We are happy to report that the "Birther Bill" has failed in the state Legislature -- yet again.
Jeanette Tejeda de Gomez, spokeswoman for state Senate Democrats, confirms to New Times that the "Birther Bill," proposed by
numb-Skull Valley Republican Judy Burges, has failed in the Senate Judiciary Committee, thus sparing Arizona any further humiliation.
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The bill, as you may recall, would have required anyone who wants to run for president or vice-president to prove their U.S. citizenship before their name's allowed on the ballot in Arizona -- even though it happens to already be a federal requirement to land either job.
The problem with the bill (aside from it already being a federal law), as we've mentioned in other posts, is that it seems to be in direct response to the repeatedly debunked controversy over President Barack Obama's citizenship and the right-wing conspiracy theorist "birther" movement. Birthers, as you know, are tin-foil-helmet-wearing whack-jobs, so the bill didn't do much to help the state's already bad rep.
Senator Kyrsten Sinema said it best in a Twitter post this afternoon -- she calls the bill's failure a "Small measure of redemption for my great state."
While Jan Brewer's still running the entire state, we suppose we'll have to celebrate every little victory we can get.