GOP could blow Arizona

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A brutal GOP primary is boosting Democrats’ chances of taking a Senate seat — and Obama’s chance to win the state.

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In 1976, Dennis DeConcini, a young, one-term Democratic prosecutor from Tucson, stormed to a 10-point victory in the U.S. Senate race after Republicans Sam Steiger and John Conlan eviscerated each other in a brutal primary. It was the last time the Democrats picked up a Senate seat in the Grand Canyon State.

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Sheriff Joe's anti-fed crusade

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His rebuff of the Justice Department proves his longtime strategy: Defend himself by attacking his critics

By John Dougherty

The only thing surprising about Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s pistol-whipping of the U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday is that anyone is shocked to see him thumbing his nose at the feds.

“This doesn’t surprise me at all,” says Alfredo Gutierrez, a former state legislator and longtime Latino civil rights leader in Phoenix. “It shouldn’t surprise anyone who has been following Arpaio over the last 20 years.”

Read the rest of the story first published in Salon.com here.

Sheriff Joe’s anti-fed crusade

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His rebuff of the Justice Department proves his longtime strategy: Defend himself by attacking his critics

By John Dougherty

The only thing surprising about Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s pistol-whipping of the U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday is that anyone is shocked to see him thumbing his nose at the feds.

“This doesn’t surprise me at all,” says Alfredo Gutierrez, a former state legislator and longtime Latino civil rights leader in Phoenix. “It shouldn’t surprise anyone who has been following Arpaio over the last 20 years.”

Read the rest of the story first published in Salon.com here.