"It was clear to me that we had gotten as much as we were going to get out of the legislation and we need to take the fight to another forum," Napolitano said in Tucson last week. "I think the bill is flawed in some significant ways."
Napolitano's negative vibes against the bill provoked an outburst from Senate President Ken Bennett and House Speaker Jim Weiers.
"We are pleased that (Napolitano) has finally decided to allow the legislation to go to the judge, but are bitterly disappointed that she has chosen to do so by adding a poisonous and inaccurate assessment of the bill that is tantamount to urging the judge to find against the state," the GOP leaders said in a joint statement. "It is unconscionable that she would attempt to sabotage the effort to bring closure to the ELL issue by finally allowing a plan to go to the judge on behalf of the state and at the same time using disingenuous arguments to seek defeat of that plan."
Meanwhile, the latest poll from Phoenix PBS affiliate KAET-TV suggests that most Arizonans have no idea what the whole fight is about. In the survey of 375 registered voters conducted in late February, only 44 percent fully understood why the state was being fined a million bucks a day. (At first, 52 percent said they understood, but a totally busted 8 percent turned out to be wrong when they tried to explain it to the surveyors.)
Of those who knew what they were talking about, 32 percent blamed the Legislature, 16 percent blamed Napolitano and 38 percent said they were both to blame.
Other poll results: Turning over management of eastern ports to a company owned by the United Arab Emirates was opposed by 58 percent of those surveyed, while just 22 percent supported it.
Meanwhile, legislation to let college kids opt out of texts they found offensive was opposed by 58 percent of those surveyed, while 30 percent thought that would be OK.
Meanwhile, there's more trouble off the court for the Wildcats: After Saturday's loss, senior forward Hassan Adams got popped for DUI near the intersection of Park Avenue and Sixth Street.
UA Coach Lute Olson announced earlier this week that Adams will not accompany the University of Arizona men's basketball team to Los Angeles for this weekend's Pac-10 Tournament. Olson said Adams was suspended from tourney play for violating a team rule.
"I apologize to the team, to the coaches, the university and the fans for my violation of a team rule," Adams said in a scripted release. "I accept the coach's decision to be suspended from the Pac-10 Tournament. I wish the team well and hope for its success. I'm looking forward to participating in the NCAA Tournament if Arizona is invited."
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