SB 1062 Uproar: Can Arizona Democrats Capitalize on It in November?

Other than Melvin and Thomas, GOP candidates for governor, including Secretary of State Ken Bennett, ex-GoDaddy exec Christine Jones, Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, and even Arizona Treasurer Doug Ducey, who has CAP's Cathi Herrod as a policy adviser and supporter, all have come out in favor of a veto.

GOP moderates who voted for 1062, including state senators Bob Worsley, Adam Driggs, and Steve Pierce, made public mea culpas, saying they regretted their votes and asking Brewer to save the state from 1070-like boycotts with a veto. Plus both of Arizona's Republican U.S. Senators -- Jeff Flake and John McCain -- say 1062 is onerous and has to go.

Early on, Republican political guru Chuck Coughlin, the guy responsible for giving Brewer the key to the ninth floor, told the New York Times, that he believed Brewer would veto 1062.

That's likely because Chuckles knows that were Brewer to sign this abomination of a bill, the Dems might actually win some statewide offices come November and, who knows, pick up seats in the Legislature.

Assuming Brewer vetoes 1062, the protesters melt away, and the media frenzy dissipates, does this brouhaha have any effect on the political reality of this state and the deep political psychosis that holds sway over Arizona tuskers?

Rebecca Wininger of Equality Arizona, the state's preeminent LGBT advocacy group, says she believes 1062 broke the dromedary's back.

"This is a tipping point," Wininger tells me. "I think people are awake enough now and have found their voice that we're ready to take back our state."

Wininger has been a constant presence at the Capitol, where a diverse crowd opposing 1062 has been showing up almost daily.

Wininger informs me that there's a big demonstration planned for March 29 in Phoenix. It will mirror to some degree the massive "Moral March" led by the NAACP in my hometown, Raleigh, North Carolina, to protest the extremism of the Republican-led Legislature there.

Marches are great, I told her. But unless some of the Republican crazies are defeated in their primaries by moderate Rs, or by Democrats in general elections, or unless Dems score veto power with the election of DuVal, the insanity will roll on like the mighty Mississippi River.

In other words, can the backlash against 1062 be translated into electoral victories?

At the March 29 protest, Wininger says, candidates will seek signatures for their nominating petitions, and people will be encouraged to get involved.

What about money? If Brewer saves the Rs' fannies with a veto, will progressives be able raise money with 1062?

"I think so," she tells me. "We're already seeing some inquiries [from out of state about] what people can do to change Arizona."

She also pointed out that the Dems need to pick up only two seats in the state Senate to force a tie. And some statewide wins by Ds, particularly for governor, would help ameliorate the political extremism of the Republican Party.

Certainly, Arizona Democrats can make the case that the Rs simply are bad for the economy because they have passed divisive laws such as 1070 and 1062, statutes that are expensive to litigate and costly to the state's business interests.

In fact, GOP ideologues already have pushed bills out of legislative committees this year opposed to higher standards for our state's K-12 students.

This, because the black-helicopter crowd regards these national standards, referred to as Common Core, as a plot by the Obama administration to teach Karl Marx to children.

An educated workforce? Higher standards? Of course, it's a communist plot! And phooey to the businesses that want employees to be able to read and write.

But so far, the Dems have not made headway politically by opposing this sort of
antediluvian thinking.

Rather, the seats picked up by the Dems in 2012 in the state Legislature and in Arizona congressional elections were the result of a fair shake from the state's Independent
Redistricting Commission, which drew new and more competitive legislative and congressional maps.

The next redistricting will not be until after the next census, in 2020 -- a long time to wait for change.

Todd Landfried of Arizona Employers for Immigration Reform saw a similar pattern, with far different dynamics, in the battle over 1070 in 2010.

"There's a possibility that the Republicans jumped the shark with 1062," he says. "Time will tell whether the businesspeople who have supported these fringe Republicans over the years, say, 'You know what, it's just not worth it anymore. Even if we have to hold our nose and endorse Democrats.'"

The message to Arizona Rs then would be: Shape up or lose.

Which might force Grand Canyon State Rs to moderate, just as the Democratic party had to moderate back in 1992 to take the White House with Clinton, a conservative (by Democratic Party standards) Southerner.

Until then, I can promise, the crazy will just keep on' comin'.

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Thank goodness to the GOP failure, but one has to me more concern as to the true agenda, keep the number of GOP in office by deterring people of non-right wingnut GOP philosophies from gaining numbers at the polls.  MLK Day, 1070 and now 1062 are just that. Who would want to live in our great state knowing how we treat our fellow citizens.   I say hit them hard, hit them in their pocket, Take for example John Kavanagh who is the Director of Administration Justice at Scottsdale Community College FORCE the school to throw the bum out.   This is what I am paying my tax dollars for, OUT he goes.  My six year old has more common sense to the Constitution of this great country.

Skepticles
Skepticles

"SB 1062 Uproar: Can Arizona Democrats Capitalize on It in November?"

Obama will be right there in the townhalls and photoops with Dem candidiates.

What do you think?

Frank Michaels
Frank Michaels

My thoughts exactly! This is the time to seize the day and air other grievances! Jan has enacted other discriminatory legislation some against women rights in the workplace

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Desert Racist Wasteland DESERVES the Vile Fascist Ignorant Politicians it elects!

michaelromalley
michaelromalley

All you California liberals need to go back to your own state and stop trying to screw up ours. You want to see what happens to a state ran by liberal democrats, just looks at California. 

Suzanne Larsen
Suzanne Larsen

Stop bashing the Republicans...Dems did a lot of ass-stupid things before slavery was abolished...learn the facts.

Ian D. Larsen
Ian D. Larsen

Hahahahah by November most AZ Dems won't even remember what SB1062 WAS. Voters have very short memories.

Jeff Kee
Jeff Kee

It won't happen unless Democrats stop being wimps. They need to make sure the public know who these people are and how much time and public money was wasted on this. They actually caused job loss.

Muyska Santa Fe
Muyska Santa Fe

This is the core of the problem. Center for Arizona Policy.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

""This is a tipping point," Wininger tells me. "I think people are awake enough now and have found their voice that we're ready to take back our state."

"Wininger informs me that there's a big demonstration planned for March 29 in Phoenix. It will mirror to some degree the massive "Moral March" led by the NAACP in my hometown, Raleigh, North Carolina, to protest the extremism of the Republican-led Legislature there."

Arizona IS ready for a "Moral Monday" march! 

Great job done by all the courageous protestors and investigative reporters in AZ and around the country. Arizona won a permanent place in the harsh spotlight with this senseless bill that has given Arizona another black eye!

Robin Scott Andress
Robin Scott Andress

They don't appear to be able to organize effectively in any statewide strategy.

dtmac
dtmac

MLK day, SB1070, and SB1062. Republicans in Arizona are toxic to the economy and businesss of Arizona. The Democratic party in Arizona has to hammer this message home to the people and business leaders in our state.

Christian Paul
Christian Paul

Democraps who needs them . Why would they capitalize on a bill. Sb 1062 was a constitutional law based on religious freedom and the queers neded their power trip

Brandon Reish
Brandon Reish

lol true they are spineless, but only in the face of the people. modern democrats a dirty, dirty playing team of politicians.

Edward Vidrios
Edward Vidrios

You need to sing a new song. I'm fed up with both parties.

David Ross
David Ross

Wait the democrats are a roadblock josh? So they are the ones that wanted sb1070 and this pile of shit that was just vetoed? In one swoop the republicans made us the laughing stock of the country and I doubt many companies want to move where something like this makes it to the governors desk

TimFromLA
TimFromLA

Oh and the NFL may move next years Super bowl out of Arizona. How many Christians are upset by the sinful nature of the NFL betraying the good Christians of AZ? Who cares! This is free market capitalism at work...and these same idiotic Christians support a free market!

Joe Rollins
Joe Rollins

Dems never seem to ever remind people of how truly evil the GOP is. Probably because they are almost as evil. Can we hang both parties for treason?

Johnny Rychlicki III
Johnny Rychlicki III

Arizona Democrats? Democrats? In AZ? In the state that elected corrupts pigs like Arpaio? WHERE?

Josh Smusz
Josh Smusz

Hopefully not, the Democrats are nothing but a roadblock to actual change in the valley. We don't need to be encouraging them one single bit. Not that they could inspire anyone to do anything anyhow.

Tyburn Gallows
Tyburn Gallows

Doubtful. Anyhow, Dems aren't doing anything worthwhile here. This will be killed by the chamber, etc.

Rafael Romero
Rafael Romero

Nope, dems are unfortunately born without a spine and lack the balls to go for the kill when they have the chance.

Tom Kennedy
Tom Kennedy

No, the Democrats are as bad as the Republicans in a complete opposite way

Shannon Smith
Shannon Smith

I just got done saying we need more Democrats in this state - where are they?!

Darin Spyderdog
Darin Spyderdog

nope. until the az democratic party leadership decides to go hard in the paint and start throwing elbows and such, its gonna be the same song and dance. the high ground provides a fine point of view, but thats about all it provides. the dems are sunk here until they figure that out

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

This is the law the wing nut republicans should pay attention to:

1st amendment - Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.


SB1062 is a law respecting an establishment of religion.  Specifically, it defines as a person who can experience religious thought a CORPORATION!  Corporation's can not experience religious thought. 

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

The ban on same sex marriage got overturned today in TEXAS.  It will soon happen in AZ...

1959cutter
1959cutter

this is what Sydney portier meant in "to sir with love" as masturbation.......it produces NOTHING!

66rock
66rock topcommenter

Good article.  The last part, I think, is the most interesting now. Most likely that the wacky has to moderate here in Az to survive.  Some will have the good sense to do so and those that won't will be replaced even if by another republican, Az government will run more smoothly as the result.  


Now onto presently,  where is the glory seeking gov Jan?  Still taking her time reading a two page bill??  What?  She has to have meetings now, why what didn't she understand?   Milk the attention for as long as you can drama queen!  This is your last hurrah and no, you will not be the next Palin on the national ticket and no, you are not going to replace Sen McCain,you are done. So veto the bill Jan and then scram, shoo! 

rgere
rgere

why are the fags so upset?!? I'm sure that the gerbil and turkey baster merchants won't turn them away. what's the big deal?

robert_graham
robert_graham

Hardly!  The only thing that will happen to Dems in November is a complete loss.  And you can thank Obama for it.  But if you think you'll be able to capitalize on anything, you are sadly misken!

Skepticles
Skepticles

"All you California liberals need to go back to your own state and stop trying to screw up ours. "

HEY! HEY! HEY! Wait a minute!!!

You keep them or shoot them. We went through hell to persuade them that California WASN'T the place you oughta' be.

-a California native

whall22
whall22

@michaelromalley As an Arizona native, I wish you would return to your Confederate homeland and take you vile racist opinions with you.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Strategy: Get a quality candidate for the Maricopa County Attorney's office -- the most powerful position in the state. NO transparency, NO oversight and NO accountability. And absolute immunity!  

Who's going to bring change and TERM LIMITS for the County Attorney, County Sheriff, and retire the legislators?

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

When was the last time the Dems in AZ had ANY power to do anything?  The far right idiots are 100% to blame!

66rock
66rock topcommenter

@rgere    I don't know, why are you closeted,Mr Hater? You can get professional help for that you know.  So I guess you don't believe in equal rights for all citizens then, that's so UnAmerican,wow!


danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@robert_graham  your a twit. actually the dems dont have to wait that long to capitalize from this. its already looking good for them for not being behind this or supporting it

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@danzigsdaddy @robert_graham  It's also looking good for the Democrats from the perspective of just this bill having been introduced by Republicans


Just the fact that the Republicans across the country, and here in AZ, keep introducing these types of bills is alienating lots of people who vote republican - which can only be a good thing for the Democrats, Libertarians and Independents

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@Flyer9753 i agree...................but the whole Joe thing just blew me out of the water. that was a very smart move by Joe and it was done without Lisa Allen or anybody else. still dont like the guy, but that was a very smart move and very reminiscent of the Joe i used to support long long ago. (wow...free attention and Joe said NOPE.......................who'd  have ever thought???)

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@danzigsdaddy @Flyer9753  I did not see that but I have to agree with you and give him props as well for staying out of it.


Now the other side... something is up. Not saying anything nefarious, but for Joe to do that, which is a MILLION % out of character for him tells me there is a LOT of behind the scenes discussions and frankly, worry going on in the states GOP/Republican talking circles and it's been agreed to/made clear that he and everyone else needs to tread carefully, otherwise someones big mouth is going to make the GOP/Republicans problems worse. 


Which is also smart, to finally acknowledge that if you don't know what to say to make things better, shut the hell up rather than risk making them worse - something that Joe and most Arizona Republicans (not changing this one zigs :) were never good at in the past.


danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@Flyer9753 want to hear something you never thought youd hear (especially from me)????  do you know who i am giving props to on this debate??? believe it or not, Joe. i saw a article on KTAR where they tried to corner him for his input on it...................his response was that he had no opinion on it and didnt know enough to make a statement on it. they asked him if he had anything to say to Jan on it and he said he had no influence with the gov. so.............so far the only person smart enough to keep his name away from this is the guy looking for any opportunity to be in the news..         good for you Joe. and whats even funnier is that this was his response without his media team being involved (it was a off the cuff attempt at an interview). doesnt mean i support him, but i give him credit for being smart enough to avoid it

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