From the land of the truly nuts:
- As I said in a post the other day national focus has turned to AZ again primarily due to Senator McCan’t and his Border charades. The Senator’s antics were no doubt timed to coincide not only with the state GOP’s vote of no confidence, but also to the appointment of the newest Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, who has only been in office since Dec. 23, 2013. Sec. Johnson is getting familiarized with the gargantuan task of running such a massive department, so it must be the perfect time for Sen. McCain to start hammering said department on the efficiency and effectiveness of their border security program. Sec. Johnson will be visiting the Tucson sector of the Arizona border with Mexico this week. Let’s hope the press leaves him alone so he can get to work sooner rather than later…although if Sen. McCain has his way, Johnson will be hounded every step of the way, I’m sure.
- Since it is MLK Day, there will be lots of stories about his legacy such as the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which is fitting. It should also be a day to remember that the fight for those Rights did not end in 1965 and recently has heated up. Just this past year, a US Supreme Court case gutted the law, so states like Arizona went right back to their old shenanigans. Since then States controlled by Republican governors and/or legislatures been involved in attempts to limit access to polling stations, remove methods of voting, and limit who can vote (mainly using new Voter ID laws or outright removing people from the state’s registration lists). Of course, these all target traditionally Democratic voters like African Americans, Native Americans, the urban poor, women and the young. Today, of all days, we must remember that we’re still in the ring and the other side is throwing a lot of unanswered punches.
- Another inmate has died in a Maricopa County jail under Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s reign. Even though the MCSO is being monitored by the U.S. District Court (because of the pattern of abuses and unethical behavior spotlighted in the Melendres v. Arpaio Civil Rights case), I doubt anything will come from this latest death investigation. After all, who cares about another dead inmate—except their family of course. They’ll get paid off like they always do and Maricopa County residents will forget and re-elect Arpaio yet again .
- The incredibly stupid bill to allow people to carry weapons on school campuses is being proposed in the AZ State Legislature again. It failed to even reach committee last year so let’s hope it suffers a similar fate this time as well.