It looks like HaveDid.com will have something to talk about for a while. Let’s start with this snippet from AZCentral.com about the budget. Governor Brewer is going to have to deal with the real issues again instead of hiding behind Russell Pearce’s immigration bashing coattails.
While Brewer appeared to win handily Tuesday, the governor will face a series of challenges almost immediately.
Arizona faces a budget deficit in the current fiscal year of $825 million, or 8.6 percent of the general fund. The failure of Propositions 301 and 302 that were aimed at easing the deficit makes the prospect of a special session on the budget likely.
The state faces an additional deficit of $1.4 billion next year, and Brewer has ruled out any additional tax increases to close the gap.
Over the medium term, economists do not expect housing, the primary driver of the state’s economy, to rebound until 2014.
The state also will lose two major sources of income during the next governor’s term, as federal stimulus dollars disappear and the sales-tax increase voters approved this year expires.
Brewer has called for further spending reductions coupled with a public-private partnership aimed at bringing new industries to the state.
Brewer names three big sources likely to be cut: the Department of Health Services, the Department of Economic Security, and education, at the K-12 and college levels.
Those cuts would come on top of $2.2 billion in permanent spending reductions over the past two years.
From Dennis Gilman:
“This is video on Pearce’s opponent, Andrew Sherwood as he meets with Mesa’s voters. Sherwood challenges Pearce on the issues and his record. It’s not often a real leader with his courage comes along. I can see why Russell Pearce is afraid to debate him. Vote Tuesday.”
From Andrew Sherwood for Arizona Senate LD 18:
“People ask where is the proof that Russell Pearce voted to raise property taxes on Mesa home owners. The vote was on HB 2008, during the seventh (7th) special session in March of 2010. Click on the link and find item #94 on page 19. For Mesa residents, it is a permanent tax increase.”
The Republic obtained state Department of Public Safety records describing a 1988 car crash involving Jan Brewer, who was then a state senator.
AZ Fact Check looked at several issues in those documents, including whether Brewer was at fault in an alcohol-related crash and whether she received special treatment.
Brewer confirmed the basic details of the crash, as did the widow of the man Brewer hit. The DPS has not reproduced the records; The Republic obtained the records from another source.
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING AT: Was Brewer involved in an alcohol-related crash, and was she at fault?
Scans of the police report: http://www.azcentral.com/ic/pdf/1027brewer-1988-traffic-stop.pdf
“Watch Gabe Gonzalez from the Campaign for Community Change call out Sharron Angle on her most recent racist ads in her bid for Nevada’s Senate seat. Last night, Gonzalez joined Keith Olbermann to discuss the blatantly anti-Latino ads Sharron Angle’s camp released this week.
The race baiting tactic is nothing new (as Gonzalez and Olbermann discuss above) but it’s looking like this time around, it will back fire and actually work to mobilize the Latino and immigrant vote.”
I’ll have more to say about Democrat Andrew Sherwood later this week, but here’s a preview.
Sherwood’s going toe-to-toe with neo-Nazi-hugging, Republican state Senator Russell Pearce in Legislative District 18. That is, he would be going toe-to-toe with him if Pearce was man enough to show up to any of the candidate forums Sherwood’s been at.
The word is, folks hate Pearce’s guts in Mesa and would love to be rid of him. Which may be why you never see him at events down there. It’s so much easier to hole up at the legislature and bash Mexicans, you see.