Carolyn Petri

Carolyn Petri was previously the editorial assistant at The American Prospect.

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Races to Watch: Pennsylvania 11

This Friday, Hazleton, Pennsylvania's mayor, Lou Barletta, will go to court to defend some of the most zealous anti-immigrant ordinances in the nation. Next Tuesday, he just might be elected to Congress.

Other Races to Watch : Alabama 3 Ohio 15 Minnesota 3 Senate and Gubernatorial Races Once upon a time, when the Republican presidential hopefuls were all attempting to "out-Tancredo Tancredo," immigration looked to be shaping up as a major issue in the 2008 election. Of course, that was before the selection of immigration moderate John McCain as the GOP nominee. Before Palin-mania. Before the financial crisis. Now, the most obvious relic from the years when immigration mattered -- 2005 and 2006 -- are Latinos trending Democratic in record numbers, motivated by the once-heated anti-immigrant sentiment of the national Republican Party. But in one unique northeastern Pennsylvania congressional district, the 11th, immigration remains a major priority. The Republican Mayor of the town of Hazleton, Lou Barletta, is running for Congress after making headlines as a severe, even draconian opponent of illegal immigration. "Barletta has just one issue: illegal is illegal," said Amilcar Arroyo,...


Carolyn Petri is a fall 2008 Prospect editorial intern. Last night, John McCain tried to make Barack Obama 's opposition to a possible free trade agreement with Colombia look stupid. He told Obama, "Free trade with Colombia is something that's a no-brainer." It isn't, and McCain probably lost votes by bringing it up. More Americans see free trade as a bad thing than a good thing, which is a relatively new but substantial trend. Every year over the past four years, Americans have been switching from pro- to anti-free trade, because they believe it costs jobs and lowers wages. McCain came off as somewhat extreme on the issue, while Obama took a more nuanced approach, saying he believes in free trade but: I also believe that for far too long, certainly during the course of the Bush administration with the support of Senator McCain, the attitude has been that any trade agreement is a good trade agreement.... We've got to have a president who is going to be advocating on behalf of American...