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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.
Why did Arizona’s Jan Brewer Sign Bible Bill?
Why did Arizona’s Jan Brewer Sign Bible Bill?

Arizona’s Jan Brewer is walking a political tightrope.  She needs to tend to her conservative base, while appeasing moderates that Republicans must win over to cement the presidential election.

In today’s The Daily Beast, I explain how the governor’s decision to sign a constitutionally unnecessary law permitting  an elective class on how-the-Bible-influences-Western-Civilizations. The class elective is intended for Arizona public high schools (and charter schools) and  amounts to a clever act of political counterbalancing.

Because that  same day,  Brewer vetoed  a bill that would allow Arizonans to pack heat in libraries, schools, etc.

In other words,  the gun-bill  veto appeased moderates but outraged Brewer’s Tea Party base.  Signing the Bible bill into law appeased the base but outraged moderates.

The Bible law is very likely to face constitutional challenges if teachers are caught proselytizing. But by then, Brewer will likely be out of office.

Her focus now is keeping Dems from  winning over a demographically-changing state with a growing population of Hispanic voters still mightily offended by Arizona’s immigration laws — including SB 1070, which Gov. Jan signed.

To keep Arizona in the Republican fold, the governor must appease both  moderates and conservatives.

Just because the governor’s grammar falls short sometimes, don’t take her for a fool.