The answer: A full 70 percent favor Napolitano, while Fife barely registered in the double-digits at 14. Stick a fork in him--he's done!
Janet also clobbers two other would-be GOP challengers, landing 50 percent of the voters against the 25 percent who support former Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley, and 44 percent to Congressman J.D. Hayworth's 28 percent. Is that worth chucking a Washington job that pays a whole bunch better? Not if you're smart, but we are talking about J.D. Hayworth. Hey, J.D.: What's this we hear about you going all Joe Scarborough and joining the ranks of right-wing pundits?
And let us ask Republicans: Who else ya got on the bench?
Other fun facts from the poll of 400 registered voters statewide by Phoenix PBS affiliate KAET-TV:
· More than three out of four voters surveyed--78 percent--dislike the idea of allowing mixing guns and booze. Senate Bill 1363, which would allow people to pack in restaurants that serve alcohol, has passed the judiciary and rules committees and was awaiting action on the Senate floor as of press time.
· Another 78 oppose letting pharmacists refuse to fill prescriptions that violate their moral values. A bill allowing pharmacists to refuse to fill prescriptions for RU-486 and the "morning-after pill," which can abort or prevent pregnancies, passed the House of Representatives on a 35-21 vote earlier this week and has been transmitted to the Senate.
· A full 73 percent support allowing community colleges to offer four-year degrees, which remained viable legislation as of press time.
· More than two-thirds of voters--68 percent--favor banning junk food on school campuses. A bill establishing nutritional standards has passed two House committees and is awaiting a hearing in the rules committee.
Senate President Ken Bennett has vowed to block the legislation, which is opposed by state schools chief Tom Horne.
Speakin' o' squeezin': Seating will be general admission, so students will have to hang outside McKale for hours before racing inside to grab the best seats. Nothing says school spirit like long waits and mob rule!
Up in the Pacific Northwest, the men's basketball team followed a nail-biting 57-56 victory in overtime over Washington State with a troubling 93-85 loss against Washington. General media spin: The wussy Cats need to toughen up!
The team closes out the regular season this Saturday against ASU and then plays in the pointless Pac-10 tourney before March Madness begins.
In other UA sports news, the UA softball team, ranked No. 1 in the nation by ESPN.com, remains undefeated on the season, including a 7-0 shutout over Louisiana Tech last Saturday, Feb. 26. Pitcher Alicia Hollowell, who already had a perfect game last month in an abbreviated contest against Tennessee-Chattanooga, threw her third no-hitter of the season, striking out 16.
Cruz faces the death sentence in the upcoming penalty phase of the trial.