Arizonas LGBTQ Democrats

About Andy Tobin:
Arizona Commissioner Andy Tobin Texted APS Lobbyists Frequently, Including About Open Rate Case
"Tobin asked APS lobbyist whether they had a “public information strategy planned” to combat negative media coverage of a rate increase request while the case was still pending"
Oct. 29, 2018
 
Arizona Corporation Commissioner Andy Tobin Caught With Hand In Cookie Jar
Nov. 4, 2016
 
Corporation Commission To Block APS Probe? Shocking (Not)
Aug. 9, 2016
 
Andy Tobin's Conflict Just Got Much Bigger
Mar. 24, 2016
 
Andy Tobin: Obamacare Caused SB 1062
Oct. 16, 2014
 

Andy Tobin Faces Massive Blowback For Fundraising Off Benghazi

May 11, 2014

Andy Tobin Doubles Down, Refuses to Denounce Radical SB 1062

Under Andy Tobin’s guidance last week, the Arizona Legislature bowed down to the fringe voices of the radical right by passing SB 1062, the inflammatory anti-gay bill that has the Arizona Chamber of Commerce President, Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake and even former State Senate President Steve Pierce calling for its veto. While the bipartisan chorus of critics continues to grow louder, Andy Tobin refuses to condemn this shameful anti-business legislation and just doubled down on his support for the measure that he guided through the Legislature.

“For four days, Andy Tobin has had a simple choice to make: He could strongly denounce this shameful legislation or double down and watch the backlash from the business community and Americans of all political stripes,” said Tyrone Gayle of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Arizonans who are looking for reasonable solutions can skip right past Andy Tobin – it’s clear he stands with the Tea Party, not middle class Arizona families and businesses.” 

BACKGROUND:

Tobin Voted For And Strongly Defended Bill Protecting Businesses That Deny Service Based Solely On Religious Belief. In February 2014, Tobin voted for a bill that protects Arizona businesses from lawsuits after denying services based on religious belief. Opponents of the bill argued that the legislation would lead to businesses discriminating against people, such as homosexuals, based solely on the business owner’s religious belief. “The bill’s intent is to protect the business community’s freedom of expression under the First Amendment,” Tobin said. The bill passed 33-27. [SB 1062, 2/20/14; ABC 15, 2/22/14]

  • Headline: Service refusal legislation triggers firestorm: Tobin, Fann, Pierce voted for 'anti-gay' bill [Daily Courier, 2/22/14]

State Senate President Steve Pierce And Two Other GOP Supporters: “We Made A Mistake.” After voting for SB 1062, State Senate President Steve Pierce and Sens. Adam Driggs and Bob Worsley sent a letter to Governor Jan Brewer expressing their regret in voting for the bill and calling on the Governor to veto it. “I was uncomfortable, so was Steve (Pierce) […] And we just felt that it was important to keep the caucus together this early in the session. And it was a mistake. We’re going on record that we made a mistake,” Worsley said on their behalf. [Arizona Capitol Times, 2/24/14]

Arizona’s Republican U.S. Senators Called On Gov. Brewer To Veto SB 1062. In February 2014, Republican Senators Jeff Flake and John McCain tweeted their “hope” that Governor Jan Brewer would veto the legislation. [Sen. Jeff Flake Twitter, 2/22/14; Sen. John McCain Twitter, 2/24/14; Huffington Post, 2/24/14]

  • Headline: Arizona Congressional Delegation Speaks Out Against Anti-Gay SB 1062 [Huffington Post, 2/24/14]

President Of Arizona’s Chamber Of Commerce To Gov. Brewer: Kill The Bill. In February 2014, Glenn Hamer, president of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Association, called on Governor Jan Brewer to veto the bill because it was bad for business. “The bigger issue here is it would send a signal that Arizona is not a place that is as welcoming as it really is for all people,” Hamer said. [Arizona Daily Star, 2/24/14]

  • Headline: Pressure grows for veto of Arizona’s SB 1062 [Arizona Daily Star, 2/24/14]

Center for Arizona Policy (Cathi Herrod)
2008 Survey Questions For Arizona Candidates
Position Sought: State Representative LD-1
Question 8: Amending the United States Constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Candidates' Position: Support.
 
Question 9: Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in antidiscrimination law.
Candidates' Position: Oppose.
 

Oct. 10, 2008. Source

Center for Arizona Policy (Cathi Herrod)
2006 Survey Questions For Arizona Candidates
Position Sought: State Representative LD-1
Question 7: Amending the United States Constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman
 
Candidates' Position: Support.
 
Question 8: Adding “sexual orientation” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in antidiscrimination law.
 
Candidates' Position: Oppose.
 

Oct. 9, 2006 Source

 

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