The ever-ephemeral definition of “moderate” in Arizona

08 Oct 2012 08:05 pm
Posted by: Donna


Yet abortion and contraception issues dominated the public debate last legislative session, leaving plenty of voters scratching their heads and wringing their hands.

Indeed, we need more moderate representation at the state Capitol, lawmakers who are more in tune with the needs and priorities of the people they represent.

In District 18, that means returning Republican Reps. Bob Robson and Jeff Dial.

Wait, it gets even better.

Dial’s body of work isn’t quite as extensive, but he works closely with Robson and their district mate, Sen. John McComish, on moderate causes. He’s also been known to meet with colleagues after hours to bond or talk politics, a refreshing rarity in such a polarized Legislature.

Yeah, Dial has a history of wanting to bond and talk politics. Leaving that aside, let’s look at just how “moderate” Robson and Dial are. They answered their Center for Arizona Policy surveys identically, promising Cathi Herrod that they will support the following: Prohibiting touching strippers. Prohibiting abortion except to save the life of the mother. Allowing the legislature to cut voter approved programs in times of budget crisis (there’s some “family values” for you). Amending the United States Constitution to allow marriage only between one man and one woman. Making it so the Governor and State Senate select and approve judges. Denying protection from discrimination to LGBT persons. Mandatory waiting period for divorce. Allowing law enforcement officers to enforce federal immigration law (really, CAP?). And, “protecting professionals from being required to provide services that violate their moral or religious beliefs.

Robson and Dial voted 100% with CAP in 2012, including for the harsh 20 week abortion ban and for letting bosses deny women birth control.

They voted for the Birther Bill too. And are ALEC members. Honestly, what definition of moderate are the people at Southeast Valley Opinions using?

So moderate that both of them voted against restoring KidsCare funding and for a budget that starved education while transferring $450 million to the rainy day fund and giving out a large corporate tax break. I doubt they were asked about the exchanges and Medicaid expansion under Obamacare, which are very big deals and will be decided by the states prior to 2014. Whom do you trust more to implement the law and get hundreds of thousands of people the coverage they need – “moderates” Jeff Dial and Bob Robson, or moderate Democrats Corey Harris and Darin Fisher?


  1. Comment by mike slater on October 8, 2012 8:55 pm

    Donna, when you talk about government working for the people that doesn’t mean being a nanny state.

  2. Comment by AZVoter on October 9, 2012 6:25 am

    Mike, telling people who they can and cannot love, what they can and cannot do with their bodies and allowing one’s religious beliefs to be shoved down the throats of others is the very definition of a nanny state.

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