Friday, July 06, 2012

Democrats oppose Tea Party attempts to manipulate ballot process


Democrats oppose Tea Party attempts to manipulate ballot process
House Minority Leader Chad Campbell: ‘We trust voters to make the right decision’

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Arizona House Democrats oppose an effort led by Gov. Jan Brewer and Tea Party lawmakers to interfere with the ballot process.

Brewer is expected to call a special session of the State Legislature to create a ballot initiative to compete against the Open Government/Open Elections Act, a citizen’s initiative that will be on this November’s ballot.

“This is the type of legislative manipulation that we have come to expect from the Tea Party,” House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix (District 14), said. “Arizonans want to vote on this and Tea Partiers want to muddy the waters in an attempt to confuse voters. It’s insulting. We trust voters to make the right decision.”

The special session likely will begin early next week.

“Regardless of how individual members feel about the initiative, by interfering with the process Tea Party legislators are overreaching,” House Assistant Minority Leader Steve Farley, D-Tucson (District 28), said. “This is a waste of time and state resources. If we are going to have a special session, we should be focused on legislation that would create jobs, improve education or restore funding to KidsCare.”

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