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Prop 122 & Backers Ducey & Brnovich Are Too Extreme for Arizona

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Prop 122 would allow any Arizonan, the Arizona Legislature, or local law enforcement (like Sheriff Joe Arpaio) to determine the Constitutionality of federal laws.

Brought to you by the Goldwater Institute and the Koch Brothers, Proposition 122 is the worst idea since the Civil War, and true to form with other Koch Brothers initiatives, it is being sold to us with lies and dark money.

Prop 122 would amend the Arizona Constitution to: 1) confirm that both the state and federal governments must follow the US Constitution; 2) give “Arizona” the right to determine what is Constitutional (instead of the Supreme Court); and 3) give the state government authority to stop all levels of government (state, county, city, town or other political entity) from using personnel or finances to “enforce, administer or cooperate with a federal action or program if the people or their representatives have exercised their authority to restrict such action or use,” quoting Arizona’s Election Guide from the Secretary of State’s office.

In other words, if “the people or their representatives” decide that a federal law is unconstitutional, the state can stop, all levels of government in Arizona from cooperating with the federal government on that law.

This is sedition, it is un-American, and it is backed by our state’s Republican leadership, including gubernatorial candidate Doug Ducey. attorney general candidate Mark Brnovich, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, disgraced former Senate President Russell Pearce, Republican Congressional representatives, and …


Doug Ducey

Arizona’s Little Napoleons Want More Power
(and Hate that Black Guy in the White House)

Other current or former Republican elected officials who have written supportive voter guide statements for Prop 122 are: Congressional Representatives Paul Gosar (CD4), Trent Franks (CD8), and David Schweikert (CD6); State Senator Kelli Ward; State Representatives Debbie “ALEC Cheerleader” Lesko, David Gowan, T.J. Shope, Justin Olson, and Paul Boyer; Brenda Burns and Bob Stump on the Arizona Corporation; Pinal County Supervisor Cheryl Chase; Kirk “Money Laundering” Adams (former speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives); Jonathan “I Heart Pay Day Loans” Paton;  and and many more. (Here’s a hint: vote against all of these people if you get a chance.)

It’s crystal clear from Arpaio’s pro-122 testimonial what he will do if this passes.

As Sheriff of Maricopa County, I see firsthand how bad policies from Washington DC make life more difficult for everyday Arizonans. Federal laws that mandate amnesty for illegal immigrants, and interfere with law abiding citizens’ Second Amendment right to own and bear arms simply defy common sense…

You can imagine how much fun Arpaio and his mini-me Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeau would have if Prop 122 passed. These two are already running amuck with their high-profile anti-immigrant tactics. Just think what would happen if one of them decided to declare the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA), desegregation, immigration reform, or what few gun restrictions we have unconstitutional? With passage of 122, they would have a field day with the rights of anyone who is not lily white.

But beyond what the racists would do with people of color if they were allowed pick and choose which federal laws to obey, Governor [shudder] Ducey or Attorney General Brnovich could declare the Affordable Care Act, legal abortion, Medicaid, Social Security, Food Stamps, the Food and Drug Administration, environmental laws, or anything unconstitutional… and just stop following laws enacted by the US government.

In the voter guide, little Napoleons like Pearce, Franks, Schweikert, Gosar and others parrot right-wing states’ rights ideology.

From Schweikert…

The arrogance of Washington believing it knows what is best for our community is nonsense. Just because Washington passes a law does not mean Arizona taxpayers should have to pay for it… [Remember– this guy works in Washington, passing laws.]

From Gosar…

… the executive branch has blatantly and repeatedly broken laws and violated the Constitution. Some would equate such actions to tyranny– others to treason..

Lengthy statements from the Goldwater Institute and the Koch Brothers’ Americans for Prosperity include non-specific references to bad laws passed by Congress and calls for keeping taxpayer money at home. (Oh, yeah, the Arizona Legislature has a great track record on tax fairness and funding programs that will help the state grow and benefit the people. NOT.)

Don’t Buy the Lie

To say that the ads and signs promoting Prop 122 are misleading is a gross understatement. The proposition is not about “keeping tax dollars at home,” or “stopping federal overreach”, or fixing Arizona’s failed Child Protective Services (CPS). (The CPS crisis, which allowed the cases of hundreds of children to go uninvestigated– is the product of the Arizona Legislature’s budget cuts and Governor Jan Brewer’s mismanagement.) Prop 122 and Prop 303 are about denial of the power of the federal government. (Prop 303 would undermine the Food and Drug Administration’s authority to make sure drugs are tested and safe before distribution.)

Look at who’s backing 122– Arpaio, Pearce, Paton, Adams, the Goldwater Institute, the Koch Brothers, and people taking money from the Koch Brothers (like Ducey, Brnovich, and miscellaneous Tea Party Legislators and Congressman). When has that bunch ever done anything to support regular Arizonans?  They’re about cementing power and lining their own pockets.

Prop 122 would bring chaos and waste millions of taxpayer dollars fighting court battles with the federal government. Tea Party pundits nationwide are dancing with glee about Arizona’s nullification proposition, which would cement our standing as the meth lab of democracy.

The Arizona Republican Party–led by dark money king Robert Graham and until recently doubly-disgraced racist Pearce– is all in for nullification. Their state committee passed a nullification resolution back in January 2014. Prop 122 is about giving themselves more power and fighting for their wrong-headed, separatist ideology, regardless of the cost to Arizonans.

Vote NO on Props 122 and 303. And vote against the candidates who support it: Doug Ducey, Mark Brnovich, Paul Gosar, David Schweikert, and the rest.

They’re all too extreme for Arizona and #Bad4AZ.

Doug Ducey

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The Tucson Progressive: Pamela Powers Hannley

I stand on the side of Love. I believe in kindness to all creatures on Earth and the inherent self-worth of all individuals--not just people who agree with me or look like me.

Widespread economic and social injustice prompted me to become a candidate for the Arizona House, representing Legislative District 9 in the 2016 election. My platform focuses on economic reforms to grow Arizona's economy, establish a state-based public bank, fix our infrastructure, fully fund public education, growlocal small businesses and community banks, and put people back to work at good-paying jobs. I also stand for equal rights, choice, and paycheck fairness for women. I am running as a progressive and running clean.

My day job is managing editor for the American Journal of Medicine, an academic medicine journal with a worldwide circulation. In addition, my husband and I co-direct Arizonans for a New Economy, Arizona's public banking initiative. I am a member of the national board of the Public Banking Institute, and I am co-chair of the Arizona Democratic Progressive Caucus, the largest caucus of the Arizona Democratic Party.

I am a published author, photographer, videographer, clay artist, mother, nana, and wife. I have a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio State University and a masters in public health from the University of Arizona. I grew up in Amherst, Ohio, but I have lived in Tucson, Arizona since 1981. I am a proud member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson and the Public Relations Society of America.

My Tucson Progressive blog and Facebook page feature large doses of liberal ideas, local, state, and national politics, and random bits of humor. I also blog at Blog for Arizona and the Huffington Post.

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