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Representative Judy Burges One of Three Possible Replacements For Shamed Former State Senator Scott Bundgaard

There's good news and bad news...

The good news: the Scott Bundgaard freeway fight fiasco is finally over. The bad news: he might be replaced by state Representative Judy Burges -- one of the first sponsors of Arizona's humiliating "Birther Bill," and the author of the "I didn't pay enough fund" bill.

Bundgaard resigned from his seat in the state Senate earlier this year, just moments before he was supposed to testify in front of an ethics committee looking into a fight he got into with his now-former girlfriend.

Last night, GOP precinct leaders pegged with the task of finding possible replacement for Bundgaard submitted a list of three names to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, which will select Bundgaard's replacement.

On the list is Burgess, attorney Eric Spencer, and former Maricopa County GOP chairman Lyle Tuttle.

Burges is the original sponsor of the 2010 "Birther Bill," which never passed the Legislature. However, last year, a similar bill found it's way to the desk of Governor Jan Brewer, where it was vetoed.

As we mentioned in a post this morning, Representative Carl Seel says he plans to reintroduce the embarrassing bill again this year.

Another of Burges' bright ideas was the "I didn't pay enough fund" -- a bill she also introduced in 2010, which would have given taxpayers the option to pay additional taxes in an attempt to increase state revenue at a time when the state was incredibly strapped for cash.

Burges' laughable plan was to put a box at the top of Arizonan's state income tax forms that would give citizens the option to donate more than they're required by law to pay. Read all about it here

As of May 2011, the "I didn't pay enough fund" had raised about $13,000. When the bill was first proposed, the state's budget deficit was more than $3 billion -- clearly, Burges' bright idea really (ahem) paid off.

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