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.

Visit me now at Arizona Prison Watch or Survivors of Prison Violence-AZ

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Guv Brewer still in the race.

Hooray!! I was hoping we'd keep her in the race...Sorry Jan, but you'll still be on our list anyway. So are you, Goddard. 

Brewer running for full term as Ariz. governor

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is running for a full term in next year's elections.

Her campaign committee filed organizational paperwork — signed by Brewer — on Thursday morning with the Secretary of State's Office, a step necessary under Arizona law to begin active campaigning.

Brewer was expected to formally announce her candidacy for a four-year term during a news conference later Thursday. 

Brewer became governor in January upon the resignation of Democrat Janet Napolitano. An ex-legislator and former county supervisor who was serving as Arizona's elected secretary of state when she was elevated to the governor's office, Brewer had said previously she was leaning toward running for a full term.

Napolitano resigned midway through her second term to become U.S. homeland security secretary. As a candidate, Brewer has the advantage of being an incumbent known to many Arizona voters. However, she will be running at a time when she and other leaders are making politically difficult decisions on how to solve Arizona's budget crisis.

Fellow Republicans had hailed her replacement of Napolitano but she angered many GOP legislators last spring by proposing a temporary sales tax increase to help close solve budget shortfalls in the budgets for the current and next two fiscal years.

Announced candidates for the 2010 Republican nomination include Tucson attorney John Munger, a former state Republican Party chairman, and Paradise Valley Mayor Vernon Parker is formally exploring whether to enter the race. State Treasurer Dean Martin also has expressed interest in running race, as did former Gov. Fife Symington before he decided to endorse Munger instead.

Attorney General Terry Goddard is regarded as the likely Democratic nominee. He has said he intends to run but has not made a formal announcement.

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