By Monica Alonzo
By Stephen Lemons
By Jason P. Woodbury
By Dulce Paloma Baltazar Pedraza
By Ray Stern
By Pete Kotz
By Monica Alonzo
By New Times
Back in the dark ages, Republicans used to be all about the economy, stupid. A chicken in every pot, a home-entertainment center in every living room.
Take, for instance, our last great Republican president — William Jefferson Clinton. He demonstrated that a Democrat (in name) could be pro-business, and during his presidency, the nation enjoyed eight years of peace and prosperity.
Sadly, the GOP long ago abandoned the putative goal of economic prosperity for the mental mud-wrestling of ideological politics.
Nationally, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner recently abandoned a push for immigration reform, bowing to the extremists in the GOP and those GOPers who are afraid of the Teabagger caucus.
This, despite a study from the Bipartisan Policy Center showing the benefits of such reform: a 4.8 percent increase in economic growth, a $68 billion boost to the housing market per year, a slight bump in long-term wages, and a $1.2 trillion reduction in the deficit over the next two decades.
So why can't we have immigration reform? Because Tea Party fools don't like brown people.
Locally, Arizona's business community long has played a devil's game with the GOP, allowing the far right to have its way with the state Legislature, as long as business gets what it wants: low taxes, tax breaks, and any other goodies it can lay claim to.
Now, the Legislature once again has passed a bill revealing Arizona to be a hotbed of hatred and bigotry: the anti-gay legislation, Senate Bill 1062, which would amend Arizona's version of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act to allow business owners to discriminate against gays if their "sincerely held" religious beliefs so dictate.
The bill's language does not single out the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community by name. But it doesn't need to. Other minorities are regarded as "protected classes" by the feds and by some states.
LGBT folks in Arizona do not enjoy this "protected" status, as they do elsewhere.
Backers of 1062, such as Cathi Herrod of the Taliban-like Center for Arizona Policy, know this and are hiding under the ruse of "religious freedom."
Which explains why Herrod, when interviewed by a daytime CNN show, would not answer a simple question: Under 1062, could a restaurant turn away a gay couple based on a "sincerely held" religious belief?
Her foil on the segment, Robert Boston of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, spoke for her: "Her answer is, 'Yes,'" Boston said after Herrod dodged the bullet more than once. "She's afraid to say it. They would be able to discriminate. [That's] fundamentally anti-American, fundamentally wrong."
The media and the American public agree with Boston. Arizona has a voter-approved gay-marriage ban in its constitution, but acceptance of gay marriage elsewhere continues to grow.
Gays now serve openly in the U.S. military, allowing for the possibility, if SB 1062 ever became law, that a veteran LGBTer who lost a limb in Iraq could be denied service by a local bigot who owns a restaurant.
(Note: Some legal scholars say this is already the case under Arizona law, and that 1062 would act more as an invitation for additional discrimination.)
As this column goes to press, the bill, passed by the state House and Senate last week, sits on Governor Jan Brewer's desk, and after the red-hot blast of nonstop outrage by the American public, it's widely assumed she will veto it.
The Democrats, who fought 1062 like the IRA fought the British, never wavered. And their candidates for statewide office are stalwart in their hostility toward 1062.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Fred Duval was the first to call for a veto.
"If I were governor, I wouldn't have waited for this bill to get to my desk," he said in a statement. "I would have stopped it before it passed. I would have made it very clear to the Legislature that they shouldn't bother sending me this legislation."
He noted that the bill was a "job-killer," which has been borne out by the business community's near-universal condemnation of 1062 and its call that Brewer veto the "right-to-discriminate" legislation.
One by one, business associations such as the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, and the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce have called for Brewer to gig this six-legged radioactive frog and be finished with it.
Suddenly, the 2015 Super Bowl in Glendale is in trouble with the National Football League, the Arizona Cardinals, and the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, each issuing statements of concern over 1062 and support for tolerance and inclusiveness.
The only Republican gubernatorial candidates to embrace 1062 have been disgraced, disbarred ex-Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and hapless ol' state Senator Al Melvin, who made the mistake of trying to defend 1062 on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360.
Asked by Cooper to offer one — just one — example of religious persecution in Arizona that would make the law necessary, Melvin looked like a kid trying to recall the capital of Rhode Island for his grade-school teacher.
I hope the voters remember this come November. Our leaders are taking this state backwards, it's time to clean house!
No it will not change the right is here to stay and I'm glad there has to be someplace that's not led by all the liberal scum who walk around like sheep just to be PC commie trash don't like it leave its that simple and take your fruitball with you if the people speak then leave it the f$&*" alone!!!!!!
Ah, Christian, baby, don't you see that extremist ranting 24/7 by FOX new has brought about this hatred? It's very rare to get any news from left of center because All the stations have been bought up and turned into propaganda mills. Where have you been? new Times has been a bastion against the Arizona news monopoly for over 30 years! You want your news fed to you with a spoon?
Please Let it be So! NEVER in my 60 years in Phx. Has it been this divisive. Republicans thrive on fear and creating discord. Put that monster back in the cellar of civilized behavior. Cathi Horrid must be taken out of control. PLEASE Vote this year!
The reason we have racial issues and separation between parties is because we have idiots with the power to write articles like this. I would consider myself conservative, but agree with many ideas and regulation on both sides. When we have articles written and distributed that encourage hate, like this article does, I start to lose hope that our country and state will ever be a unified country. "Tea Partiers hate Brown Skin color?" Give me a break and you should be ashamed with yourself.
Firing people, denying housing, accommodation or service to people because they are gay is socially divisive, bad for business and stupid. It should be illegal across Arizona, not just in Phoenix, Tucson, Tempe and Flagstaff.
Lawsuits based on such laws are no more frivolous than lawsuits based on laws preventing people from putting signs like:
"Always a view, never a Jew"
"No dogs or Chinese"
"No Irish need apply"
And that's right, Irish men haven't taken no for an answer, but Paddy's answer to the issue isn't the best on a large scale basis:
"a hoult of him I took,
And I gave him such a welting as he'd get at Donnybrook.
He hollered: Millia murther! and to get away did try,
And swore he'd never write again: No Irish need apply.
He made a big apology; I bid him thin good-bye,
Saying: Whin next you want a bating, add: No Irish need apply!"
hmm, maybe if that gay couple hadn't sued over a business' right to refuse service; this wouldn't be an issue. It goes both ways. Protection for all, especially from frivolous law suits by overreaching men who can't take no for an answer.
SB1062 may be a wake up call to the moderate right. I noticed prior to the veto that on all the news pages there was almost a united front with people from both parties standing firm against it.
It needs to change...for the better...I hate this road it's going down. Very ugly. Let's hope this brings positive change, it's time!
This could be the biggest piece of shit article ever written. Lemons, you don't have the talent to get there, but you would be too far left for MSNBC. What a joke.
"It is time to put a stop to the control that these unelected extremists have in legislature "We will not be held hostage by their right-wing, extremist agenda." Herrod has gotten so much of her agenda enacted that she is running out of ideas and needed SB 1062 to energize the center's financial supporters. "This bill was all about one woman wanting to fundraise because she ran out of issues and a whole bunch of people who followed along because they were afraid. That's the story of SB 1062."
NOT! It is in the DNA of all nAZi European American to not change for the good of racial harmony. We live in a country that pretends like each other among the different races here. Oh what a ugly picture we paint for the world. Getting rid of people like Nazi Joe, McPain, the governor (the wicked witch of the west), etc... would be a positive start in that direction.
Quote taken from another article,
The governor further castigated the Republican-controlled Legislature, which passed the bill last Thursday, for making it the first piece of legislation to reach her desk this year. Her priorities, she said, are a budget, continuing the state’s economic growth, and “fixing our broken child protection system.”
I've never been a Jan Brewer fan but she did show me some leadership by reminding the legislature to get to work on the real issues of the day. Hopefully the tide is turning.
Both SB1062, and SB1070 were written out of Racism, and Hate, and both were introduced by Racist Mormon Politicians that embrace/ babtize Racist Child Murdering Neo Nazi's while Persecuting Hispanic's, and Hating gays.
In this "Desert Racist Mormon Wasteland."
Time for "Tar , and Feathers"?!
Well I knew it , reading along it would only be a matter of a few paragraphs before lemons would blend in sb1070 into the story of which sb1062 has nothing to do with illegal immigrants.
What I don't get is that Republicans spend all of November and December crying about this imaginary War on Christmas yet then turn around 2 months later and try to actually force their religious idiots onto others lives?
I wish and hope that if this passes, people actually start telling GOP'ers to leave due to their...."sincere belief"....yeah, Fox News will love that story.
Also, I am Catholic so I am speaking about my own.
Steven Yarborough is the Arizona senator who introduced SB 1062. He is a republican who is up for reelection this year. He is opposed by Kristie O'Brein, a democrat: http://www.obrienforazsenate.com/ She will have a link on her site to accept contributions within a couple of weeks. She can accept early contributions up to $160 from people from outside her district but will not be able to do so for a long time. Any help would be appreciated by the people of Arizona to remove Steven Yarborough from office. I have nothing to do with Kristie's campaign. I am just a resident of Arizona who wants to see the bullies and racists removed from Arizona politics. Please help us do so.
@bobunf What century are you stuck in moron ? What ever it is you need to jettison yourself to 2014 Whites only no Irish need apply, indeed. I don't know what state or planet you are from and I do not care but incase you missed it while sitting in the mother ship the Arizona governor vetoed sb1062 and I am sure all the other states that have similar legislation will be doing the same.
@DNichols Bashing Mormons is as stupid as SB 1062.
@john043012 1070 and 1062 are the same bill except for the object of fear and loathing. The message of both was "Get out of my world." Then fill in the blank: Latinos or Gays.
@dkessler4 Yarbourgh is the state Senator from LD 17 – Chandler and Sun Lakes. He is infamous for continuously pushing for higher tuition tax credits come of which goes directly into his pocket.
Both Republicans representing LD 17 in the House voted for SB 1062. One of these, Mesnard, was the chief sponsor in the House of the voter suppression bill that was so obnoxious that these same Republicans just repealed the bill they passed in the last session.
Karyn Lathan, who lost to this character in 2012 by less than 6700 votes, is running against him again this year.