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12/26/2012 6:01:00 AM
Kingman Letter: Goodale owes special interests

Old laws and old legislators have one thing in common: They are both useless.

After reviewing the campaign finance contributions of second-term Arizona State Rep. Doris Goodale, I find my contention that she is bought and paid for by big business 100 percent confirmed.

Goodale has steadfastly claimed that she represented the people of Legislative District 5, but the figures tell a different story. During her recent campaign she received almost double the campaign contributions from political action groups and big business than she did from private citizens. Those groups include cattlemen, pharmaceutical, medical, Realtor, banker, farmer, dental, optometrist, just to mention a few special interest groups who paid her way.

If one does a close review of her previous voting record, one may conclude that she is strongly swayed by special interests, leaving behind the interests and concerns of the average citizen. When questioned over the last several years regarding this and other issues, the answers invariably differ from one group or person to another. I have found this legislator to be far from forthright in either her answers or her attitude.

During more than one discussion with Rep. Goodale, I have suggested that she would do more justice scrubbing old useless legislation than many of the new bills she supports. You might find it interesting to know that it is still illegal in our state to wear spurs in a hotel lobby. It is unlawful for women to wear pants in the city of Tucson. It is illegal for any person over 18 to smile (with more than one front tooth missing) in Tombstone. It is unlawful to wear suspenders in Nogales, and it is unlawful for six women to reside in the same residence anywhere in our great state.

Instead, Goodale votes to allow the followers of Warren Jeffs to police themselves in Mohave County's Colorado City. She votes to allow intrusive monitoring of private phone calls by telephone utilities and to approve toll roads in Arizona.

Old laws and old legislators are obsolete.

Jim Consolato

Golden Valley

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2013
Article comment by: Looking For Answers

To all defenders of Ms Goodale, what has she done to improve the quality of life in this region?

Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2013
Article comment by: Please Disclose Memberships All Local, State, Federal Reps

Yes, I too would like to know which of our legislators are member of ALEC, of Minutemen, of YMCA, of KKK, of it all. We deserve to know the membership of our legislators. When one takes the time to become a member it tell the voters that they support that organization.

Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2013
Article comment by: Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Be Against Charter Schools

1. Taxpayers now pay for 2 over-blown school administrations.

2. Taxpayers now pay for 2 sets of teachers, 2 sets of books, 2 sets of gymnasiums, 2 sets of computer labs, 2 sets of school buses, etc.

3. Before you claim charter schools CRUSH public schools (assuming you mean academically) level the playing field:
* KAOL limits pupil numbers, KUSD is outlawed to do so
* KAOL expels at will, KUSD cannot do so by law
* KAOL admits students by academic history, parent(s)’ employment, and other factors simply not allowed by law for KUSD

4. Tax money is paying KUSD owners. Full financial disclosure is needed – hear that, Miner?

5. KAOL has divided this community creating “my kid’s better than your kid” mentality.

6. There’s a great disservice separating children from a large diverse society that America is. KAOL students have less minority peers, less academically-challenged peers, less disruptive peers, etc.

7. Do we, the public, the taxpayers know how discipline is handled at KAOL? What became of the 2 girls who poisoned their KAOL teacher’s lunch?

8. The rich and connected have found a way to separate out their kids while having the rest of us pay.

9. KAOL simply doesn’t have to deal with the problems of schools while gaining all the advantages.

10. How, if KAOL are publicly funded schools, do they get away with telling parents they must volunteer therefore become more involved in the schools. Certainly by law KUSD does not have that luxury.

I support the long history of private parochial schools that are fully funded by those attending. However having pseudo-private schools funded by the public which excludes the general public is just plain wrong.

Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2013
Article comment by: Why Am I Paying Twice?

I agree with Francis. Why the devil are tax payers paying for public schools AND charter schools. And if we are paying ANY money for charter school owners to get rich, why aren't they taking kids on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“Doris has done a great job for our area.”

Well, if we discount her refusal to protect the women and children of Colorado City (after most likely being paid off) I guess she’s done okay.

Nope, on second though that action alone is so egregious as to make her useless.

Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Article comment by: Stones, Stones Stones

Nope, Mr Consolato, do not want to hear your biased thoughts about our local politicians. They were voted in by the majority. You just want to push your opinion and they aren't shared by the majority in this area. Doris has done a great job for our area. If you could do a better job, then run for the office.

Posted: Friday, December 28, 2012
Article comment by: Jim Consolato

Mustering out the poor politicians is most important work. Another few years and we should have a clean house. Its not about who is your friend , its about who is really doing their job. Stayed tuned for a closer inspection as 2013 rolls out.. Would like to see some more real names in these comments.

Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2012
Article comment by: tj denton

frances, the only reason you get that data is because they are pulling records from the AP classes in public schools and comparing them to the standard classes at charters haha. have you attended both public AND charter schools? well i have, and learnt reel gud at the chartur skools boy did i.

Posted: Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Article comment by: Arizona Moderate

@ Frances Perkins

I just found out myself about ALEC and another - Club For Growth. Shadow lobbying conglomerates that skirt the law by posing as non-profits. It's incredible that these groups actually author legislation that lawmakers in turn submit as their own. They subvert the democratic process, and completely bypass the average voter's input.

If Ms. Goodale is a member, as you say, she should do the right thing and resign from the organization. If she doesn't, she should be voted out of office. Just because there's a loophole that allows ALEC's extravagant gatherings doesn't make it morally right.

Posted: Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Article comment by: H Q

Let the record speak for itself!

Posted: Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Article comment by: Frances Perkins

Charters DO NOT crush main stream public schools. That is dead wrong. In fact with 20 years of data, and all the right wing rhetoric about "choice" , charter schools, who have diverted billions, over all, do about the same on achievement tests as conventional public schools. And don't forget, in Arizona, charters can buy supplies from their own board members without bids, and for all the money they used from taxpayers to buy land and buildings, the individual board members get to keep them if the school goes under. Those properties do not revert to the public. Also charter boards self perpetuate, they are not subject to any public review or vote. But charter school "choice" is dogma in the legislature Doris works with, and don't question anything they do. After all many legislators run charter school themselves. And even for the "for profit" charter companies, the market will solve any abuses, right?

Posted: Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Article comment by: T MEK

I'm not sure what you want Rep. Goodale to do... give the money back? It really doesn't matter that most of the contributions come from groups instead of individuals. In this economy, individuals don't have a lot of spare cash to throw around. Let the corporations do it.

What matters is how Rep. Goodale conducts herself in legislature. In her voting, Rep. Goodale stands strongly with her constituents even when the vote might not be to her personal choice. I've seen it on one particular issue and I was impressed with her resolve to serve her constituency.

Some clear indications that you don't understand what she CAN do are the laws you identify. They are city issues and are not in the control of state legislature (except the one statewide law).

Nowhere in your letter did you indicate any specific issue on which she voted toward a special interest against a constituent interest. Your pet peeves are certainly not the concern of most of northwest arizona's citizens. When Rep. Goodale spends her time worrying about outdated laws in Tombstone and Tucson rather than my children's education, I'll be shouting the loudest for her ouster.

Posted: Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Article comment by: Criticism Unfounded

Mr Consolato
You criticize and degrade all politicians and it doesn't matter if they fund their own campaign or get contributions. It is apparent that Representative Goodale does not agree with your mental reasoning, therefore you feel obligated to denounce her efforts in Mohave County. Your ignorance shows greatly in your reference to old laws. Why would she waste her time on some of them when they don't affect Mohave County. Doris is very instrumental in the success of KUSD, and served on the School Board several years. She cares about this county and I don't agree with all her decisions, but diversity is good. You should run for an office, based on your constant comments in KDM, I do not think you would ever get elected. Were other candidate in Mohave County given PAC money? Why pick on Doris? Give it up and find something constructive, go play golf.

Posted: Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Article comment by: tj denton

miner should have run articles.....

charter schools for the most part, academically CRUSH the public schools around them, so why are you against them?

Posted: Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Article comment by: CONCERNED Citizen

It is amazing how narrow minded people can be. Do any of you realize that Rep. Goodale does not represent just Kingman but her whole district? Please spend time discussing a law that does not let one wear spurs or more than six women meet. I worry about the safety of students in school now, where is education heading nationally, how do we keep government out of our lives? Rep. Goodale does an exellelnt job charing the Education Committee of this state. Her values have not changed, she listens to small and big business, local officials, and the public that reside in her area. Spend more time thinking about what you can do instead of finding fault with a person trying to do her best. Why don't you who critize run for office? Where would your money come from? Clean Election Committee with many oversight committees like Rep. Goodale? Why don't you not spend your time helping. It is always easier to critize than do your part.

Posted: Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Article comment by: Frances Perkins

The people should be more concerned about the money she takes from ALEC for "scholarships" to legislative conferences around the country at high end resorts so she can shill for corporate interests. I am not sure that anyone in the legislative majority does anything without checking with their corporate masters, the Goldwater Institute, ALEC, the private prison industry, and the religious fanatics at the Arizona Center for Theocracy. The schools need all the massive cuts restored, and need to stop any new charter school taking money from the real public schools. Doris needs to remember what Mohave County interests are.

Posted: Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Article comment by: Miner Should Have Run Articles

I have seen over the years how Doris has changed. She use to indeed be interested in public education - she now pushes charter schools and other means to defund public schools. She has indeed figured out how the game is played - you promise voters what you have to to get elected, then you do what the "connected", the powers, the money want you to do. Once you have the power and money on your side Doris has done their bidding. Unfortunately, all will be forgotten and hidden by the next election.

Posted: Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Article comment by: Miner Should Have Run Articles

Thank you, Jim. You've done the work the Miner should be doing. But instead they choose to highlight a Republican meeting to debunk science.

Posted: Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Article comment by: Thai Mai Shu

Does it really matter that those old, outdated laws are still on the books?

Do you really think that by spending time, resources, and manpower trying to uncover and eliminate these antiquated laws will help YOU in any way?

I think not.

Moving on to more pressing issues.....

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