Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Arizona's Republican Governor Jan Brewer Vetoes Birther-Bill And Nixes Guns On Campus

Brewer, who grabbed headlines a year ago when she signed a get-tough state law cracking down on illegal immigrants, vetoed the bills in an announcement late on Monday.

The so-called "birther bill," would have made Arizona the first state in the nation to require presidential candidates prove U.S. citizenship by providing a long form birth certificate, and other forms of proof including baptismal or circumcision certificates, to be placed on the state ballot.

"I never imagined being presented with a bill that could require candidates for president of the greatest and most powerful nation on earth to submit their 'early baptism or circumcision certificates' ... This is a bridge too far," she said..
A former Arizona secretary of state, Brewer said she did not support designating one person as "gatekeeper to the ballot for a candidate," as it "could lead to arbitrary or politically motivated decisions."

The Republican-controlled state legislature passed the measure at a time when some foes of President Barack Obama, a Democrat question whether he is a native-born U.S. citizen. Real estate mogul and television reality show host Donald Trump is among those questioning Obama's birth in Hawaii.
Brewer also vetoed a bill that would have made Arizona the second state in the nation to allow an individual to carry a firearm -- either concealed or not -- in the public rights of way on higher education campuses, because it was "so poorly written."

Brewer said shortcomings in the bill included a failure to define "public rights of way" and the inclusion of state schools, where firearms are prohibited by federal and state laws."

Here we have a governor who cares more about what people are going to say and think about her, rather than rolling up those sleeves and doing her job

Just a few days back I harped on how the feminine side of the Florida legislature seems to continually go weak in the knees when it comes to firearms, and here we have the soon to be ex-governor of Arizona pretty much toeing the feminist line that proclaims harsh language to be more effective then guns in dealing with the scum of society.

As far as the birther law goes, I haven't read it but see nothing wrong with assuring that our Presidents are American citizens.

As something of an important aside, I can't include a link to this Reuters story because the link itself contains so may characters Google won't allow it. It seems to be the new way to assure that proper credit goes to an original source but all this really does is make it hard to actually credit that source. And by the by, the link may very well have directions to spam sites and/or heavens know what so that's that.

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