Sandy Bahr has a lonely job. As conservation outreach coordinator of the Grand Canyon chapter of the Sierra Club, Bahr is the only full-time environmental lobbyist at the Arizona Legislature. She's usually the sole voice in opposition to bills that fly through the conservative legislature -- bills navigated by her fellow lobbyists who represent big business, bills Bahr says benefit industry and weaken environmental laws. Bahr may not have many true friends at the Capitol and her cause may not be popular, but she is considered smart, plain-spoken and resilient. She can get an audience with most legislators, including those who get failing marks from her organization. Even business lobbyists have grudging respect for her. And she has had her successes. She does, after all, speak for more than 12,000 Sierra Club members, and Arizona voters who time and again have gone to the ballot box to support the... More >>>
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