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Scorched Earth: How the opposition to SB1062 caught fire

SB1062 protesters gather at the Arizona Capitol. (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

Anyone who thought rushing SB1062 through the Legislature would leave opponents little time to organize was sorely mistaken. Less than 24 hours after the Arizona House of Representatives approved the bill, massive protests sprang up at the Capitol, business organizations lobbied Gov. Jan Brewer for a veto, and Arizona took center stage in a national media frenzy. By the time Brewer struck down SB1062, a veto was considered a near certainty.

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Christian principles: A pastor’s view in the aftermath of the SB1062 debate

Hundreds of protestors gathered at the Arizona State Capitol Feb. 24, to ask Gov. Jan Brewer to veto the recently passed "religious freedom" bill SB1062. (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

As an ordained pastor in the United Methodist Church, I was very troubled by SB1062, the so-called “religious freedom bill,” and much of the rhetoric surrounding it. While many argued that this bill would have strengthened religious, particularly Christian “freedoms,” I believe it sought to do the exact opposite — it would have used religion as a license to discriminate against anyone of one’s choosing.

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For many reasons, it’s time to get rid of Common Core

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Arizonans must reclaim sovereignty over our children’s education. SB1310, which would prohibit the implementation of the Common Core standards and test in Arizona, is a good start. Governor Brewer willingly handed over control of our state’s education to the Common Core group for 30 pieces of silver offered by the Obama Administration in exchange for changing our state’s education policies in 2010.

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It’s the moment they’ve all been waiting for

Pastor shook Arizona’s political universe today by announcing that he is retiring at the end of the current term, when he completes his 23rd year in Congress. “I’ve been in public office for 39 years and it’s been a pleasure to serve the people of Arizona,” Pastor said in a news release.

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