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Pat McMahon

Big Latino turnout forcing politicians to listen

How to get something done in America: vote!

It doesn't always work, especially not the first time you try to change policy by showing up at the polls, but given time and the gathering of like-minded voters, you can become who Arlo Guthrie was talking about in the song "Alice's Restaurant:" you can become part of a movement.

That's one of the things that happened one week ago. Latinos didn't just talk or demonstrate or complain about not being represented, they voted. Boy, did they ever.

They kicked some elephant butt and got the donkey's attention with a two-by-four up side the head. Suddenly, both sides are talking about immigration reform and they're not just talking as they have been for ages.

Democrats have heard the call of the mariachi trumpets and are considering immigration reform as a top priority and Republicans -- those who want to keep their jobs -- seem to already be deciding that they will have to go beyond the dreaded letter "a" for amnesty.

And if that means that, sooner rather than later, 11 million of our law-abiding Latino neighbors can come out of the shadows, I say "arriba!"

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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