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In Vetoing Arizona's SB 1062, Jan Brewer Rejected a Bill That Her Own Staff Helped Write

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's staff helped write the anti-gay 'religious freedom' bill SB 1062, the AP reports:

Press_brewerArizona Gov. Jan Brewer's staff worked with proponents of a bill that would have allowed businesses to refuse service to gays before the legislation was introduced in January, according to emails released by her office. The meetings between Brewer's legal counsel and policy director came as the Center for Arizona Policy tried to make changes to a bill that was vetoed last year to make it more palatable to the governor.

Of course, following outrage from corporate America and the public, Brewer vetoed this bill as well.

The AP adds:

Center for Arizona Policy president Cathi Herrod blamed the bill's fate on opponents who misrepresented what it does. "I believe the veto was politics at its worst,' Herrod said Monday, "The veto was of a bill that did not exist and the 1062 opponents were able to make the bill about something it was not."

She acknowledged she worked with Brewer's staff on the bill. "The governor's officer raised several questions about the language, we had thorough discussions about the language and changes were made to the language based on those discussions," she said...

Herrod's group wields great power among Republicans who control the Arizona Legislature. The social conservative group backs conservative Christian legislation and is opposed to gay marriage and abortion.

Wonderful, efficient use of taxpayer money.

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  1. No surprise. She's an absolute t#@t and should receive no commendation whatsoever for vetoing such a hateful bill.

    Posted by: Alex | Mar 11, 2014 11:32:55 AM

  2. Cathi Herrod lies about lying....the true face of sociopathy. She has no idea that what's she's saying is wrong and negatively affects almost all of society for a specious few bigots like herself and Michelle Bachman and Sarah Palin and Jan Brewer.

    BTW, why is it that women are now the shrieking shrill face of bigotry?

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Mar 11, 2014 11:34:17 AM

  3. WTF is going on in AZ? They are really driving the pickup into the ditch.

    Posted by: Jack M | Mar 11, 2014 11:38:43 AM

  4. Indeed - and the plebes who championed Brewer as a civil rights hero don't know what they're talking about. It'd be like me taking up smoking just so I can make a big deal of quitting smoking and receive all the kudos for my 'brave quest to quit smoking'.

    This was not about "doing the right thing" ,but realizing that the people whom you enjoy Doing The Wrong Thing around are fewer and far between.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 11, 2014 11:44:44 AM

  5. There is a Youtube video in which Cathi Herrod claims she was commanded by God to do what she does. She is a fundamentalist Christian who hates gay people with a passion. For 20 years she has been behind every anti-gay law in AZ. Because of her, it is illegal to talk positively about homosexuality in AZ schools.

    I'm glad people are finally shining the light on this vicious woman.

    Posted by: homer | Mar 11, 2014 11:48:39 AM


    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Mar 11, 2014 11:50:02 AM

  7. You mean there is hypocracy in [Arizona] politics?

    Posted by: chasmader | Mar 11, 2014 11:58:42 AM

  8. I loved it when Stephen Colbert was doing a story about this bill and referred to the AZ Gov as "Jan Brewer, Governor of Arizona and the last person to see Hansel & Gretel alive."

    Yup, she's a witch alright.

    Posted by: Caliban | Mar 11, 2014 12:00:36 PM

  9. They all keep saying that the bill was portrayed as something that it was not... Jan Brewer claims to be a principled person so why didn't she sign it?

    Could it be, maaaaaybe, that the bill is EXACTLY what it appears to be, an end-run, loop-hole for bigotry masquerading once again as 'religious fervor'?

    Don't underestimate its proponents; they are crafty, intelligent, & determined. Thank goodness, America is awakening to the fact that they're also plain ol' homophobes.

    Posted by: pete n sfo | Mar 11, 2014 12:29:06 PM

  10. If Arizona has hope, the hope lies in publicly humiliating and exposing overlord Cathi Herrod and her uber-powerful organization of evil, Center for Arizona Policy (CAP).

    Not until citizens repeatedly and regularly stand between their lawmakers and Cathi Herrod, who controls the lawmakers, will the virtues of the people of Arizona shine for the world again as bright as the sunshine in the state.

    Enemy No. 1: Cathi Herrod, Center for Arizona Policy (CAP)

    Posted by: Just_a_guy | Mar 11, 2014 12:29:59 PM

  11. Just wondering, how does a company know a person is LGBT? It's not like I walk into Macy's or Neiman-Marcus & announce, "I'm here, I'm queer, sell me what I want." Would there be an epistle from management demanding employees refuse to serve anyone who appeared to be LGBT? Do Jewish store owners get to use the "I'm Christian; it's against my religion" argument? This Talibanistic mindset of the Christian Right Wing Nuts must be stopped. And THEY complain President Obama is a Socialist...what a crock of excrement!

    Posted by: DamFine10 | Mar 11, 2014 12:30:28 PM

  12. the problem in az is the low voter participation in both the primaries and general elections.

    participation of latino voters is extremely weak.

    the democratic party here needs to get off its butt and get out the vote.

    Posted by: ascanius1 | Mar 11, 2014 2:11:00 PM

  13. So homophobic-xenophobic hypocrite is caught again lying and misspending tax dollars. What else is new?

    You know what would be new though?

    If some representative from the LGBT community, preferably black, is photographed pointing a finger *THIS* close over her fingers while clearly disparaging her office as well as infringing on her personal space. So how the b!tch likes it, and feels respected in her office.

    Posted by: Mags | Mar 11, 2014 3:07:31 PM

  14. *over her nose. Not over her fingers!

    Posted by: Mags | Mar 11, 2014 3:08:32 PM

  15. Cathi Herrod's group needs to be declared a hate group and should not have that much clout with Arizona politicians. And BTW, whatever happened to separation of state and church?

    Posted by: Michael | Mar 11, 2014 4:06:34 PM

  16. Of course she did. Now let's talk about that hair.

    Posted by: bamontealegre | Mar 11, 2014 6:57:13 PM

  17. the reason Cathi's group has such clout with AZ politicians is because this place is full of old white retirees, Mormons and TWITS...and they keep voting these teabags in.

    Posted by: Chicklets | Mar 11, 2014 9:58:58 PM

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