Andy Biggs' Bull Outed by Arizona Eagletarian Blogger Steve Muratore

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Biggs: "a certain bovine excrement type of swear word..."

Could the Arizona Republican Party be any more obvious in its desire to quash the efforts of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, mainly because of that one word, "Independent"?

What the heck are they afraid of? It's unlikely the GOP will lose its majority hold on this redder than red state of ours. However, the Rs are desperate to retain the GOP's supermajority in the state legislature. 

Never mind that about two-thirds of all active Arizona voters are either Indies or Dems, or that the state's population has grown and shifted considerably, or that the AIRC has a mandate under the Arizona Constitution.

The battle to discredit the AIRC began from jump, with state Senate President Russell Pearce's attempting to dictate who could be on the commission, to bogus allegations against the AIRC and its Independent chair Colleen Mathis, to Republican Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne leading a legal crusade against the AIRC, even though his office has a serious conflict of interest: The AG's office was once the AIRC's legal counsel.

Now, with draft maps on the table that are not to the Rs' liking, the AZ GOP wants to rig the AIRC, and is now conspiring to remove AIRC chair Mathis.

The preliminary move in this gambit is a Joint Legislative Committee on Redistricting, on which sits far-right, pseudo-intellectual GOP Senate Majority Leader Andy Biggs.

Biggs is a rich guy, but not rich by the sweat of his brow. He's rich because he won $10 million in the American Family Sweepstakes. You know, the one the late Ed McMahon and the corpse-like Dick Clark used to shill for. 

Which allows Biggs to have the, um, "courage" of his convictions. Among these is an irrational hatred of the poor. 

One of his genius ideas in the last session was to completely eliminate AHCCCS, the state's medicaid program, though in doing so, he would have caused Arizona's hospitals to go out of business and plunged this state into a economic morass worse than the one we're already mired in.

The bill he sponsored to do that was voted out of the Senate Appropriations Committee he chaired at the time, but didn't make it to the Senate floor. 

Though no Democrat, he resembles in statement and action the Ds' mascot: i.e., common parlance for a male donkey. Which is worrisome because now he's vying for Pearce's Senate Presidency, should Pearce fail to survive the November 8 recall.

Like Pearce, who blacklisted certain activists he didn't like from the state Senate building, Biggs has a problem with freedom of speech, particularly that speech which objects to his autocratic style.

Actually, on Friday, it wasn't even speech that got Biggs' dander up. It was Arizona Eagletarian blogger Steve Muratore mouthing the word "bullshit" as Biggs harangued a member of the public audacious enough to criticize Biggs, the JLCR and its transparent effort to mess with the AIRC.

Muratore is a citizen journalist of the highest order, one who has painstakingly documented the redistricting process better than any other reporter in the state, bar none.

Yet, all it took was for Muratore to mouth the aforementioned (and very apt) word for Biggs to have him removed from the room. Quite convenient, as Muratore had signed up to speak, and Biggs' action prevented his from doing so. Muratore has a full description of the incident on his blog, here.

Gee, what's next, will Biggs be ejecting citizens because they look at him the wrong way? 

The joint committee is scheduled to reconvene Monday at 1 p.m. Muratore vows to be there, and he's been told that he will be allowed in.

Writes Muratore: 

"I called Sen. Steve Pierce's office about whether I will be allowed in on Monday. I was told that I would, but I must adhere to the rules of proper decorum...I think that means they'd rather I not tell them the truth."

Because, as the line goes, Biggs, et al. can't handle the truth. And the truth is that this committee is as big of a sham as was Olivia Cortes' erstwhile candidacy in the Legislative District 18 recall.

The Dems boycotted the committee on Friday, refusing to participate in the sham. I give them props for doing so, though that also means the committee will have to be cross-examined by the citizenry, the same citizenry for which Biggs has such contempt.

Hey, not everyone can win the Lottery, Andy, or luck out on a $10 million sweepstakes. So ease up. Because of you booting Muratore out, you can now be sure that there will be even more scrutiny of the joint committee's monkeyshines by the press and the public. 

And as we watch you on Monday and beyond, be thankful that you are not blessed with ESP. Because I can assure you that we'll all be thinking about a mental image of what you euphemized as "a certain bovine excrement type of swear word" with your priggish mug on it.


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Mistalee
Mistalee

Biggs has a gay bull? So much for the livestock breeding...

AZ FAIL
AZ FAIL

Is it just me or does Andy Biggs look like someone who desperately needs to come out of the closet?

That aside, the sheer fact that the man wanted to totally eliminate AHCCCS, and effectively sentence millions of the weakest and poorest people in this state to death, marks him as a dangerous sociopath of the highest order. That's the thing with coming into money, especially money you did nothing to earn; more often than not, it brings out the absolute worst in people and magnifies the worst aspects of their personalities. Root of all evil, indeed.

Perhaps when Russell Pearce is finally removed from office, Biggs should be the next recall target. Watch your back, Andy boy.

Jason
Jason

Did anyone read Biggs' bigoted article supporting our mentally sick and corrupt Senate president in the Valley & State section of the Arizona Republic?

Biggs slanders both Snow and Parraz. He calls Parraz an "open borders advocate" and claims Snow helps illegals sue their employers. He claims not to have a clue about what Lewis is about.

News flash Andy: Lewis will oust your hero and savior Pearce in two weeks. Pearce will be booted, and Lewis will be welcomed as the LD18 senator. Get used to it.

Lala
Lala

Most members of our state government are an embarrassment to democracy.  As a matter of fact, I'm not sure Arizona is a democracy.

maxparraz
maxparraz

Got any theories as to why Chairman Mathis LIED and "forgot" to mention her husband worked for Obama?

why they picked a PROGRESSIVE only micro targeting firm who's SOLE purpose is electioneering for Democrats?

Why, in violation of State law, the Democrats (and that includes Mathis) on the panel were meeting in SECRET with the owner of the democrat micro targeting firm?

SH
SH

Steve Muratore is one of the nicest, gentlest people I've ever met. I can't believe legislators would feel threatened by him enough to call security for MOUTHING A WORD. I'm with you, Stephen -- Steve knows this subject inside and out and they don't want him talking.

Jason
Jason

If Andy Biggs has $10 million, why isn't he investing that money back into Arizona's floundering economy?

Biggs is as mentally sick, sleazy, corrupt and unethical as Pearce.

Biggs has learned well from master Pearce. Just boot out the people brave enough to expose our corruption, and we'll keep winning elections.

Anon
Anon

Well said by a well-informed person.

Chad Snow
Chad Snow

Hopefully, once Pearce is removed, all legislators of both parties will be on notice that the state legislature is not the forum to promote their ideological pet projects.  Once your wackiness starts affecting all Arizonans, you're fair game indeed. 

Chad Snow
Chad Snow

Biggs talks out of both sides of his mouth.  He defends Pearce out of one side while (not so) secretly campaigning for his Senate Presidency out of the other.  I guess with $10 million, you can afford such duplicity. 

Jason
Jason

Do us all a favor and shut the fuck up you illiterate loon.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Mind telling us EXACTLY which State Law was violated AND give us YOUR PROOF of your allegations.

HooverUpright
HooverUpright

"Why, in violation of State law, the Democrats (and that includes Mathis) on the panel were meeting in SECRET with the owner of the democrat micro targeting firm?"

Did you just pull that out of your ass DirtySanchez? Because it smells like BULLSHIT!

Guest
Guest

Maybe because her husband didn't work for Obama u idgit. With soles like this it's easy to see how assholes like Biggs stay in power

Steve Muratore
Steve Muratore

Just curious MB... how do you know your allegations even come close to what actually happened? Perhaps because somebody sent you the talking points?

Phoenix Justice
Phoenix Justice

I follow Steven's blog as it is the best at gaining information on the AIRC.  Senator Biggs just proves that the Republicans will do anything (even possibly illegal) to keep their super-majority in the legislature and their larger numbers in Congress.

Anon
Anon

Jason, You hit the bulls eye!

Coz
Coz

Funny how in Arizona all the mentally sick, sleazy & corrupt have an "R" next to their name.

>>Biggs is as mentally sick, sleazy, corrupt and unethical as Pearce

Former Republican
Former Republican

Chad, Well said. Thank you for all that you do. You represent a much better Arizona. Without people like you, Randy and your many supporters for a better Arizona, we would have no hope. It's time for Pearce to go and take his cronies with him. 

zooed
zooed

You should live so long, peso sucker.

Jewel in the desert
Jewel in the desert

My thoughts exactly.....why with just 2 weeks before the election is Senator Andy Biggs writing a blubbery, kiss @$$, type article defending Russell Pearce.  Because he's the senate majority leader and next in line for Pearce's seat.  Gee, not a good sign for Pearce that his seat isn't even vacated and the vultures are already circling above.  Also, sounds like Biggs is trying awfully hard to follow in Pearce's footsteps by throwing out a journalist.  Heaven help AZ if he's just another copy of Pearce.

loushow
loushow

Yeah . . . "mbsanchez" (not his real name) is an utter loon and idiot.  He should STFU!

maxparraz
maxparraz

The documents that appeared to be missing were the score sheets that would have been necessary to pare the pool of potential mapping firms from seven to four in early June. The two Republican commissioners indicated in their final score sheets that there was an initial round of scoring, which was ultimately absent from the procurement file.

The allegations about the document destruction came on the same day that Horne filed a petition in Maricopa County Superior Court to compel Mathis, the independent chairwoman, and the commission’s two Democrats, José Herrera and Linda McNulty, to cooperate with his investigation. The three have so far refused to meet with Horne.

Horne’s petition revealed allegations that Mathis was involved in private conversations in attempt to “line up” votes to hire Strategic Telemetry.

The claim of document destruction could be pursued also as a violation of public records law. According to Arizona Revised Statute, destruction of public records (A.R.S. 13-2407) is a class 6 felony.

Bnbk
Bnbk

You hit the nail right on the head Steve,keep up the good work .

Bnbk
Bnbk

Typical RuSSell Pearce camp tactics,threats & intimidation. Guess what ? it doesn't work anymore,the people are standing up to all the corrupt politicians in this state. Wake up Politicians from both parties or you could easily find yourself the next target of a re-call.

Jason
Jason

Biggs IS just another copy of Pearce. A Pearce clone with money.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

"The three have so far refused to meet with Horne."

Guess what dumbass, given right wingnuts track record  of so called Attorney Generals in Arizona filing BOGUS charges against political opponents I would refuse to cooperate with that imbecile too, so I guess you can add me to that list.

HooverUpright
HooverUpright

Blah, blah, blah. The commission wants to make its minutes from its executive sessions public. But Horne won't allow this. Why? Because he don't want everyone to know nothign bad happened.

What we're left with here is DirtySanchez shooting his backend off about shit he doesn't know about. That's the way Horne and the Rs want it. That way they can make it *seem* like there's smoke where there is no fire.

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