The seat of former Rep. Trent Franks (R), “who resigned over accusations of sexual harassment, has long looked sure to stay in GOP hands in the upcoming April special election. But local Democrats say they believe they’re in the middle of a political sea change that will turn Arizona into a midterm battleground and marquee presidential swing state.”
“It’s an admission Democrats elsewhere have been hesitant to make in a series of House special elections in deep-red districts over the last year. Hobbled and cash-strapped state parties have been little help, while national Democrats have sought to avoid embarrassment and a waste of resources when they know a long list of potentially more competitive targets are up for grabs in November. Arizona Democrats say they see the race in the 8th District” — where emergency room physician Hiral Tipirneni (D) won last Tuesday’s Democratic primary — “as a test run for their organizing efforts since President Donald Trump took office. A competitive contest in the Maricopa County suburbs west of Phoenix would confirm that a massive shift is taking place across the state.”
Tipirneni: “There’s a sleeping giant that’s awakening in our district, and people feel like they’re being talked to for the first time in a long time.”“This year, though, Democrats in the West Valley say they want to fight. … As chairwoman” of the Arizona Democratic Party, Felecia Rotellini said “she’s launched a 15-county plan reminiscent of former Democratic National Committee Howard Dean’s 50-state strategy. The goal, she said, is for voters to hear Democrats’ message everywhere in the state.” (CNN)
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"The United States is preparing to shelter as many as 20,000 migrant children on four American military bases" in Texas and Arkansas, "as federal officials struggled to carry out President Trump’s order to keep immigrant families together after they are apprehended at the border."
"House Republican leaders are further delaying a vote on a compromise immigration bill, planning to make changes to the legislation for a vote next week. The news comes after a two-hour Republican Conference meeting Thursday, in which authors of the bill walked through its contents and members raised concerns about issues the bill doesn’t address, multiple GOP lawmakers said. Many members requested the addition of a provision to require employers to use the E-Verify database to cheek the legal status of their employees."
After a conservative-backed immigration bill failed in the House, 193-231, leaders "postponed a vote on a 'compromise' immigration proposal until Friday. ... GOP leaders, however, are under no impression that they'll be able to secure the 218 votes needed in the next 24 hours to pass the text. Rather, the delay is to give members more time to read the bill."