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  •  Arizona is really not as wacky as you think. (3+ / 0-)

    Or maybe it is.  It's just that the level of political apathy has reached dangerous levels. Most people have little interest or knowledge in local politics and have no idea what is actually going on.  My neighbor asked me the other day whether Joe Arpaio was a republican or a democrat and didn't know who the governor was.  Need I say more?

    The other problem is that term limits, combined with a high level of political non-participation, have allowed the tea party to take over the state legislature.  Changing demographics should help change this eventually, but it might take a few more years.

    •  I actually had one of my coworkers (1+ / 0-)
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      at the board of elections ask me whether Obama was a Democrat or a Republican. (She's planning to vote for him regardless.)

      Thanks for pointing that out abut term limits. One of the reason the far right has been able to ram them through in places like Arizona and here in Ohio, with the result you describe, is that they SOUND so reasonable. People think, "Well, with term limits, that jackass I hate will be gone." Indeed, but so will that good, decent hard worker championing good legislation who, by the time she gets her consensus together, either has brand-new colleagues or is gone herself. And more extreme candidates who have nothing to lose come in to replace them.

      Term limits are bad and destructive. I did a story on them for my paper and found that even most of the Republicans who initially supported them don't now. Only one shadowy right-wing "think" tank that originally pushed for them sill supports them. But it's a group who would WANT a legislature that ignored school funding but held 43 hearings on abortion in one session.

      Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07.

      by anastasia p on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 06:38:23 AM PDT

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    •  Agree about the dangerous level of apathy (0+ / 0-)

      and ignorance.  The most important thing that Parraz did when he organized the recall of Russell Pearce was educating people about how destructive and powerful the man was and how individual votes do matter collectively.

    •  bingo! (0+ / 0-)

      You have perfectly described the typically apathetic, low-information AZ voter.

       Local "media" does a great job with keeping them that way.

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