(Update) Arizona’s Neo-Confederate dead-enders and secession

Posted by AzBlueMeanie:

I posted about this previously, Arizona's Neo-Confederate dead-enders and secession:

AZConfederacyRemember the "Checks and Balances in Government" citizens initiative aka the "nullification" initiative from a nutty Scottsdale millionaire businessman, Jack Biltis, that failed to qualify for the ballot due to an insufficient number of signatures last year? Businessman spends $1.2 million to put nullification measure on ballot.

Biltis has decided to bypass the expense of another initiative effort and to take the easy route of getting his fellow Neo-Confederate dead-enders in the legislature to repackage his "nullification" initiative as a constitutional amendment referred to the ballot by the Arizona legislature. SCR1016 is sponsored by the usual suspects, Sen. Rich Crandell (R-Heber), Sen. Judy Burges (R-Sun City West), and cosponsors Sen. Cap'n Al Melvin (R-Saddlebrooke), and Rep. Brenda Barton (R-Payson).

The ballot measure would amend the state Constitution to allow the state to reject any federal action the public deems to be a violation of the US Constitution by passing an initiative, referendum or bill, or by using any other legal remedy. The proposal also prohibits the state from using its employees or resources to enforce or cooperate with a federal action that’s rejected by the people.

It turns out that Jack Biltis has a lobbyist buddy who helped him out in getting these yahoos to sponsor SCR1016: the wannabe tinhorn dictator of Tucson, Jonathan "Payday" Paton. If there is a bad idea, you can bet this tool is behind it.

Cronkite News reports Lawmaker wants state to nullify ‘unconstitutional’ federal actions:

Sen. Chester Crandell, R-Heber, authored SCR 1016, which would have voters decide in 2014 whether to declare that Arizona can reject federal actions it deems unconstitutional and refrain from dedicating resources to enforcing them.

The Senate Public Safety Committee endorsed the resolution last week, forwarding it to the floor.

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Crandell said part of the resolution, which is similar to a proposition that failed to receive the required number of signatures to be put on the 2012 ballot, came from former Republican lawmaker Jonathan Paton.

Paton said he saw the need for a bill after speaking to Pinal County cotton farmers who face regulation from the Environmental Protection Agency.

“At the end of the day, our founding fathers said that the individual states made up the United States and should basically be the ones that run the United States of America, but what we’ve seen is a reversal of that,” he said.

Crandell’s resolution is the latest in a series of proposals over the last several years aimed at limiting the federal government’s power in Arizona.

In November, voters rejected a ballot proposition [Proposition 120] authored by Crandell that would have declared Arizona’s sovereignty over air, water, public lands and natural resources within the state, with the exception of American Indian reservations and national parks.

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House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix, said bills like SCR 1016 raise the idea of secession without saying so explicitly. He said he’s tired of them.

“If you want to secede from the union, introduce a bill and let’s debate secession,” he said. “Stop beating around the bush and nibbling at the edges.”

Exactly! You want to get crazy? Let's get crazy!

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