REMEMBERING '06 BY THE NUMBERS
Arizona Republic, The (Phoenix, AZ)
January 1, 2007
Author: Richard Ruelas, The Arizona Republic Estimated printed pages: 3
It was a year of political protests and political stunts. Most having to do with
illegal immigration. Maybe the numbers will put it all into perspective. With
apologies to Harper's Index, here's a numerical look back at 2006.
Estimated number of marchers for immigrants' rights outside the state Capitol
during Gov. Janet Napolitano's State of the State address in
Estimated number of marchers for immigrants' rights who walked from St.
Agnes church to Sen. Jon Kyl's office in March: 20,000.
Estimated number of marchers for immigrants' rights who walked from the state
fairgrounds through downtown Phoenix toward the state Capitol in
Reported number of arrests or violent incidents during the three immigration
marches this year: 0.
Number of new Latino voters organizers said in April they expected to register
during the coming months: 22,000.
Number of actual new Latino voters registered, according to those organizing the
Number of current and retired county sheriffs appearing in an ad for Kyl that
claimed his opponent, Jim Pederson, supported amnesty for undocumented
Number of times the phrase "supported amnesty" was spoken during the 30-second
Rank of this ad among the best moves of the campaign, according to Kyl: 1.
Number of suspected undocumented immigrants arrested by the Maricopa County
Sheriff's Office during 2006 under a policy that charges immigrants with
conspiring in their own smuggling: 373.
Salary received, per case, by each private attorney contracted by the county to
defend these accused immigrants: $1,000.
Number of illegal immigrants convicted by a jury and sentenced for conspiring in
their own smuggling: 1.
Days of jail time suspected conspirators are required to serve under a plea
offer made by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office: 0.
According to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, the number of undocumented
immigrants released into the community from jail after having their smuggling
cases resolved: 108.
Percentage of violent crimes, according to state Rep. Russell Pearce, that
involve undocumented immigrants: 80.
Estimated percentage of jailed inmates in Maricopa County jails who are
Number of votes received by Napolitano in the 2002 gubernatorial election:
Number of votes received by Napolitano in the 2006 gubernatorial election:
Number of votes by which Democratic candidate Charlene Pesquiera bested her
Republican opponent for the state Senate seat from southern Arizona's District
Number of elections Pesquiera said she has voted in, including the 2006 general
and primary elections in which she was a candidate: 2.
Number of states that have changed their state constitutions to ban same-sex
Margin of defeat, in votes, of the proposed same-sex marriage amendment in
Percentage of that margin that came from Maricopa County: 51.
Number of Arizona's 15 counties that voted for the same-sex marriage ban to be
added to the Arizona Constitution: 10.
Price of a pair of official Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio pink underwear
sold at the Scottsdale restaurant Pink Taco: $10.
Reach Ruelas at (602) 444-8473 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Section: VALLEY & State
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