Russell Bowers needs to consider the Views of the Majority and not the Fringe Few

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Yesterday (May 7, 2020,) was a kind of chaotic day for the Arizona State House.

Following the announcement that the State Senate would adjourn (apparently after making a deal with the Governor to call one or two special sessions) sine de on Friday (May 8, 2020,) the State House at first called everyone back to the State Capitol to resume its legislative session.

Some non-Phoneix area legislators traveled through the afternoon and early evening to rush back to the capitol.

Then Speaker Russell Bowers issued a statement telling everyone that the House would not resume the legislative session on Friday after all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Senate still plans to meet and adjourn later today.

House Democratic Leader Charlene Fernandez issued a statement after the Bowers about-face, commenting:

“The House Republican caucus is in a state of chaos, and they are willing to risk the health and safety of members, staff and the public to get their way. Our caucus supports returning to end the session sine die and stop pretending that we can to do business as usual. We must return in a special session to help hard-working Arizonans and small businesses further navigate this pandemic. That would be the right thing to do under these difficult circumstances. Arizona has not yet flattened the curve. Tomorrow we will surpass 10,000 COVID-19 cases, and deaths continue to spike. We have lost 450 lives to this awful disease, 88 reported in just the last three days, including a child in Yuma. To sabotage the Senate’s plan under pressure from lobbyists and members who want to return indefinitely to move their pet bills — with no safe or effective way to include public testimony – is dangerous and counterproductive.”

Russell Bowers needs to consider the Views of the Majority and not the science-denying fringe few like Kelly Townsend and Mark Finchem who want one last shot at passing their dream reactionary legislation before the Democrats possibly take over the House (and maybe Senate) next year.

By combining the forces of reason in his caucus with the Democrats, the House can sine dine and come back when the Governor calls a special session.

That is the right and sensible thing to do.

It is time for Mr. Bowers to act like the Speaker of the House and not the Speaker of the Republican Caucus.

 

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David Gordon
Living in Arizona since his family moved to Tempe from New York in 1982, David Gordon has three degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix in History, Political Science, and Secondary School Administration. A highly qualified Social Studies instructor and Certified School Principal, Mr. Gordon owned his own charter school, Grand Canyon College Preparatory Academy from 1997-2016. The school served students in grades 6-12 in the East Valley of Maricopa County. Many of the graduates of GCP earned college credit for free while still attending high school, some completing the first year of college before graduating. Among the speakers at the school's graduations were noted figures in Arizona Politics like Harry Mitchell, David Schweikert, Juan Mendes, Andrew Sherwood, and John Huppenthal. Mr. Gordon also participated in the revisions of the Arizona History and Social Studies standards. In January 2017, Mr. Gordon started the political blog Twenty-First Century Progressive Bull Moose. It has a global following and routinely comments on the political events of the day. Mr. Gordon also helps administer the Facebook page Living Blue in Arizona. He is also currently writing a series of Young Adult science fiction novels which incorporate the themes of time travel and its impact on history. Mr. Gordon is very happy to be asked to join the Blog for Arizona team and hopes to spread the progressive word to make Arizona a better place for everyone.

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