Moderates Risingby Golda Velez on Aug. 14, 2011, under Community, Politics & Government
A couple of months ago, fed up with Russell Pearce‘s posturing, I tried to look up who might be running against him in the next election cycle, thinking that even if it were a hopeless cause at least I could donate a few dollars and post an encouraging message to the brave soul. To my surprise, I discovered the not one but two recall campaigns, one by Somos Republicans and the larger, now successful campaign by Citizens for a Better Arizona.
This was something of an epiphany for me – all is not lost, and there are reasonable people up in Phoenix who just want the state to make sense. It seemed to me a personal obligation to at least find out about them, and help out where I could. Several interviews later, I was even more encouraged. The leader of the recall, Randy Parraz, was clearly a dedicated and intelligent guy who knows how to get things done. But more than that, talking to some of the volunteers, I realized that there is hope for Arizona – we don’t need a progressive revolution, we just need more active moderates, people who care about educating kids, dealing with problems, facing the tough issues and don’t necessarily have a particular ideological drum to beat. And there are more of those folks than you’d expect, even in conservative Mesa, Arizona.
With support from Spot.us, a community sponsored journalism site, I’ve written up my attempt at ‘real’ journalism, complete with statistics about tax cuts and revenue, connecting the dots between prisons, politicians, redistricting and the rise of the moderate activist. Check it out: