AZ governor suspends Dem AG from immigration-law defense

posted at 10:50 am on May 29, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The Arizona immigration-enforcement bill has created a national debate, but it may pale in comparison to the infighting in Arizona.  The Attorney General expected to defend the law is a Democrat expected to run against Governor Jan Brewer in November, and Terry Goddard’s meeting this week with Eric Holder was apparently the final straw for Brewer.  She took advantage of a clause in SB1070 and hired outside counsel to represent Arizona in the case and suspended Goddard from it:

Late Friday night as the Memorial Day weekend began, Arizona’s Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, in effect, suspended the state’s Democratic attorney general from defending the new law in upcoming legal challenges. The measure, known as S.B. 1070, is due to take effect this summer and, among other things, allows local police under federal guidelines to check the immigration status of people they stop. (For a full list of background stories, see Related Items below.)

The governor’s abrupt action against Terry Goddard, her likely Democratic opponent in this fall’s gubernatorial election, came after months of disputes between the two and at the end of a long day of legal maneuvering in both Arizona and the nation’s capital.

As the state’s chief lawyer, Goddard would be expected to take the lead in defending Arizona against challenges to the Legislature’s action, which erupted after years of state frustration with the federal government’s inability to secure the state border with Mexico against illegal immigrants, drugs and criminals.

However, Goddard has vocally opposed the measure, so much so that the Legislature gave the governor advance authority to hire outside legal counsel.

On Friday, Goddard met with the Obama administration’s Atty. Gen. Eric Holder in Washington, then held a news conference just hours before Brewer’s handpicked attorneys were to meet with Holder, an outspoken critic of the law.

Brewer said, “I believe the federal government should use its legal resources to fight illegal immigration, not the State of Arizona.”

Seeing apparent collusion between the two Democrat lawyers, Brewer pulled the plug Friday night.

It’s hard to imagine how Goddard thinks he can benefit from opposing the law or aligning himself so closely with Holder, an outspoken critic of the law.  Arizonans overwhelmingly support the law, and they’re not likely to be budged by Holder’s scolding.  Arizona voters will also wonder why Goddard is spending his time fighting Arizona rather than getting better cooperation from the Obama administration on immigration enforcement and border security.

The legislature also gave Goddard a vote of no confidence in its opt-out for Brewer.  That adds to the baggage Goddard will have to carry into his election.  On top of that, the longer this stays a national issue, the more Arizonans will dig in their heels — and the longer resentment towards Goddard will continue.


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katy on May 29, 2010 at 10:54 AM

Good for AZ. Stand strong guys and gals.

Weight of Glory on May 29, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Perhaps Jan Brewer should be running the GOP.

aikidoka on May 29, 2010 at 10:56 AM

On Friday, Goddard met with the Obama administration’s Atty. Gen. Eric Holder in Washington…

Job interview for high-level, non-paying administration position?

wonk-a-donk on May 29, 2010 at 10:57 AM

I wonder if the meeting with Holder entailed a job offer. Goddard will be unemployed soon.

Guardian on May 29, 2010 at 10:57 AM

OMG, way to go Gov. Brewer! I love this lady and what she is doing for AZ and their citizens.
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letget on May 29, 2010 at 10:57 AM

Governor Brewer is a very impressive woman, and politician. Her political maneuverings, based on her ideals, are very adept. While many demagogue her and the Arizona legislature, she has held to her core beliefs and the State of Arizona is better off because of her.

Rode Werk on May 29, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Interesting how she could have hinted at ties to the Obama Administration before, now she has PROOF. I do believe your queen is standing naked across the chessboard, Mr. Goddard.

UnderstandingisPower on May 29, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Goddards been a pain here in AZ for a long time. Glad to see this happen. A lot of us in AZ have a libertarian bent and want the fed gov’t to leave us alone. Let the feds secure the border but stay out of our states business.

offroadaz on May 29, 2010 at 11:01 AM

The legislature also gave Goddard a vote of no confidence in its opt-out for Brewer. That adds to the baggage Goddard will have to carry into his election.

Maybe he’s hoping by then Obama will be appointing such positions.

TheBigOldDog on May 29, 2010 at 11:01 AM

I would like to second the first comment:

Brewer/Christie 2012! Or

Christie/Brewer 2012!

Either way, I’m there at the voting booth for them!!

Rock on, Govs!!!!

tickleddragon on May 29, 2010 at 11:01 AM

the more Arizonans will dig in their heels

It’s what you have to do sometimes to hold the line! The anti SB1070 march is today. I bet it’s more civilized than the 1st one.

1st step of the fed?

http://www.azcentral.com/news/election/azelections/articles/2010/05/28/20100528arizona-employer-sanctions-supreme-court.html

Some attrition already.
http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2010/05/28/20100528arizona-immigration-law-schools.html

VikingGoneWild on May 29, 2010 at 11:02 AM

I wonder if Brewer and Palin have been on the phone….

Fishoutofwater on May 29, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Wow. Goddard hasn’t got the political sense God gave an ant. If he’s the best Arizona Democrats can offer, Brewer will win in a walk-over.

irishspy on May 29, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Beyond Chris Christie their isn’t a ball sack among Republican males.

All the testoterone is generated by the GOP women.

rickyricardo on May 29, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Smack down.good for her.

thmcbb on May 29, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Prying out the border-destroying weasels with proper legal tools is always worthwhile.

Go Gov. Brewer!

profitsbeard on May 29, 2010 at 11:08 AM

I would vote for any combination of Cristi and Brewer for any high position in the land. I wish the rest of the GOP would take a stand.

jakabok_botch on May 29, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Perhaps Jan Brewer should be running the GOP.

aikidoka on May 29, 2010 at 10:56 AM

All the testoterone is generated by the GOP women.

rickyricardo on May 29, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Heh Love it

The men for some reason like to make nice far to often.

CWforFreedom on May 29, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Ouch!

That one was felt all the way to the White House in D.C.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 29, 2010 at 11:10 AM

I don’t know why AZ has elections for state atty general. That’s how we get messes like this. The atty gen ought to serve the governor, not oppose her.

itsnotaboutme on May 29, 2010 at 11:13 AM

Wonder if the White House and Justice Department have been taking any advice from Goddard on proceeding with a lawsuit against 1070? The AG might actually believe an outside challenge to the law would help him in November and was urging the feds to go forward, as clueless as that might look to two-thirds or more of the voting public.

jon1979 on May 29, 2010 at 11:13 AM

Guv Brewer is strong and brilliant.

seven on May 29, 2010 at 11:16 AM

Somebody will step up for 2012. Will it be Brewer or Christie? Who knows? But, I like those two a lot more than any of the previously discussed “contenders”.

2012 is a long way off though and we have a hell of a lot of work yet in 2010 if we are going to slow this damage down.

jpmn on May 29, 2010 at 11:18 AM

Goddard has the potential to be a lying, back stabbing scumbag. He will make a great addition for Eric Holder’s gang of incompetents when the good people of Arizona flush him. Goddard seems to be confused on how to represent the best interests of his constituents because of his inflated ego. If they don’t agree with him, they are just “stupid”. Its a demonrat thing.

volsense on May 29, 2010 at 11:18 AM

The job of the attorney general is to defend the state in lawsuits. If he is co-ordinating with the opposition that is planning to to sue the state to get the law declared unconstitutional he should be impeached.

Ted Torgerson on May 29, 2010 at 11:18 AM

All the testoterone is generated by the GOP women. rickyricardo on May 29, 2010 at 11:05 AM

When Israel was acting childishly, God sent Deborah.

Akzed on May 29, 2010 at 11:20 AM

How the hell did one state elect both Brewer and Napoltiano?

Rocks on May 29, 2010 at 11:20 AM

[Rode Werk on May 29, 2010 at 11:00 AM]

Another Iron Lady rises to challenge the tyrants. Will history refer to this as the Era of the Founding Mothers?

Dusty on May 29, 2010 at 11:21 AM

In case the resident RINOs and liberal trolls don’t recognize it, the actions of Gov. Brewer is called “a principled stand”.

Make a note of it.

BobMbx on May 29, 2010 at 11:22 AM

I wonder if Brewer and Palin have been on the phone….

Fishoutofwater on May 29, 2010 at 11:04 AM

They have had events together.

I am just waiting until the reporters parachute in to AZ to “palinize” Brewer and find out all the schools she went, look under every rock question her last born. And when does SNL do the skit of Brewer to say she can see Mexico from her house.

tjexcite on May 29, 2010 at 11:23 AM

Stupidity is a prerequisite to be a libwit.

Goddard is a classic example.

notagool on May 29, 2010 at 11:23 AM

Will history refer to this as the Era of the Founding Mothers?

Dusty on May 29, 2010 at 11:21 AM

heh

katy on May 29, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Jan Brewer makes it even more obvious than it was that if there’s a party for women, it’s the Republican Party. Republican women at the highest levels of governmental power are, almost without exception (I can’t actually think of one, but just in case) gutsier, smarter, nicer, better spoken, and more in tune with America and Americans than their counterparts on the left. Jan Brewer is only the latest example, but Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, Condoleezza Rice, are among the absolute cream of the crop. The Democrats have the likes of Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, and Jennifer Granholm. Thank God that girls and young women today have real role models on the Right for what’s possible for women—and everyone—in America, because they sure as heck can’t find many on the Left.

WesternActor on May 29, 2010 at 11:31 AM

Brewer’s stock continues to climb. I think it’s a BUY.

petefrt on May 29, 2010 at 11:35 AM

Good for Arizona! It seems more and more the only Republicans with some backbone are women!

This is so freaking puzzling to me. It has got to be a further sign of just how so many men in the country have become feminized. They are so freaking afraid to take a stand. We need a freaking revolution of manhood in America! I am so serious. It seems the only way a man can prove he’s a real guy is to freaking cry in public or something! Even our military now has got to turn pink to prove it’s good!

JellyToast on May 29, 2010 at 11:36 AM

A lot of us in AZ have a libertarian bent and want the fed gov’t to leave us alone. Let the feds secure the border but stay out of our states business.
offroadaz on May 29, 2010 at 11:01 AM

That is a perfectly succinct description of the exact OPPOSITE of what the modern Democrat Party stands for.

Not just Arizona law, but the US and most state constitutions, read literally, make it illegal for ANY Democrat to hold public office.

logis on May 29, 2010 at 11:36 AM

Looks like AZ definitely traded up once they got rid of Janet Incompetano

PJ Emeritus on May 29, 2010 at 11:39 AM

What’s happening to Republicans around the country, growing a pair in the face of reactionary leftist tsk-tsking?

N. O'Brain on May 29, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Does anyone know who she hired?

LASue on May 29, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Goddard scores an own goal and seems to be doubling down on stupid. At this point Brewer should bench him for simple incompetence. Is Goddard from Harvard or something?

AnonymousDrivel on May 29, 2010 at 11:40 AM

I love it, the Republican women are the ones with the stones these days.

Also have to hand to to the legislature in AZ, along with Kris Kobach, for writing that bill clearly, precisely, and accounting for contingincies. When I saw Kobach speak last month, he had mentioned that several other states had contacted him for his help in crafting their own AZ law.

JamesLee on May 29, 2010 at 11:41 AM

From what my Arizona friends tell me, Goddard is toast as far as getting elected governor. And several of those ‘vocal’ Chief’s of Police and Sheriff’s had better polish their resumes.

Too bad a certain governor in Kaleefornia didn’t have the guts to ban a certain Attorney General from ‘defending’ a state ballot proposition. An AG ‘doing the people’s will’, and now running for governor again. Seems he didn’t mess the state up enough the first time.

GarandFan on May 29, 2010 at 11:41 AM

It’s quite remarkable isn’t it…
Trying to govern against the people’s will and ideology over everything sensable because the indoctronated “buy” it.

“The biggest voter drive in history” ~Rush

is not going to be that EASY is it, Dems? :)

golfmann on May 29, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Janet Incompetano

PJ Emeritus on May 29, 2010 at 11:39 AM

Nice.

artist on May 29, 2010 at 11:44 AM

While the public is hating just about everything and everybody, the smart Republicans will do the hard unpopular stuff to get back on track. I wish we could put some more permanent laws into place to slow the pendulum effect but the Left just ignores laws anyway, i.e. border enforcement and pay-go.

Cindy Munford on May 29, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Jan Brewer totally has my vote in the Primary as well as the general election in November. She is definitely not afraid to make executive decisions regardless of the backlash, in contrast to our finger-pointer-in-chief…Napolitano was a good politician, and I think the anti-Morman sentiment ultimately helped her get elected over Salmon in 2002 (she won in a landslide in 2006). Brewer actually wasn’t elected, but appointed after Napolitano left to join Obama’s cabinet. Arizona is kind of odd in that its biggest city, Phoenix, generally votes conservatively, (the majority of the state house and senate are republican)

scott_lauritzen on May 29, 2010 at 11:49 AM

The AG is suffering from a Napoleantano inferiority complex.

seven on May 29, 2010 at 11:57 AM

How the hell did one state elect both Brewer and Napoltiano?

Rocks on May 29, 2010 at 11:20 AM

Very good observation, my friend. My, how quickly things change! (oops, there’s that word again)

lukespapa on May 29, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Janet Incompetano

PJ Emeritus on May 29, 2010 at 11:39 AM

Nice.

artist on May 29, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Heard another good one on FNC this morning:

“We elected a President and got a princess.”

…without a pot or a window to throw it out of.

petefrt on May 29, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Arizona went from Napolitano to Brewer! Order of magnitude turnaround, and it was the right decision by the voters.

ultracon on May 29, 2010 at 12:01 PM

The guy should be disbarred. It is not ethical, in anyway, for a defense attorney to discuss the particulars of a client’s case with the prosecuting attorney!!

Skywise on May 29, 2010 at 12:04 PM

I love it, the Republican women are the ones with the stones these days.
JamesLee on May 29, 2010 at 11:41 AM

Don’t let the name (or the boobs) fool you: Christie is all man.

Seriously though, nearly all Republicans are tough. Even many Republican politicians. The tiny handful of eunuchs the media parade out 99% of the time don’t reflect poorly on anyone except the media.

logis on May 29, 2010 at 12:05 PM

Its good to see a level of government where the adults are in charge. Go AZ!!

c3ichief on May 29, 2010 at 12:07 PM

Easy Talking Points:

Use the same stupid remarks made in support of Obamacare or other lefty causes to support immigration law enforcement:

1) We are the only industrialized nation on earth to have 12 million illegals.

2) It will save money since we reduce the burden on our emergency rooms and schools.

3) People see our fine Hispanic citizens, and other darker skinned citizens, who are standing around convenience stores and riding bicycles as possibly being illegal and this damages their self image.

4) Greedy employers are ripping off Americans by hiring cheaper illegals and then not giving them benefits.

IlikedAUH2O on May 29, 2010 at 12:08 PM

It’s hard to imagine how Goddard thinks he can benefit from opposing the law or aligning himself so closely with Holder, an outspoken critic of the law.

Two words. Voter fraud.

rightside on May 29, 2010 at 12:12 PM

It’s another win-win.

SlaveDog on May 29, 2010 at 12:13 PM

The guy should be disbarred. It is not ethical, in anyway, for a defense attorney to discuss the particulars of a client’s case with the prosecuting attorney!!

Skywise on May 29, 2010 at 12:04 PM

It would be nice if someone would ask the “constitutional scholar” about this and follow up on his bs several times.

aikidoka on May 29, 2010 at 12:13 PM

Job interview for high-level, non-paying administration position?

wonk-a-donk on May 29, 2010 at 10:57 AM

Touché.

year_of_the_dingo on May 29, 2010 at 12:13 PM

Use the same stupid remarks made in support of Obamacare or other lefty causes to support immigration law enforcement:

IlikedAUH2O on May 29, 2010 at 12:08 PM

5. Amnesty will create green jobs and stimulate the economy.
6. Amnesty will enable us to win the peace in Iraq and Afghanistan.

petefrt on May 29, 2010 at 12:16 PM

Goddard to Holder…tell your boss I don’t need to have him come to AZ and campaign for me. Thanks.

Kissmygrits on May 29, 2010 at 12:16 PM

Don’t let this immigration debate fool you. Our state is bankrupt and instead of cutting the fat in the state government, she pushed and pushed for a sales tax and income tax increase on us recently, complete with demagoguery about losing school teachers, law enforcement, and fire services if we didn’t pass it. We’re not all entirely happy with her.

Kelligan on May 29, 2010 at 12:20 PM

While numerous police chiefs have criticized the law, several Arizona associations representing rank-and-file police officers support it.

Surprise.

Rode Werk on May 29, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Terry Goddard would make a good Secretary of the Navy.

President Calderon should appoint him.

Noel on May 29, 2010 at 12:23 PM

“It’s hard to imagine how Goddard thinks he can benefit from opposing the law or aligning himself so closely with Holder, an outspoken critic of the law.”

Maybe the Obama Administration will (through Bill Clinton) offer him an unpaid position for which he is ineligible.

NCC on May 29, 2010 at 12:30 PM

CWforFreedom on May 29, 2010 at 11:10 AM

I read an interesting SciFi novel several years ago involving pacifying men through genetic engineering. The long and short of it was that it worked and peace on earth reigned. The twist was the epilog which had an alien land and warn that a warrior culture would reach the solar system in 100 years and the Earth would be toast if they couldn’t muster a defense.
The book reminds of the current GOP male culture. A brute force microscope would only find one pair (Christi) among them.

chemman on May 29, 2010 at 12:30 PM

Kelligan on May 29, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Which we will have to address in 3 years when the sales tax expires. Business as usual for the political class.

chemman on May 29, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Goddard scores an own goal and seems to be doubling down on stupid. At this point Brewer should bench him for simple incompetence. Is Goddard from Harvard or something?

AnonymousDrivel on May 29, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Goddard is long time Democrat hack who’s daddy was Sam Goddard, a one-term Governor down here in the 70′s. Terry was mayor of Phoenix for awhile and ran for governor with the strong backing of the public service unions, Phoenix Fire in particular, losing to Fife Symington. This fool has been slobbering to be Governor for decades. I doubt he’ll ever be.

rotorjoe on May 29, 2010 at 12:37 PM

I just read on Foxnews that Gov. Brewer will be going to dc and requested to talk with this bho. It seems that this bho schedule ‘dosen’t allow for a meeting’ with her!
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letget on May 29, 2010 at 12:37 PM

Good for Governor Brewer, the Democrat party top to bottom is in a sorry state. I guess they are tone deaf as to how they are being perceived.

whbates on May 29, 2010 at 12:41 PM

Wow, bold action from a republican, I love it!

I hope Gov. Brewer’s enthusiasm is contagious and will spread when she visits that nest of blood suckers in our nation’s capital.

Zorro on May 29, 2010 at 12:42 PM

This guy and the Arizona congress-critters who are allying with Mexico to bring this up in international court should be impeached, recalled, something.

These people are in direct violation of their oaths of office, not only to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, but that of the state of Arizona and to uphold the states laws.

Haul the lot of them off to jail!

catmman on May 29, 2010 at 12:49 PM

Has anyone else noticed that the guys with the biggest balls are the girls? Palin, Bachmann, Brewer, etc.

ramrants on May 29, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Arizona voters will also wonder why Goddard is spending his time fighting Arizona

Hasn’t Goddard sworn an oath to uphold AZ law? If he doesn’t want to, shouldn’t he resign?

oldleprechaun on May 29, 2010 at 1:18 PM

Jan Brewer was so invisible for so long. I knew people who were so excited she was going to be governer when Janet left. But I didn’t have a clue who she was.

She has turned out to be picking the right fights.

Jan Brewer is in touch with Arizonans. Terry Goddard isn’t and never has been.

petunia on May 29, 2010 at 1:21 PM

Even bet Goddard served in Nam with Blumenthal. If he had stones like Brewer he would’ve represented his state, instead he bent over grabbed his ankles.

volsense on May 29, 2010 at 1:35 PM

Well the maxists have awoken the sleeping gaint of liberty and freedom. i hope we all do not go back to sleep. We have them on the run now. it’s time to attack attack attack…

where’s Mitt hiding on this issue. If the MSM were doing its job they would get Mitt on the record on this law. Allowing him to hide and duck under is desk is not journalism.

unseen on May 29, 2010 at 1:37 PM

Good for her. Arnold should have done the same with Jerry Brown and Prop 8.

Y-not on May 29, 2010 at 1:47 PM

Too bad Barry can’t reschedule his [pick one: basketball game/golf game/date night/movie night] in order to meet with Governor Brewer.

LASue on May 29, 2010 at 1:53 PM

Well the maxists have awoken the sleeping gaint of liberty and freedom. i hope we all do not go back to sleep.
unseen on May 29, 2010 at 1:37 PM

…Ever. That’s the hardest thing about freedom: Fascism is not a headcold that runs its course and then is over; incremental collectivism is a cancer that never stops growing.

This is only the second time in American history when actual TAXPAYERS have revolted against their putative masters. The other side have absolutely no problem parking their asses on the streets forever; we can’t afford to do that.

We have to kill the idea of an imperial government in America, and then we have to once again salt the ground where it grew so it doesn’t stick its ugly head up again for at least another 200 years.

logis on May 29, 2010 at 2:07 PM

Goddard has always been a dumb POS, but he’s sealed his political fate in AZ with this stupid move.

As for Napolitano, she was a former U.S. Attorney in AZ who ran as a law-and-order candidate (Arizonans like law and order). Like many left-wing Dims, she pretended to be a moderate during the campaign and much of her first term.

AZCoyote on May 29, 2010 at 2:09 PM

Smart move on her point. She’s impressive, in my opinion.

AnninCA on May 29, 2010 at 2:14 PM

Thanks for updating Brewer’s picture by the way. Historically, Goddard has enjoyed a good reputation and was a former popular mayor of Phx. I would consider his AG tenure as rather nondescript. The county sheriff and attornrey have much higher prtofiles here. He may have difficulty winning governor now, he might have waited too long to make his run.

What I think is essential is for AZ to replace some of the FIVE democrat reps we currently have. Way too many for such a conservative state to have.

azkag on May 29, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Azcoyote is spot on. Napolitano was an empty suit both as AG and governor, aside from all-day kindergarten and renaming a mountain I’m hard pressed to recall any accomplishments. I think Goddard’s plan was to follow behind her and slip into her seat. Circumstances have intervened, however.

azkag on May 29, 2010 at 2:23 PM

The Arizona immigration-enforcement bill has created a national debate, but it may pale in comparison to the infighting in Arizona.

Why?

Kralizec on May 29, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Note to all you MetroSexual Sissy Male Republican Legislators, Governor Brewer’s actions is how a REAL WOMAN coducts herself in office! Now, get some you know what and start acting like men.

devolvingtowardsidiocracy on May 29, 2010 at 2:36 PM

Love Brewer’s “take no prisoners” attitude.

And just where are all the (male) Republican leaders? Oh that’s right…hiding under the bed.

GrannyDee on May 29, 2010 at 2:40 PM

Now Obama’s saying he won’t meet with her when she comes to D.C.? Maybe she said there were preconditions.

UnderstandingisPower on May 29, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Brewer/Cristi

katy on May 29, 2010 at 10:54 AM

What are you smoking? That hag just raised our taxes by 18% and is seriously contemplating doing it again after the elections.

She is using illegal aliens as the way to get support and cover up her California-style fiscal policy.

Tim Burton on May 29, 2010 at 3:04 PM

I predict a strong migration of legal retirees to AZ.

Mojave Mark on May 29, 2010 at 3:14 PM

Perhaps Jan Brewer should be running the GOP.

aikidoka on May 29, 2010 at 10:56 AM

DITTO!

Only I’d drop the word, “perhaps”.

Lourdes on May 29, 2010 at 3:30 PM

That hag just raised our taxes by 18% and is seriously contemplating doing it again after the elections.

Tim Burton on May 29, 2010 at 3:04 PM

Woops, wrote “DITTO” ^^ a bit too soon.

Lourdes on May 29, 2010 at 3:31 PM

Woops, wrote “DITTO” ^^ a bit too soon.

Lourdes on May 29, 2010 at 3:31 PM

She spent a year fighting the legislature to get Prop 100 placed on the ballot. She then used the Democrat’s budget plan to get the the voters to vote for it, by putting an education budget that would cut 50% of the teachers (but not the administrators or support staff) and cut law enforcement’s budget by 40%.

She then told the voters that if they didn’t pass the tax increase there would be over crowding of classrooms (like 50 students per a teacher), what do you think the voters did? They panicked and voted her a 18% tax increase.

Our State Treasurer stated that the tax increase would not help our financial situation, because Brewer was not allowing the needed cuts, like the cuts to pension benefits that Janet Napolitano increased when the Democrats controlled the legislature.

So in 2 days we get our 18% tax increase, slowed economic growth in a state that is suffering hugely, and still a budget shortfall that won’t help.

We literally have a higher sales tax rate than California, how is Brewer a Conservative? She reminds me of a Bush Republican that dislikes illegals.

Don’t get me wrong, I support 1070, but I don’t support her. She is using 1070 to get re-elected, because she can’t win with her fiscal policy.

If you idolize her, you either aren’t from AZ or you aren’t a Conservative (or Libertarian).

Tim Burton on May 29, 2010 at 3:53 PM

Here is the Goldwater Institute’s comments on the 18% tax increase.

Here is the Goldwater’s answers to Brewer’s misleading and lying. Would you want another typical lying politician, we already have Obama.

14,440 jobs lost due to Brewer. Well, at least she has a long way to go before she’s cost our state as many jobs as Obama.

Governor Jan Brewer recently told a group of business leaders in Mesa there are no other choices left. “The checkbook is overdrawn, we’ve maxed out the credit cards, we’ve mortgaged the house,” the governor said according to a March 29 report from the Associated Press.

But lawmakers did not eliminate $100,000 in spending for awards to racehorse breeders, a $6,097 subsidy for a museum devoted to the history of beads, or the other $2 billion in spending changes that have been suggested by the Goldwater Institute. So policymakers simply are not telling the whole story when they say they eliminated all waste in government before asking voters to raise taxes.

The 30-second video highlights nearly $10 million in wasteful spending, but was never intended to be a comprehensive list of government waste. However, in 2009 and again in 2010, the Goldwater Institute did provide a comprehensive list of spending reductions and policy changes that could be undertaken to balance the state budget before any tax increases were considered.

Pretty damning of the person who everyone here is idolizing. All of the other GoP candidates would have signed 1070, but they wouldn’t have given us an 18% tax increase and slowed economic growth. Sad the masses will vote for her, because of this good she did at the cost of the masses.

Tim Burton on May 29, 2010 at 4:00 PM

The UN will not get too involved. Fox or someone should travel south, pick a country, and ask the residents how they would feel about millions of illegal visitors from _______ (inject a brodering nation — usually south of the situs) running around their nation. I know what the opinions would be.

If you ask, Guatemalian folks refer to the giant to the north and mean Mexico. The Mexicans treat them like trash if they show up without docs. If you talk to non-Mexicans about our problem, their only shock is that the whole country hasn’t moved to Phoenix.

IlikedAUH2O on May 29, 2010 at 4:10 PM

Tim Burton on May 29, 2010 at 4:00 PM

Wow. What a blog. Clear. Concise. Analytical.

Why can’t somebody like this Burton run a counterpoint to the NYT and the rest?

Big time journalists are shallow little girls in comparison.

IlikedAUH2O on May 29, 2010 at 4:15 PM

Looks like AZ definitely traded up once they got rid of Janet Incompetano

PJ Emeritus on May 29, 2010 at 11:39 AM

Understatement of the Year. Seriously, how do you go from brain dead to stellar, gutsy, principled like that??

Good for you Arizona. I’ll add this to my list of good things that happened as a result of the election of our first Affirmative Action President Pantload.

That makes one.

BigWyo on May 29, 2010 at 4:40 PM

This fair lady is proving to be incredibly insightful and competent.

Having been rebuffed by the incompetent Obama, for a sought meeting with his highness, makes her even bigger.

Not only will she win but she will play a big role, nationally. She comes across incredibly grown up and level-headed, something our lands needs the most in leadership today.

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2010 at 4:46 PM

lands = land

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2010 at 4:47 PM

The O-machine thought they’d cover up the Sestak story with the “plugging of the hole”, and “god’s visit to the region” and etc….by releasing it on a Friday before a long weekend…

Instead what’s in the news, unabated:

1. Hole not plugged – video more itense than ever
2. Sestak story more intrigueing than before
3. Obama missing from Arlington – this will be even more intensified on Monday
4. Obama visit to region looked like a walk on a nice Hawaii beach…and is already forgotten

Images are very powerful. The fool not knowing why MMS’s stupid head was fired was telling for the ‘competent’ teenager.

The cleaned up beach was a big mistake. He looks in the video like finding a nice shell on the beach, rather than tar balls.

Then he goes to Chicago right after…it’s not going to be pretty.

Best of all, his rebuffing of the AZ Governor lady will hurt him the most. She has all the power over him, in any way one looks at it. She is not thin skinned, like him, and she is competent and can speak incredibly fluently, sans teleprompter. She will clean him out, in many ways.

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2010 at 5:00 PM

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