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May 22, 2012

Brewer’s New ‘War on Youth’

Filed under: Uncategorized — trp2011 @ 7:25 PM
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If you Google the name ”Jevin Hodge,” you’ll find the accomplishments of this graduating senior from McClintock High School (Tempe, AZ) in academics, athletics, and community service—over 800 hours, in fact. As co-chair of the Governor’s Youth Commission, he’s so sold on this service that he talked to state Sen. David Schapira who brought a bill to the Arizona senate which would create an award for high school students who complete more than 200 hours of community service.

The bill passed through the senate unanimously, a major miracle in the Arizona legislature these days with its constant anti-immigrant and anti-women laws. Gov. Jan Brewer supports community service. She has challenged high school students and everyone else to each complete 100 hours of community service to celebrate the state’s Centennial this year. Toward that end, the state Commission on Service and Volunteerism has tracked more than 35,000 volunteers with 2.3 million service hours.

Hodge wanted this award help students’ opportunity to be accepted into college. He said, “Colleges aren’t looking for just a high GPA anymore; they’re looking for student leaders. This award would reassure colleges that a student has the qualities they are looking for.”

It’s all very positive, right? A teenager wants other teenagers to contribute to their society and receive an award for doing this. Very simple.

Brewer disagreed, however. She vetoed SB 1066 because it was “unnecessary, redundant and a violation of constitutional separation of powers.” The letter to Hodge also stated, “In this bill, one branch of government is obligating another branch of government to do something it already can do.” This is the same governor who ignores the federal Constitutional separation of church and state in requiring taxpayers to pay for private religious schools.

A disappointed Hodge said, “I thought that when she saw a piece of good policy, she would have instantly jumped on it. It’s very disheartening to see that she doesn’t want to award the youth that are serving her state. Arizona would have been the first state to formally recognize youth for their community service…it could have possibly persuaded other states to follow suit.”

Hodge probably learned more from this experience that from his formal education. The question is whether Brewer, who is thinking about running for governor again, learned anything. After alienating women and minorities in her state, she has started to drive young voters away from herself and her party.

Brewer’s running for governor, by the way, is against the state constitution, but she thinks that she can serve a third term by challenging the terminology passed in 1993: “No member of the executive department shall hold that office for more than two consecutive terms. No member of the executive department after serving the maximum number of terms, which shall include any part of a term served, may serve in the same office until out of office for no less than one full term.” That’s okay, governor—just skip the part about “any part of a term served.” Maybe no one will notice.

1 Comment »

  1. Darn. I used to think it would be great to have more women in government.


    Comment by lynchly — May 22, 2012 @ 11:23 PM | Reply

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