If you are looking for complete coverage of the Brewer Recall, you can check here.
Lots of Kyl Recall coverage here.
Dupnik recall...not so much. The Republic has a nice profile on Dupnik that appears to be written in response to the recall--but incredibly, makes no reference to the recall.
The Star has at least mentioned the Dupnik recall, but this latest article seems like more of an effort to defend Dupnik than to discuss the controversy surrounding him.
What's the difference in these stories? Well, the obvious answer is that Kyl, Brewer and Pearce are Republicans and Dupnik is a Democrat. But that's only part of the story.
Let's say that you follow politics but you aren't an expert. You subscribe to the Republic, but you don't read the blogs and you consider yourself to be informed. That means that you rely on the newspaper to keep you informed on major events. The newspaper will separate the wheat from the chaff, eliminate the trivia and focus on the meaningful. One of the primary functions of the mainstream papers is to figure our what's important and what's not and then inform their readers without wasting their time.
Now let's go back to the recall stories. The papers have two failures here. The first is obvious--four prominent politicians are subject to recall drives and the paper covers the three Republicans and ignores the Democrat. OK, they are biased, not much new here.
The first failure is bias, but the second failure is analysis. The Dupnik recall is the one that's likely to be successful. It's not just that there are four recall and the Democratic one isn't getting any coverage. The truth is that there are four recalls and the only one that has any chance of getting any traction is the one that's ignored.
Kyl, Brewer and Pearce just came off contested elections. Kyl's race against Pederson was the most expensive in state history, took place during a Democratic year and occurred when the Arizona Democratic Party was much stronger than it is now. Kyl crushed Pederson. Since that time, the Republicans have come back into favor, the real estate debacle has weighed heavily on Pederson and had fallen so far that he was talking about running for Mayor of Phoenix and then even abandoned that. The fate of the Arizona Democratic Party has been even worse than Pedersons; the Party faced a debacle in 2008 and then got crushed in 2010. Kyl is in step with Arizona, while his opponents have fallen apart and there's no chance that he could be recalled.
The same is true of Brewer. Goddard was the Dem's best hope and he got crushed...dude, that was like two months ago. What makes anyone think that if Brewer was on the ballot again she wouldn't prevail?
Pearce? He's probably the most in touch with his district of any legislator. Frankly, the reason he scares so many people is that his immigration views are more in line with the rest of the state than the views of any other politician. When Pearce puts something on the ballot, it wins with 70% of the vote.
The efforts to recall Kyl, Brewer and Pearce are quixotic at best. The petition gatherers have virtually no chance of getting enough signatures and even if they did, Kyl, Brewer and Pearce are in step with their constituents, recently tested and will prevail by double digits.
Then there is Dupnik...
Dupnik was first elected 30 years ago. He's been viewed as non-partisan and non-controversial and never faced a serious electoral challenge--until he went on national TV and blamed local Conservatives for causing the most brutal crime in Arizona History.
Meanwhile, Pima County (in another under reported story) has experienced a Conservative revival. The Tucson Tea Party is the most active in the state. Moderates like Hershberger, Hellon and Bee have been replaced by Conservatives like Antenori, Vogt, Melvin, Gowen, Williams and Proud.
Dupnik has shown that he is way out of step with his constituents; he hasn't been tested in 30 years and the Conservatives that he falsely accused of motivating the Giffords' shooting are organized and on the rise.
The Dupnik recall actually has a chance of success. The others are simply noise. Yet the papers ignore the one that has a chance and hype the ones that aren't credible.
Mr. Loyal Reader who pays his $20 a month for the Republic and considers himself informed will be shocked when he finally learns that Dupnik is vulnerable in an upcoming recall election. Just like he was shocked to learn about the tea party movement.
At some point he will cancel his subscription and turn to Real Clear Politics, InstaPundit, Powerline and Drudge for his national news and Espresso Pundit, Rum Romanism and Rebellion and Sonoran Alliance for his local news.
Sure, he'll also read AZ Central...after all, the rest of us don't cover sports.