Posts Tagged ‘Jan Brewer’
Wouldn’t it be fascinating to listen into the White House conversations about Arizona, and in particular, Governor Jan Brewer?
Staffer: “Mr. President, that Governor that wagged her finger in your face is doing more than even Democrat Governors to implement your health care bill!”
POTUS: “ReallyShould we consider her for an Administration post?”
Staffer: “You want her wagging her finger at you at every Cabinet meeting?”
POTUS: “Good point. Let’s just send her some flowers.”
It’s been interesting to watch the reaction from national reporters in watching Brewer cheerlead Medicaid expansion. Chief Justice Roberts and the Supreme Court gave State the “out” from one of the most egregious parts of Obamacare and a “conservative” Republican Governor not only decides to opt-in, she does so with the enthusiasm of a school girl getting ready for prom.
So there is a cognitive dissonance in the heads of DC-based reporters who, if you mention “Arizona Governor” immediately think about immigration crackdowns. No open borders, but it’ll be open enrollment.
The Supreme Court ruling, striking down the federal component of the Defense of Marriage Act, affirms, for now, the state’s ability to define marriage. This was expected, and as a believer in State’s Rights, it was the right decision.
While my friends in the gay community celebrated the “overturning” of California’s Proposition 8, what the Court did was much more nuanced and process oriented. They basically ruled that the federal appellate courts had no jurisdiction over the appeal because backers of Prop. 8 didn’t have standing to carry the appeal. Only the state could have done that. Call it a victory for gay marriage on a technicality. That is, the higher courts have not affirmed the district court’s overturning of Prop. 8 (yet).
That’s not to say that there isn’t a obvious trend towards gay marriage becoming more accepted and eventually legal across the board. The challenge will be how to balance the rights of gay couples with the religious freedom of churches and faith-based institutions.
For example, while I believe gay couples should have the same rights afforded straight couples, I don’t think the Catholic Church’s adoption services should be required to facilitate adoptions by gay couples. However, as a result of Massachusetts state law, the Catholic Church was faced with the choice of facilitating such adoptions or close their doors. That’s a clear overreach of the First Amendment, which protects religious liberty.
Needless to say, this discussion is far from over.
Obama’s big play on dealing with “climate change” exposes, yet again, his complete disregard for Congress, the will of the American people or the rule of law. Keep in mind, it was five years ago this month that Obama said, “this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.”
This is a President who claims to be looking out for the little guy, but subsidizes his billionaire friends with “green energy” cash and wants to shut down coal-fired power plants, even admitting that “under my plan, electricity rates will necessarily sky-rocket.” Who gets hurt? The poor and those on fixed-income. With friends like these…
The Arizona Capitol Times had their “Best of the Capitol” awards dinner this week. Inexplicably, I was nominated for a couple categories in which the competition was overwhelming. Congrats to Arizona Chamber President Glenn Hamer for his “Power Broker” award and to Chuck Coughlin for “Best Political Operative.” Well-deserved by both.
Buz Mills has officially launched his campaign for governor with a $2 million splash. If Clean Elections matching funds are shelved by the courts, this $2 million, and the additional money he is expected to put into the race, gives him a huge money advantage over Governor Brewer and Treasurer Dean Martin.
He will need a lot of money to introduce himself to voters. Brewer and Martin have near universal name ID among Republican primary voters, so they can spend their money on messaging and voter ID.
Mills entry into the race will probably hurt Martin’s chances by adding another person to the mix of the “anti-Brewer” vote and Mills also greatly diminishes John Munger’s chances.
Vernon Parker, Mayor of Paradise Valley, AZ, is likely to announce tonight that he is running for Governor. Thus he will be the first major Republican in Arizona to jump into a race against incumbent Republican Governor Jan Brewer.
So now it gets interesting. With Parker’s entrance into the race, the line has been crossed – that is, he is the first to make a move sending the signal that he isn’t waiting to see whether Brewer decides to run for re-election or not. Watch for others to follow suit.
Parker is a solid guy. The question is whether he’s ready for prime time. When the Arizona Republic wrote about him considering a run last month, half the story was about alleged legal issues.
He will have the novelty factor in that, at this point, he is the only African-American Republican in the nation running for a Governor’s seat and if he won, he’d be the first African-American Republican Governor in history. He will also immediately begin to be compared to Obama.
I suspect that this could end up being a crowded Republican primary race. Besides Parker, others reportedly mulling include Secretary of State Ken Bennett, State Treasurer Dean Martin, former Governor Fife Symington, Tucson attorney John Munger, former US Transportation Secretary Mary Peters, among others. With a multi-candidate race, who knows what could happen.
One thing is for certain: Jan Brewer has a target on her.
Congressman Scott Garrett is a true believer. He is one of the few in Congress who not only is a principled conservative, he actually acts like it all the time.
You’ll recall that Sen. Jon Kyl made the comment that the stimulus money wasn’t working. In reaction, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood sent a letter to Governor Jan Brewer asking if she agreed with Sen. Kyl and told her he would be happy to withhold stimulus dollars from Arizona. It was an outrageous letter and Scott Garrett takes LaHood to task for it. This is a must see video passed on to me from a good friend of mine on the Hill.
After shedding 332 points upon Obama’s swearing-in yesterday, the market opened up just over 100 points today. Not certain that it’s an Obama Bounce, or a Brewer Bounce, since Arizona’s Governor-since-yesterday-afternoon Jan Brewer has her inauguration today.
Incoming Governor Jan Brewer’s selection of Ken Bennett for Secretary of State is brilliant. Not only does Bennett have a long and solid record of public service, he is smart, witty, personable and tireless. In the 2010 election, he will be less Secretary of State and more “Vice-Governor”, running essentially as a running mate with Brewer – and they are a perfect electoral pair.
Bennett is the ideal surrogate for nearly every conceivable audience. And I would expect he’s going to spend a fair amount of time on the road for the next two years.
If anyone has any doubt about Brewer running for a full term in 2010, this appointment provides the clarity. I know, she can’t actually talk yet about running in 2010 – she hasn’t even ascended to the 9th floor officially, but the course has been mapped out, and it’s a straight line to the 2010 ballot.
Obviously, the selection of Bennett isn’t going to be much of a surprise to anyone. He was on every speculators short list. But it shows the Brewer is going to be governing from a position of strength, and she’s not afraid to have a strong, conservative leader standing next to her.
I was privately cheering for Bennett (I say privately, because no one really asked my opinion). And since that cheering worked, I’m going to continue cheering for Rusty Bowers to be tapped as Director of Department of Environmental Quality. Now that would send some shockwaves…