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Tag: arizona

Live From the Frontiers of Knowing What’s in the Bill You’re Sponsoring

by evanmcmurry

Ohio’s version of Arizona’s religious liberty anti-gay bill is now being held up by—wait for it—some of the lawmakers who sponsored it. In this case, rather than fearing that the bill will hurt business or make the state look bad, the Ohio lawmakers (one of whom is a Democrat) seem to have been genuinely unaware of discriminatory aspects of their own law (portions of which were copied word for word from the AZ version).

It’s becoming clear that this “religious liberty” issue is really two issues: a) an explicitly anti-LGBT legislative issue, and b) a state legislator competency issue.

Report Shows “Stunning” Increase in Anti-Government Groups

by evanmcmurry

Headline’s not as scary as it sounds–this seems to be somewhat a product of taxonomy, i.e., “It depends on how you define hate groups.” The truly stunning part is at the end: “Meanwhile, ‘nativist extremist’ groups—vigilante anti-immigrant organizations—dropped from 319 in 2010 to 184 last year, albeit apparently for a slightly different reason. In states like Arizona and Alabama, the cause of these organizations has been taken up by state legislatures, apparently reducing the need for vigilante action, according to the report.”

Today in Cognitive Dissonance

by evanmcmurry

Holiday in Arizona

by evanmcmurry

You know you’re too conservative when even FOX Nation is telling you to cut it out.