Arizona paper looks at state’s emerging ‘fringe’ image

Liz Goodwin
The Lookout

Arizona was getting a reputation as "a place where the fringe can flourish" even before Saturday's attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) that left six dead, Shaun McKinnon of the Arizona Republic writes.

"Somehow a state once known for its singular landscapes and colorful history was gaining a reputation, however undeserved, as a political and social backwater," writes McKinnon, mentioning the public debate over the state's immigration law and organ transplants for those on state Medicaid. The shooter in Tucson "added another player to the roster."

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