Probably the most newsworthy: In a 5-3 decision, SCOTUS struck down/upheld Arizona's controversial SB 1070 immigration law…
Wow! So, the three provisions that make it a criminal offense to be an illegal immigrant in Arizona were overturned and the one which requires police to check the immigration status of people they stop for other reasons was upheld. These are some pretty shocking/predictable results from the increasingly partisan/fair-minded judiciary body.
This will obviously be seen as a huge win/devastating blow to President Obama, who came out vocally in opposition to this law. And during an election year, this should prove to be really helpful/harmful to his re-election chances. And of course, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer who received tons of criticism/support for championing this law will be remembered as the true loser/winner here.
I think the lesson here is pretty clear to people on both sides of this issue. I won't insult your intelligence by spelling it out explicitly.
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Tags: Arizona, Barack Obama, Immigration, Jan Brewer, Judiciary, Supreme Court
Late last week, the Arizona State Senate unanimously adopted House Bill 2549, which if signed by Governor Jan Brewer, would update the state's telephone harassment law to apply to other forms of communication, including the series of tubes that bring you Indecision.
See if you can use your experience of having visited the comments section of any blog, on any site, at any time in the history of the Internet to spot potential problems in the legislation…
It is unlawful for any person, with intent to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend, to use
a telephoneANY ELECTRONIC OR DIGITAL DEVICE and use any obscene, lewd or profane language or suggest any lewd or lascivious act, or threaten to inflict physical harm to the person or property of any person.
UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh points out that, "under the statute, posting a comment to a newspaper article — or a blog — saying that the article or post author is 'fucking out of line' would be a crime: It's said with intent to offend, it uses an electronic or digital device, and it uses what likely will be seen as profane language."
But I see a silver lining in this blatantly unconstitutional attempt to ban trolling. Though Arizona is doing its best to criminalize birth control and immigration, among other facets of the modern world, it still hasn't banned electricity. In fact, Arizona legislators use "digital device[s]" to draft legislation that is often plainly intended to annoy or offend anyone with a conscience.
When Arizona legislators outlaw trolling, the only outlaws will be Arizona legislators.
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Tags: Arizona, Constitution, Crime, Internet, Jan Brewer, State Legislature
Controversial Arizona governor Jan Brewer's true colors (white only) came out yesterday when she and President Obama got into a heated discussion on a Phoenix tarmac. Brewer was taken aback when, after welcoming the President to Arizona, he responded by critiquing a passage in her new
cookbook for illegal immigrantsmemoir Scorpions for Breakfast.
In the book, Brewer describes feeling blown off and lectured by the President in two meetings she had previously described as "cordial." As Brewer explained on Fox News…
"He immediately took umbrage if you will, with my book that I wrote… And was somewhat disgruntled, if you will, about the way he was portrayed… I don't know why he was surprised by my book. He evidently is, and he's very thin-skinned."
If you will, being thin-skinned is quite a bit different from having people say one thing in your presence and another in their book. But no matter, I'm sure she didn't mean any disrespect by wagging her finger in the President's face during their argument.
When explaining her gesture in this photo, Brewer said "…a picture is what it is." She claims to have responded to the President in a similar fashion, saying…
"I said to him, you know, I have always respected the office of the president and that the book is what the book is," she told reporters Wednesday.
For Brewer, saying something "is what it is" is a great way to explain everything in life. Why is the grass green? Why you have to get a job? Why pass laws making it legal to pull over people with brown skin? Hey, it is what it is.
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Tags: Arizona, Barack Obama, Immigration, Jan Brewer
A major downside to democracy is the hassle of learning about the candidates, making an informed decision and hauling your overweight self to the nearest polling station. Which is why most states have dispensed with the irksomeness of competitive elections.
Since the decennial redistricting process is typically in the hands of state legislatures, district boundaries are erratically redrawn to dilute or concentrate votes, ensuring that barely ten percent of Americans have to suffer through the indignity of learning about the issues and casting a statistically significant vote.
But for some reason, Arizona voters adopted a ballot measure 11-years ago that took redistricting duties away from the legislature and assigned the responsibility to an independent commission comprised of two Democrats, two Republicans and one independent. This year, the Commission produced a draft map creating four safe Republican seats, two Democratic seats, and three evenly balanced districts.
Clearly, someone had to think of the children, err, over-burdened voters…
Arizona's Senate on Tuesday night ousted the chairwoman of the citizens' commission charged with redrawing political boundaries, igniting a fierce legal battle over whether the state's Republican leaders were interfering in a redistricting process that voters sought to insulate from politics.
Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican, proposed the removal of Colleen C. Mathis, the chairwoman of the Independent Redistricting Commission, and the Republican-controlled State Senate voted 21 to 6 to carry it out.
As Brewer noted in a letter to the Commission chair, "I believe the Independent Redistricting Commission also violated the Arizona Constitution by elevating 'competitiveness' above the other goals." Like the goal of Arizona voters never again having to worry about making a real electoral choice, I guess.
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Tags: Arizona, Impeachment, Jan Brewer, State Legislature
by Brian Kraker
Every time I think of Arizona, I have that classic image in my head of Yosemite Sam indiscriminately firing his pistols and chasing Bugs across the western frontier.
After yesterday, Arizona, the biggest looney tune of the 50 states, might as well slap the cartoon character on their official state seal…
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Thursday signed a bill into law that makes the Colt Single Action Army Revolver the state's firearm, making Arizona only the second in the nation to have such a designation…
The measure landed on the Republican governor's desk after narrow approval by the state House last week in the waning hours of the legislative session.
Really Arizona? In this time of economic strife and social unrest, the most important thing on the agenda was debating what caliber gun best goes best with your state’s metaphorical blouse? (And yes, the Colt Single Action does make you look fat.)
Personally, I’m disappointed in Arizona. Where was the lobbyist pushing for the AK-47? Shame on you sir, shame on you.
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Tags: Arizona, Guns, Jan Brewer, Second Amendment