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    A senior citizen was chatting with his 80-year-old buddy. 
    "So I hear you're getting married?" 
    "Yep!" "Do I know her?" "Nope!" 
    "This woman, is she good looking?" "Not really." 
    "Is she a good cook?""Nah, she can't cook too well." 
    "Does she have lots of money?" "Nope! Poor as a church mouse." 
    "Well, then, is she good in bed?" "I don't know." 
    "Why in the world do you want to marry her then?" 
    "Because she can still drive!"

    THIS WILL HURT CHANCES FOR GETTING A DEATH WITH DIGNITY LAW PASSED IN ARIZONA THROUGH THE INITIATIVE PROCESS: (See Aug.17, 2017 Blog.)
    Judge Won't Block New Arizona Law Targeting Initiatives By Associated Press, Lauren Gilger, Mark Brodie Published: Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - Arizona Republic A judge on Tuesday refused to block a new state law making it easier for opponents to challenge citizen initiatives, but she sidestepped a decision on whether the law violates the state Constitution.
    The new law was one of a pair of proposals targeting initiatives backed by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the wake of voter approval of a minimum wage increase in November. The wage boost and a failed effort to legalize recreational marijuana were the last straw for the chamber, which has chafed under voter-approved laws that the GOP-controlled Legislature would never pass. Among them are legalized medical marijuana and the state's independent redistricting commission.
    The ruling from Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens said opponents of the law passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature haven't yet been harmed because there are no pending initiatives that would be affected by the new standard.
    "The Court finds this matter is not ripe for judicial review," Stephens wrote. "Plaintiffs believe House Bill 2244 will affect their future initiative efforts but this Court finds that expectation is not sufficient to make this matter ripe for judicial review of the constitutionality of HB 2244." The law goes into effect Wednesday and will apply to all future initiatives.
    Andrew Chavez, who runs the state' top petition-gathering firm, testified on July 12 that efforts to get citizen initiatives on the ballot in Arizona will be virtually impossible because of the costs of complying with the new Arizona law tightening the legal standard. He said costs to collect signatures and ensure they meet the tighter standards would likely go up 25 to 30 percent, soaring above $1 million for a statewide initiative effort.

    Jennifer
    Aug 30, 2017
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