Yesterday the Supreme Court heard opening arguments on Arizona’s controversial state passed immigration law SB1070, many on the bench expressed the feeling that they were sympathetic to the more controversial sections of the legislation. Meanwhile in Arizona the Presidential race is in a dead heat. The AZ Senate race between Richard Carmon and Rep. Jeff Flake is tightening up.
Supreme Court Opening Remarks On SB1070: Yesterday the Supreme Court heard opening arguments on Arizona’s controversial state passed immigration law SB1070, many on the bench expressed the feeling that they were sympathetic to the more controversial sections of the legislation.”The U.S. Supreme Court appears poised to allow at least one key part of Arizona’s controversial immigration law, Senate Bill 1070, to go into effect despite vehement opposition from the federal government and two lower-court rulings declaring that it violates federal law. The high court heard arguments Wednesday in the lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice, going nearly 30 minutes over the allotted hour to ensure the attorneys answered the justices’ numerous questions. Their line of questioning and several of their comments seemed to indicate that a majority may allow at least one, if not more, of the halted portions of the law to go into effect. A ruling will likely come by late June.”
Presidential Race Close in AZ: Meanwhile in Arizona the Presidential race between Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama is in a dead heat, giving new light to the idea that the state is in play for the Presidential Cycle. “Is Arizona truly a battleground state?The jury’s still out, but a second straight survey this week does indicate that it’s all knotted up between President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in Arizona. According to a Rocky Mountain Poll released Wednesday, 42% of registered voters in Arizona say they support Obama, with 40% backing Romney and a high 18% undecided. The president’s two percent margin is well within the survey’s sampling error, meaning it’s basically a dead heat in Arizona.”
Carmona Closing in Poll of AZ Senate Race: The Arizona Senate race between Richard Carmon and Rep. Jeff Flake is tightening up also giving credence to the fact that Arizona is a battleground state. “Democrats aren’t ahead in the Arizona Senate race – but they’re pretty close, according to a poll taken for former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona’s campaign. The survey, taken by the Democratic polling firm Anzalone Liszt, shows Carmona trailing GOP Rep. Jeff Flake by 4 percentage points, 39 percent to 43 percent. That’s barely within the poll’s 4-point margin of error. In a memo shared with POLITICO, Carmona’s pollster argues that the Democrat shows early strength with Hispanic voters and has “room for expansion” as the race proceeds. “Hispanic voters give Carmona a wide edge over Flake, favoring him 61% – 25% statewide. Hispanic women are even more supportive, giving him a 70% – 14% advantage over Flake,” the polling firm writes. “Just 22% of voters can identify Richard Carmona, including just 19% of white voters, giving him room to expand support. Carmona is best known in the Tucson market, where 46% of voters are familiar with him.”