Why Eddie "Little Lord" Farnsworth and Fellow GOPers Need to Suppress the Latino Vote

It's not everyday that you see the chair of a state house committee mock a blind man in public, but, then, that's just the kind of guy state Representative Eddie Farnsworth is.

Indeed, the Gilbert Republitard and charter-school pimp has a well-earned reputation as a self-important, fatuous tool.

But he outdid himself recently, as the House Judiciary Committee he chairs heard GOP state Senator Michele Reagan's proposal to suppress brown voters, Senate Bill 1003, which would make it a felony for any paid or volunteer member of a group organized as a political committee to pick up an early ballot from a citizen and return it to county elections.

Little Lord Farnsworth's committee heard from a number of speakers for and against the proposal, including Sami Hamed, a legally blind man from Tucson who took the time to trek from the Old Pueblo for the hearing.

Hamed related that one of the consequences of this ass-backwards legislation would be to inconvenience people with disabilities, such as himself, who — like a lot of folks — like to hold on to their early ballots 'til close to Election Day to study the issues and make up their minds on how to vote.

But if a group organized as a political committee with the Secretary of State sent someone to pick up Hamed's ballot for him, that person would be committing a felony under Reagan's proposed legislation.

"Don't hurt people with disabilities, like me," Hamed testified, "who want to vote, who want to give [a ballot] to a person who wants to do the right thing, whether it's a third party or not, and turn in my vote. Don't criminalize them, and don't suppress me as a voter."

Certainly, such testimony is valuable, in that it brings to mind how those with disabilities would be affected.

But Farnsworth took pains, in the explanation of his "aye" vote, to kick sand in Hamed's face.

"I appreciate Sami being here," said Farnsworth, disingenuously. "He came from Tucson up to Phoenix — but he can't get on the bus to put a ballot in the mail?"

The joke going around is that Farnsworth's planning to kick an old woman's cane from her hand and steal candy from an orphan at his next committee hearing.

Farnsworth looks like the adult version of the kid who always was on the receiving end of wedgies in gym, the class dork who grew up to be a bigger dork and now longs to prove he's cock of the walk.

During the same hearing, Farnsworth browbeat a fellow Republican into changing her "nay" vote on the measure.

Representative Doris Goodale of Kingman expressed support for portions of SB 1003, but she initially voted against it, for very practical reasons.

"Living in an area that has a lot of remote parts to it," she explained, "working with the disabilities committee — boy, I just have some grave concerns about putting any barriers up for people who want to vote."

But before moving the bill, Farnsworth twice prompted Goodale to change her vote for lockstep, party-line approval.

Goodale caved, finally voting "aye."

She must've missed the memo on this one: Creating barriers is the whole point of this bill, and various others that local GOPers are looking to ramrod down the public's gullet.

It's all about protecting their hold on power, which is in danger should too many Latinos take part in the political process.

Latinos tend to vote Democratic, mainly because the white-as-rice Republican Party in this state has made it its mission to make them feel unwelcome. You'll recall the Republicans' ethnic-cleansing law, state Senate Bill 1070, which made "attrition through enforcement" public policy in Arizona.

It hasn't worked as well as its author, Farnsworth's wing-nut buddy, former state Senate President Russell Pearce, intended.

Though some of 1070 remains on the books, particularly the warlike reference to "attrition," the law boomeranged on Pearce and the Republicans, energizing Latinos like never before and helping the 2011 recall against Pearce to be a success.

Truly, Latino groups, like Promise Arizona, have gained ground by working within the system to change it.

During the 2011 recall, and in last year's election, an army of mostly young volunteers were mobilized.

Registered voters who were not casting ballots were targeted, and those on Maricopa County's Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL) were contacted and encouraged to send in these ballots.

It sounds like a simple thing, mailing in a ballot. But a lot of people get the ballot and forget it. And if someone from a group they trust comes to their door, encourages them to fill it out, and offers to mail it or take it to the polling place for them, what's the harm?

The harm is to the Rs, natch. And while there were no big victories for Latino groups locally last year, organizations such as Adios Arpaio and others registered more than 36,000 new voters in Maricopa County alone.

The movement to recall Arpaio is poised to make similar gains.

For instance, the recall group Respect Arizona recently announced that it had signed up more than 5,000 new voters, many of them Hispanic, in the process of gathering 120,000 valid signatures for the recall.

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ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Mr. Farnsworth, Judiciary, Why not focus on the Bond problem in Arizona. Who is NON-bondable and who get bond?

JohnQ.Public

1 day ago

Well at least all he is alleged to have done is kill a man with a hammer and burn his dead body in the desert so he is at least able to bond out.  Good thing he didn't make up fake documents so he could work while being an undocumented alien - then he would be unbondable and held until trial.  I'm thrilled that the guy allegeldy capable of killing another man with a hammer is able to get back out on the street but the undocumented landscaper who's never killed anything but a lantana gets locked up till trial.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Face it folks, the republican controlled legislature will do whatever is necessary to maintain Arizona's reputation as The Last Bastion of White Supremacy.

bobunf
bobunf

Farnsworth's  LD 12– Southeast Maricopa, Gilbert, Queen Creek

NO Democrats AT ALL ran in LD 12 in 2012

It's Republican 48%, Democrat 20%, Independent 32%.  Latino 14%, Black 3%, Asian 5%; Obama got 33% of the vote.

In 2014 let's have some Democrat at least give Farnsworth a good fight.  Make the people of LD 12 know what kind of thing they are voting for in Farnsworth.

MrDuke
MrDuke

Just another fatheaded bully who needs to be throttled until his eyes pop out of his head, so he can no longer pollute society with his callous self-serving bullshit.  It's horrifying, as a public official, that he can get away with making such asinine comments about a disabled citizen who he's supposed to serve. And an even sadder statement on society at large that we continue to elect these base creatures into public office. God Bless AmeriKa!!

andy440
andy440

Doris Goodale should have voted her conscience and retained her original vote of nay. When did any house member need to be ridiculed by her own party member. This state  currently lacks the ability to govern in a common sense manner. For Farnsworth to belittle a blind man for making an effort to come to the capital to be heard on the issue is an exercise in democracy. Mr. Hamed has most certainly gone above and beyond the call of duty to stand up for his right to vote. I commend you Mr. Hamed we need more people like you in the legislature.

leonardclark
leonardclark

Thank you Mr. Lemons !  Had to endure another day in which voters rights were again attacked by Reagan's s.b. 1261 dealing with the p.e.v.l. in Farnsworth's committee.

Leonard Clark

TeaPublican
TeaPublican

Fred said at coffee today that the ONLY way he would support those kind of people being allowed to stay in our America is if they paid a huge fine for being in our Country illegally. And they also will never be allowd to vote unless they can produce a birth certificate so we know exactly where they were born. They also have to always carry papers showing they ARE citizens. And to make everything fair and balanced here in America, Fred said these kind of people should sign some kind of legal paper under oath that makes it mandatory that they vote Republican for so many years.Fred said he read this on the internet and thought it was a good idea.We all laughed at first but after thinking about it for a time we all thought this might be a good idea.We failed to create any barriers to try and stop these kind of people from voting so let’s at least even things out by making them vote Republican.I think Fred’s idea just might make get the support from the majority of our Republicans. Then I know for sure that we TeaPublicans will take back America in 2014 and 2016!

ReggieVV
ReggieVV

Never know if these comments gets through.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

Wait a moment.. I thought the goal of our country and political process was to give EVERY US CITIZEN AN EQUAL VOICE

Having said that, that also means that everyone should want EVERY US CITIZEN TO VOTE.

So why would ANYONE want to make it HARDER for a US Citizen to vote, by taking away voter registration drives and such?

No where does it say that voting should be a chore and something that is difficult. It's a right, period. Any attempt to make it harder, like these idiots are trying to do, is trying to keep people from voting, plain and simple.

The GOP could care less about America, they only care about how much they can take advantage of America

Such wonderful people they are... (not!)

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Why am I not surprised?

I say recall Farnsworth now just for pulling this bullshit. Doesn't he have a fucking job to do? Like growing the frozen Arizona economy? And what about education?

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Mr. Lemons, Great journalism. You hit the target on this one. Farnsworth -- in the tradition of those who "control" the state -- is an arrogant man out to serve his "masters", NOT the common good of the people of Arizona. Protected by the clan?  

ctglobaldocs
ctglobaldocs topcommenter

We have challenged the ARPAIO supporters at www.RespectArizona.info to RESPOND and DEFEND on the MARCH 17th CT America presentation at http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/125501  They have been given Notice on their website(s) and have listened to Mr. Stoller's criticisms of JOE at about the midpoint of the March 8th presentation at http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-125501/TS-724959.mp3

CTA 's Sunday hosts - aggressive Southerner The X Man and New York native Mr. Stoller - have agreed to be cordial and respectful.  Apparently JOE's supporters are not as polite, and Stoller and Mr. X are receiving threats now.  Not to worry - they are laughing them off.

Brad DeShane, for CT America and CT Global

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

It just goes to show that they put party over constituents. Dont be surprised when other GOP dominated legislatures pass a similar law...They know they are losing their grip nationally, especially as it pertains to the race percentages, so this is their response. Dont change policies to fit the times, just eradicate them from the picture instead! Fortunately, the tea bags havent invaded the Judiciary and there are still protections against this type of racism and disenfranchisement. 

sarum
sarum

"Little Lord" Farnsworth is disgusting.  The intended legislation is disgusting.  I'm glad that PNT did this article in one sense but to make it a race issue is total spin.  It's class warfare.  Sami Hamed hardly sounds like Latino name so he was perfect choice to illustrate this as the GOP vs. the 47%, a class that is steadily & rapidly growing.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Arizona is definitely the last bastion of white supremacy.


Unfortunately, the population just isn't up to making any changes.

ctglobaldocs
ctglobaldocs topcommenter

We didn't know how insidious this corruption was in ARIZONA.  These punks would be history already if they did this on the East Coast, Chicago, or elsewhere.  They seem to get away with it longer in Arizona.  No offense, but you folks really have to start acting like gangsters / Mafioso.  

As stated, FARNSWORTH, ARPAIO, and the rest will be beaten into the ground on the March 17th presentation at http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/125501 .  JOE 's a showboating coward and traitor, and acts like a little kid trying to get attention.  He is also guilty of outright TREASON now."

The March 8th show was bad enough for JOE, who got slammed at about midway into the globally-distributed webcast/broadcast at http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-125501/TS-724959.mp3 , with Mr. Stoller calling JOE a "racist" and "showboater."

Brad DeShane, for CT America and CT Global


toersbijnsc
toersbijnsc

Arrogance, that's all that is - a complete disrespect for their constituents, Arizona disabled citizens and the people that voted them into office. The effort this man made to come to a hearing so far away for someone with a disability ought to be applauded, not ridiculed. Someday karma will set in and we will see who gets the last laugh.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

well, fortunately the Supreme court hasnt ruled on the Voter rights case, so this can easily be defeated in court. Its not much different than what they are doing in other GOP legislatures in states with high minority demographics..its just to ensure that the "white vote" still has majority say...Lol its so racist its undeniable. 

dogbiter
dogbiter

You Teabaggers are dead meat. Your day has long passed, except in this backwater state. And you will be extinct here before long. Too many progressives and Latinos around here for you to survive long. Didn't you read the Lemons piece you're commenting on, numbnuts?

andy440
andy440

@TeaPublican  Mr Hamed is obviously a citizen  and you need to take your racist crap and call back under the rock you came from. This country was built on the power of immigrants and will be the future that makes crack pots  like you a footnote in history. Arizona will be a blue state and you can't stop this with some half cocked unconstitutional bill in our legislature. I have no problem with the "show your papers" clause. When i travel abroad it is a common sense measure that is a standard around the world.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@TeaPublican lol i hope you arent serious about your talk of forcing them to vote R...if so, you not only lose the argument on the issue, but lose all credibility period...thats not freedom pal, thats fascism. 

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

@david_saint01

David, the U.S. Supreme Court just heard arguments that section 5 of the Voter Rights Act of 1965.

Had the Court ruled in favor of the plaintiff, Farnsworth may have been able to pull this bullshit.

MotherJones
MotherJones

@sarum The issues overlap, but there's no doubt the repuglicans are skerred of the "brown wave." 

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

@shadeaux14 White supremacy? With folks like Sylvia Allen allegedly still trying to hatch those petrified Dinosaur eggs in her backyard in Snowflake? Those "supremacists" are legends in their own imagination!

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

@shadeaux14  They keep the public ignorant and uniformed.  A state where incarceration is favored over education which they slash.

TeaPublican
TeaPublican

@andy440 @TeaPublican    "Arizona will be a blue state "  Or really!  But you keep on electing Republicans because you can't find any "blue people" capable of leading?  Bahahahaha!  Just keep on dreaming andy 440...just keep on dreaming!

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967  

I was under the understanding that they have not ruled on that yet.

You make it sound like they already have. Have they?

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

@MotherJones @sarum

And the Republicants will be even more skerred once CIR is signed by President Obama.

sarum
sarum

@MotherJones @sarum idk, when I had daily contact with the Tbirds they were doing their best to create the "brown wave."  The ones behind the scenes do not have to deal with any of the unintended consequences in their daily lives.  Why should they be scared?  They still have their $.  They still own all their businesses.  No problem for them.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@truthseekeraz@shadeaux14 

" A state where incarceration is favored over education which they slash"

I think you just wrote/stated the mantra of Republican States across the country

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

@Flyer9753 @MaskedMagician1967

My bad. DPS is right. The Supreme Court hasn't ruled on the Voting Rights Act yet.

I meant to say if the court rules in the plaintiff's favor then Farnsworth can try to pull this bullshit.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

@sarum @MaskedMagician1967

That's what we did to the Native Americans. We treated them inhumanely. Every president since Jackson (who forced them to march the Trail of Tears) hasn't treated the Native Americans like people.

Then we were assholes to the Blacks. They were treated as property instead of people. We had the Civil War and gained 3 Constitutional amendments.

Arizona has such a colorful history and here we are treating its native settlers like shit. We should be disgusted and ashamed.

sarum
sarum

@MaskedMagician1967 I'm sorry but I think they rather like the brown wave.  It's just so much easier being inhumane to people who look different, have different language, different culture and so on . . .meanwhile the white trash pond scum down the street that was born here - bye bye - go die!  

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

@Flyer9753 @truthseekeraz @shadeaux14

Flyer, not all Republican states are as loony and as backwards as Arizona.

It's sad that Arizona can't or won't pull its head outta its ass and join the rest of us in the 21st century.

 
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