaders lament as state's image takes beating with new immigration law
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...


When state Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D) travels outside Arizona, she hears the same question over and over: "What's wrong with your state?" She notes Arizona's new immigration law, its ban on ethnic studies classes and its prohibition on creating animal-human hybrids.

The other day, Sinema sent a note to her Twitter followers that might as well have been accompanied by a heavy sigh. "Just one day," she tweeted, "I'd like Arizona to be in the news for something good."

Sinema is a liberal Democrat in a largely Republican state, but her sense of disheartenment is shared across party lines. Dean Martin, state treasurer and conservative GOP candidate for governor, said national opinion on Arizona is "polarized. That's counterproductive."

Arizona finds itself at the vortex of an immigration debate that is increasingly bitter and, figures on both sides say, increasingly unwinnable. Opinions are split, with fear of harassment rising among Hispanics and worry about an economic boycott growing among the state's leaders.
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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-07-10 09:16 AM
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1. It's a Punitive, Racist, Unconstitutional Law
Edited on Mon Jun-07-10 09:17 AM by Demeter
Why not get some decent legislators to write something that passes the smell test?
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-07-10 12:41 PM
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2. We should probably take the Grand Canyon away before they use it as a landfill
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ladywnch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-07-10 12:54 PM
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3. don't go giving them ideas! n/t
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thelordofhell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-07-10 03:03 PM
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5. They would rather mine uranium from it
no joke
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LaurenG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-07-10 01:04 PM
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4. prohibition on creating animal-human hybrids??
I'm thinking that might be a good thing. :wow:
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Forrest Greene Donating Member (946 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-07-10 04:15 PM
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6. Same Here
My reaction, exactly.

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montanto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-07-10 04:33 PM
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7. Yeah, that one can't be wrong.
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awoke_in_2003 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-07-10 06:19 PM
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8. I don't know...
Edited on Mon Jun-07-10 06:30 PM by awoke_in_2003
I was really looking forward to Obama giving me a centaur :)
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southernyankeebelle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-07-10 06:44 PM
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9. I will never go to AZ again.
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