Homosexual Marriage Ban Fails in State Senate

Today, by a vote of 14-11, the State Senate failed to pass a resolution referring an amendment to the ballot (SCR 1042) which would clarify and solidify the definition of marriage in Arizona as between one man and one woman.

Cathi Herrod, President of the Center for Arizona Policy, issued a very good summary of what happened which we will re-print here. We also encourage you to sign up for The Center for Arizona Policy’s email alerts.

Breaking News – Marriage Amendment Fails on Senate Vote

This morning, the Arizona Senate failed by one vote to pass the Arizona marriage amendment (SCR 1042). No Democrat supported the marriage amendment while one Republican opposed the marriage amendment.  Several senators missed the vote, including Sen. Karen Johnson who has been a strong supporter of traditional values.

The meaning of today’s vote:  while it’s not over until the legislature adjourns, today’s vote puts the marriage amendment on life support.  For the amendment to be on the November ballot, 16 senators have to vote yes.  

Our CAP policy team along with our pro-marriage allies will continue to seek ways to have 16 senators present to vote yes so that Arizona’s courts and politicians don’t redefine marriage for us.  We continue to consider it a top priority for the people to decide the definition of marriage, not the courts and not the politicians.
 
Note:  Under Senate Rules, a senator can move to have a vote reconsidered only if the senator was on the prevailing side.  One of our strongest marriage amendment supporters, Sen. Linda Gray, therefore, voted no today so that she then could move to have the vote reconsidered.  Sen. Gray then successfully made the motion to have the vote reconsidered.  This keeps the door open for another vote on the marriage amendment before the legislature adjourns.

CALL TO ACTION:
Check the recorded vote by clicking here.  If your senator supported the marriage amendment, email them to thank them for their support.  If your senator missed the vote or voted no, email and call them TODAY to ask for their support for the marriage amendment.

Pray that the marriage amendment still makes it to the November ballot.

Today’s vote was as follows: (Can you guess the lone Republican who voted against it for non-procedural purposes?)

BILL STATUS VOTES FOR SCR1042 – Final Reading

Y = Yes
N = No
NV = Not Voting
EXC = Excused
V = Vacant

VOTED FOR TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE:
Sylvia Allen
Timothy S. Bee
Robert Blendu
Robert “Bob” Burns 
Pamela Gorman
Ron Gould
Chuck Gray
Jack W. Harper
John Huppenthal
Barbara Leff
Tom O’Halleran
Jay Tibshraeny
Thayer Verschoor
Jim Waring

VOTED AGAINST TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE:
Paula Aboud
Amanda Aguirre
Carolyn S. Allen <= Lone Republican
Marsha Arzberger
Meg Burton Cahill
Ken Cheuvront
Jorge Luis Garcia
Albert Hale
Debbie McCune Davis
Charlene Pesquiera

NOT PRESENT TO VOTE:
Karen Johnson
Leah Landrum Taylor
Richard Miranda
Rebecca Rios
Victor Soltero

VOTED AGAINST SCR FOR PROCEDURAL REASONS:
Linda Gray

Barack, you can’t have my wallet

You gotta love YouTube. MoveOn.org spent millions of dollars to air their Alex ad only to have some guy put up his own version at no cost and get thousands of views!

Lottery tickets sales become the new photo radar

Governor Napolitano and the State Senate are touting their new “bipartisan” budget compromise but the Devil appears to be in the details. While the state is experiencing a 2 billion dollar deficit the Senate plan ADDS $1 billion in spending for new construction and renovation at the state universities. They may be in need of some updating but is this the year to spend a billion dollars? Fiscal conservatives are mad at the smoke and mirrors with the lottery income and the huge spending increase. There will likely be a shortfall in the predicted lottery revenue and the difference will have to come out of the general fund, further exacerbating the deficit. Social conservatives are disturbed by the push to generate more revenue from a scheme that has a negative impact on those least able to afford the cost of gambling. Take about crAZy. Nice work guys.

Arpaio vs. Gascon, again

Watch for Gilbert Road to have less day laborers over the next few days. That’s because Sheriff Joe Arpaio will be conducting crime suppression sweeps in Mesa as announced by local media on Tuesday.

And that’s the issue now between Arpaio and Gascon. According to reports, Sheriff Arpaio sent a hand-delivered letter on Tuesday to Chief Gason informing him that Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies will be conducting sweeps on Thursday. Somehow, the media obtained the letter and it became public that the sweeps would occur. Arpaio was not too happy and pointed the finger at Gascon for alerting the media but Gascon responded by saying that he found out about the sweeps from the media reports.

Either one of these high level law enforcement officials is not telling the truth OR, someone in their offices leaked the letter.

Regardless, look for Mesa streets to have less foot traffic over the next few days while Gilbert, Phoenix, Tempe and Chandler experience an increase in day laborers.

 

Neo-communist group BAMN continues to terrorize Arizona’s Civil Rights ballot initiative

The domestic terrorist organization BAMN, which has been engaged in a high-profile effort to stop Arizona’s ballot initiative on civil rights, has removed their following video from the popular online video service YouTube. It appears to clearly show BAMN activists harassing an Arizona citizen signing the Arizona Civil Rights Initiative (ACRI) ballot petition. Apparently BAMN realized that public videos showing their thuggish activists confronting willing signators of the ACRI ballot petition were not helping their cause of defeating the ACRI.

The controversial and now removed BAMN video can be viewed here: YouTube Preview Image

In the video, a BAMN protester can be seen telling the Arizona citizen that the KKK supports the initiative (even though there is no documentation indicating this is true and the Arizona cause is being supported predominantly by Ward Connerly’s American Civil Rights Initiative and Phoenix’s Coalition for a Conservative Majority). The BAMN activist then goes on to declare wrongly that the initiative is racist, and outrageously says that African-American enrollment at his California college decreased 70 percent after a comparable initiative, Proposition 209, was passed in California in 1996, suggesting that BAMN appears fulling willing to exaggerate and even contrive statistics to advance its cause of defeating the ACRI. The since removed BAMN video also shows another BAMN activist sneering at the signer that: “He’s happy with his white privilege.”

Further reflecting BAMN’s apparent willingness to manipulate fact, it is now being reported by BAMN that two Arizona residents (among hundreds of thousands of ACRI signators) have asked the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office to remove their names from the petition, purporting that they were “misinformed” by petition collectors about the initiative. We’re surprised that they even found two. But on closer examination, it appears quite probable that even these two are contrived by BAMN. After a local Arizona news story about one of the two appeared, it turns out she is a Code Pink activist who works in Liberal Arts at Grand Canyon University.

And then there are BAMN’s tactics as it seeks to stop the initiative. First, there are reports of BAMN blocking people from entering buildings, causing police responses. Second, BAMN’s co-president said in a press conference last weekend that BAMN has taken hundreds of signatures away from ACRI signature collectors. Is anyone investigating this? It sure sounds like a violation of one of our most guarded Constitutional rights – the right to petition the government.

And then there are the elected officials who BAMN has recruited to support their efforts. Several could be seen standing with BAMN at that press conference in which BAMN’s co-president bragged about BAMN activists apparently stealing signed petitions. Are these elected officials aware they are standing with an organization that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has investigated for terrorist activities as one of its organizational heads apparently brags of stripping Arizonans of their Constitutional rights to sign a ballot petition?

As these politicians themselves prepare to present themselves to these same voters for reelection, we suggest it is the sort of alliance that would not likely be viewed positively by the vast majority of Arizonans.
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The outrageous BAMN and BAMN-aligned efforts have continued on Phoenix-area radio. On Sunday, for instance, following predictable and totally inaccurate charges of racism by ACRI supporters, two female ACRI opponents could be heard (paraphrasing) bragging of the intimidation they have inflicted on ACRI petition circulators. They bragged that they chased ACRI circulators back to their cars, videotaped the petition circulators and signers, attempted to talk willing signators out of signing the petition, and retrieved and then threw away signed petitions obtained by ACRI circulators because they contend (again wrongly) that ACRI had illegally used out-of-state petition gatherers. They then labeled American Civil Rights Initiative Chairman Ward Connerly a “Clarence Thomas,” stating that Connerly claims he is biracial but that he is as “brown as she is.”

With only two weeks left until the ballot initiative’s deadline for Arizonan signatures, all of these initiatives–some seemingly illegal and others just brutish–suggest a great sense of desperation among BAMN’s leaders and activists. Unable to win on the merits of their arguments (even when they apparently distort them), BAMN appears willing to rely on tactics more resembling the actions one would more commonly see in a totalitarian nation.

It is unlikely that BAMN will be willing to administer any self-control in their efforts to stop the ACRI initiative. But we ask this: Is it not reasonable for Arizona’s elected officials to distance themselves from and denounce this thuggish organization? And is it too much to ask of Arizona’s law enforcement that they intervene to protect the fundamental rights of their citizens to sign a ballot petition without being harassed, verbally demeaned, and (it appears) having their legitimate petition signatures confiscated and disgarded by BAMN thugs?

As the July 3 ballot initiative signature deadline approaches, we certainly hope Arizona’s governmental and law enforcement officials will help properly defend the rights of their citizens to sign a legitimate ballot petition without being subjected to the barbaric and quite probably illegal acts of BAMN.

Undecided beats Obama by 6%

According to the latest Cronkite-Eight Poll, 1/3 of Arizonans are undecided about the presidential vote. This despite the fact that a major political figure from this state is in the race.