Arizona Governor Jan Brewer was getting too many recommendations for clemancy from the 5-member Board of Clemancy in Arizona. So, in one feel sweep, she replaced 3 of the 5 members, some of whom have been serving faithfully for 20 years. Then, the Chairman of the Board is interviewed and told that when his term ends this year, don't bother reapplying for another term. Gov. Brewer wants "new blood". He will spend the rest of his term apparently training the new members how to do the job.
This is unprecedented behavior on the part of a governor. Some say it even illegal. The thought is that she doesn't like to say no to clemency, and that too many recommendations for clemency have been coming across her desk. She rejects them all, but it makes her look bad. if the clemency board would just do the job for her, then she would not have to say no and avoids sticky re-election issue in doing so.
Until recently, I thought that all this mean hard-hearted behavior was in Maricopa County and that it was linked to a number of neo-nazi and white supremacists organizations there with $$ to spend. Well, the latter may certainly be true, but it seems like the rotten eggs keep surfacing at higher and higher levels of government in that state.
This behavior has rebranded Arizona as a "state of hate" rather than a retirement haven and a geographic wonder for visitors. This behavior has also cut income tax receipts and sales tax receipts by 50% in a state that depends heavily on tourism to pay the bills. And it has forced the state government to "reverse mortgage" 100% of all state assets to find money for general operating expenses. Talk about a sellout!
I keep asking myself, "Who is in charge in Arizona?" It isn't anyone I know that's for sure. There are a lot of wonderful people living there. They get filtered news just like the rest of us, so most don't realize this is happening, and they are infected with the "what can I do, I'm just one person" bug too.
Are other states like this? I thought that Texas was, but AZ left TX in the dust in recent years.