Phoenix, AZ – Pearce has headed the Appropriations Committee for the last two years. But he is best known for his perennial and often controversial efforts to find new ways the state can have an impact on illegal immigration. Pearce said his new position leading his party and the entire Senate won't alter that.
Phoenix, AZ – The sweep started right at the top, with incumbent Jan Brewer handily defeating Terry Goddard. But Brewer acknowledged in her victory speech that this wasn't simply an Arizona phenomenon.
(Tonight the people have redeemed and renewed America. Tonight we've foreclosed on a House: The one that used to be run by Nancy Pelosi.)
Goddard agreed that much of the problems that faced Arizona Democrats this year originated in Washington.
Phoenix, AZ – Current representative and senator-elect Kyrsten Sinema blamed the anti-Democratic wave at the state capitol on frustration with the economy and the failure of the federal government to do more about illegal immigration. But Sinema said that, at the local level, she and her fellow Arizona Democrats are not planning to change their message.
Flagstaff, AZ – Ben Shelly defeated New Mexico State Senator Lynda Lovejoy by about 35 hundred votes in a hard-fought campaign. Lovejoy was vying to become the first woman ever elected President of the Navajo Nation. But Shelly also made history he'll be the first Navajo Nation president ever from New Mexico.
He told a cheering crowd in Window Rock and the audience of Navajo radio station KTNN that he won ``with the help of the people.''
Phoenix, AZ – Incumbent Jan Brewer has repeatedly blamed much of the state's fiscal woes on her predecessor. She said Democrat Janet Napolitano continued to increase spending even when the economy began to turn south in 2007. Now Brewer, who is likely to win a term of her own, will have her own mandate. And she will have an even bigger margin in the Legislature. But Pullen said that doesn't mean the economy is going to be picking up.