The proposition to make the temporary sales tax permanent is back on the ballot, thanks to a definitive state Supreme Court ruling (you can read the article here).
Once again, Secretary of State Ken Bennett takes a political hit.
Two courts now have told him he was making a mountain out of a molehill, the trial judge going so far as to say that “it was a simple change” to ditch the paper initiative filed with Bennett for the correct CD version.
Apparently too simple for Bennett.
Whose fortunes for Governor in 2014 continue to fade.
Anyone notice, though, who was conspicuously silent during this so-called controversy?
The leading lawyer in our state, AG Tom Horne, a guy with his own eyes on the Guv’s office in 2014.
And a guy who seems to savor getting involved in any controversy in AZ, obviously with the goal of getting his name in the paper.
But not this time.
Good move on Horne’s part.
But if the Republicans are smart, they won’t go to Horne in 2014 . . . Mesa Mayor Scott Smith’s their best bet.
His problem? Doesn’t cozy up to the crazies in the party. Something Horne and the hapless Bennett are wont to do.
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Bio: Mike McClellan has lived in Arizona since 1967 where he attended high school and the University of Arizona. McClellan taught high school English for 36 years, including 30 years at at Dobson High School in Mesa. He has been a contributing columnist to both the East Valley Republic editions and the East Valley Tribune.