Will Governor Jan Brewer's Decision on Discrimination Bill Affect Possible Third Term?

Categories: Election 2014

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Governor Jan Brewer
Governor Jan Brewer has just been handed a gem of an opportunity:

The ability to look good in the eyes of liberals by rejecting a bill widely seen as blatantly discriminatory, while retaining her conservative base.

Or in the alternative, the chance to win wider support from conservatives.

Either way, this could affect her decision -- and yours -- about whether she should run for an apparently illegal third term in office.

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-Arizona's Anti-LGBT "Religious Freedom" Bill Trolled by a Pair of Democratic Senators
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A prominent veto with wide appeal could be just what she's looking for to gain political support from independents and left-leaners.

On the other hand, it was the infamous, anti-illegal-immigrant Senate Bill 1070 that made her a national conservative icon. Perhaps she's hoping for a repeat of that success, which'll give her a three-peat as governor.

Brewer has yet to rule out the idea of pursuing the third term. In an election year, that means her actions can still be perceived as campaign-minded.

Brewer believes it's possible that the term-limit law means two full terms to which she was elected. Brewer never got to serve a full first term, having finished out the time in office that remained following Janet Napolitano's abandonment of the state in 2009 to become Homeland Security Secretary -- the job that resulted in Napolitano, a Democrat, now receiving jeers on liberal college campuses.

A third term for Brewer would require challenging the Arizona Constitution. In 1992, voters approved term limits that amended the constitution with the following language:

No member of the executive department after serving the maximum number of terms, which shall include any part of a term served, may serve in the same office until out of office for no less than one full term.

Secretary of State Ken Bennett, who oversees state elections, said in December that Brewer can't run again the way he reads the law. He would say that, though -- he's running for governor himself.

From an Arizona Republic article in November:

Joe Kanefield, former general counsel to Brewer who is now in private practice, said the legal question centers on the definition of "term." He has said drafters were referring to a governor who was elected to a term and not to a governor who inherited the office by succession.

"I haven't ruled it out, and I've been encouraged by people -- legal scholars and other people -- that it's probably something that I ought to pursue," Brewer told The Arizona Republic.

Brewer has five days to either sign the discrimination bill, veto it, or let it become law by inaction.

According to the liberal Wonkette blog, "In 2013, Jan Brewer stopped being crazy." Writer Rebecca Schoenkopf gives Brewer credit for expanding Medicaid in Arizona, disagreeing with conservatives who claimed Santa Claus must be "white," and taking other moderate actions. Vetoing this "Duck Dynasty" bill might be part of Brewer's perceived sanity break.

And maybe that will help her find public support for a third term.

If it comes down to a court, an Arizona judge might shy from standing in the way of voters being allowed to select the governor they want -- especially after she vetoes a bill that seems to allow Jim Crow-style discrimination.

What do you think is the best course of action for Brewer with this bill, if she's really going to try and run again? Take our poll:


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larnan5
larnan5

Brewer sure can't wait and let this happen. Signs all over the place. NO GAYS, NO JEWS, NO BLACKS, NO DOGS.. Just like the good old days of the 1950's.The GOP/TEA dream world. Don't these zealot Catholics remember when they were victims and considered vermin just 60 or 70 years ago? Boycotts are not good. The business community is fearful of this bill.

Comanche_Moon
Comanche_Moon

Does anyone know how I can make $2500 a week working from home?

66rock
66rock topcommenter

Yikes, don't even print such a ghastly thing!  I doubt if this would sway any Dem to support her. And I don't think the local GOP wants this anyway, they are ready for their prophet in the gov's chair.

zonaelc
zonaelc

Of course she will veto it. The sad part is it made it to her desk. This state is just weird.

WTF...
WTF...

Actually I DO WANT Brewer to sign this... Not because I agree with this law but because this is the nail in the coffin for the GOP in Az!  I'm sure this will infuriate a huge part of the state's moderate republicans, independents as well as business, and many in the legislation will be voted out as a result of this unlike SB1070. and let's not worry too much this law won't hold a candle in a court and by then the damage will be done to the GOP.


SIGN IT, SIGN IT, SIGN IT you Witch!!!! Bring it on...


The Republican party needs to keep being the dumb party! the more stupid things they do the less votes they get..

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

The poll at the azcentral website now has 83% saying this bill is a pile of crap and Brewer should veto it.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

for once i am actually rooting for Jan to make the right move............shoot this bill down. 

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Brewski now says she read the "internet" and decide what to do in a few days.  Let's hope that one of those days she's sober enough to get out her veto pen.


Didn't the SoS Bennett just set up a website for people to comment on legislation?  I wonder if they've shut it down yet....

jimmalone13
jimmalone13

Here in Washington State there is a movement afoot for the Mariners to hold their summer camp someplace else. This is not going to go well for Arizona.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

If she doesn't veto this bill, I have no doubt that the next Governor will be a Democrat, and I'd like to believe that Brewer's handlers understand that, too.


eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Gin Jan probably knows that she CAN'T run again. The language of the law is clear to just about everyone except for her and her mouthpiece. Therefore, for what it's worth, I predict that she'll sign the bill to enhance her standing with the moon howlers. She probably also knows that the bill, if enacted, has no chance of surviving a court challenge. Of course now, that won't come until a GLBT person or couple claims discrimination. It could be awhile before something like that happens. Meanwhile, Arizona will become even more famous for its batshit-crazy Republican legislators and thoroughly corrupt office holders, beginning with none other than Tom Horney.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@larnan5  

Neither the GOP nor any Tea Party group has endorsed this bill.  It's purely on the CAP and other members of the religious right.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@Comanche_Moon  sure do!! and in no time at all someone should be putting that info up on here!! if not, i know damn near every article on ABC15..com has that info. (whats funny is that the ABC15 investigators articles will always have one or two on them)

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@jimmalone13  what is causing the doubts? is it just one thing or multiple things? (god knows we have a list of reasons for you to not want to)

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@valleynative  somehow i doubt it. god only knows how they couldnt understand it...............but i still doubt it

david_saint01
david_saint01

@eric.nelson745  good point. It seems they just push these UnConstitutional laws through to appease the fringe loonies, and know it will turn into a lawsuit. 

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