The ASU Angle: From DACA student enrollment to Trump's upcoming rally

A politics roundup featuring national, local and campus news

News moves fast. Keep up with national, state and local political happenings with this week's politics round-up from The State Press:

With less than three weeks to go before the midterm election on Nov. 6, ASU is in the proximity of several influential races. 

Happening in the next week

President Donald Trump is scheduled to hold a rally on Friday, Oct. 19 at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. The President is expected to speak at 7 p.m. and doors are expected to open at 4.

The rally is expected to cause traffic delays around the airport. Ticket's are available through the President's website and there will be a designated area for protests to take place.

Former presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders will be at both ASU and UA on Tuesday, Oct. 23, to campaign for gubernatorial candidate and ASU associate professor David Garcia. 

Garcia is the director of the Arizona Education Policy Initiative at ASU and teaches in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. The rally has gained scrutiny from campus Republican groups.

Garcia and incumbent Republican Gov. Doug Ducey made their case to voters in a debate about the future direction of the state on Sept. 24.  

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio filed a defamation lawsuit against the New York Times for an op-ed according to a complaint filed Tuesday

The complaint described the op-ed as containing "defamatory factual assertions" about Arpaio's controversial actions as Sheriff and claims that the op-ed hurt Arpaio's chance of running for public office in 2020. 

Recent Senate Debate

Rep. Martha McSally and Rep. Kyrsten Sinema prepare for a debate in the Arizona PBS studio in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Phoenix, Arizona, on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. 

Arizonans had a close up look of the contentious Senate race between ASU lecturer Kyrsten Sinema and Martha McSally in a debate broadcasted from the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication building on Monday night. 

Despite establishing some common ground between the two Representatives, the debate reached a head in the last few minutes when McSally accused Sinema of treason, referencing a 2003 interview where Sinema said she "didn't care" if an American fought for the Taliban. 

Read more: Three takeaways from Martha McSally and Kyrsten Sinema's U.S. Senate debate

Speakmans face off with Democrats in Tempe House, Senate election

In Tempe, two underdog Republican in-laws are hoping to win votes over incumbent Democrats. Ray and Rebecca Speakman are running for the Arizona State House of Representatives and Senate on a campaign of general support for businesses and education reform.

Campus Politics

ASU sophomore, Denis Alvarez, stands in front of the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. during the Clean Dream Act protest in December 2017. 

DACA student enrollment increases at ASU

ASU Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals students expressed worry about peers at Maricopa County Community Colleges, where there has been a steep drop in DACA student numbers.

This finding comes months after the Arizona Supreme Court ruled that DACA recipients can no longer receive in-state tuition.

USGD working with Lyft to offer ride discounts

Undergraduate Student Government Downtown wants to help ASU students with transportation with a future discount program through the ride share company Lyft.

Members were gathering information from students on which routes they believe should be discounted on Oct. 12 on the Downtown campus.

Meet your ABOR student regent

Aundrea DeGravina, a graduate student at the Sandra Day O' Connor School of Law, is serving her second year as a student regent for the Arizona Board of Regents. She represents the interests of students at all three Arizona universities, including ASU. 

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