I began this blog in May 2009 following the death of Marcia Powell at Perryville State Prison in Goodyear, Arizona. It is not intended to prescribe the path that leads to freedom from the prison industrial complex.

Rather, these are just my observations in arguably the most racist, fascist, militaristic state in the nation at a critical time in history for a number of intersecting liberation movements. From Indigenous resistance to genocidal practices, to the fight over laws like SB1070 and the ban on Ethnic Studies, Arizona is at the center of many battles for human rights, and thus the struggle for prison abolition as well - for none are free until all are. I retired the blog in APRIL 2013.

Visit me now at Arizona Prison Watch or Survivors of Prison Violence-AZ

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Legislating Lemmings, Bad Law, and the Center for Arizona Policy

The Center for Arizona Policy is having a dinner with Sarah Palin in April (table sponsorships starting at $3,000), if that helps people get oriented to who has more access to and influence over GOP state legislators than the People do.

Below is a post from BlogForArizona.Com (Democratic party site) about them. This explains a lot in terms of the organizing force and source of some of Arizona's more repressive legislation exploiting the bigotry, misogyny, and fear that reinforces white supremacist domination and imposition of conservative religious values on the rest of us in this state. We're the ones getting hit worst by the recession and the sales tax proposal; that's our money that they tell the legislature how to spend. We should have something to say about that.

Remember that the AZ State Senate has been trying to do away with the prohibition against any of them becoming lobbyists within one year of leaving public office. That was originally passed to keep them from compromising public trust to serve their upcoming career interests. I'm sure they expect to rake in the bucks and continue to influence legislation as lobbyists, empowered to do so on our dime, and this rule is terribly inconvenient. Making them put our interests first, for once, probably just "isn't fair"...I can hear them whining now about their free enterprise or free speech "rights".

They continue to obliterate ours in the meantime, however.


The Center for Arizona Policy: The Shadow Legislature

Posted by Craig McDermott,

cross-posted from Random Musings

They probably will consider the title of the post to be a compliment, even though it really is intended to merely point out that it is considered to be the most influential lobbying group working a legislature that is renowned for its willingness to be swayed by well-funded lobbyists.

From an article on -

The Center for Arizona Policy has impacted the daily life of nearly every Arizonan in some way or another over the past 14 years.

The Scottsdale-based conservative non-profit group has had a hand in banning same-sex marriage and raising the minimum gambling age to 21, requiring elementary-school students to recite from the Declaration of Independence and prohibiting late-term abortions.

Yet most Arizonans likely have never heard of it.

The money quote (though the whole article is worth a read) -

Kelly Damron of Phoenix said she got a lesson on the inner workings of the Legislature when she went up against the center and its bills to add regulations to human-egg donation and the use of human embryos. Damron is co-chairwoman of the Arizona chapter of the infertility group Resolve.

"It just appears that citizens have no say and that the legislators are being swayed by lobbying groups," she said. "And if you're not savvy enough, there's nothing you can do to stop bad legislation. I didn't feel like I had a voice."

The article is actually pretty fair (not a hatchet job, not a puff piece), but you can be sure that one group won't like it - the legislature itself.

They don't mind selling out Arizonans to one group or another; they just don't want the voters to know about it, especially during an election year...

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