by David Safier
As AZ Blue Meanie posted this morning, the State House and Senate passed Concurrent Memorial SCM 1004 praying for a nuclear waste dump in Arizona. Seriously, praying. I'm not up on my Memorial lingo, but apparently, after all the "Whereas" clauses, the wording is:
Wherefore your memorialist, the Senate of the State of Arizona, the House of Representatives concurring, prays: [Followed by the requested action]
If their plan is to make Arizonans more religious, this might work. Like the saying goes, there are no atheists in foxholes or within 200 miles of a nuclear dump.
The votes were on party lines, with a few notable exceptions.
In the Senate, all 21 Republicans voted Aye and all 9 Democrats voted Nay.
In the House, the 33 Ayes were all Republican, but 3 Republicans voted Nay: John Fillmore, Phil Lovas and Amanda A. Reeve. Then there were 9 NV's -- Not Votings -- 4 Republicans and 5 Democrats. The two S. AZ Republican NVs were Terri Proud and Vic Williams. I was told Proud was home with a sick child. Vic Williams may have had a good reason not to be there as well, but it may be he didn't want to take a stand since he's running for Pima County Supe, and "Vic wants to bring nuclear waste to your town!" may not be a winning campaign slogan. In all the times I've heard Vic and Cap'n Al talk, I can't remember Vic ever commenting on Al's signature issue, so he may be in "duck and dodge" mode.
The one S. AZ Dem who didn't vote is Matt Heinz. I'm going to assume he genuinely had other commitments unless I hear differently.