Posts Tagged ‘Arizona’

Arizona State Seeks Funding and Help for New Football Stadium

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Written by: Eric Forthun

Arizona State University has played in Sun Devil Stadium since 1958, yet they are now searching for a new means to make the stadium more viable. The current stadium, which consists of metal bleachers and older construction (only costing roughly $1 million at the time of build), has been home to professional teams like the Arizona Cardinals, and has hosted countless bowl games and sporting events.

The attempt to build a new stadium, though, could cost upwards of $300 million, a hefty amount for a new college stadium that would serve as an upgrade to the standing body. There is support amongst individuals in the community, particularly the school’s representatives, who see this as an option to not only earn money in the long run, but provide a memorable experience for students. Most do not care for the stadium’s older look and lack of accommodations, but the new upgrade could potentially allow for more amenities for students to search for during breaks.

Another major complaint about the current stadium is the lack of shade it provides, which is one of the largest factors in the new design. Large, wide-spread canopies would cover the stadium, or at least the bleachers, in hopes of providing viewers with more preferable situations. Officials hope that this will not only draw in more customers and students, but also allow for better viewing and more comfortable playing for the football players.

The cost, though, no matter how justifiable for the large upgrades planned, is still struggling to get support. While there are some who believe that the sporting events will draw in money, there are others who don’t see the cost as justifiable in the long run. Especially with the problems arising in public education right now, and the general lack of support amongst students for more ways to spend money that doesn’t go toward actual education, there isn’t enough of a claim by the university to warrant the cost.

The fight will persist, and the university hopes that the new stadium can shed light on the university as one of the top in the country. The new innovations, though, won’t be a complete remodeling, but a sign of rebirth as the college continues to thrive off of its widespread recognition. The football team, with a new coach and new hope for next year, wants there to be more public support for the team and the university itself, and the public may start to come around once the funding feels more opportune and appropriate.

As of now, though, the support isn’t substantial enough to mean anything, which will show the university what needs to be done to make the changes necessary.

Arizona’s Strict Immigration Laws Decrease State Tourism

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Arizona Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon

Arizona’s strict, new immigration laws may hurt the travel and tourism industries in the Grand Canyon state as companies, civil rights activists, cities, and states boycott Arizona in response to its new laws.  Arizona’s new immigration law authorizes authorities to stop anyone suspected of being an illegal immigrant and demand to see proof of citizenship on the spot.  Mayor Michael Coleman of Columbus, Ohio is one of the most recent politicians to ban state-funded travel to Arizona.  His decision is based upon his disapproval of racial profiling.  Other cities that have boycotted travel to the state of Arizona include Seattle, WA; San Diego, CA; Los Angeles, CA and St. Paul, MN. 

David Krietor, the deputy city manager of Phoenix, AZ has expressed his belief that the boycotts could cause his city to lose over $90 million over the next 5 years.  Factors contributing to these losses include a decrease in conventions taking place in Phoenix, Arizona as well as a reduction in tourism.  These fears are not insubstantial.  In the 1990’s, when the Arizona refused to recognize Martin Luther King Day as a paid holiday, it lost the bid for the 1993 Super Bowl.  Despite these fears, proponents of Arizona’s new immigration law in other states will most likely not be discouraged from visiting Arizona’s natural wonders such as the Grand Canyon and the Saguaro National Forest.

Short-sighted Republicans May Lose the Latin Vote Over Arizona’s Immigration Law

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They probably won't vote Republican ever again

Despite the popularity with the base Republicans, the parties leaders are starting to see how Arizona’s immigration law could really hurt the GOP‘s hispanic vote. Even the Republicans heading heavily Hispanic states – like Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Rick Perry – are expressing their criticisms as they call the law overreaching.

Those thinking long-term are worried that the drastic immigration law is just a quick political fix that may backfire as an enormous divergence between the expanding hispanic electorate, and the GOP. According to Matthew Dowd, George W. Bush’s chief strategist back in 2004, said that it’s impossible to win a national election without

Without documentation, citizens are aliens

the Latino vote, which is something the Republicans already had trouble with during previous attempts to penetrate the White House. Other members of the party concur as the express their concerns with the short-sighted decision. Karl Rove came to grips with the possibility of the bill having some constitutional problems; Rick Perry (of Texas) asserts that he has issues with the bill, which wouldn’t be a great idea in Texas; and even Jeb Bush was quoted saying: “I don’t think this is the proper approach.”

Nevertheless, the short-sighted law is popular with voters; however, ninety percent of Hispanics are not of legal age to vote in Arizona.

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