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McCain and Flake echo Goldwater and Arizona's independent tradition
McCain and Flake echo Goldwater and Arizona's independent tradition

Arizona sometimes seems like the Rodney Dangerfield of states, politically speaking, squished between the blue behemoth of California and the red swagger of Texas, a state seeking respect  whose votes have rarely, if ever, made the difference in a national race. Surely one day it will be competitive, so Democrats keep hoping, but that day has not come. In the meantime some of the Republicans who run Arizona have caused it to be seen as a haven of immigrant-bashing politicians who battle gay rights and civil rights measures on the side. But there once was a very different profile of the Arizona politician, and its likeness has come into very sharp relief in recent days with two...

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