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Dec 15, 2011 Arizona sheriff faces federal allegations of discrimination against Latinos

QUOTE: Arizona's Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, under the leadership of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, has engaged in systemic discrimination against Latinos...A comprehensive investigation found the practices include "unlawful stops, detentions and arrests of Latinos,"...

CNN (Cable News Network)
Sep 22, 2011 Report: Border Patrol abuses widespread

QUOTE: nearly 13,000 testimonies whose results were released in a report this week. The findings went beyond denial of food and water. Migrants held by the Border Patrol spoke of being exposed to extreme heat or cold, sleep deprivation, death threats, and psychological abuse such as blaring music with lyrics about migrants dying in the desert.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Sep 03, 2011 Arizona Redistricting Panel Is Under Attack, Even Before Its Work Is Done

QUOTE: the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, with two Republican members, two Democratic members and an independent chairwoman, has found itself subject to such fierce attacks that its work is being questioned even before that work has been done. The stakes are high — explosive population growth over the last decade, especially among Latinos, entitles the state to one more Congressional seat, its ninth.

New York Times
Aug 13, 2011 Bishops Criticize Tough Alabama Immigration Law

QUOTE: Since June, when Gov. Robert Bentley, a Republican, signed an immigration enforcement law called the toughest in the country by critics and supporters alike, the opposition has been vocal and unceasing....An Episcopal bishop, a Methodist bishop and a Roman Catholic archbishop and bishop, all based in Alabama, sued on the basis that the new statute violated their right to free exercise of religion...

New York Times
Jun 27, 2011 Justices Strike Down Arizona Campaign Finance Law

QUOTE: the Supreme Court on Monday struck down an Arizona law that provided escalating matching funds to candidates who accept public financing...The majority said the law violated the First Amendment rights of candidates who raise private money.

New York Times
Jun 19, 2011 McCain blames some Arizona wildfires on illegal immigrants

QUOTE: U.S. Sen. John McCain is blaming illegal immigrants for starting some of the wildfires that have scorched hundreds of thousands of acres in Arizona...The Arizona senator, however, did not say what the evidence is, prompting a swift rebuke from Latino civil rights advocates.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jan 11, 2011 If You Think Someone Is Mentally Ill: Loughner's Six Warning Signs

QUOTE: In most states, including Arizona, it's predictably difficult to detain someone involuntarily due to mental illness. If he is not deemed an imminent danger to himself or others, as determined by a judge, in almost all cases, treatment will not come without the person in question admitting that they are ill and need help. Even then, there is no guarantee that help will come readily or swiftly.

Time Magazine
Jan 09, 2011 Shooting Casts a Harsh Spotlight on Arizona’s Unique Politics

QUOTE: While the individual components of Arizona are shared by other states, the mix of the state’s border proximity, rapid growth and dire fiscal circumstances have combined in the last few years into a riveting and sometimes chilling theater of fiscal, political and cultural tensions.

New York Times
Jan 07, 2011 Rift in Arizona as Latino Class Is Found Illegal

QUOTE: ...Mr. Acosta’s class and others in the Tucson Unified School District’s Mexican-American program have been declared illegal by the State of Arizona — even while similar programs for black, Asian and American Indian students have been left untouched....It was Mr. Horne, as the state’s superintendent of public instruction, who wrote a law aimed at challenging Tucson’s ethnic-studies program. The Legislature passed the measure last spring, and Gov. Jan Brewer signed it into law in May amid the fierce protests raging over the state’s immigration crackdown.

New York Times
Dec 08, 2010 LAWA Land: The Supreme Court hears about Arizona's other controversial immigration law.

QUOTE: The Supreme Court busies itself today with that law's Mini-Me, the 2007 Legal Arizona Workers Act, which goes much further than federal immigration law in sanctioning state employers who hire illegal workers. Both today's case and the one the court will inevitably hear about SB 1070 test the same general proposition: Does federal immigration law pre-empt—or preclude—the states from passing their own, tougher immigration laws?

Apr 23, 2010 U.S.’s Toughest Immigration Law Is Signed in Arizona

QUOTE: Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona signed the toughest illegal immigration bill in the country into law on Friday, aimed at identifying, prosecuting and deporting illegal immigrants. The governor’s move unleashed immediate protests and reignited the divisive battle over immigration reform nationally. Even before she signed the bill at a 4:30 p.m. news conference here, President Obama strongly criticized it.

New York Times
Apr 21, 2010 Tribe Wins Fight to Limit Research of Its DNA

QUOTE: Seven years ago, the Havasupai Indians, who live amid the turquoise waterfalls and red cliffs miles deep in the Grand Canyon, issued a “banishment order” to keep Arizona State University employees from setting foot on their reservation — an ancient punishment for what they regarded as a genetic-era betrayal....their blood samples had been used to study many other things, including mental illness and theories of the tribe’s geographical origins that contradict their traditional stories.

New York Times
Oct 23, 2009 Arizona May Put State Prisons in Private Hands

QUOTE: It is the first effort by a state [Arizona] to put its entire prison system under private control.

New York Times
Jul 26, 2009 Uranium Contamination Haunts Navajo Country

QUOTE: homes are being demolished and rebuilt under a new government program that seeks to identify what are very likely dozens of uranium-contaminated structures still standing on Navajo land and to temporarily relocate people living in them until the homes can be torn down and rebuilt.

New York Times
Apr 11, 2009 Strip-Search Case Could Redefine Student Privacy

QUOTE: [Savana Redding] had been strip-searched by school officials in a futile hunt for drugs.

Washington Post
Nov 08, 2008 Citing Workload, Public Lawyers Reject New Cases

QUOTE: Public defenders’ offices in at least seven states are refusing to take on new cases or have sued to limit them, citing overwhelming workloads that they say undermine the constitutional right to counsel for the the most open revolt by public defenders in memory, many of the government-appointed lawyers say that state budget cuts and rising caseloads have pushed them to the breaking point.

New York Times
Sep 09, 2008 Midwife Delivery Can Lead to Passport Denial

QUOTE: "In a lawsuit, the American Civil Liberties Union alleges that the government is systematically discriminating against U.S.-born citizens on the basis of ethnicity and national origin. Attorneys for the plaintiff assert that such arbitrary bans disproportionately affect rural and poor people who have less access to doctors."

Washington Post
Aug 30, 2008 Indians’ Water Rights Give Hope for Better Health

QUOTE: More than a hundred years ago, the Gila River, siphoned off by farmers upstream, all but dried up here in the parched flats south of Phoenix, plunging an Indian community that had depended on it for centuries of farming into starvation and poverty....after decades of litigation that produced the largest water-rights settlement ever in Indian country, the Indians here are getting some of their water back.

New York Times
Mar 12, 2008 Principal Sees Injustice, and Picks a Fight With It

QUOTE: Under the [Arizona] statute popularly known as Proposition 300, illegal immigrants could not receive in-state tuition at public colleges and universities in Arizona. Nor could school administrators...use state money to pay it.”

New York Times
Jan 27, 2008 Arizona Law Takes a Toll on Nonresident Students

QUOTE: ...[a new Arizona law] forbids college students who cannot prove they are legal residents from receiving state financial assistance...the law also prohibits in-state tuition for illegal immigrants. “I see it as a very cruel law,” [said one student]..."These are people who have basically lived in America their whole lives, know nothing else, and now their shot at the American dream is gone.”

New York Times
Jan 27, 2008 Fairness On the Ballot

QUOTE: defenders of racial preferences, such as the politicians who administer and benefit from Missouri's racial spoils system. The crux of the Missouri Civil Rights Initiative (MoCRI) would amend that state's constitution to say: "The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education or public contracting."

Washington Post
Dec 01, 2007 Immigrants in New York Better Off, Study Finds

QUOTE: Foreign-born New Yorkers are better educated, more likely to have health insurance and less likely to have entered the country illegally compared with immigrants in the rest of the country, according to a new analysis.

New York Times
Jun 05, 2007 Shooting case has border agents on edge: Morale slides, says union, in wake of prison time for two agents who used deadly force.

QUOTE: At the center of the storm over use of force are two border patrol agents in west Texas who, in January, began serving prison time for shooting and wounding a drug smuggler as he fled toward Mexico and then covering up evidence...But for field agents, the case goes deeper, chilling both their willingness to use deadly force and their morale, says T.J. Bonner, president of the National Border Patrol Council, the union that represents 11,000 nonsupervisory personnel at the agency.

Christian Science Monitor
Apr 24, 2007 On tighter US border with Mexico, violence rises: US law officers and illegal border-crossers are under increased attack, as beefed-up patrols cut into smugglers' illicit trade.

QUOTE: The escalation in violent crime is most pronounced here in Arizona, where border-tightening measures have put a clamp on the preferred route of "coyotes" and smuggling rings. During the first three months of the year, roaming bandits, heavily armed and looking to hijack valuable payloads, waged at least eight attacks on illicit shipments of people or drugs traversing Arizona.

Christian Science Monitor
Dec 31, 2006 States Take Lead on Ethics Rules for Lawmakers

QUOTE: Several states, responding to the federal scandals as well as their own statehouse imbroglios, have already adopted more sweeping gift and travel bans, broader measures to end the central role of lobbyists or government contractors in financing campaigns and new public campaign financing intended to reduce lawmakers’ dependence on big donors.

New York Times
Dec 10, 2006 Dairy Industry Crushed Innovator Who Bested Price-Control System (Harvesting Cash The Milk Lobby Strikes Back)

QUOTE: A maverick dairyman named Hein Hettinga started bottling his own milk and selling it for as much as 20 cents a gallon less than the competition, exercising his right to work outside the rigid system that has controlled U.S. milk production for almost 70 years....Last March, Congress passed a law reshaping the Western milk market and essentially ending Hettinga's experiment -- all without a single congressional hearing.

Washington Post
Jul 10, 2006 Voter registration issues cloud elections

QUOTE: A relatively obscure area of election law has sparked a flurry of lawsuits over who gets to register new voters and how they perform the task...Advocates of tighter rules say they're trying to prevent election fraud. Critics contend the rules could be used to disenfranchise voters who might make a difference.

May 03, 2006 Hill Impasse Spurs State Action on Immigration

QUOTE: For the most part, the new state measures are designed to get tough on illegal immigrants, on employers who give them jobs and on state officials who give them benefits...At the same time, though, some states are moving in the other direction -- making life easier for immigrants, legal or otherwise.

Washington Post
Dec 11, 2005 House to Take Up Stricter Immigration Measure: GOP, Administration Divided on Plan to Boost Border Security, Tighten Job Market

QUOTE: Driven by the rising anger of their constituents, House Republicans are pushing ahead with tough legislation to tighten control of the nation's borders and clamp down on the hiring of illegal immigrants -- without offering new avenues for such immigrants to find lawful employment.

Washington Post
Oct 23, 2005 Who Should Redistrict?

QUOTE: many of the complaints about elections would really disappear simply by taking the redistricting process out of the hands of elected officials? Houston says districts should be compact and competitive, but in California, like-minded people tend to cluster.

New York Times
Jul 30, 2003 State high court asked to void gay-rights order by Napolitano

QUOTE: Gov. Janet Napolitano illegally stripped power from the Legislature when she issued an executive order guaranteeing equal employment rights for gays in state agencies, according to a petition filed in the Arizona Supreme Court.

Arizona Republic
Dec 22, 2000 Student Failure Causes States to Retool Testing Programs

QUOTE: Rocked by two straight years of widespread failure (88 percent of the sophomores failed the math test the previous spring, in a pilot run), state education officials have concluded that the test is too hard and have absolved any class graduating before 2004, at the earliest, of having to pass it. In retrenching on that test, and on a writing exam where scores were only marginally better, Arizona, too, has company...

New York Times