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Arizona is the meth lab of democracy

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    10 years ago, Jon Stewart called Arizona the meth lab of democracy. Since that time, Arizona has shifted from being a reliably red state to a purple one, due to the increase of Hispanic voters and the shifting attitudes of suburban women. As a result, the state now was two Democratic senators, and a Democrat won the presidential election here for the first time in decades,

    Gradually, the state is becoming a little more normal, but the article below proves that there are still more than a few wacky Republicans in office here.

    Another Republican wack job, Mark Finchem of Oro Valley, recently criticized Lowe's resorts for cancelling a fund raiser for Senator Josh Hawley, who led the charge to overturn the results of the presidential election.

    On top of that, there is strong evidence that two Republican congressmen, Paul Gosar and Andy Biggs, helped to plan the January 6 assault on the nation's capitol.

    For now, the Republicans still hold a slim margin in the state legislature. However, if present trends continue, that could easily change in the 2022 elections.

    Jon Stewart will be pleased.

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    In a sign that there are still rational people in Arizona, the siblings of both Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar have gone on record that they want their siblings expelled from office.

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    May be not Arizona, but they refuse to expel Cruz as well as Hawley; I happened to see Cruz on Biden's inauguration. How does he have the hypocritical guts?.
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    E.J. Montini reminded us this morning that the Republican Party in Arizona has been crazy for a long time:

    Crazy isn’t anything new to the Arizona GOP.

    Back in the 1990s a kooky segment of the party turned on Barry Goldwater.

    Yes, that Barry Goldwater.

    The Barry Goldwater. In those days the founder of the modern conservative movement, then retired from the Senate, continued to do what he always had done: Speak his mind.

    Goldwater's response to their criticism?

    “You know something, I don’t give a damn.”

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    Republican state Rep. Mark Finchem kicked off his campaign on Monday against Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs. The term-limited Finchem played a major role in instigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and was a leader in the effort to steal Arizona's Electoral College votes for Donald Trump after he narrowly lost the Grand Canyon State to Joe Biden last fall. Republican lawmakers have resisted widespread Democratic calls for Finchem's expulsion from the legislature over his involvement in those efforts to overturn democracy, while voters in his Tucson-area district are trying to mount a recall election against Finchem.

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    The heading is like "Wohan" were the virus started; if Arizona is the "Meth Lab for Democracy". Sorry it is an mess; as all over the place in this country.

    The only simple solution is to make sure that with "elections" you get people who are "qualified" for the job, as well get properly screened for any such job. But yeah "money" drives it , not "brains". Mostly you see the "person" did raise that much money; nothing else counts. Just escaped from the "nuthouse" does qualify you for sure, if you did raise/stole enough money.

    An "Meth lab for democracy" never existed in this country, because it is and stays an island which does not accept anything from the "outside" where they already invented Democracy long ago; even Canada is doing better in this respect.

    I've got the feeling that they here don't even know what the word means; because "money" and corrupt lawyers here screws up anything what could be called Democracy. Amen

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    Good article in the New York Times this morning. Mark Finchem is described as the craziest of the people mentioned.

    The most outrageous G.O.P. choice may be Arizona’s Mark Finchem. Mr. Finchem has in the past identified as a member of the Oath Keepers, a far-right militia group, and he spoke at a QAnon convention last year. He was at the Capitol on Jan. 6, although he denies being within about 500 yards of the building. As a member of the Arizona House of Representatives, he introduced a resolution this year to decertify the 2020 election in multiple counties, and was a sponsor of a bill to empower the Republican-led Legislature to overturn election results.

    Mr. Finchem wants to ban early voting and put limits on mail-in voting. In April, he filed a federal lawsuit, backed by Mr. Lindell, to block the use of electronic vote-counting machines in Arizona in the midterms. (It was dismissed.)

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    Arizona, the history of the world always shows when things get out of "wack". Indeed we are again in such period as before WWII. Ask Putin and the idiot GOP here. Looking at that the "rich" and "powerful" and "idiots" are running the show, but not the "brains" or "common sense" let alone "integrity" as well "solid" laws, then it is no wonder that the "system" falls apart.

    You showed exactly that idiotic "organizations" are getting the upper hand. In an "solid"well run country such does not happen. The word "freedom" is "polluted" all the way due to no limits on anything here. Certainly "behavior limits" should be in place , especially in the "government. Amen

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    The Dobbs decision by the Supreme Court took the country back 70 years.

    Now, a judge in Pima county (where I live) just took the state backwards 158 years.

    In addition to a near total ban on abortion, the laws passed the same year made the age of consent for sexual intercourse to be 10 years old.

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    Yes it shows exactly what is wrong in this country. If you have up to date laws and as well the base law is adapted daily, then you don't have to go back to the 1800"s etc. Which saves lots of time and energy and annoyance.

    They always put the horse behind the cart here. Sorry we live in other times, except time stood still in some States and Trump's baby head.