Michael Nowakowski, vice mayor of Phoenix, paints a different picture of what is going on in Arizona. He also feels that sb 1070 is being used to parlay people’s fears into an election win for the current governor. He speaks of the crime rate being down in his state. He believes people being scared off and he is tired of the governor telling the nation that people are being beheaded in Arizona all as a political ploy.

Maybe the vice mayor isn’t running for re-election this cycle?   A ruling is expected today or tomorrow ruling whether the injunction to halt 1070  going in to effect is granted.

30 Thoughts to “Vice Mayor of Phoenix Tells a Different Story”

  1. Starryflights


    While the controversy is unlikely to severely damage Democrats, neither will it be all positive for Republicans.

    It has energized some Republican primary races — notably Brewer’s run for the party’s gubernatorial nomination on August 24. A Rasmussen Reports poll in June showed her opening up a 49 point lead over her nearest rival, Dean Martin, with whom she was tied as recently as March.

    But embracing the law carries greater risks for the GOP with Hispanics, the country’s fastest-growing minority and an increasingly hefty voting bloc which turned out 2 to 1 for Obama against Republican candidate and Arizona Senator John McCain in 2008.


    SB 1070 will likely help Gov Brewer win the Republican nomination, but not much else.

  2. Hasn’t she won it already? When is that election?

    I don’t see why this isn’t obvous. Do people not see it is yet another politician pandering for their vote?

    I think that John McCain is the perfect barometer for this issue. In 2007 he led the charge for reform. Now he is putting on the ‘heads on pikes’ face and slamming immigration as deadly because it didn’t work the other way in 2007. Not that much has changed in AZ.

  3. Second-Alamo

    Come oooooooooooon Thursday! BTW, just how long does it take to get from Arizona to Virginia? Checkpoints on I95 North, or 66 East? Perhaps the establishment of a Virginia Border Patrol? Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

  4. Second-Alamo

    Wait, wait, wait, wait, that’s all I’m hearing. We’ve waited, and in that time millions have crossed over illegally. How fricking long, forever? It’s time to act, and that is the ONLY option! Arizona is taking one for the Gipper, literally!

  5. You gonna join the VA Border Patrol, SA?

    You think there is going to be an injunction? Partical injunction?

    Are you more concerned with lawn care workers in Virginia or drug cartels coming across the border? I know where I would put my money. How is 1070 going to halt that drug cartel smuggling? I expect they will laugh at it. And all awhile the local cops and sheriffs are out apprehending and capturing lawn care and kitchen workers, the drug cartels will be laughing all the way to the bank. Good diversion, AZ.

  6. Starryflights

    Moon-howler :Hasn’t she won it already? When is that election?

    She hasn’t won anything yet. The Arizona primaries are in late August. She will likely win it. McCain and Heyworth are also going toe to toe. The general election is in November.

    Interestingly enough, there are also gubernatorial elections in California and Texas, and neither of the Republican nominees supports Arizone-type laws in their respective states.

  7. Oh shoot, that’s right. What a ridiculous time to have a primary. Who is running against her in the primary?

    Dumb question on my part. I knew the McCain/Heyworth election was in August. I don’t know why I didn’t figure out that Brewer might have a contender.

  8. Slowpoke Rodriguez

    Meanwhile, news is the Arizona “boycotts” are flopping big time. 🙂

    1. There is no way to see the Grand Canyon without going to AZ. There is no way to go to the huge Tucson gem show in late January without going to AZ.

      So how are the boycotts flopping? That doesn’t make sense. People either boycott or they don’t. Are we speaking financial impact?

  9. Starryflights

    Well, I guess that proves that Arizona hasn’t been as overrun with dangerous illegal aliens then if everyone is taking their vacations there, haha!

  10. Ah ha! perhaps you are on to something. We will see how all the gem folks do in Tucson this winter. Of all the people I know who flock there for that mecca of all meccas for jewelry, no one has ever mentioned feeling in danger.

  11. SA, isnt the Gipper sort of why you have the problem you have now? Didn’t he do [best Satan voice] AMNESTY!!!!!!!!!???????????????

  12. Slowpoke, is that baby here yet? Has Mrs. Slow Poke killed your sorry A$$ yet over that not feeling any pain yet remark you made? [evil grin ]

  13. Slowpoke Rodriguez

    Moon-howler :
    Slowpoke, is that baby here yet? Has Mrs. Slow Poke killed your sorry A$$ yet over that not feeling any pain yet remark you made? [evil grin ]

    Apparently, the little one likes where he’s at. Due Date is Aug 4. Yes, we’re talking financial impact.

  14. hello

    “Well, I guess that proves that Arizona hasn’t been as overrun with dangerous illegal aliens then if everyone is taking their vacations there, haha!”

    Uh, you obviously have NO clue… on average over 1 person a day is kidnapped in Phoenix alone by drug cartels and human smugglers, that is just 1 city in AZ and that is only the ‘reported’ cases. These kidnap victims are often tortured, raped and killed.

    So, saying something like that is pretty…. how do I say this politely…. asinine.

  15. PWC Taxpayer

    Sheriff targeted in Justice probe arrested most immigrants deported in federal-local program

    Why you might ask. Well, Statistics obtained by The Associated Press show that the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office was responsible for deportations or forced departure of 26,146 immigrants since 2007. That’s about a quarter of the national total of 115,841 sent out of the U.S. by officers in 64 law enforcement agencies deputized to help enforce immigration laws, some since 2006, under the so-called 287(g) program. He must be violating somebody’s rights – according to this Justice Department and based on complaints filed by – wait for it – the ACLU. Of course ICE did the deportations.


  16. hello

    Forgot to mention that the ‘reported’ cases by most estimates only accounts for about a third of the actual kidnappings. That means that in Phoenix alone around 3 people EVERY DAY are kidnapped and the victims are usually raped, tortured and/or murdered.

  17. Rick Bentley

    Here’s an interesting question, which deserves to be asked of the people and of our Presdient, that the “mainstream media” is suppressing – now that there is incentive for illegal immigrants to go home, should we provide them safe passage? – http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/07/27/anti-immigrant-group-calls-safe-passage-illegals/

    Isn’t this what we want to pursue? or is it better to encourage them to stay.

  18. Hello, do you have any documentation of those facts that comes from anything close to a mainstream newspaper, TV or internet site?

    People can throw around any facts they want. Doesn’t make it true. Also were you talking about US citizens or legal residents being kidnapped or were you referring to people in the drug sub-culture being kidnapped?

  19. hello

    To tell you the truth Moon, and I think you know this, most of those kidnapped and then while in captivity raped, tortured and/or killed are mostly illegal immigrants. Mostly those that were smuggled into the country, the rest seem to be fellow smugglers, dealers and cartel members.

    But I suppose that makes them less ‘human’ in your eyes huh? Please verify because from what your were saying, from a humanitarian standpoint, is VERY disturbing!


  20. hello

    So it’s A-okay if those kidnapped, tortured and murderded are here illegally? Is that what your saying?

  21. I am not going to worry too much about what happens to members of a drug cartel. I don’t judge one’s humaness. But to set the record straight, I am not going to get all concerned if gangsters get hurt while they are being gangsters. I never mentioned illegal immigrants.

    If you were concerned about people’s humaness then you wouldn’t have made some of the nasty remarks on this blog about illegal immigrants over in your own neighborhood, you hypocrite!

  22. hello

    Please do tell the ‘nasty remarks on this blog’ I’ve made about ‘illegal immigrats over in my neighborhood’!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I can’t wait to see what you come up with for you calling me a hypocrite!

    Also, other drug cartel members only make up a fraction of those being kidnapped. Most are the ‘landscapers’ and ‘house keepers’ you claim to have a heart for.

    And I’m the hypocrite, please….

  23. Documentation. Where is it? I don’t mean some blather from some fish wrapper.

    1 a day? One lawn care worker or housekeeper per day is being kidnapped? For what purpose?

  24. Actually, Hello, you used to have a lot better blog manners. You didn’t used to have that nasty gotcha attitude.

    I seem to recall some rough-speak about the 7-11 over your way….Perhaps I have you confused with someone else.

  25. PWC Taxpayer

    I dunno MH, calling me and others who disagree with you carpetbaggers is pretty rough stuff in some quarters.

  26. Not really, TP. That, too, is a tradition. The only people who get offended are…well, frankly Scarlet, the carpetbaggers.

    Now if I had called someone a Yankee…well that would be another matter. (Actually I am half Yankee myself.)

  27. hello

    I see how it is Moon… you respond to me as “you hypocrite!” but the only evidence you have is – “I seem to recall some rough-speak about the 7-11 over your way”. Real nice… isn’t this the same type of crap you come down on other people for?

    If your going to be so strong in calling me a “hypocrite!” (notice the exclamation point) at least back it up or be able to.

    Also, you asked “One lawn care worker or housekeeper per day is being kidnapped? For what purpose?” – did you even bother reading the article I posed for you because of your request for evidence? Apparently not… no offense Moon but your getting quite lazy in your name calling, accusations and being able to back them up.

  28. hello

    good day Ma’am!

  29. Hello, you assume I am receiving a paycheck for keeping this blog? Yea, I am fairly lazy about the blog. I suggest you find another blog where the blogmeister is more energetic.

    If you are as rude to them as you generally are to me, you won’t last long. You come here nowadays (unlike when you first showed up on anti) all balls to the wall and then whine when you get a dose of it back. That also is pretty hypocritical. If you dish it out, you have to take it.

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