The Primary Season in Arizona is over and this Democrat is glad. It was a boring experience as election Tuesday proved to be an arena where party candidates ran unopposed.
With regret, I must admit that I would have rather been able to vote for the slate of Republican Candidates than the slate of unopposed Democratic Nominees. Republicans had choices and decisions to make. For Democrats, there was no life in the voting and no indication that unopposed nominees can deliver successful campaigns into the general election in November.
Republicans put on a great show and made noise with lots of conflict and trash talk from the Governor’s race, the race for State Attorney General with one candidate under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department, the races for Congress, the race for the U.S. House, and the race for the U.S. Senate.
Republicans demonstrated commitment to voting for point of view on Primary Tuesday. 70% of 420,000 votes were cast by Republicans.
Final counts of Tuesday’s primary voting show Democrat Harry Mitchell of Arizona Congressional District Five received 29,000 votes unopposed. Six contended for the Republicans to represent District Five. David Schweikert is the Republican Party nominee with a final count of 26,000 votes received in Tuesday’s primary voting. Final count of Republican votes cast for this race was over 71,000 nearly three times the vote of the unopposed Mitchell. That equals trouble for Democrats and Mitchell in the general election
Major issues exist before the people of Arizona not the least of which is education. The state of education in Arizona is in the national toilet yelling for someone to bring paper, please; money and management.
According to Education Week’s annual report, Quality Counts 2008, Arizona is reported 49th in 50 states in spending per student about $3,000 less per student than the national average. A 44% increase in spending per student would be necessary to reach the investment level of the national average of all 50 states. Cot to Arizona to become average is $2.5 Billion. Republicans will be challenged to make those kinds of decisions.
On June 15th of 2010, Ted Simon, Host of Arizona PBS’s Program Horizons, moderated a polite conversation and discussion; or, was it a debate: no, it was a fight among Republican Gubernatorial Candidates. Among them were incumbent Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, incumbent Arizona Treasurer Dean Martin, Matt Jette, Ph.d. in Political Science from Apache Junction, Arizona, and Buz Mills, Businessman for Paulden, Arizona.
Governor Brewer made clear that she has never voted for a tax increase in her political life of 28 years. She went on to scold Martin for generating unnecessary legislation sponsoring more than 600 pieces of legislation when a member of the Arizona State Legislature. Brewer and Martin attacked each other while Jette and Mills asserted that was what made both unfit for elected service.
Jette noted Arizona has achieved the left seat on the outdoor toilet arriving at 50th in spending per student. He noted the behavior and decision making of the Governor and the Treasurer despicable for not supporting Proposition 100 that would provide enhanced funding for education, health care, and public safety. In the classic words of the first President Bush referring to his Vice – Presidential debate with Geraldine Ferraro, “Governor Brewer kicked much booty in the voting and that has now been laid to rest.”
Republicans in Arizona are ALIVE with high levels of intra party energy. Arizona Republicans are much like Star Trek’s Klingons. They fight together to kill everybody else and then fight each other for supremacy to represent party point of view. Republicans in Arizona have no exclusive hold on this political approach.
What does it mean this kind of debate did not take place among Democrats, highly organized and efficient, or insufficient capacity to take on Republicans in Arizona? Have Democrats thrown in the towel and waved the white flag?
Whatever the answer to that question really is, Arizona has major issues to work on. Partisanship has led us to where we are. Bipartisanship hardly exists. The Arizona Future will require settling the debate over immigration at the state level. The Arizona Future will require making touch decisions on public safety, health care, and education. The Arizona Future is a script waiting to be written as part of the constituency of the New America evolved beyond party loyalty B. S.