Phoenix, AZ – In July U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton issued an injunction, placing several sections of SB 1070 on hold while the case makes its way through the legal system. She concluded there is evidence they are preempted by federal law. This morning attorney John Bouma who is representing the governor argued to a appeallate panel the problem with that is the federal government isn't doing its job, especially away from the border.
Phoenix, AZ – Reporter Laura Sullivan said the idea was hatched at a meeting last December of the American Legislative Exchange Council. That's a business-sponsored organization that gathers with generally conservative state lawmakers to discuss measures of common interest. Sullivan said -- quote -- that plan became Arizona's immigration law. Pearce said that ignores the history of the bill.
Phoenix, AZ – It was Brewer who denied a request by Landrigan for a reprieve. The only reason he's still alive is because a federal judge put the execution on hold until she gets some answer on the source of the drugs the state plans to use. The governor brushed aside questions of whether Langrigan being put to death in the name of the state -- and having refused to spare him -- she should see it through.
Phoenix, AZ – The governor has joined with prosecutors and police in opposing Proposition 203. She said medical marijuana laws are ripe for abuse.
(And almost all marijuana recommendations come from a few doctors (who) for, say, $150, will prescribe pot to nearly anyone. Most marijuana cardholders are under the age of 40. And a large percentage are teenagers. I will tell you, compassion will quickly turn to capitalism.)
Phoenix, AZ – Health Director Will Humble said about 2,000 Arizonans die each year from what are called healthcare-associated infections. That's more people than are killed in automobile accidents. A committee his department formed to seek solutions came up with some ideas. But Kris Korte, a member of that panel and a nurse in charge of infection control at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center, said that didn't include telling prospective patients about each hospital's infection rate.
Phoenix, AZ – Arizonans agreed four years ago to hike tobacco taxes by 80 cents a pack to fund programs for early childhood health and education. Proposition 302 asks voters to overturn that decision -- at least partly. It would kill the programs but keep the tax proceeds. Only thing is, the current $9.1 billion budget is built on the assumption the measure will pass. But Brewer won't campaign for it and instead is taking a wait-and-see attitude.