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1/27/2014 6:00:00 AM
Kingman legislator ready for session as she rehabs from stroke
Doris Goodale
Doris Goodale

Kim Steele
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - Arizona Rep. Doris Goodale, R-Kingman, will be tackling legislative issues full-time beginning in February when she temporarily moves to Phoenix for this year's session.

Goodale attended opening day at the Legislature earlier this month and has been busy drafting bills and speaking with colleagues from her Kingman home, said legislative assistant Jana Babel from Phoenix. She also plans to seek re-election. Goodale is chair of the House Education Committee.

"I'm feeling great and I'm getting better and better," said Goodale Friday after her therapy session in Kingman. "I'm definitely up to serving in the Legislature, otherwise I wouldn't be going back there. The residents of this district need someone who can do the job for them. My doctor has given me neurological tests and says I'm capable of handling the job, so that's my intent."

Goodale, 64, was rushed to Sunrise Medical Center in Las Vegas on Sept. 21 after suffering a stroke while eating lunch with her sister. She was listed in critical condition at the time, but has since improved enough to be transferred home for long-term treatment.

She currently receives outpatient occupational and speech therapy three times a day, three days a week, at Kingman Regional Medical Center. Goodale said she still has some problems with numbness in her left side and uses a wheelchair, but has begun walking with the help of a walker.

Beginning Saturday, Goodale will move to Phoenix for the remainder of the session, which runs about 180 days, so she can attend as much as possible, and will participate in physical therapy three times a week while she is there. Also, she will be in attendance today for a meeting of the education committee.

"Quitting has not been an option for her," Babel said of Goodale. "She wants to be here for the votes and for meetings of the education committee. Physically, it is a challenge for her, but emotionally and mentally, she's very strong. She's a trooper and this is her passion, and she's very excited about it."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, February 3, 2014
Article comment by: Frank Harris

What legislation was decided during the last legislative session that Doris was not a part of because of health issues? Have we been well represented during the last legislation? How was our input conveyed during the time Doris was unable to attend meetings, hearings, and votes? Our local newspaper should have been reporting on this.

The citizens of this area deserve a representative who can be totally involved and enthusiastically present what we are and what we want. Can Doris do that?

The final verdict on this will be decided by the voters. Doris seems like a nice person and I suspect she tried to do a good job as the only representative voice we have in the State House of Representatives. We need to see her and hear her in debates, interviews, on our public access channels and on our local radio programs. The issue is not if she is a nice person - she is. The issue is not if she is a fighter and survivor - she is. The question is not if she feels she is able to represent us - she does. The question is are we willing to have her as our one and only voice in the House. I suppose many of these questions will be answered when her opposition come forth. I suppose, like most elections the choice will be the lesser evil.

Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Article comment by: Darrell Colter

I cannot believe the ignorance in some people regarding Common Core. Wake up Arizona we are not even close to the rest of the US in education scores. There are high school graduates from Arizona that cannot even pass a college entrance test from a Junior College! I grew up in California in the 70's, and my parents thought many times about moving to AZ when I was in Jr. High. Had we done so I would have been placed in the High School here because California was so far advanced and AZ was so low on their learning. We need to find something that will help the children, and it isn't AIMS! I support Common Core and believe if you haters would use something other than UTUBE to show what is wrong with it maybe we would listen. Hard facts not UTUBE videos will convince me :-)

Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“I do hope she understands Common Core is a disaster nationwide…”

As usual an incorrect statement. Why do you insist upon posting this kind of garbage?

As to Ms Goodale, I can hardly wait for more of her proposals and such votes as the one that blocked the protections for women and children in the polygamist/pedophile stronghold in Colorado City. I have long wondered how much she and the other Mohave County legislator were paid for that one.

Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Article comment by: Linda Athens

God bless her and her determination to make it all the way back. The Arizona spirit at work.

With all good wishes and blessings to her, I do hope she understands Common Core is a disaster nationwide and even states dumping it have something nearly as bad replacing it.

I actually don't know Ms Goodales thinking on it but will certainly pray for her full recovery and pray for her wisdom and knowledge in representing us as we are called by God to do.

Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Article comment by: Mulisha Girl

That's awesome Rep Goodale! I know how hard u have been working to get back to work. You did a grate job yesterday even though it was very busy.
Mr. Consolato, if u are so worried about Rep. Goodale's state of mind you are more then welcome to go down to Phoenix and sit in the gallery and watch her in action. Or why don't u give the Governor a call and ask her how she did on the last 2 budget meetings over face time 2 hrs each? And I am pretty sure no one has asked u for a head clearance to be able to comment on all your half truths & made up nonsense. I would love to know where u get all your miss leading info. 100,000.00 campaign check, black mailed by Colorado city, "Top Secreate" meeting with the Govonor about Bill's D C, I V drug user. Amazing! She is not a Life Time movie and u are not the detective. As for common core & the medical expansion I was not for it at first either until I read all the info and asked Rep. Goodale & other Reps . To explain things I may be missunderstanding. And our school systems are in very bad shape we all can agree on that. So why not tear it down and start new these kids deserve that, so the teachers will have to have a little more accountability for there students success or fails.

Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Article comment by: dv s

Glad to hear it Doris...still praying for yu..

Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Article comment by: Good for Doris

@ concerned citizen

It is a shame people who have a personal vendetta against someone doesn't realize that their comments show the venom and their true colors.
Good for Doris, she has done a great job and I am sure will continue to provide the representation this area needs in the Arizona Legislature.

Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Article comment by: Jay Fleming

Glad to see Representative Goodale is doing better. Getting back to work is the best thing for her to do, fro herself, and Arizona.

Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Article comment by: Rick Shelby

I believe that if Doris feels she can do the job she was ELECTED to do, she should return to work a lot of people would have folded up with all the challenges she has faced in recent times, and she has my respect for how she has held up. When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

Posted: Monday, January 27, 2014
Article comment by: Concerned Citizen

I knew, without a doubt, Mr. Consolato would have a comment about Rep. Goodale. It surprises me that he seems to know more about what he wants than the actual truth. Do you seriously think the House of Representatives would just let Rep. Goodale walk in without some knowledge of her condition from a Dr.? Heard of Liability??? Do you think no one in Kingman has seen or talke d with her to know how she "really" is doing? My goodness Mr. Consolato, you believe the people of Kingman and areas that have continued to meet and talk with Rep. Goodate would not notice if she were unable to do her job? You must be the only person who personally knows how Rep. Goodale is truly doing....although I KNOW you have not visited with or talked with Rep. Goodale since her illness began. Once again, your serious lack of information is again showcased

Posted: Monday, January 27, 2014
Article comment by: L J

I'am truly glade to hear Goodale is improving and getting better. However we never approved of her politics or the lack of results she achieved for the people of Kingman. Except of course for the few as she refer to as her colleagues. While being Chair of the House Education
Committee we enjoy having one of the worst school systems in the nation. We as with others in Arizona deserve better. the same applies to our Mohave County Politicians as being the (5) poorest area in the Country and there insistence to ignore it. Again, as taxpayers we all
deserve better .

Posted: Monday, January 27, 2014
Article comment by: Go Doris

Most people would have given up after all the things that have happened to this women. Her strength shows as she recovers from this latest setback.

Posted: Monday, January 27, 2014
Article comment by: Jim Consolato

I am so pleased Goodale is doing better physically and I personally have been a champion of getting someone in that position way before the session began.

So if one assumes she can do the job now and all we have is her word, no proof to the public from the doctor, no letter from the doctors verifying what she has told us, why should we believe her? She told us she was a Republican conservative but has shwon us all with her destructive "Republican in name only " votes she can't be trusted. No confidence or trust before her unfortunate stroke and no confidence or trust now post stroke.

May the good Lord help us all.

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