Race to get passionate about in AZ: Randy Parraz for U.S. Senate!

I'm writing because I want to get everyone and everything I know to help Randy Parraz, Democratic Candidate for Senate in Arizona, in a tight, tight race for the democratic nomination (to go up against a very weak McCain in the fall).The race is wide open.

He gives me the most hope about national politics of anyone I know. He can win, but its a true case of where word of mouth, small donations, blogs, tweets, facebook, everything makes a difference (website is www.parrazforchange.com).

Here are the basics: he was a community organizer for 15 years, in Texas, in AZ. He comes from working class Sacramento family, went to Berkeley, BOALT, and Harvard Kennedy School and then straight to work in Texas with the Industrial Areas Foundation, studying with Ernie Cortez and Marshall Ganz. And he's been organizing ever since.

He was fighting SB1070 when it was coming up through the legislative process. Last night in a primary debate the big money candidate (who doesn't have more support but has already loaned himself half a million bucks) was hemming and hawing about civil unions, but wouldn't be clear about marriage equality. Randy called him out on it. He just doesn't have a problem being super clear about simple things, like SB1070 and gay marriage. But its not just fluff--he organizes around
the things he believes in.

He understands organizing, and understands power, and is direct, compassionate, and wants to wreak a little havoc in the halls of DC.

What else?--its so hard to prove that a politician is for real when so many aren't. He was targeted for arrest and handcuffed by Joe Arpaio two years before Arpaio became a household name. A Justice of the Peace and the County conclued that Randy's arrest was illegal and ordered the county to pay for the illegal arrest. Volunteers come from all backgrounds--one man recently committed because a while ago, before he was running for office, Randy saw a cop harrassing a crew of workers and took out his video camera until the cop tore up the tickets he was writing and walked away--he has the democratic instinct, the belief that its possible to hold politicians accountable, in such a deep and personal way.

This goes deep for him, what it means to represent people. Plus, he's really funny.

The race is statistically tied--Randy has 10%, the lead has 15%, 47% are undecided. His big competition is a millionaire who wants to buy the race.  He does not need millions to win. His numbers are going up in AZ even though he hasn't put out an ad, or run for state office--honestly, its because people who meet him have the same response I do.

If you know anyone who blogs about politics, ask them to follow this race. If you know anyone who lives in Arizona, ask them to volunteer for this race. If you can give $100, please give it now.

Imagine Randy Parraz taking on John McCain in the fall--really getting to him, on the moral issues of immigration, on practical terms with an ability to take down the puffy pretensions. At the very least, its a way for someone out of state to show strong opposition to SB1070.


The Safety of U.S.-Mexico Border

A major part of the reasoning for Arizona's alarming new law, S.B. 1070, is a presumed uptick in crime from undocumented immigrants.

Politicians, including a flip-flopping John McCain, have called for border security. McCain himself articulated, "complete the danged fence."

Turns out though, government data shows that the U.S.-Mexico border is quite safe.

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Bi-weekly Public Opinion Roundup

For much of this decade, immigration has been an important topic on the public agenda. Nowhere is that more true than in California. The state is home to 9.9 million immigrants, its governor is an immigrant, and it is a border state on the front lines of the debate over immigration reform. State and local policies concerning immigrants are hotly debated across the state, and the raucous debate over an anti-immigrant initiative in 1996, is widely perceived to have influenced the electoral landscape in lasting ways.

Understanding the values and perspectives that Californians bring to this debate is critical. In general, Californians hold a favorable opinion of immigrants, believing that immigration is a benefit to the state. Most California adults believe undocumented immigrants should stay and work in the United States rather than be deported to their native countries.

At the same time, Californians are concerned about the impact of some aspects of immigration on their state. Most Californians attribute the majority of their population growth to immigration, while most voters also see the population growth projected for California as unsustainable, and ultimately having a negative impact on the state.

When it comes to resolving immigration-related problems, Californians were split on which presidential candidate would do a better job dealing with it in October 2008, although they voted for then Senator Barack Obama over Senator John McCain by a large margin on Election Day (Obama’s 61% to McCain’s 37%).

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Thursday Immigration Blog Roundup

This week's immigration blog roundup covers some new studies on migration and more.

Several new studies have found that immigrants are choosing to remain in their adopted countries rather than return to their countries of birth.  Despite the economic downturn, immigrants still see the United States as a land of opportunity and are content with their decision to move here.

President Obama is expected to address the Congressional Hispanic Caucus next week on immigration reform.  Representative Gutierrez and Senator Menendez are also expected to address the Caucus.

Last Saturday in Sacramento, hundreds marched to urge President Obama to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

Outgoing Senator Mel Martinez of Florida ended his tenure by stressing the need for immigration reform.  During his time as Senator, he worked with Senators McCain and Kennedy on immigration reform.

On December 6-8, the National Immigration Law Center will be holding its 7th National Low-Income Immigrant Rights Conference in Arlington, Virginia.  Attendees will share information and experiences and develop strategies around some of the core issues affecting low-income immigrants.

Lastly, ImmigrationProf Blog has a list of web resources for labor and immigration law for anyone considering hiring non-U.S. citizens.

Read more at The Opportunity Agenda website.

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Obama's BIGGEST GIFT to John McCain

Its a hot topic among political fanatics in Arizona. It was also discussed by Christopher Orr of the New Republic.
Pres.-Elect Barack Obama just gave Sen. John Mccain two gifts in the last two weeks. One of the gifts was a very big one.

First, Obama SAVED McCain's close friend, Joe Lieberman. Obama's message to the Senate Democratic of " I forgive Joe, lets move on" was big. It really pretty much saved Joe's neck. I'm sure McCain is very happy to see his dear friend Joe Lieberman escape this one.

Second, a huge gift for John Mccain.
President-Elect Obama just took out the one person who could have very likely ( in fact heavily favored) defeated John McCain in Arizona in 2010.
I am pretty sure the minute Governor Napolitano's pick was announced by the media, the entire John McCain Arizona team
had the biggest smile of the day.
Two head to head polls taken within the last 12 months showed Democrat Napolitano beating Mccain by a landslide double digit victory.
The Arizona Governors seat will also be difficult to hold by the Democrats. Our best hope would be Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford. If she runs, we have a very good shot of winning.

But McCain's seat would have been big !!!!

So many Arizona democrats were ready, excited & looking forward to knocking off McCain in 2010. That's too bad.

http://blogs.tnr.com/tnr/blogs/the_plank /archive/2008/11/20/wooing-mccain.aspx

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