Gov. Jan Brewer’s 180 on birther bill

Gov. Jan Brewer speaking at a luncheon in Phoenix Tuesday.
Gov. Jan Brewer speaking at a luncheon in Phoenix Tuesday.
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The unexpected came from Arizona Governor Jan Brewer. The Republican better known for being all anti-immigration, all pro-gun, all the time, shot down two controversial bills late yesterday. Brewer vetoed one requiring proof of U.S. citizenship before appearing on the presidential ballot and another one allowing guns on college campuses.

“I never imagined being presented with a bill that could require candidates for president of the greatest and most powerful nation on Earth to submit their ‘early baptismal circumcision certificates’ among other records to the Arizona secretary of state. This is a bridge too far,” Brewer explained. She added, such a bill “could lead to arbitrary or politically motivated decisions.”

You already need to be a natural born citizen to run for office. But, birther conspiracy theorists say President Obama wasn’t actually born in Hawaii. This fringe group argues he was born in Kenya, and therefore ineligible to hold the nation’s highest elected office.

Hawaii officials have repeatedly confirmed Obama’s citizenship, and his Hawaiian birth certificates have been made public.

Brewer called the other gun bill on the table “so poorly written.” She also said it failed to define “public rights of way” in places like state schools, where firearms are prohibited by federal and state laws.

Though, the governor quietly threw a bone to disappointed conservatives. She quietly signed a law giving the Tea Party-associated Gadsen Flag the same protection as the American flag when it comes to HOAs.

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Gov. Jan Brewer's 180 on birther bill