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Dozens of Arizona CEOs from hospitals, construction companies and other major businesses joined to turn back new get-tough legislation on illegal immigration, citing worries that emphasis on the issue could hurt the state's struggling economy and cost jobs.
The result Thursday was something much different from a year ago, when Arizona's governor enacted a tough local enforcement measure that put the state at the heart of a fierce national debate over the issue. This time, numerous Republican senators joined with Democrats in rejecting bills dealing with health care, government benefits and everyday activities like driving. . ."

On the potency of the teabaggers: ""This is driven ideology that isn't mainstream with other Republicans - the business leaders, the moderate Republicans," he said. "They have some things in common but they don't have everything. There's a split there."

I'm hoping this is a sign that AZ is pulling back from the right side of the reactionary universe. Ethnic cleansing bills are costing businesses real money. A state that is nearly bankrupt just can't afford to ignore that.
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