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I began this blog in May 2009 following the death of Marcia Powell at Perryville State Prison in Goodyear, Arizona. It is not intended to prescribe the path that leads to freedom from the prison industrial complex.

Rather, these are just my observations in arguably the most racist, fascist, militaristic state in the nation at a critical time in history for a number of intersecting liberation movements. From Indigenous resistance to genocidal practices, to the fight over laws like SB1070 and the ban on Ethnic Studies, Arizona is at the center of many battles for human rights, and thus the struggle for prison abolition as well - for none are free until all are. I retired the blog in APRIL 2013.

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Friday, July 31, 2009

Arpaio more popular than Obama

And this is disturbing. This is where Arizonan's priorities are?

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poll: Arpaio more popular than Obama, stimulus not helping

Wednesday, July 29, 2009, 3:01pm MST

Phoenix Business Journal - by Mike Sunnucks

Arizonans like Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio more than President Barack Obama and are not keen on the federal stimulus or creating a government-run health system, according a Rasmussen Reports poll.

The survey of 500 likely Arizona voters gave Obama a 46 percent approval rating compared to 57 percent for Arpaio.

Forty percent said the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is not good for the ailing economy, 32 percent said it is not making a difference and 24 percent said it is helping.

Sixty-five percent of those surveyed said securing the border is more important than figuring out what to do with illegal immigrants already in the U.S. One in 5 said legalizing undocumented immigrants is more important than border security.

The Rasmussen poll also found that 52 percent oppose creation of a government-run health system to run alongside private-sector plans, while 43 percent of Arizonans supported the idea.

Fifty-one percent would prefer to see federal action first on immigration and the border and then health care. Forty-five percent want health care addressed first.

Gov. Jan Brewer got a 48 percent approval rating in the poll while only 17 percent liked the job the Legislature was doing.

The poll backs Brewer’s push for a temporary sales tax hike to help solve the state’s budget woes. Fifty-seven percent supported a 1-cent sales tax hike if the money goes toward schools, 38 percent opposed it.

The poll was conducted July 21.

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