Republic Columnist Laurie Roberts has obtained a remarkable series of emails between the Governor's staff and Legislative Democrats during a vote to force Child Protective Services to be more transparent. This one is the most interesting.
From Haener to Campbell, when he remained a Yes vote and the bill passed with Democrat support (6:32 p.m.): “That (inappropriate term) blows. Glad to see the (inappropriate term) caucus is willing to help. Hope that there are no (inappropriate term) changes in senate.”
The blog rules allow me to print a few more letters of the "inappropriate term" than Roberts is allowed to print. Not only is it a great title for a post, but it would be a good title for a blog. I'm checking later to see if "thatfuckingblows.com" is available. I want to snag it before Mike Haener uses it for his own private blog after his stint in state government is over.
Reporters will rightly focus on the fact that the governor's office claims to support the disclosure bill but appears to be working against it behind the scenes.
Indeed, the traditional role reversal is remarkable. I'm taking a media law class at ASU and one of the big topics is open government and transparency. The class was puzzled that a Democratic Governor has been using the Democratic caucus to oppose legislation that would force government disclosure in a troubled agency whose purpose is to protect children. I use the occasion to remind them that the Republicans are the party of open government.
However, I think the most outrageous thing about the email is that it demonstrates the disdain that the governor's office holds for legislators--especially those of her own party.
Let me be clear. Governor, the Democratic Caucus is not your (inappropriate term) play toy. They are duly elected; they are part of a separate branch of government; they represent a different constituency and they will be here long after you are gone. Tell your staff to treat them with the deference and respect that they deserve, or send your staff packing.
Unfortunately, these emails are simply one more example of abusive way in which the Napolitano Administration treats the rest of state government. She seems to have no concept of the Separation of Powers.
She used an Executive Orders to establish her "Copper Card," and then used $650,000 out of the Health Care Crisis fund to promote it.
She used extraordinary and extra-legal means to force the name change for Squaw Peak.
She used the line item veto to INCREASE spending.
She use her line item veto to make substantive changes in legislation and was slapped down 5-0 in the State Supreme Court.
She claims that the Constitutional provision that requires her to relinquish power when she is out of state is "antiquated" and doesn't apply to her.
She is bypassing the Legislature by using the rule-making process to provide benefits for domestic partners of state employees. This latest move clearly flouts legislative intent and unconstitutionally uses a rule to change a statute.
She has to get this maneuver approved by the GRRC. Don't be surprised if you see a flurry of emails from her staff to the GRRC members during the vote saying "Vote Yes!" And if she loses. "This F***ing Blows!"