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Gov. Jan Brewer’s closest advisers and the Arizona Republican establishment are urging her to veto Senate Bill 1062, the controversial right-to-refuse-service legislation that landed on her desk Monday.

The Republican governor, who was still on the East Coast on Monday, remained noncommittal about how she will act on the legislation.

Meanwhile, a tidal wave of opposition grew, her closest friends and allies echoed that opposition, and three Republican state senators who voted for the bill, including one of its co-sponsors, said they regretted their votes and urged her to nix the legislation.

Brewer said her office had received more than 10,000 calls and e-mails about SB 1062.

“I certainly haven’t made up my mind,” Brewer told The Arizona Republic during a break at the winter conference of the National Governors Association in Washington, D.C. “I need to get back (to Arizona) and hear from people.”

Brewer returns to Phoenix today and has meetings scheduled for Wednesday about SB 1062, which would expand religious protections in state law in a way that critics claim would be discriminatory against gays and lesbians.

The governor will meet with people on both sides of the debate before making a decision, although she did not say who was on her schedule: “There are always two sides to a story,” she said.

She has until the end of the day on Saturday to sign the bill, veto it or allow it to become law without her signature.

No one close to her will speculate publicly about how Brewer will ultimately act. However, those with insight into her administration say the groundswell of opposition gives her political cover if she uses her veto on a bill that was overwhelmingly supported by her party in the Legislature.

Over the weekend, Arizona’s U.S. senators came out against the bill.

The major candidates for governor in this year’s election issued statements over the weekend saying they would veto SB 1062.

Business organizations, including tech giant Apple and American Airlines Group, signed onto the veto bandwagon. The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, which is overseeing preparations for the 2015 NFL championship game in Glendale, issued a statement on Monday expressing opposition and saying the bill would “deal a significant blow to the state’s economic-growth potential.”

And religious leaders increasingly said they saw no purpose in what supporters call a “religious-freedom bill.”

The Arizona Republic, "Brewer Pressed to Veto SB 1062."

That this asswipe is waiting until the last possible day to do the right thing should tell you she’s probably a fucking hateful homophobe, so whatever.

The least that any governor owes any president is respect.

It’s more than that. The least any PERSON owes any other person is respect.

Imagine what Republicans would have said if what occured at the Mesa airport between Gov. Jan Brewer and President Barack Obama had taken place between Gov. Janet Napolitano and President George W. Bush.

Can you imagine the explosions of rhetoric from our U.S. Senators and our Republicans in the House if there was a photograph of Napolitano wagging a finger at Bush?

The condemnation would have been overwhelming.

And justified.

The governor wasn’t at the airport greeting the president on behalf of herself. She was there representing ALL of us. Right, left and middle. Young and old. Men and women.

A simple “Welcome to Arizona, let me know if there’s anything we can do for you,” would have sufficed.

A lecture, an argument, a confrontation of any kind shows disrespect for the office. Not just for the person who holds it.

The governor should be embarrassed.

We all might have different views on politics. But we know good manners, and bad ones, when we see them.

Arizona Republic columnist EJ MONTINI, regarding governor Jan Brewer’s disgraceful, impolitic behavior toward the President yesterday.

Yep.

On the same day that Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords retired — Gabby, the epitome of class, courage and whose personal tragedy brought together parties on both sides of the aisle — Arizona governor and immigrant hater Jan Brewer stuck her finger in President Obama’s face, all because he took issue with some stupid book she published.
Boy, Republicans really cannot help themselves when it comes to the President.  I guess Brewer went to the Joe Wilson School Of Disrespectfully Pointing Your Finger At Obama And Acting Like A Fucking Dick.

(Photo: Hazar N. Ghanbari / AP via ABC News)

On the same day that Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords retired — Gabby, the epitome of class, courage and whose personal tragedy brought together parties on both sides of the aisle — Arizona governor and immigrant hater Jan Brewer stuck her finger in President Obama’s face, all because he took issue with some stupid book she published.

Boy, Republicans really cannot help themselves when it comes to the President.  I guess Brewer went to the Joe Wilson School Of Disrespectfully Pointing Your Finger At Obama And Acting Like A Fucking Dick.

(Photo: Hazar N. Ghanbari / AP via ABC News)

“I never imagined being presented with a bill that could require candidates for President of the greatest and most powerful nation on earth to submit their ‘early baptismal or circumcision certificates’…this is a bridge too far. This measure creates significant new problems while failing to do anything constructive for Arizona.”

Governor JAN BREWER, vetoing a “Birther bill” aimed at, well, President Obama, and presumably anyone else who isn’t white and who might want to run for President.

Wow.  Common sense prevails, for once, in Arizona.

(via the New York Daily News)

WALL ST. JOURNAL: Arizona criminalizes certain abortions. »

Arizona has become the first state in the nation to criminalize abortions based on the sex or race of a fetus.

(Here’s a report from the Arizona Republic and here’s a link to the new law, signed yesterday by Ariz. Governor Jan Brewer.)

The law makes it a Class 3 felony, punishable up to 7 years in jail, for doctors to perform sex- or race-selection abortions.

Republican supporters of the law said that some populations increasingly seek abortions based on the fetus’ sex. Legislator Steve Montenegro said he advocated for the legislation because of fears women would choose to abort because they didn’t like the gender or the race of the baby, according to the Arizona Republic.

But Democratic lawmakers, the newspaper reports, said there is scant evidence that this is a problem. Katie Hobbs, a Democrat from Phoenix, said that the only proof offered of this practice was a magazine article discussing abortions in China and India.

The law also allows the father of an aborted fetus to bring a civil action and to recover money damages against a doctor or other health professional who performs a race- or sex-selection abortion.

Just saw Jan Brewer’s wonderful performance on that little televised debate for the first time tonight, after seeing a commercial for a certain movie, and now it all makes sense.