The TanMan, Weeper of the House John Boehner, told Americans this past summer that he was filing a lawsuit against the tyrannical Obama because he had delayed the implementation of a provision of “ObamaCare” that Boehner’s own Tea-Publican House had voted over 54 times to repeal (Newsflash: the GOP intends to schedule more repeal votes in the next Congress).
Back in September I told you about Whatever happened with Boehner’s lawsuit against the president? While low information voters and regular viewers of FAUX News thought that the lawsuit was filed at the time the TanMan announced it, the lawsuit was never actually filed. And a similar case to the one Republicans were pushing was thrown out of court. Court tosses Obamacare mandate lawsuit brought by doctors.
Since then, the TanMan has gone through two law firms who took a look at this turkey of a case and decided not to pursue it (probably out of concern for a violation of professional ethics not to file a frivolous lawsuit).
This case has been kicking around in court for some time now, and has the potential to unravel the weak laws Arizona has regulating the disclosure of campaign contributions and expenditures. The Tea-Publicans in the legislature had a chance to fix this problem they created with indecipherable statutory language, but in the last legislature they did nothing — you’re shocked, I’m sure!
Howard Fischer reports, Court could make tracking political ‘dark money’ harder:
A federal judge is being asked to rule that “dark money” groups that don’t now disclose the source of their contributions can also legally hide how they’re spending the money — and on whose behalf.
Attorney Paul Avelar pointed out to U.S. District Judge James Teilborg that Teilborg already declared more than a year ago that a key state law about political committees is unconstitutional. Teilborg said the 183-word definition of who has to register with the state is so vague as to be unclear to “people of common intelligence.”
But Avelar told Teilborg on Wednesday that Arizona continues to require groups spending money on campaigns to register. So now he wants the judge to issue an order immediately blocking the state from enforcing the law. Avelar, an attorney with the Virginia-based libertarian organization Institute for Justice conceded that would have ripple effects.
If the law about who needs to register with the secretary of state goes away, so do all the laws that govern what political committees — other than those operated by candidates themselves — need to do. And that includes detailing not just what they are paying for TV commercials, newspaper ads, mailers and phone banks, but also which candidates those efforts are designed to elect or defeat.
Posted in Arizona State Legislature, AZBlueMeanie, Campaigns, Corruption, Courts, Elections, Ethics, Governor, Legislation, Party Politics, Scandals
Announcement from the Ron Barber for congress campaign:
Dr. Jill Biden and Ron Barber to Greet Trick or Treaters Friday at Barber Campaign HQ
Tucson, AZ – Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, will meet with Southern Arizona families Friday afternoon at Ron Barber Campaign Headquarters, located at 5920 E. Pima St.
Children in attendance will be wearing their Halloween costumes.
||Dr. Biden Celebrates Halloween
with Southern Arizona Families
||5920 E. Pima St., Courtyard
||Friday Oct. 31, 4:00 pm*
*Reporters must arrive by 3:00pm to clear security.
I took some grief from Stephen Lemons when I did not jump all over his exposé on Doug Ducey’s mob family connections . Special Report: Arizona Gubernatorial Candidate Doug Ducey Hails From an Infamous Ohio Organized-Crime Family.
My response is tempered by experience. I have lived in this state since 1963. I knew mobster Joe Bonano (he was a regular customer at my Dad’s service station); I saw the real estate land swindles back in the day; political corruption from the assassination of reporter Don Bolles, to AzScam, to the Keating Five, to the alt-fuels scandal, to the Fiesta Bowl scandal; the impeachment of Ev Mecham, and the resignation of J. Fife Symington III after conviction. Arizona is the wild West.
Through it all, there is one thing I have come to know: Republican voters in Arizona do not give a damn if their politicians are crooks or connected to crooks.
John McCain is a good example. I was thinking when I read Lemons piece, “what about McCain’s involvement with Hensley & Co., the Budweiser distributorship, from which his wife Cindy inherited her fortune? Jim Hensley was linked to Kemper Marley, the man who ordered the assassination of reporter Don Bolles. And what about Charles Keating and the Keating Five? John McCain was up to his eyeballs in that scandal. ” Democrats have tried to tar John McCain with this history for his entire political career. He was rewarded with the nomination of his party for president in 2008. McCain has never lost an election. Republican voters in Arizona just do not give a damn.
In any case, Stephen Lemons has a must read commentary today, which includes this history on McCain, and much more about Dicey Doug Ducey. Ducey’s Salesmanship Signals Doom in AZ. If you have not already voted, please read these two pieces by Lemons before you mindlessly cast a vote for Doug Ducey out of GOP tribalism because he has an “(R)” behind his name on the ballot. You are inviting disaster. You have been warned.
Voters should give a damn about Stephen Lemons is writing about. But experience tells me that Republican voters in this state just don’t give a damn. And that is more of an indictment of Arizona Republicans than it is of Doug Ducey.
The Arizona House has been controlled by Republicans since the election of 1966. No, that’s not a typo. It has really been that long.
The Arizona Senate has been controlled by Republicans for the past 14 years. Democrats shared a bipartisan 15-15 split with the election of 2000 that lasted only two years (because of GOP domination of the newly created Independent Redistricting Commission in 2002). Democrats last won control of the Senate chamber outright in the election of 1990.
Tea Party radicals actually predate their pseudo-patriotic “tea party” label, going back to the election of 2004 when radical-right conservatives sought to oust GOP moderates aka RINO’s who sided with Democrats in the legislature to bypass their conservative GOP leadership. As I recall, some six GOP moderates were purged in GOP primaries that year, something still celebrated by the radical-right to this day.
Governor Jan Brewer has been in charge for six years, and for the last four years, all statewide offices have been controlled by Tea-Publicans.
So if you are not happy with the way things are in Arizona, and you are not satisfied with the status quo, there is only one thing you can do: elect more Democrats to office. Vote for a change, and a new direction.