Doris Goodale "Can't Explain" Opposition to Colorado City Bill, Fellow Lawmaker Says

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Republican state Representative Doris Goodale "can't explain" her opposition to the bill that was proposed to disband the "Marshal's Office" in the polygamist town of Colorado City, the bill's sponsor tells New Times.

Despite county, state, and federal authorities claiming misconduct in the police force there, Goodale continues to defend it, while refusing to explain her defense to New Times. Now, Republican Representative Michelle Ugenti tells us she doesn't understand why Goodale opposes it, either.

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"If she has some comments or suggestions, I would like to hear them," Ugenti says. "I can't mind-read."

We explained at length on Monday Goodale's refusal to explain her opposition to Ugenti's bill, supported by Attorney General Tom Horne, which calls for local police departments to be severely overhauled if half of its police officers have their certifications taken away over the course of eight years. (A previous version of the bill would have dissolved the police department entirely.) This bill would have applied to the Marshal's Office in the Arizona/Utah FLDS community, which used to be home to convicted child rapist Warren Jeffs.

Republican Representative John Kavanagh passed an amendment to the bill before it passed the House last week, which clarifies that every police department starts with a "clean slate," as Kavanagh explained it. Ugenti claims this would've been the case with the original text of the bill, but the amendment just clarifies it, since it was a common concern among legislators.

Therefore, if this bill becomes law, the Marshal's Office wouldn't get overhauled -- unless at least half of the officers have their police certifications revoked in the future.

Goodale still opposed the bill, saying it was a "persecution effort" against Colorado City, which is in her district, and that the claims of corruption in Colorado City's Marshal's Office are "all built on hearsay."

Ugenti said she's "gone to great lengths to try to satisfy Goodale's complaints" that she raised when the bill was proposed last session, but Goodale's never tried to propose anything that would make the bill acceptable to her.

"If you have a better idea, you gotta come knock on my door," Ugenti says.

That hasn't happened, and it certainly doesn't look good to defend a police agency that's been accused of rampant misconduct by county, state, and federal authorities, including a lawsuit from the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, alleging unconstitutional policing.

And, despite Goodale voting no on the bill, she was one of just seven Representatives to do so, and the bill passed the House overwhelmingly. The bill now gets action in the Senate, where it hasn't been acted on yet.



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WTFAZ
WTFAZ

I called Goodale's office yesterday asking for an explanation for her opposition to the bill. The person who answered said someone would get back to me.... so far, no call.

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

Goodale  -  just another politician with no conscience and no shame!

ReggieVv
ReggieVv

It's about payback for the blanket votes Colorado City gave her in the election.

arizonaeagletarian
arizonaeagletarian

For Goodale, it's nothing more than retail politics. She looks for every vote she can get, anywhere she can get them.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

How much ya wanna bet that those other representatives who voted NO are Mormon and have a longing for the good old days? 

Tammy DeSocio
Tammy DeSocio

why not?? we are all One anyway!! Loving One another is a good thing... lets rid ourselves of lying, cheating, and be honest and open for a change!!

sliperymike
sliperymike

the mormons need to clean house,pedophile religions need to go by the wayside "so saeth the lord!"

the mormon religion is a narcisistic,self serving,bunch that think that after death,the men become gods of thier own domain/planet,kinda like those L.Ron Hubbard guy's that think we are all space beings.

catholics like little boys and morons like da young girls!baptist like to drink(but not in front of each other) the sooner we protect our familys from these perdators the better off we will all be!

God is still the same after all this time,it's all of us that need to live the way he intended(that means thinking for yourself!)

the biggest sin is ignorance!

66rock
66rock topcommenter

@sliperymike I agree with your post but best to not paint with such a wide brush on this.  Some mormons abuse children, not all.  "catholics like little boys" is so wrong to state, as it is a percentage of priests who have abused, about 12%. My own boys were catholic school educated and we've talked about it.  They've both pretty much left the church for other reasons but say never, ever did they see or feel anything improper was going on during their education or their times as altar boys and most priests are dedicated, good people.  Also you did not mention preachers who have reportedly seduced kids under age, they are fired and/or prosecuted by law in news reports as we've seen.  Fairness rather than bashing is in order.

sliperymike
sliperymike

@66rock @sliperymike you are right,but i like the hyperbole of outlandish statementd to rile people up!...........Dance puppets,DANCE!!

66rock
66rock topcommenter

@sliperymike @66rock  Mike, I get that, just my two cents since generalizations are a  major pet peeve of mine.  Not riled up since I hear it so much.  Way too much of it during election year, lol!  Mormons I have worked with were great people, adored them. My experience with those in Most business dealings, not so great so I avoid it. That's why I said I agree with PART of what you said. 


That said, I'd vote against Harry Reid, a mormon if this were Nevada and I'm signing the petition against Joe Arpaio, a catholic, both poor leaders in my view.    

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