Monday, March 14, 2011

Your Monday Morning Legislative Recap, Courtesy of Random Musings

Posted By on Mon, Mar 14, 2011 at 9:27 AM

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Random Musings rounds up the week that was at the Arizona Legislature. Among the highlights:

- Senate President Russell Pearce announced that his "hold" on his anti-immigrant legislation was off. Last week, he had announced that those bills would be "held" until the state's budget was completed. I could speculate on his reasons for rescinding the hold (nativist orthodoxy is more important to him than fiscal responsibility? ...the budget negotiations between Pearce, House Speaker Kirk Adams, and Governor Jan Brewer aren't going as smoothly as some thought?), but the end result is the same - the nasty stuff is moving again.

- State Sen. Scott Bundgaard (R-Domestic Violence Incident) is spinning as fast as he can. He's gone from sending out press releases proclaiming his "good guy" status, to tearing up on the Senate floor, to staving off removal as the leader of the Republican caucus in the Senate by claiming that his now ex-girlfriend, Aubry Ballard, pulled a gun on him during the incident that has precipitated the furor that currently surrounds him.

Now, he is giving interviews where he displays a pistol that he claims is the gun in question, and is promising "more" details to come.

If there are many more "details" like those that Bundgaard has spouted so far, next year, Jason Rose is going to be eligible for an Oscar for his writing.

Find more details—including action on a whole bunch of bills—here.

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