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Thanks, South Central, for celebrating diversity, for uniting us instead of dividing us.
Up now on The Daily Beast, a travel story about my trip north of the Arctic Circle this January, to see things before they change.  
Mar 23 Arizona Immigration-Law Backer Woos Mexico
Many American Hispanics and Mexicans in Mexico see Arizona as a racist state, thanks to SB 1070.
Mar 18 Pew: Crossing border illegally more than once drives uptick in federal immigration crime
In 1992, 12 percent of sentenced federal offenders were unauthorized immigrants, the Pew Center reports today. Ten years later, 48 percent of sentenced federal offenders were unauthorized immigrants. The reason for the uptick:  more unauthorized immigrants who were caught crossing the border more than once have been sentenced to hard time – two years on […]
Dec 06 Luis Gutierrez, Immigration Reform and the Demographic Tsunami
Rep. Luis Gutierrez on 2014 immigration reform: “It will not be perfect, and it may not even be pretty.”
Nov 22 Shattered Dreams: Jan Brewer’s Arizona fails to investigate 6000 cases of child abuse
I’m not saying Juana could have prevented the massive CPS negligence, but with her education, heart and work ethic, she would have improved the culture at CPS, and would have helped the fragile, abused children who crossed her path.
Arizona Senator Pleads No Contest to Freeway Brawl
Arizona Senator Pleads No Contest to Freeway Brawl

An Arizona senator pleaded “no contest” to a charge stemming from a freeway fight with his ex-girlfriend, according to The Arizona Republic.

This isn’t the first time Sen. Scott Bundgaard has had trouble with the law. He’s a former felon whose record (for a scheme to steal car stereos from his employer) was expunged some years ago. He told me several years ago, when he was a state senator, that he made a bad decision, and that he was only 18 years old at the time. And why was I making such a big deal of it, for heavens sake.

In his February  freeway fight with with his ex-girlfriend Aubrey Ballard, Bundgaard  told the cops he was slapped around by his girlfriend in a fit of (her) jealous rage.

He sought legislative immunity when the cops were about to cuff him. Only the girlfriend went to jail that night. She claimed he dragged her out of the car and threw her down.

Both Bundgaard and Ballard were bruised, according to reports.

Recent behind-the-scenes negotiations ended up with Bundgaard having to attend a “diversion program” in exchange for pleading no contest to misdemeanor endangerment and the dismissal of an assault charge, according to The Arizona Republic.

I’m not a fan of  Scott Bundgaard and his extremist politics. I have written about him for years. Here’s one column. It made him furious.

I wish I could stop making him furious, but he keeps making bad decisions.

And I will continue writing about him.

Because he’s a powerful state senator, and people need to understand who they elected.

And who supports him.

In closing,  here’s a video of the disgraced senator as he was endorsed by America’s Toughest Sheriff.