Friday, January 11, 2013

Rum, Romanism & Resurrection: Lefty Blog Returns

Posted By on Fri, Jan 11, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Former state lawmaker Tom Prezelski is resurrecting Rum, Romanism and Rebellion, the left-leaning blog established by his brother Ted, who gave up the writing when he went to work for Tucson City Councilman Paul Cunningham last year.

"I think that there is a need to provide a more historical perspective on what is happening," Prezelski tells The Range. "Though there is some good stuff out there now, there is something missing in terms of real expertise and experience. I hope I can provide that."

Prezelski hopes to blog two or three times a week and expects that he'll "be a little wonkier than Ted."

Prezelski's first post unpacks the Arizona Supreme Court's recent decision that the Arizona Legislature can't divert money from the sale of state trust land:

This all begs the question of why the Legislature ever thought this would work. They cannot very well claim ignorance, though it may seem tempting for some to agree. But, then, in the environment of unnecessary haste and phony urgency that the legislative leadership creates around the budget, asking questions is considered rude if not treasonous, and it is understandable that the members would let minor matters such as the State Constitution slide.

Alternately, it is also tempting to blame this on the legislature’s clueless failure to accept its role as a co-equal branch of government under the Constitution. Time and time again, the legislature’s claims to supremacy over the Governor, the courts, and even the Tucson City Council have been rebuffed, yet they still persist in this delusion. Thus, they waste considerable taxpayer dollars picking fights that they almost always lose.


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