HerrodSo “Cathi’s Clown” Doug Ducey, “hired by Koch Industries to manage their Southwest subsidiary formerly known as the state of Arizona,” to paraphrase Charles Pierce, is now the governor-elect of Arizona.

I’m curious. Has Cathi Herrod started measuring for the drapes in her corner office on the 9th Floor?


From the Yellow Sheet, Rumor mill: Churn, baby, churn:

Many Republicans celebrating last night (Nov. 4) already had accurate measurements of the Governor’s Office windows, with key cabinet positions all but guaranteed for some.

Cathi Herrod has already promised to bring back a new version of SB 1062, the “get out of jail free” card for hatin’ on the gays and anyone else you dislike, based upon one’s personal “deeply held religious beliefs.” Freedom to discriminate is a “religious liberty” in her bizarro world. But WWJD?

Last March the Arizona Supreme Court gave its blessing to gutting the Arizona Constitution and approving private and parochial school scholarships vouchers. Arizona Courts disregard the Constitution, authorize the privatization of public education. You can bet that Cathi Herrod will be back with a new version of SB 1237 (.pdf), the Empowerment Scholarship Accounts bill that failed last session.

And there were the companion bills, House Bill 2291 and Senate Bill 1236, which would  have expand eligibility to students who receive free or reduced-price lunches. Each year, the income ceiling would rise 15 percent, so that eventually every child would qualify for the scholarships. The shift away from funding public schools would be complete.

Is this what “Cathi’s Clown” Doug Ducey really meant when speaking in right-wing code about “clear the wait lists at some of our highest performing schools”? Is Ducey going to drop the pretense and pull a Bobby Jindal by just calling it what it is, “school vouchers”? Private school vouchers will be used to educate almost 9,000 Louisiana students.

By the way, those “voucher schools” aren’t performing any better than Arizona charter schools in comparison to Arizona public schools. Louisiana voucher school scores remain low in 2014.