Rediscovering: SB 1070 | Epilogue: How did SB 1070 shape the 2020 election? Two politicos weigh in


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Season two of Rediscovering, a podcast from The Arizona Republic and, explored the events leading up to and following the passage of Senate Bill 1070 in Arizona.

The 2010 “show me your papers” law was met with pushback from Latino organizers, grassroots activists, DACA recipients and more.

That pushback didn’t end after SB 1070 was signed. Latino activists continued to organize. They pushed for voter registration. They rallied around local candidates. They helped elect Democrats like Sheriff Paul Penzone and Krysten Sinema.

Now, the 2020 election has come and gone. For the first time since 1996, Arizona voted for a Democrat for president. Joe Biden’s narrow victory was the work of multiple voting blocs and a confluence of events that made for an unforgettable year and an election cycle that will be looked back on for decades to come.

In the immediate aftermath, we wanted to revisit some of the voices you heard in Rediscovering. In this epilogue, we’re bringing together two people from our show to discuss SB 1070’s effect on the election: Tony Valdovinos and Chuck Coughlin.

Valdovinos is a Democratic organizer and DACA recipient who was called to action by SB 1070. In 2010, Chuck was an adviser to Republican Governor Jan Brewer.

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