My Take on the General Elections in Arizona is that Governor Brewer will be elected to her first full term as Governor of Arizona despite her inability to speak English better than resident immigrants of language minority origin. She will find no difficulty beating Incumbent Secretary of State Terry Goddard.
Governor Brewer has raised $1.8 million to support her campaign. She has $859,511 available cash on hand. Terry Goddard has raised $1.8 million. He has $1 million in available cash on hand (Newton, 2010).
Incumbent Republican United States Senator John McCain will be re – elected to the Senate on the strength of his wife’s money over against the parent’s money of his Democrat Opponent Rodney Glassman who is hardly more than a professional student.
Glassman is 32 years old.
Jill Lawrence, Senior Correspondent at PoliticsDaily.com reports Glassman has earned a Bachelor’s degree, an (MBA) Masters in Business Administration, an (MPA) Master’s in Public Administration, a Ph.D. in Arid land resource sciences, and a juris doctor. The race is regarded a David and Goliath match up. Goliath adds another head to his collection. Glassman is a sacrifice offering of a party with nothing more to offer for another six years (Lawrence, 2010).
The most interesting race will take place between incumbent Congressman and Democrat’s Nominee for Arizona House District Five, Harry Mitchell and newcomer tea party bandwagon rider, David Schweikert. Ads voicing opposition to Mitchell are by district seniors saying Mitchell has betrayed their interests by voting with Pelosi on Health Care Reform and the Economic Stimulus (60 Plus Association, 2010).
Ads voicing opposition to Schweikert suggest fiscal mismanagement while Treasurer of Maricopa County. Schweikert is also cited as exacerbating the housing crisis in Arizona buying more than 300 depressed properties, some while distressed homeowners were making every effort to keep their homes (Arizona Democratic Party, 2010).
Mitchell ran unopposed and earned 24,000 votes from Democrats in the primary. Schweikert earned 22,000 votes among a pack of party contenders in the primary. Numbers indicate Schweikert should be relocating to Washington as Arizona’s new freshman congressman unless Mitchell can motivate more voters in the time remaining (Crawford, 2010).
Propositions make up the balance of interesting election activity in Arizona. Proposition 106, the Arizonans for Healthcare Freedom, riding the political energy of SB 1070; strikes back at Healthcare Reform Passed by the United States Congress in March of this year. Proposition 106 will pass by a diminishing margin after debate become intense closer to Election Day.
Proposition 107 seeks to ban Affirmative Action Programs in Arizona. The same measure failed two years ago. Riding the coat tail of right wing conservative trends in the state, this proposition passes without increased influence in the debate by women and minority groups that will be most affected by the proposition’s passage.
Proposition 302 seeks to repeal tax revenues of $0.80 per pack tax on tobacco products and eliminate the Arizona Early Childhood Development and Health Fund. The fund is designed to increase the quality of and access to early childhood development and health services for children up to five years old. The current conservative political wave wins this repeal (Maceachern, 2010).
Arizona is riding a wave of conservative politics because much of the electorate sits on the sidelines complaining about how bad it is. In the meantime, SB 1070 and the privilege to carry a concealed weapon without a permit became law. Affirmative Action and Early Childhood Education are likely to be the next victims of this wave. That’s My Take on the coming General Elections in Arizona.
60 Plus Association, Initials (Performer). (2010). Betrayed-mitchell az05 [Television series episode]. In (Executive producer), Paid Political Ad. Phoenix, Arizona: KPHO Channel 5 – CBS.
Arizona Democratic Party, Initials (Producer). (2010). Vulture [Television series episode]. In (Executive producer),Paid Political Ad. Phoenix, Arizona: KPHO Channel 5 – CBS.
Crawford, O. (2010, August 25). Arizonaprimary election results 2010. Retrieved fromhttp://www.associatedcontent.com/article/5724126/arizona_primary_election_results_2010.html?cat=9
Lawrence, J. (2010, August). Rodney glassman vs. john mccain: a david and goliath senate fight in arizona. Retrieved from http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/08/25/rodney-glassman-vs-john-mccain-a-david-and-goliath-senate-figh/
Maceachern, D. (2010, September 26). Yea or nay on propositions. ArizonaRepublic, p. B11.
Newton, C. (2010, September 26). Public financing puts hopefuls n easy st. Arizona Republic, p. B3.