WBEZ | Arizona http://www.wbez.org/tags/arizona Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Get your scorecard ready: Baseball is around the corner http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-02/get-your-scorecard-ready-baseball-around-corner-105343 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rsz_spring_training_morry_gash.jpg" style="height: 442px; width: 620px;" title="Spring training gears up next week. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)" /></div><p>It&#39;s early February and I don&#39;t need a groundhog to tell me there will be six more weeks of winter or not. It is the sound of a ball hitting a mitt, the crack of a bat, fans cheering in the stands. Major League Baseball&#39;s spring training is next week, and that to me means winter is ending. Well, in Chicago we know it can last well into March and April, but in our collective minds it just makes you feel good knowing baseball is around the corner.</p><p>Both Chicago teams have their bags packed; the White Sox even provided a photo opportunity for the media as the equipment trucks head west. Next Tuesday, pitchers and catchers from both clubs will be reporting to Arizona. The White Sox will go to Camelback Ranch in Glendale and the Cubs to Hohokam Park in Mesa. It is year two for both managers, Robin Ventura for the Sox and Cubs skipper Dale Sveum. The first days of camp will be a contrast for the two Chicago managers, Ventura has a staff that has not had too many additions, one major subtraction, Sveum has several new pitchers to get acquainted with the next month.</p><p>Here&rsquo;s a look at the some of the storylines for the pitchers and catchers of the Sox and Cubs.</p><p><strong>White Sox:</strong></p><p>When the Sox were able to bring back right hand pitcher Jake Peavy to the fold, it signaled a change behind the plate. Peavy will now be throwing to catcher Tyler Flowers, who replaces the colorful veteran AJ Pierzynski. Flowers had a deep respect for his former teammate and learned from him, but he is really excited to get the job full-time.</p><p>The Sox think they have enough arms to fill out their starting rotation. Peavy, Chris Sale (he said he gained 15 pounds), Gavin Floyd, Jose Quintana and rehabbing John Danks. They also have Hector Santiago to use as a reliever or a starter. Minor leaguers Nestor Molina and Dylan Axelrod will see time in camp.</p><p>Ventura did lose one of his staff, bullpen coach Juan Nieves is now the pitching coach for the Red Sox. Former Sox closer Bobby Thigpen will now take over that role. He has been working in the Sox minor league system and is familar with the young arms brought up last season, Nate Jones, Addison Reed and Santiago. The first weeks of spring training is a careful process for Coach Don Cooper to prepare these arms for the 2013 season.</p><p><strong>Cubs:</strong></p><p>The Cubs young catching group of Wellington Castillo (projected starter) and Steve Clevenger will get some veteran leadership with former Red Dioner Navarro. He inked a one year deal and should help the young catchers.</p><p>Cub management spent time this off-season signing a few pitchers in an effort to shore up a staff that needs to have improvement after suffering through 101 losses. Former Minnesota Twin Scott Baker (coming off Tommy John surgery) and former Texas Ranger Scott Feldman signed one year deals. Edwin Jackson was given a four-year deal and this will be his eighth team in eleven years. Jackson will not be spectacular; he is durable and will pitch plenty of innings. During the Cub Convention, former Toronto Blue Jay starter/reliever Carlos Villanueva signed with the club. These new faces were added to Matt Garza, Jeff Samardzija and Travis Wood. &nbsp;In 2012, Garza was sidelined most of the season with an elbow injury.</p><p>The bullpen work horse was Shawn Camp, but the closer job may be a battle. The team has given the job to Carlos Marmol, but keep an eye on free agent Kyuji Fujikawa of Japan. If Marmol falters or gets traded, Fujikawa may land the job.</p><p>If the Cubs play like they did last season, you can expect trades will be entertained by management as they continue the rebuilding process.</p><p><strong>World Baseball Classic:</strong></p><p>Major League Baseball has to squeeze in the World Baseball Classic into the spring schedule. Games begin on March 8 and the &ldquo;championship&rdquo; will be in San Francisco on March 19. It is kind of baseball&rsquo;s way to trying to make this game more international. It never will be, since soccer is still the dominate game. However, Asia and Latin America have plenty of interest in the game.</p><p>The only Cub to participate is first baseman Anthony Rizzo. He will play for Italy. He hasn&rsquo;t even been to Italy, but the Rizzo said he was looking forward to the experience. &nbsp;The White Sox on the other hand have a few players involved with this &ldquo;classic.&quot; Pitcher Jesse Crain will play for Canada, Alex Rios and Andy Gonzalez for Puerto Rico and Andre Rienzo will be on the Brazil team. Hector Santiago (smartly) rescinded his spot with the Puerto Rican club. Pitchers need to be under the guidance of their team during the spring. Since Santiago&rsquo;s role (as a starter or bullpen) with the Southsiders is undetermined, he needs to be under the watchful eye of the team.</p><p>With snow starting to pile up this week, thinking of baseball brings spring closer to my mind.</p><p>Follow Cheryl on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout">@CRayeStout </a>and Facebook <a href="http://www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame">Cheryl Raye Stout #AtTheGame </a></p></p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-02/get-your-scorecard-ready-baseball-around-corner-105343 An endangered Frank Lloyd Wright house in Arizona is saved--with an assist from Chicago http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2012-12/endangered-frank-lloyd-wright-house-arizona-saved-assist-chicago-104521 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/David%20Wright%2010%20by%20Scott%20Jarson-azarchitecture.com%202012.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 450px;" title="Photo by Scott Jarson, ©2012 azarchitecture.com / Photo courtesy of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy" /></div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">A Phoenix home Frank Lloyd Wright designed for one of his sons was saved from near-certain demolition Thursday when a preservation-minded buyer purchased the architectural icon under a deal put together with the help of a Chicago-based Wright conservation group.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy &mdash; part of a team of Phoenix and national preservationists who had been working for months to spare the David and Gladys Wright Home from the wrecking ball &mdash; located the anonymous buyer six months ago. The team will also help set up a non-profit group in Arizona that would restore, operate and maintain the 60-year-old house. It is likely the home would be a house museum.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&quot;It is a gift to the people on Phoenix, a gift to the worldwide architecture community and to everyone that cares about the history of modern architecture,&quot; Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy President Larry Woodin said in a news release.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&quot;This is great news,&quot; Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton told the <em>Arizona Republic</em> newspaper. &quot;I know its in good hands with the Conservancy.&quot;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The new buyer purchased the nationally-recognized home &mdash; its spiral floor plan was informed by Wright&#39;s own Guggenheim Museum in New York &mdash; from a custom home builder who created a furor by announcing plans <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2012-09/wright-wronged-phoenix-presevationists-rally-save-frank-lloyd-wright-phoenix">to demolish the structure</a> and build two residences on its two-acre site. Two buyers then stepped up separately to rescue the home, but neither deal was consummated, raising fears the home would be demolished. Meanwhile, the Wright Building Conservancy worked behind the scenes to bring the anonymous buyer to the deal.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Under the deal, the owner would consent to city landmark status for the home--but the designations are only valid for three years in Phoenix. The home would also be listed on the National Register.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/David%20Wright%207%20by%20Scott%20Jarson-azarchitecture.com%202012.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 450px;" title="Photo by Scott Jarson, ©2012 azarchitecture.com / Photo courtesy of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy" /></div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">Completed in 1952 and made of concrete block, the David and Gladys Wright Home represents the architect&#39;s experiments with bolder forms and new materials late in his long career. The four bedroom, four bathroom house features an original swimming pool and a guest house. On the inside, the house has a rug, a table and four chairs all designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. David and Gladys and their family were the home&#39;s only residents. David died in 1997 at 102. His wife owned the home until she died in 2008 at 104.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 05:50:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2012-12/endangered-frank-lloyd-wright-house-arizona-saved-assist-chicago-104521 Latest on senate races, Romney's Jeep ad, and crazy David Rivera http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-11/latest-senate-races-romneys-jeep-ad-and-crazy-david-rivera-103613 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS6633_AP71215204658-scr.jpg" style="height: 427px; width: 620px; " title="Dem senate candidate Richard Carmona campaigns with former President Bill Clinton in Arizona, where the Democrats could have a senate win and help Obama stay in the White House. (AP/Ross D. Franklin)" /></div><p>Things are looking better for the Democrats not just to hold the senate but to actually gain seats since I last <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-09/democrats-look-hold-senate-easily-102739">checked in</a> on those races in September.<br /><br />All but one of the Democrats I said were safe then continue to improve their numbers.<br /><br />But a number of races I thought were sure bets for the GOP have tightened in the last few weeks. Top among these is in <strong>Indiana</strong>, where the GOP&rsquo;s Richard Mourdock may have shot himself in the foot with his comments about <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-10/mourdock-and-meaning-moderate-103410">God and rapists</a>. Democratic challenger Joe Donnelly--only marginally better on choice--<a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/49657291/">leads by ten</a> points in the latest polls.<br /><br />And then there&rsquo;s <strong>Arizona</strong>, where <a href="http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/senate/az/arizona_senate_flake_vs_carmona-3005.html">Dem Richard Carmona has climbed up</a> about ten points, made last minute ad buys and has been holding Republican Jeff Flake under 50 percent and within the margin of error in recent polls. The other story in Arizona is that President Barack Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney are in a <a href="http://www.kpho.com/story/19814639/new-az-poll-dead-heat-in-presidential-race-latino-vote-key">dead heat</a>. Arizona has been counted as a red state in most polls I&rsquo;ve seen, so this could be a real surprise. It only has 11 electoral votes, but that&rsquo;s more than Iowa&rsquo;s 6 and Wisconsin&rsquo;s 10. (And if Obama wins Arizona, he&#39;d better kiss some Latino butt fast.)<br /><br />In <strong>Nebraska</strong>, former Democratic Sen. Bob Kerrey was being trounced by GOP Deb Fischer by almost 20 points for most of the race, but Kerrey&rsquo;s pulled <a href="http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/senate/ne/nebraska_senate_fischer_vs_kerrey-3144.html">within 3 recently</a>--the margin of error--and might pull off an upset. He recently scored an endorsement from former <a href="http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/11/01/former-gop-sen-hagel-backs-democrat-kerrey-in-nebraska-senate-race/">Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel</a>, who&rsquo;s always been a bit of a party maverick, but it could be just what Kerrey needs. Hagel, who represented Nebraska too, is campaigning for Kerrey through the weekend.<br /><br />And the Democratic leaners continue to improve: Tammy Baldwin may yet be first open lesbian in the U.S. Senate, as she <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-10-31/news/sns-rt-us-usa-campaign-wisconsin-senatebre89u1rw-20121031_1_final-poll-senate-race-presidential-race">leads more comfortably</a> in Wisconsin; Elizabeth Warren is <a href="http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/senate/ma/massachusetts_senate_brown_vs_warren-2093.html">ahead in Massachusetts</a>; Chris Murphy is <a href="http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/262715-poll-murphy-leads-mcmahon-in-connecticut-senate-race">significantly up</a> in Connecticut ; and&nbsp; Shelley Berkley <a href="http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/senate/nv/nevada_senate_heller_vs_berkley-1894.html">remains within the margin of error</a> against Dean Heller in Nevada.<br /><br />Not everything&rsquo;s been rosy for the Dems on the senate campaign trail. In <strong>Ohio</strong>, Sherwood Brown has <a href="http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/senate/oh/ohio_senate_mandel_vs_brown-2100.html">lost considerable ground</a> to GOP challenger Josh Mandel but is still up about five points.<br /><br />And though Claire McCaskill should have left Republican Todd behind by now, the Republican Party of <strong>Missouri</strong>, which had abandoned Akin after his &ldquo;legitimate rape&rdquo; comments, just <a href="http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/02/akin-finds-funding-in-final-days-of-senate-race/">poured $700,000 into the race</a>.<br /><br />In <strong>North Dakota</strong>, GOPer Rick Berg has <a href="http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/senate/nd/north_dakota_senate_berg_vs_heitkamp-3212.html">overtaken Dem</a> Heidi Heitkamp by about 5 points.<br /><br />And still up in the air: Democrat Tim Kaine vs. GOPer George Allen in <strong>Virginia</strong>, and the <strong>Montana</strong> match-up between Democrat Jon Tester and Republican Denny Rehberg.<br /><br />But there seems to be no path now for the Republicans to take the senate.</p><p><strong>***</strong></p><p>No one seems to be buying <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-10/romneys-shameless-last-minute-lie-103545">Romney&rsquo;s Jeep-is-taking-Ohio-jobs-to-China ploy</a>, but he&rsquo;s doubling down.<br /><br />After being called out by Jeep&rsquo;s chief executive with an unequivocal refutation of his recent Ohio ad and a promise to invest $500 million more at the Toledo Jeep plant, Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul responded: &ldquo;Their comments don&rsquo;t refute anything in our ad.&rdquo;<br /><br />Which is crazy crap.<br /><br />In the meantime, both New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and conservative financial magazine The Economist have <a href="http://www.politicususa.com/business-community-abandons-romney-bloomberg-economist-endorse-obama.html">endorsed Obama</a>. It&rsquo;s not a very warm endorsement but they <em>loathe</em> Romney precisely because of stuff like the Ohio ad.</p><p><strong>***</strong></p><p>Is there a more absurd congressional race than South Florida&rsquo;s match between Republican incumbent David Rivera and Dem Joe Garcia?<br /><br />Rivera, who I&rsquo;ve been following <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-09/case-against-florida-congressman-rivera-gets-weirder-102693">here</a>, just got slapped with <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/ABC_Univision/Politics/rep-david-rivera-faces-11-florida-ethics-charges/story?id=17555529#.UJPFj2l25ZU">11 ethics violations</a>&nbsp;by a state panel (which includes fellow Republicans). That&rsquo;s on top of an FBI investigation and a federal probe of campaign fund misuse.<br /><br />In the meantime, the stooge he set up to run against Garcia in the primary has <a href="http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide/2012/10/fishy_david_rivera-linked_cand.php">pleaded the Fifth</a> and will likely cooperate with any and all investigations to stay out of jail.<br /><br />And Ana Alliegro, Rivera&rsquo;s former aide and the stooge&rsquo;s ex-campaign manager, <a href="http://www.hispanicbusiness.com/news/newsbyid.asp?idx=296943&amp;page=2&amp;cat=&amp;more=">remains missing</a> after skipping her interview with the FBI.</p></p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 08:24:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-11/latest-senate-races-romneys-jeep-ad-and-crazy-david-rivera-103613 Driver licenses for undocumented youths? http://www.wbez.org/news/driver-licenses-undocumented-youths-101986 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/immigrant%20map.jpg" style="margin: 4px 0px 0px 0px; float: left; height: 369px; width: 600px; " title="WBEZ asked eight states whether they are planning to provide driver’s licenses to immigrants who receive Social Security and employment-authorization cards as a result of President Barack Obama’s “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” policy. (WBEZ map by Elliott Ramos)" /></p><p>Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio are planning to provide driver&rsquo;s licenses to undocumented immigrants who get work papers under a new federal policy.</p><p>The Obama administration policy, called &ldquo;Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals,&rdquo; will allow as many as 1.7 million illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children to get Social Security and employment-authorization cards, along with a deportation reprieve. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services began accepting applications Aug. 15.</p><p>&ldquo;As long as the Social Security Administration issues an individual with a Social Security number, and they have the other documents that are required under Illinois law, then they can apply for a driver&rsquo;s license,&rdquo; said Henry Haupt, spokesman for Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, who oversees that state&rsquo;s driver licensing.</p><p>WBEZ surveyed eight Midwestern states about their response to the policy change. Along with the four states planning to provide licenses, Wisconsin and Iowa officials said they had not decided yet, while Minnesota and Missouri officials did not respond to numerous WBEZ inquiries.</p><p>The states planning to issue the driver&rsquo;s licenses differ from Arizona, Nebraska and Texas, where governors have vowed to block illegal immigrants from getting licenses.</p><p>The immigrants must meet several requirements to get the Social Security and work-authorization cards, including having been younger than 31 on June 15; having arrived in the U.S. before turning 16; having lived in the country continuously since June 2007; being a student or graduate, or having served in the military; and having no serious criminal record nor posing any public safety threat. The work authorization will last up to two years and, if the federal policy stays in place, be renewable. The policy does not provide a path to citizenship.</p><p>Assuming some of the immigrants have been driving illegally, states that enable them to get a license could make roads safer. &ldquo;They have to pass the road exam, they have to pass the written exam, and they pass the vision test,&rdquo; Haupt said about Illinois. &ldquo;We require so many different things of our young drivers and &mdash; by doing so &mdash; they, of course, become better drivers.&rdquo;</p><p>Illinois also requires proof of liability insurance on the car the driver uses for the road test. So it&rsquo;s possible that allowing undocumented immigrants to drive legally could reduce the number of uninsured vehicles.</p><p>The immigrants themselves have more at stake. Karen Siciliano Lucas, an advocacy attorney of the Washington-based Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc., points out that driver&rsquo;s licenses are vital for working and attending school in most regions of the country. &ldquo;Not only that, it is a state-issued identification that shows who you are,&rdquo; she said.</p><p>The issue is complicated because most states require driver&rsquo;s&nbsp;license applicants to prove &ldquo;lawful status&rdquo; or &ldquo;legal presence&rdquo; in the United States. Officials in some states say the work authorization under the Obama policy will be sufficient proof. But a USCIS statement says the policy &ldquo;does not confer lawful status upon an individual.&rdquo; It&rsquo;s unclear whether courts will enable states to define lawful status differently than the federal government does.</p><p>States expecting Obama administration guidance about the driver&rsquo;s licenses could be waiting awhile. In response to WBEZ questions, the Department of Homeland Security sent a statement saying the department does not comment on state-specific matters.</p><p>Until federal courts weigh in, states are likely to face lawsuits no matter their course. &ldquo;We will see battles on this,&rdquo; Lucas predicted.</p><p>Making matters more complicated is the federal Real ID Act, a 2005 law aimed at fighting identity theft and keeping terrorists out of federal buildings and airplanes. Among other things, the act requires states to verify that driver&rsquo;s license applicants have lawful status in the United States.</p><p>The law is set to take effect in January, but it&rsquo;s not clear how the Obama administration will enforce it. DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano has fought for the measure&rsquo;s repeal, calling it unworkable.</p><p>That irks advocates for tougher immigration enforcement: &ldquo;If you want to protect against identify theft, you&rsquo;ve got to eliminate the fraud,&rdquo; said Janice Kephart, who focuses on national security policies for the Washington-based Center for Immigration Studies. &ldquo;That means you have to eliminate the illegal-alien community out of that scheme. It doesn&rsquo;t mean that states cannot give driver&rsquo;s licenses to illegal aliens. It just means that they have to do it outside the Real ID Act.&rdquo;</p><p>Kephart praised Utah, which has created a &ldquo;driving privilege card&rdquo; specifically for undocumented immigrants.</p><p>At the moment the only other states that let undocumented immigrants drive legally are New Mexico and Washington, which provide them the same licenses that U.S. citizens can get.</p></p> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 13:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/driver-licenses-undocumented-youths-101986 Five things to look for in today’s primaries http://www.wbez.org/blog/achy-obejas/2012-02-28/five-things-look-today%E2%80%99s-primaries-96811 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-February/2012-02-28/AP12022817753(2).jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="364" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-28/AP12022817753%282%29.jpg" title="Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum greets diners at New Beginnings Restaurant in Kentwood, Mich., on Tuesday. (AP/Paul Sancya)" width="512"></p><p>There are two contests today, in Arizona and Michigan, but only Michigan is really up for grabs. That’s because Mitt Romney can count on a large and active Mormon population in Arizona and the support of almost all the Arizona GOP establishment (though <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/26/jan-brewer-mitt-romney-endorsement_n_1295170.html">that endorsement from Gov. Jan Brewer</a> might cut both ways). Plus Rick Santorum put most of his energy into Michigan, Romney’s home state.</p><p>Though Romney’s camp has been playing down the importance of Michigan -- the truth is that, unless there’s a blow-out, the delegates will be split pretty evenly no matter who wins -- there’s still plenty at stake in our Great Lakes neighbor.<br> <br> Here are five things to look for in today’s primaries:<br> <br> 1. <strong>The margin</strong><br> <br> No matter who wins, what will matter is the margin. If Romney squeaks by, Santorum will rightfully call it a moral victory. And a squeaker-win for Romney will do nothing to hurt Santorum’s momentum or fundraising. If Santorum wins, he’ll get plenty of help from the western part of the state, but if he has substantial margins in the east -- Detroit, etc. -- then his argument for electability will get a huge boost. (For that matter, Romney’s gotta win by double-digits in Arizona to make all that effort worthwhile.)<br> <br> 2.<strong> Abandon ship!</strong><br> <br> If Santorum wins Michigan, it doesn’t necessarily mean the death knell for Romney. But it will mean that the Republican base is so alienated that he’s practically guaranteed a loss if he’s the party’s standard bearer. If Romney loses here, watch the GOP turn into an Every-Man-For-Himself party and watch the endorsements dry up fast for Romney in every upcoming primary. Nobody wants to be tied to a loser.<br> <br> 3. <strong>The Latino vote</strong><br> <br> Hispanics make up about 20 percent of the vote in Arizona but probably less than a quarter of those vote in the GOP primary. At the last GOP debate, Romney came out for HB1070, the odious Arizona immigration law that the federal government is challenging. Not that Santorum is any better on this issue. But 20 percent is the kind of margin that can tip a general election. In Arizona, it matters less who Latinos vote for today than if they show up at all. If they don’t, you know where they’re most likely gonna be come November. The Latino vote in Michigan, at 2 percent, matters less, but it’s also important: In 2008, Michigan’s Hispanics voted overwhelmingly for Barack Obama (67 percent).<br> <br> 4. <strong>Democrats</strong><br> <br> Democrats aren’t going to turn out in huge numbers, in spite of Santorum’s robo-calls and others urging them to cross party lines to mess with Romney. But if Romney doesn’t do as well as he should -- whether he wins by a squeak or loses -- watch for him to put the blame on the Dems. Conversely, don’ be surprised, should Santorum win, to hear him thank Democratic cross overs. It’s part of a campaign to make the case for his electability in November.<br> <br> 5. <strong>Paul Babeau</strong><br> <br> You know, <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/mitt-romneys-arizona-co-chairman-steps-down-after-allegations-of-misconduct/2012/02/18/gIQABJJYMR_story.html">the gay anti-immigration sheriff with the allegedly undocumented Mexican lover</a>? He was Romney’s state co-chair and resigned the campaign post in the middle of a scandal, but that’s unlikely to translate into walk-aways from Romney. But watch Babeau’s own race for Congress in Arizona’s 4th Congressional District. If he wins -- and say what you will about Babaeu’s closeted life, when he came out, he came out without apology -- that will mean Congress will have a very out gay Republican among its members. That could be a real game changer for some in the GOP.</p></p> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 18:27:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/achy-obejas/2012-02-28/five-things-look-today%E2%80%99s-primaries-96811 Latino group joins lawsuits against Indiana over immigration law http://www.wbez.org/story/latino-group-joins-lawsuits-against-indiana-over-immigration-law-95097 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-December/2011-12-21/AP080314026008.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>La Union Benefica Mexican has been around for decades in Northwest Indiana.</p><p>The East Chicago-based not-for-profit group has been hosting its annual Mexican Independence Day parade for years.</p><p>And, the group, known as the UBM for short, promotes Mexican culture and traditions throughout the year with events and gatherings.</p><p>But the UBM is taking a more serious tone in joining a federal lawsuit against Indiana’s anti-illegal immigration law, SB 590.</p><p>Although adopted last Spring by the Indiana General Assembly, certain provisions of S.B. 590 have yet to take effect since a federal judge’s injunction kicked in last summer.</p><p>Still, Antonio Barreda, head of the UBM, says the bill discriminates against Latinos, not just those who may be in the United States illegally.</p><p>“The law itself could violate not only immigrants but American citizens such as I and many others,” Barreda told WBEZ on Wednesday. “It also gives businesses the opportunity to become even more discriminatory by not hiring Hispanics.”</p><p>Barreda said UBM is join in its lawsuit filed Wednesday by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, or MALDEF. It was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana in Indianapolis.</p><p>In a written statement, MALDEF says the bill “poses severe and immediate threats to the United States Constitution and to the livelihood of anyone who 'looks' to local authorities like an undocumented immigrant.”</p><p>“This challenge is necessary to send a message to anti-immigrant groups that their efforts to pass Arizona-style legislation in the Midwest are not welcome and will be resisted,” Alonzo Rivas, MALDEF Midwest Regional Counsel said in a statement.</p><p>The Republican-controlled Indiana State House pushed S.B. 590, although many Hoosier Democrats supported the measure which drew harsh criticism and protest by those opposed to it.</p><p>Several more controversial aspects were nixed from the bill, such as giving an Indiana State Trooper the right to pull over anyone who appeared to be an undocumented immigrant.</p><p>But other provisions, primarily against businesses who knowingly hire undocumented immigrants, remain in the law.</p><p>The bill is already being challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union.</p><p>Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said Indiana is seeking to delay hearings on all challenges to the bill until the U.S. Supreme Court decides Arizona’s own tough immigration law.</p><p>“We will be seeking a stay in this case in addition to the previous case while the U.S. Supreme Court considers a challenge to Arizona’s immigration statute. Indiana will join with other states in seeking a ruling from the Supreme Court that will provide some guidance to states on immigration since Congress has thus far failed to enact or enforce federal immigration policies,” Zoeller said in a statement to WBEZ on Tuesday.</p><p>IN December, the U.S. Supreme Court announced plans to hear the case challenging Arizona’s immigration law this spring.</p></p> Thu, 22 Dec 2011 01:13:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/latino-group-joins-lawsuits-against-indiana-over-immigration-law-95097 The voters strike back: GOP shellacked http://www.wbez.org/blog/achy-obejas/2011-11-09/voters-strike-back-gop-shellacked-93910 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-09/AP111108148896.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-09/AP111108148896.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 318px; margin: 5px; float: left;" title="(AP/Matt York)">Looking over the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/10/us/politics/voters-defeat-many-gop-sponsored-measures.html?_r=1&amp;hp">election results</a> from last night, all I can think is: It’s a good day in America.<br> <br> Yes, yes, so much excitement about the defeat of the anti-union measure in Ohio, the weird “personhood” proposal in Mississippi, the fact that the Democratic governor was easily re-elected in Kentucky (land of Rand Paul), and a black woman is new mayor of Gary, Indiana.<br> <br> But the craziest encouraging sign that perhaps there is some sense in the world? <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/arizona-recall-why-russell-pearce-lost/2011/11/09/gIQALj6a5M_blog.html">Arizona’s state senate president Russell Pearce</a>, the man who wrote Arizona’s draconian immigration law, was sent packing in an historic recall election -- a thorough trouncing, in fact -- by his constituents.<br> <br> Sure, he was replaced by a Republican, Jerry Lewis, but a <em>moderate</em> Republican, for Pete’s sake, and that’s an endangered species any sensible human being should want to save. And, sure, the Mormon Church had much to do with Pearce’s derailment but -- <em>God!</em> -- isn’t it great when religious institutions actually assist the meek? Plus, it makes up a little bit -- <em>just a little itty bit</em> -- for the Mormons’ ugly involvement in California’s<a href="http://articles.sfgate.com/2008-10-27/bay-area/17137948_1_mormons-salt-lake-city-based-church-ballot-measure"> Prop 8</a> debacle.<br> <br> The cherry on top of all this would be if the Democrats actually kept the Republicans from <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/gop-hopes-national-discontent-sways-voters-in-virginia/2011/11/06/gIQAv5wR3M_story.html?hpid=z3">controlling all of Virginia’s state government</a>. Right now, it looks like the GOP has majorities in both houses, plus the governorship. A total of 86 votes may be the difference between absolute GOP control or some semblance of democracy.<br> <br> But even better would be if the Democrats saw this for what it is: a warning shot that the GOP understands it’s not a majority party and won’t be playing that game much longer. Instead, the Republican party will be staking out particular territories for concentrated efforts, creating power bases to leverage national issues and policies that they can’t otherwise win. It’s a strategy born of the Tea Party, but now absolutely mainstreamed by the GOP.</p></p> Wed, 09 Nov 2011 20:39:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/achy-obejas/2011-11-09/voters-strike-back-gop-shellacked-93910 Bill would free Cook County inmates wanted by ICE http://www.wbez.org/story/bill-would-free-cook-county-inmates-wanted-ice-89634 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-July/2011-07-26/cook-County-Jail-2_Flickr_Zol87.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A Cook County commissioner is quietly proposing an ordinance that would require the county’s massive jail to release some inmates wanted by immigration authorities.</p><p>Sponsored by Jesús García, D-Chicago, the measure would prohibit the jail from holding inmates based on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement request unless they have been convicted of a felony or two misdemeanors, and unless the county gets reimbursed.</p><p>The legislation’s preamble says complying with the ICE requests, known as detainers, “places a great strain on our communities by eroding the public trust that local law enforcement depends on to secure the accurate reporting of criminal activity and to prevent and solve crimes.”</p><p>The jail now holds detainees requested by ICE for up to 48 hours after their criminal cases would allow them to walk free. Sheriff Tom Dart’s office says the jail turns over about a half dozen inmates to the federal agency each business day.</p><p>Dart this month <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/sheriff-mulls-freeing-inmates-wanted-immigration-charges-89233">told WBEZ his staff was exploring legal options</a> for releasing some of these inmates. The sheriff said his review began after he noticed that San Francisco County Sheriff Michael Hennessey had ordered his department to quit honoring certain ICE detainers beginning June 1.</p><p>If Dart’s office follows Hennessey’s path or if García’s legislation wins approval, Cook County could become the nation’s largest local jurisdiction to halt blanket compliance with ICE holds.</p><p>“Cook County would be a counter pole to Arizona’s Maricopa County,” says Chris Newman, general counsel of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, a Los Angeles-based group that opposes involving local authorities in immigration enforcement.</p><p>García’s office didn’t return WBEZ calls or messages about his legislation. The offices of Sheriff Dart and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said they had seen the bill but declined to say whether they supported it.</p><p>A spokeswoman for Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said late Tuesday her office had not been consulted about García’s proposal. A 2009 letter from Alvarez to Dart’s office said federal law required the sheriff to comply with “any ICE detainers.”</p><p>In recent months, however, immigration authorities have acknowledged that local jails do not have to comply with the detainers.</p><p>ICE spokeswoman Leticia Zamarripa, asked for comment about García’s legislation, sent a statement calling the detainers “critical” for deporting “criminal aliens and others who have no legal right to remain in the United States.”</p><p>“Individuals arrested for misdemeanors may ultimately be identified as recidivist offenders with multiple prior arrests, in addition to being in violation of U.S. immigration law,” the ICE statement said. “These individuals may have been deported before or have outstanding orders of removal.” Jurisdictions that ignore immigration detainers would be responsible for “possible public safety risks,” the statement added.</p><p>García’s proposal is on the county board’s agenda for Wednesday morning. Possible steps by commissioners include referring the measure to committee or approving it immediately.</p></p> Tue, 26 Jul 2011 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/bill-would-free-cook-county-inmates-wanted-ice-89634 McCain Thanks Obama, Defends Palin, In Washington Post http://www.wbez.org/story/arizona/mccain-thanks-obama-defends-palin-washington-post <p><p>Sen. John McCain may be one of the few people this week to embrace both President Obama and Sarah Palin. He certainly is a unique position, having run against Obama and with Palin in 2008.</p><p>In a <a href="washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/14/AR2011011403871.html">Washington Post op-ed piece Friday</a>, McCain praised the president's Tucson speech for its unifying message. "I commend and thank him for it," he said.</p><p>In the same piece, McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, seemed to have his 2008 running mate in mind when he asked readers to consider how hurtful it would be to be accused in some way of contributing to the Tucson attack.</p><p>Not only did McCain thank Obama for delivering a healing speech, he also rejected charges that Obama is anything less than a patriot.</p><p><blockquote></p><p>I disagree with many of the president's policies, but I believe he is a patriot sincerely intent on using his time in office to advance our country's cause. I reject accusations that his policies and beliefs make him unworthy to lead America or opposed to its founding ideals. And I reject accusations that Americans who vigorously oppose his policies are less intelligent, compassionate or just than those who support them.</p><p></blockquote></p><p></p><p>A few paragraphs later, McCain appeared to defend Palin not just from charges that she somehow had culpability in the crime, though he never mentioned her by name.</p><p>He also appeared to defend her controversial video defense that went viral the morning of the Tucson unity event at which Obama spoke.</p><p>Politics is a "bruising business," he said. Even so:</p><p><blockquote></p><p>That doesn't mean, however, that those injuries are always easy to slough off and bear with perfect equanimity. Political leaders are not and cannot reasonably be expected to be indifferent to the cruelest calumnies aimed at their character. Imagine how it must feel to have watched one week ago the incomprehensible massacre of innocents committed by someone who had lost some essential part of his humanity, to have shared in the heartache for its victims and in the admiration for those who acted heroically to save the lives of others - and to have heard in the coverage of that tragedy voices accusing you of complicity in it.</p><p>It does not ask too much of human nature to have the empathy to understand how wrong an injury that is or appreciate how strong a need someone would feel to defend him or herself against such a slur...</p><p></blockquote></p><p>Again, his defense of Obama and Palin isn't so much interesting for what he says about the two people as it is for the history he shares with them. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1295053931?&gn=McCain+Thanks+Obama%2C+Defends+Palin%2C+In+Washington+Post&ev=event2&ch=129828651&h1=White+House,Congress,It%27s+All+Politics,Tucson,Sen.+John+McCain,Arizona,President+Obama,Sarah+Palin,Politics,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=132945011&c7=1001&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1001&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110114&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c31=130357600,130215202,129828651,128569305,126945775,126141354,126026613,125944232,132783213,127088100,132937527,132935358,132935356,129459555,128654323,127602855,127602802,103943429,131960177,132783213,132935868,129865776,129828651,132783213,132934340,132934338,127602855,127602596,127088100,126951452,103943429,132933897,132933849,127602855,127602464,126928281,103943429,132933287,132933276,130215202,129865776,129828651,125936742&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Fri, 14 Jan 2011 18:12:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/arizona/mccain-thanks-obama-defends-palin-washington-post Potential dangers of political rhetoric http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/potential-dangers-political-rhetoric <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/hate speech_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>President Barack Obama will travel to Tucson, Ariz. Wednesday to attend a memorial service for the victim’s of last weekend’s shootings. The tragedy has provoked a lot of discussion – much of it heated – about the current tone of American politics.<br> <br> It’s still not clear what exactly motivated the alleged shooter, Jared Lee Loughner. That he attacked a Congresswoman has some arguing that our political atmosphere – filled with violent words and images – is pushing some to consider or commit violent acts.</p><p><a href="http://www.northwestern.edu/ipr/people/soto.html" target="_blank">Victoria DeFrancesco Soto</a> joined "Eight Forty-Eight" to discuss the consequences of political rhetoric. She studied how the 2008 presidential campaign ads shaped public opinion and vote choice. She is also an assistant professor of political science at Northwestern University and a faculty fellow at the <a href="http://www.northwestern.edu/ipr/" target="_blank">Institute for Policy Research</a>.</p><p>She is also from Arizona <a href="http://giffords.house.gov/" target="_blank">Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords</a>’ district.</p><p><em>Music Button: Pitch Black, "Harmonia", from the CD Waveform Transmissions Vol. 3, (Waveform)</em></p></p> Wed, 12 Jan 2011 14:53:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/potential-dangers-political-rhetoric