Once rare, party censorship rises amid polarized politics | Government and politics

Senator Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona.

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By Alexia Stanbridge Cronkite News

Former President Ronald Reagan’s 11th commandment — “thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Republican” — is being increasingly broken these days, by Republicans and Democrats alike.

The most recent example was the Arizona Democratic Party’s censure last week of Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, after she refused to vote against a filibuster, likely condemning reform legislation election to the Senate.

The Democrats’ action came a year after Republicans in Arizona censured Governor Doug Ducey, former Senator Jeff Flake and Cindy McCain for perceived – or actual – opposition to former President Donald Trump. The party also censured McCain’s husband in 2014, the late GOP Senator John McCain, for a party member voting record deemed too liberal.

“It’s almost like you’re a top politician in Arizona, being censored is almost like a rite of passage to some degree,” said J. Miles Coleman, an analyst at Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics.

Arizona is not the only state where political parties are taking their elected officials to task, a change that analysts and former lawmakers attribute to the politically polarized era.

“We’ve become so much more polarized today than two or three decades ago,” said Jim Kolbe, a Republican who represented the Tucson area in the U.S. House from 1985 to 2007. gradually changed, but it’s really accentuated in recent years.”

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