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AZ Organizers Drop Referendum Drives

From a deeply saddened Associated Press:

Ariz. organizers drop immigration referendum drive


May 11, 2010

PHOENIX — The two proposed referendum drives challenging Arizona’s new sweeping law targeting illegal immigration are being abandoned, organizers said Monday.

Andrew Chavez, a professional petition circulator involved in one of the efforts, said its backers pulled the plug after concluding they might not be able to time their petition filings in such a way as to put the law on hold pending a 2012 public vote.

What exactly is a "professional petition circulator"? Isn’t it what Nancy Pelosi calls "astro-turfing"?

Still, we suspect that’s okay, as long as it is done by a ‘community organizer.’

Jon Garrido, the chief organizer of the other drive, attributed its end to a belief that the law would have been subject to legal protections under Arizona’s Constitution if approved by Arizona voters.

The law takes effect July 29 unless implementation is blocked by court injunctions requested under at least three of the four pending legal challenges already filed by an Hispanic clergy group, police officers and other individuals…

The normal deadline for ballot questions is July 1, after which the printing of November ballots and other election preparations typically get under way. The Secretary of State’s Office previously acknowledged that a down-to-the-wire referendum filing by this year’s July 28 deadline might not give officials enough time to get it on the November ballot. However, the office also said it would depend on circumstances at the time.

Garrido, the chief organizer of the second referendum drive, said its backers abandoned it after getting legal advice that Arizona’s constitutional protections for voter-approved ballot measures would have applied to the law if approved by voters.

Secretary of State’s spokesman Matt Benson said Monday the office also believes that the constitutional limitations on possible legislative action would have applied to the law if voters approved it.

The constitutional provisions bar the Legislature from repealing a voter-approved law and only allow legislative changes that further the intent of the original law. Also, any changes must be approved by three-quarters votes of both the House and Senate.

What’s this? The voters have ‘”rights”?

Who knew?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, May 11th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “AZ Organizers Drop Referendum Drives”

  1. NoNeoCommies says:

    Maybe all of their scare tactics made possible signature gatherers fear for their lives.
    After all, standing in front of a Wal Mart asking those hateful racists to overturn their horribly racist law might make angry enough them pull out the guns/bibles they cling to and attack the poor sods.

    More likely they decided they got their message out via the sycophantic media and decided it was time to pack up and move on to the next anti-American cause to make the headlines.

    • JohnMG says:

      My guess is they were having some pretty dismal responses to their efforts……like nobody was inclined to sign their petition.

      Maybe if they start now they’ll have enough signatures by…..oh, I don’t know…….say the year 2022.

  2. Right of the People says:

    I find it comical that both were dropped for essentially the same reason. They feared if the public approved them, and they know they would be, then they can’t be repealed. Talk about sticking to your convictions.

    I heard on the radio that Texas is talking about the same type of law. If this law in Arizona is truly effective then the surrounding border states like Mexifornia and New Mexico are going to see an uptick in crossings which might lead at least New Mexico to consider it too. California I’m not sure is savable without some pretty radical measures.

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