Monthly Archives: February 2008

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Legislature considers a ban on taxpayer-funded lobbying

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Legislature considers a ban on taxpayer-funded lobbying

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Benjamin Barr

Goldwater Institute Daily Email
February 04, 2008

Serious consideration is being given to a measure well worth its time, SCR 1009, bringing an end to public agency lobbyists. It accomplishes a simple goal: stopping government from using your money to lobby itself.

Ridiculous as it may seem, government-lobbying-itself happens frequently in Arizona, and in astonishing amounts. From 2000-2005, various Arizona government bodies, from the Department of Transportation to the Governors Office, spent over $10 million dollars on lobbying efforts. Based on head counts alone, government lobbyists outnumber legislators 10 to 1. No wonder citizens often feel shut out of the democratic process.

Some might wonder why government should be stopped from lobbying in the first place. After all, to function effectively, cities and counties have a practical need to share information. But there is a big difference between sharing data, like crime statistics, and lobbying against reform efforts supported by Arizonans, like broadening school choice options. The law supports that difference, even if public agency lobbyists claim they don’t understand it.

When it comes right down to it, taxpayer-funded lobbying is toxic to the democratic process. It pits government agency interests against citizens’ interests. Imagine having to compete against lobbyists from school districts, the Department of Education, and the State Board of Education when school choice measures are up before the legislature. That kind of lobbying drowns out citizens’ voices, putting them at a distinct disadvantage. At the end of the day, this practice impinges on our constitutionally protected rights of speech, assembly, and petition.

Fortunately, taxpayer-funded lobbying is a practice simple to stop. End government money flowing to lobbyists, eliminate staff lobbyists, and prohibit membership by government bodies in lobbying organizations. As it is, serious problems sometimes have simple solutions.

Benjamin Barr is a Goldwater Institute Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies.

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Iran: Top cleric says women without veils must die

Tehran, 19 Dec. (AKI) – A top Muslim cleric in Iran, Hojatolislam Gholam Reza Hassani said on Wednesday that women in Iran who do not wear the hijab or Muslim headscarf, should die.

“Women who do not respect the hijab and their husbands deserve to die,” said Hassani, who leads Friday prayers in the city of Urumieh, in Iranian Azerbaijan.

“I do not understand how these women who do not respect the hijab, 28 years after the birth of the Islamic Republic, are still alive,” he said.

“These women and their husbands and their fathers must die,” said Hassani, who is the representative of the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in eastern Azerbaijan.

Hassani’s statements came after two Kurdish feminists in Iran were accused of being members of an armed rebel group and of carrying out subversive activities threatening the security of the state.

It is believed that his statements and the arrests could spark a fresh crackdown on women who do not repect the Islamic dress code in Iran.

Thousands of women in Iran have already been warned this year for their “un-Islamic dress” such as wearing tight, short coats and skimpy headscarves.