Obama lawsuits spur the Arizona economy!
OK, so maybe that’s a tad over the top, but hey this is good…
History: The State of Arizona gets tired of being North Mexico, home to an illegal alien population that amounts to about 10% of the total population of our fair state. Our Legislature passes, and Governor Brewer signs (in an act of political desperation) SB1070 which mandates that AZ police pick up illegals. The Obama DoJ sues AZ because they don’t like us picking on Democratic voters. The State has to spend hard to find money to defend the lawsuit.
Up to current: From yesterday’s AZ Republic…
Defending the state against lawsuits related to Senate Bill 1070 has cost more than $440,000 to date, and outstanding bills could easily add up to an excess of $1 million or more.
The bills, however, only cover work and charges incurred through the end of June, which doesn’t include any costs related to the U.S. Department of Justice’s suit, which was filed in July. The only three hearings in the cases so far also were held that month.
That means bills for July and August could be on par with, or even higher, than those already received, the Governor’s Office said.
Money to pay for the state’s legal costs is coming from Brewer’s legal defense fund. So far she has authorized two expenditures: one for just over $77,000 to cover bills received for work in the last 11 days of May, and the second for $363,520.25 to cover the June legal charges.
Oh my God! The Feds are going to break us! Oh no!
Or will they?
Interesting note on writing media headlines. Here’s the AZ Republic headline for the above story:
Arizona immigration law’s legal costs could top $1 million
Real grabber huh? Yep. Well, it is until you get twelve paragraphs into the story. And that would be twelve paragraphs into a fifteen paragraph story.
The fund has received more than $3.6 million in donations to date, from 41,478 donors all across the country. A single donation in the amount of $1.5 million was received in the last two weeks from Timothy Mellon of Laramie, Wyo., Brewer’s office said.
Gosh, when confronted with all the facts you’d think maybe the story should have been about how Arizona’s legal defense of SB1070 is both prepaid and will probably turn a profit.