Jan Brewer Caves on Redistricting, Won't Call Second Special Session on AIRC

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Jan chickens out on another special session, decides to save hide instead...

There are some messages so loud and clear that even someone as dense as Arizona's grammatically-challenged chief executive gets the message.

Less than a week after the release of a poll showing Governor Jan Brewer's disapproval rating at 49 percent, with 32 percent of Sand Land voters willing to recall her from office, Brewer has issued a statement saying she will not call another special session over her fight with the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, as many Republicans would like for her to do.

While defending her illegal decision to remove AIRC chair Colleen Mathis -- one quickly overturned by the Arizona Supreme Court -- she nonetheless turned down Republicans who would like a shot at placing a repeal of Prop 106, the redistricting proposition approved by voters in 2000, on the ballot.

"I've seen no evidence to date that indicates voters are ready or willing to throw out the Commission structure," Brewer stated in her press release. "Moreover, the Legislature has yet to produce a consensus set of redistricting reforms to propose to voters."

She continued: "I know that some legislators, especially those of my political family, are anxious for me to call a Special Session so that they may pursue a ballot proposal to repeal or reform Prop 106.

"But we cannot act in haste - or in anger - when it comes to something as critical as the way in which Arizona draws its congressional and legislative districts. Our action must be reasoned and rational, and there must be a defined path to victory with voters. I will not call a Special Session on this topic unless and until I believe those bars have been met."

A bit of a volte-face, eh? Of course, Brewer manages to concede while at the same time vaguely threatening the Arizona Supremes.

"I...believe the Arizona Supreme Court grossly erred in returning the Chairwoman to the Commission. There may be another time to deal with the Court, but it's important at a time like this that we keep our eyes on the bigger picture."

"Deal with the court"? Who the hell does Brewer think she is? If I didn't know better, I'd guess she'd been watching that Showtime series The Tudors on DVD. But that'd be way too Masterpiece Theater for someone of Brewer's limited cranial capacity. 

Bottom line: Spare us the vague threats, Jan. You're not that powerful, even with a supermajority in both chambers. 

Indeed, Brewer's power play ended like a bad booby trap, with her as the boob. She removed Mathis in a dictatorial act, lacking any legitimate grounds for that removal, and thought she'd get away with it.

She didn't. First the Arizona Supreme Court shot her down. Then the people spoke, and aimed the prospect of a recall at her lame duck administration. Brewer, realizing she was on the precipice, stepped back.

She better pray the idea of her recall doesn't take hold. Because if it does, she'll be back in Glendale on a permanent retirement with her ex-chiropractor hubby, watching old tapes of her appearances on Fox News' Greta Van Susteren, mumbling, "Those were the days..."

UPDATE 5:51 PM: The state Senate leadership was not amused by Brewer's balk at the abyss. It issued the following statement, which shows you just how eager the Rs were to scuttle Prop 106:

"We are disappointed in Governor Brewer's decision this afternoon to not call a Special Session on redistricting. After all the unconstitutional decisions and alleged violations of law by IRC Chair Mathis, voters deserve the opportunity to revisit the concept of an independent commission drawing the legislative and congressional maps. The flaws of having one unaccountable and unelected person making such vital decisions for the state have been exposed.

Senate and House leadership have met numerous times with the Governor and her staff, and we have assured her as recently as this morning that we had the votes necessary to put a Prop. 106 repeal or reform on the ballot in February.

"We urge the Governor to reconsider her decision to not call a Special Session."

State Senate President Steve Pierce, Majority Leader Andy Biggs, and Majority Whip Frank Antenori signed off on this sucker.

Whether they know it or not, Brewer just did them all a huge favor. The times they are a changin', gents. And the people want a little less moonhowlin' from their elected leaders, and a lot more common sense.

(Note: For more on the AIRC and what it's up to, check out Steve Muratore's Arizona Eagletarian blog, which is all over the subject like white on rice and then some.)

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naturopath
naturopath

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cr0sh
cr0sh

You know what really gets me about this? Brewer's action was deemed illegal; a violation against the "supreme law" of our state (our state constitution). So - where's the punishment? How is it that somebody (anybody) can violate the law of a state, yet not have any consequences beyond a little "talking to"? I mean, you can get a ticket for jay walking. You can get fined and jailed for setting an unintentional wildfire. Violate the state constitution as the person sworn to uphold it? That's apparently a-ok (unless you are one of the 99 percent, of course - then you get to visit Nickel Bag's gulag system).

Jason
Jason

This is the smartest thing GED Jan has did throughout the entire AIRC controversy.

It appears that Jan is gaining wattage in that very dimly lit bulb she calls a brain...

Bnbk
Bnbk

Me thinks you give too much credit to Brain Fart Brewer. It boils down to Chuckie Boy getting nervous. As Tommy stated, Brewer has never had an independant thought.

Bnbk
Bnbk

independent*

Jason
Jason

GED Jan is still dumber than a bag of bricks.

I just think she actually developed a pair of brain cells to rub together and figured out (with Chuck Coughlin's help, that is) that she cannot attack the AIRC due to Prop. 106.  

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Someone apparently wrote, very slowly so she could keep up, a note to Mrs. Brewer explaining that her action to remove Ms. Mathis was ILLEGAL and the Arizona Supreme Court reversed her action.

So; Pierce, Biggs, and Antenori tried to bully her into another special session and her handlers wouldn't buy it this time.

I would advise her to wipe the egg off her face, but it might actually help with her appearance.

Mrs. Brewer is such a twit.

Reggie VV
Reggie VV

What part of "independent" does Brewer not understand?  Independent means we don't listen to you or whiny Pearce, or Pierce or Biggs or the moron in Tucson.  I know they think they have a divine mandate but I believe they would be in error.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Please try to understand, Reggie. Mrs. Brewer has never had an independent thought in her life. She simply can't imagine that someone else might...

Keith
Keith

Why did you run a 30-year old photo of Jan with this article?

Coz
Coz

Common sense from Arizona leadership is asking way to much ! 

Lala
Lala

Since the msm doesn't give us any in-depth coverage of AIRC, Steve Muratore's blog is extremely important.

Marcy
Marcy

http://www.anma.org/azscan.htm...

In May 2001, the Arizona Naturopathic Physicians Board of Medical Examiners fired its executive director, John L. Brewer, D.C., following allegations that he shredded documents, copied exams, and misrepresented his credentials.  According to a report in the Arizona Republic, a board member had discovered that Brewer did not receive a naturopathic degree from a college in Los Angeles as he had claimed on his license application{1}.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

why do you keep cutnpasting that?

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Politicians are like diapers: both should be changed frequently, and usually for the same reason.

Bnbk
Bnbk

Good one Gerry !

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Truth be known, I stole it.  :-)

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Thanks Tommy.  I was worried I would be dressed in pink by now. 

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

He was about to be charged.

He was spotted slowing down when traveling northbound on Scottsdale Road approaching Pinnacle Peak. Someone said he seemed to be writing something in a note pad. Later investigation revealed he had 'stolen' that very comment from a sign posted along the roadway.

The 'owner', however, refused to press charges, saying only, "If he gets the word out and doesn't refer to the MCSO shurf's pink diapers, I don't care if he uses it".

Now you know.

Bnbk
Bnbk

OK,Tommy,you heard Gerry,break out the handcuffs.--- Stolen,borrowed,still a good one.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

State Senate President Steve Pierce, Majority Leader Andy Biggs, and Majority Whip Frank Antenori all know the truth of the matter.  If they can rig the districts, they will be elected every time they run or a fellow R will be elected.  This goes a LONG way towards not caring about what the voters think.  If they get what they want in the districts, we don't matter.  It is not arrogance, but just a matter of practical survival.  And it sucks!

Wanumba
Wanumba

GED Jan, why do you hate the voter?  Always trying to stop what we voted for.....

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

because her brain is the size of a pea and she does what the GOP wants (most of the time)

AnotherMesaVoter
AnotherMesaVoter

As much as her "political family" campaigned for this one (and her political family can be very nasty when people don't share the same views), I think she did the right thing and I think it took some strength to do the right thing. 

Bnbk
Bnbk

I suspect it was more fear of an angry electorate than any type of strength on her part.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

She's scared shit that the same thing will happen to her that happened to ex-senate president Rusty ("I'm 16-0) Pearce.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

GED Jan and all of the "playahs" in the Babbitt Towers political ho' house need to be put back on Van Buren, where they so "right"-fully belong.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Mike, I find it funny that the 'only' election he's lost happened to be the most important of all.

"FIRED, once again". I would imagine something like that will appear on his headstone one day.

Bnbk
Bnbk

Yea ,Chuckie Boy is afraid of losing his political whore in the governor's office.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

now if we can just get her to stop the attacks on the medical marijuana then I would be happy!

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

yes, of course. And it also keeps funds rolling in for Sheriff Joke, DPS, the Border Patrol, the DEA, and lastly any other alphabet soup agency I forgot that is funded by "the war on drugs"

Bnbk
Bnbk

That will never happen because keeping medical marijuana illegal provides more bodies for her CCA overlords,keeping their cash flowing.

AnotherMesaVoter
AnotherMesaVoter

Agreed, maybe I gave her too much credit. I am happy with the decision not to call a special session to repeal Prop 106.  It's good news.

Bnbk
Bnbk

Yes it is good news,whatever the motive behind the decision may be.

Royalphoenix2
Royalphoenix2

Brewer didn't write that press release..probably can't read it. peace

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

I was thinking that same thing as I read that statement.

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