Voters in Arizona struck a blow for sanity on Tuesday. They voted to oust State Sen. Russell Pearce, the president of the Arizona State Senate and a champion of anti-immigrant legislation. Pearce was defeated by another Republican, Jerry Lewis.
Pearce not only was a prime mover in the successful effort to pass a law requiring police to ask for the documents of those they suspect of being in this country illegally, he also pushed for a law, that is now dead, that would have required medical personnel and teachers to do the same. His defeat is a victory for sanity.