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Democrats respond to Ducey's State of the State speech

Arizona House Democratic Leader Eric Meyer and Arizona Senate Democratic Leader Katie Hobbs, D-Phoenix (District 24) made the following statements in response to Gov. Doug Ducey's State of State address:
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Jan 12, 2015, 9:05 pm
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Governor Ducey’s plan to ignore the constitutional amendment voted in by the public to adquately fund education is a violation of his oath of office. Time for the these two Democratic leaders to demand we impeach this corrupt and ignorant man.

Jan 13, 2015, 2:30 pm
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If you’re referring to the part of our constitution that says education should be “as nearly free as possible,” that’s not an amendment. It’s in Article 11, Section 6, and it’s been in there all along.

The Board of Regents was sued in 2003 over this by John Kromko (who else, right?), and the case went all the way to the Arizona Supreme Court, which threw it out in 2007, opining that the meaning of “as free as possible” was a political question, not a judicial one.

Ducey is hardly the first AZ governor to flout his/her constitutional oath. In the past decade or so, violating both constitutions has become a warmly embraced tradition and a legislative rite of passage. Generally, Republicans in state government aren’t even bothered by the constraints of reason and truth, let alone justice and law. In this regard, Ducey is no exception. Rather, he’s exceptionally pure.

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