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3/1/2013 1:50:00 PM
State lawmakers again challenge federal authority

Howard Fischer
Capitol Media Services

PHOENIX -- Arizona lawmakers are once again challenging federal authority despite warnings it will just land the state on the Daily Show -- again.

On a voice vote, the Senate gave preliminary approval to a measure which allows Arizonans to "reject a federal action that the people determine violates the United States Constitution.' SCR 1016 permits them to do that through legislative action or having a public vote.

Thursday's action came despite the fact that an identical measure on the 2012 ballot failed by a 2-1 margin.

This time, though, senators are adding language to take the plan even farther. If approved, the measure would prohibit the state and local government from using their employees or finance resources to enforce, administer or cooperate with any federal action or program they determine is not "consistent with the Constitution.'

The idea of challenging the federal government drew derision from Sen. Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix.

"We're putting language that is totally unconstitutional on our state ballot at our next election,' he said.

"Let's be serious now,' Gallardo continued. "If we want to get away from the Daily Show and all the national type television shows that keep mocking Arizona, we must put an end to stuff like this.'

Arizona and the actions of its elected officials have been a regular target of the humor of Daily Show host Jon Stewart. At one point he said that if states are supposed to be the laboratories of democracy, Arizona has proven itself to be "the meth lab of democracy.'

But Sen. Chester Crandell, R-Heber, said the measure simply reflects the system of government in the United States.

Crandell said the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that the U.S. Constitution is a limit on federal power, not on the power of the states. And he said that was reinforced just last year when the court, while upholding most of the federal Affordable Care Act, rules the federal government "still must show that a constitutional grant of power authorizes each of its actions.'

The vote in favor of putting the issue on the 2014 ballot came after the Republican-controlled Senate rejected a proposal by Sen. Ed Ableser, D-Tempe, to add what amounts to a word of warning to voters: Ignoring federal laws and mandates comes at a price.

"We will lose quite a bit of funding,' he said, with federal dollars often contingent on following federal rules. "We already are a donor state,' Ableser continued, with Arizona taxpayers as a whole paying more in federal taxes than the state gets back.

But Senate President Andy Biggs, R-Gilbert, suggested that spurning federal dollars may not be a bad thing, citing the federal deficit.

The measure needs a final roll-call vote before going to the House and, if approved there, on the 2014 ballot.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Article comment by: Mary Jane

Poor Nux Man - Got his feeling hurt because someone dared to call him on his BS. As is so typical with Tea-baggin conservatives, you have real problems with pronouns and the truth.

No-one cares about your Asatru pagan rituals of making prayer wheels in the desert and filling your living room with 'red' rocks to pray to. You are exactly someone who decides what he believes by following pop culture, the FOX channel pop culture to be exact. You call the FOX channel 'news' and the Daily Show 'pop culture' when they are both in fact 'pop culture' programs. You attempt to set yourself above and seperate from the masses with your 'pop culture' religion but instead show yourself to be the weak minded minion of your GOP masters. It is YOUR hatred of religion that is truly sad. Religion is based on seeing beyond 'what's in it for YOU'. OOPS, time for you to tune into the FOX channel to see what you believe today and who's turn it is to be vilified by the pundits! But of course it will be, 'Fair and Balanced', right? Hahahahahaha

Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Article comment by: itsy bitsy Spider

Oh, let them laugh, Ms Jane. Laughter is good for the body politic, and jesters have been known to topple kings.

Mr. Fischer, the 2012 nose-thumb was the federally-controlled land grab. You're thinking of the 2010 measure with the nasty little control clause tucked in--the one medical marijuana advocates should at least have paid lip service to.

Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Article comment by: No name This time

I usually state my name, but this time I don't think I will.
Excuse me Nux Man, Asatru? Really? Well that explains the vitriol aimed at Jon Stewart, he's Jewish. And the sarcastic name calling of Barack Obama, he's black.

Being the righteous Arian that you are, I'm sure you feel you have every right to hate them and express it any way you choose on the pages of our little news paper. I find it interesting that he would urge others to practice tolerance while being so very intolerant himself.

Folks, Mr. Nux Man's views are not mainstream. He sees the world through a very narrow slit in his medieval armor.
That's OK. He is probably harmless but I would still think twice about selling him any weapons or fertilizer for that matter.

Oh yeah, I should also comment on the original article about legislation to reject federal action determined to be unconstitutional by the people...I thought the Supreme Court determined if something is constitutional or not. Since when do we get to pick and choose which laws to respect? I would say Sen. Crandall has a strange perception of how this system of government works. Perhaps he should return to school for a refresher course in civics.

Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Article comment by: Gee nux... .

Your point lost it's crux

so golly and once more shux

you are still the golden hen that clux...

with your protest loads in trux

we thinks thou doth protest too much...

Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Article comment by: Nux Man

@ Mary Jane & "aw shux":
This is what one of your bubbles popping sounds like - I'm neither Christian nor a FOX News groupie. I observe Asatru, a very strict ancestral religion which focuses on family first, and finds things like welfare & food stamps to be govt. abominations. My news is the www, but my views are my own, not the propaganda ginned up by latest savior-in-chief.
You've allowed yourselves to get sucked into yet another one of Inglorious Barry's "poop-talk-your-own-reality" schemes, specifically the one that attempts wholesale marginalization of anyone who disagrees with "the movement" while using the news outlet they hate the most to box them in.
Crandell may be somewhat on the fringe, but I'd say far less so than people who decide their leadership through pop-culture.
Your hatred of religion is truly sad though. Please try to calm down and practice some of that tolerance liberals crow so much about.

Posted: Monday, March 4, 2013
Article comment by: M J

People actually watch Jon Stewart??? wow .... I had no idea ..... and I'm suppose to care what this Jon Stewart thinks??? ..... really???? ..... why???? ...

Posted: Monday, March 4, 2013
Article comment by: aw shux mr. nux... .

where are the tails on your tux?

i am sure j-stew needs no more bux...

from lampooning AZ as GOP delux...

while the crandells dump loads in trux...

and to claim otherwise just plain sux.

to the GOP you are the golden hen that clux.

Posted: Monday, March 4, 2013
Article comment by: Mary Jane

@ Nux Man - Jon Stewart is at least as credible as any FOX pundit infotainers. If you get your "News" from anything on FOX, you might as well watch Jon Stewart, they are the same genres.

Conservatives trash their souls with their servitude to the gods of "Mammon" every day while claiming to be divinely inspired Christians. Left-wingers may be Hollywood pagans who advocate moral bankruptcy, but the right-wingers would fiscally destroy the middle class and poor to enrich themselves while wearing the halo of Christ and never lose a night's sleep and that's the definition of a psychopath!

What a choice we have! Allow the GOP to steal everything belonging to the middle-class and poor, then destroy Social Security & Medicare while advocating moral behavior and personal responsiblity OR Let the Dems lead us down the path to complete amorality and the institutionalization of homosexuality while trying to preserve the middle-class and helping the poorest among us survive.

Posted: Monday, March 4, 2013
Article comment by: Nux Man

When your biggest concern in State Government is the opinion of a single comedian on tv, you have no idea what you're doing.
Jon Stewart would vilify & defame, mock & ridicule anybody for the sake of another dollar. He cut his teeth on mocking conservatives, and the progressive's hatred of their fellow citizens has fed him his millions at every episode. To raise this entertainer's opinion to a level of being the gauge by which our leaders are judged is just another sign of how far down the rabbit hole this country truly is.
The Emperor Has No Clothes - But The Town Crier Says He Does. Will you trash your own morality for the sake of popularity?

Posted: Saturday, March 2, 2013
Article comment by: Frank Lee Confused

Arizona senator Chester Crandell is living in his own private Idaho.

Posted: Saturday, March 2, 2013
Article comment by: Mary Jane

Oh Chester, you are definitely determined to be a "One Term Wonder". I am pretty sure AZ legislators have good health insurance that even covers mental health screenings. Do yourself and citizens of AZ a favor, and utilize it!

Watching all the insanity inspired by Chester and his cohorts has to be making the Dems salivate just a little, eh?

Keep on clowning, Chester!!!!!!!

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