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26 Feb 2012 11:25


Politics: Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer endorses Mitt Romney for president

Brewer, whose profile grew significantly as a result of her stances on immigration, says that she likes Mitt’s business background and says that the race will effectively be over after Super Tuesday. Arizona’s primary is Tuesday. (photo by Gage Skidmore) source

26 Jan 2012 10:13


Politics: Jan Brewer vs. Obama: An airport meeting turns into an epic battle

  • She wrote some things in her book he didn’t like: The tough-on-immigration Arizona governor, who was not particularly happy with the way the president treated her in a much-talked-about-at-the-time 2010 meeting, wrote about it in her new book “Scorpions for Breakfast,” and Obama didn’t like what she said. So, last night, when Obama got into Phoenix, this happened. “I will say that a picture is what it is,” she said. “I must say, I was not hostile. I was trying to be very, very gracious. I respect the office of the president, and I would never be disrespectful in that manner.” What we would give to hear that conversation up close. (AP Photo) source

19 Apr 2011 15:45


U.S.: AZ Gov. Jan Brewer surprises gun-rights front with veto

  • AZ Gov. Brewer vetoes campus gun carry bill: In a move much to the chagrin of the gun rights movement, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a bill that would have allowed firearms on school campuses. Brewer complained the bill was “poorly written,” and that while it’s said to only affect colleges, the exact language refers to them only as “educational institutions,” which speaking literally would include K-12 schools, violating most state and federal laws. With a Republican governor, in a state with some of the loosest gun laws in the nation — they probably thought this was a slam dunk going in. source

11 Apr 2011 23:47


Politics: For second time, federal appeals court finds Arizona immigration law unconstitutional

  • Immigration station: Though its prominence in the news cycle has faded, the fight over Arizona’s controversial immigration law is anything but over; in fact, it’s taken a rather significant turn. Quick recap: When Governor Jan Brewer signed a possibly-racist anti-immigration bill into law last year, the Justice Department successfully sued to block its implementation, arguing that it usurped federal jurisdiction. Brewer appealed the ruling, and today, the appeals court issued its verdict: the Arizona law does in fact encroach on federal authority, and the injunction against it will remain in place. This one could make its way up to the Supreme Court; considering that lower courts’ rulings often influence the decisions of higher courts, this is an important development. source

01 Feb 2011 13:55


U.S.: NY Mayor Bloomberg launched “gun show sting” in Arizona

  • impetus Jared Loughner, a man of rather apparent mental illness, buys a gun and commits a massacre, badly wounding Rep. Gabby Giffords and killing six others.
  • action NY Mayor Bloomberg sends cops out of state on a “sting,” buying arms at an AZ gun show while telling the seller they likely couldn’t pass a background check.
  • response AZ Governor Brewer admits she hadn’t seen the video of the sting, but maintains the just nature of her state’s gun laws, some of the most lax in the U.S. source

11 Jan 2011 20:16


U.S.: Arizona legislature to Westboro: Don’t picket a kid’s funeral. Ugh.

  • 29-0 the number of votes the bill garnered in the state Senate
  • 58-0 the number of votes the bill garnered in the State House
  • duh Jan Brewer is probably going to sign this emergency bill source

08 Jan 2011 17:05


U.S.: Jan Brewer speaks on Gabrielle Giffords shooting

  • “Gabby’s more than just a colleague. She’s been a friend.” Jan Brewer sounds very emotional in talking about Giffords. “She never really played partisan politics,” she said. “She is a very gracious elected servant.” (Live from CNN) source

12 Oct 2010 17:06


Politics, U.S.: A civil rights double-play, and a good day for progressives

  • arizona’s immigration law When Arizona enacted a draconian immigration law last April, civil rights groups filed suit against it. This prompted Jan Brewer, the governor, to challenged the lawsuit in court. Today, a federal judge struck down her challenge, allowing the lawsuit to proceed.
  • don’t ask, don’t tell In 2004, the pro-gay GOP group Log Cabin Republicans filed a lawsuit against the Justice Department, arguing that DADT was unconstitutional. The (federal) judge agreed, and today issued an injunction against the policy, halting its enforcement. source

02 Sep 2010 17:49


Politics: The worst opening statement in debate history

  • What happened? Appointed Governor Jan Brewer (R-AZ), most famous for this controversial bill, wasn’t asked a difficult question at the start of yesterday’s debate. In fact, she wasn’t asked a question at all; she was simply given an open opportunity to introduce herself to voters. This is the easiest part of a debate, and yet somehow, Brewer found a way to bungle it (and badly). This may be the most unforced error in the history of political debates. source

01 Aug 2010 21:57


Politics: Max Headroom: According to Sarah Palin, Jan Brewer has balls

  • Talkin’ ’bout cajones On “Fox News Sunday,” Sarah Palin totally stumbled through what she was trying to say, only to make an amazing comeback by suggesting that Jan Brewer has the cajones to take on immigration – and Barack Obama doesn’t.

  • Gettin’ used to AmanpourCNN’s “Reliable Sources” seems to not know what to make of Christiane Amanpour’s first appearance on “This Week,” with Howard Kurtz and his guests stumbling over themselves to say the same thing – she’s new.

  • Anthony Weiner = cajonesPeople in New York, you have pretty much the loudest congressman in history. And we mean that in the nicest way possible. We swear. This scene in Congress last week is a method acting tour de force disguised as anger at the GOP.