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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 05:02 PM
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'Tea party' license plate draws ire as critics emerge on left, right
Source: Arizona Central

"Don't tread on me" may soon be a slogan on a new license plate in Arizona. But critics say the proposal treads on shaky ground, getting the state involved in the "tea party," a political movement that has embraced the phrase as its own.

Even some tea partyers say the bill is the antithesis of what they're about: minimal government involvement.

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Last week, hours after the Legislature approved the bill, a New York congressman announced plans to discourage states from following the Arizona Legislature's lead.

The "License Plate Political Slush Fund Prevention Act" would withhold 15 percent of federal highway dollars for any state that, in the view of U.S. Rep Gary Ackerman, D-N.Y., uses government resources to administer a program that encourages partisan political organizations.





Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/news/election/azelections/arti...
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Wait Wut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 05:28 PM
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1. Just another reason for me to move back to Chicago.
This state is insane. We've also allowed teapers to wear teaper t-shirts to polling places (so far, only in one city). Already have "Choose Life" plates. Workin' on gettin' that "state gun". There's more, but I'm sick of talking about Arizona.
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SkyDaddy7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 05:44 PM
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3. M y Aunt & Uncle moved to Arizona years ago...
from Connecticut to retire. They say the same thing about Arizona that it has become insane & a national embarrassment & they are considering moving back to the cold north.
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Wait Wut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 06:39 PM
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6. I would.
Connecticut was on my top 5 states before I moved here. I should've listened to a friend of mine. I hate cold, but I can always layer. You can't hide from crazy.
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jmowreader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 08:35 PM
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14. The State Gun of Arizona should be the cattle stunner
Considering your state's political class contains John McCain, Jan Brewer and Joe Arpaio, I figure SOMEONE must be over there knocking people's brains to the side.
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Wait Wut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 09:09 AM
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18. Good point.
We also have Pearce, Pierce, Kyl, Gosar (my Rep) and a plethora of other jesters and fools. It's like living at a carnival, but one of those creepy ones like on Something Wicked This Way Comes.
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PavePusher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 11:11 AM
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19. Right... 'cause Chicago has no problems at all....
just a megalomaniac mayor, corrupt police and aldermen, a frightening murder rate....

Whatever.
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Trajan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-30-11 03:11 AM
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22. When I was seeking a new place to call home as I sought employment
I looked at everything I could find about 'livability' for cities in the US .... I asked DUers what they believed was a great place to live ...

The reports came back for Chicago .... the hands down winner by a mile ....

I have never been there .... I have only driven through Southern Illinois on my excursions across this great land ...

I wound up finding a great job in Portland Oregon, and still live in this wonderful, quirky little city ...

But it is my understanding that Chicago IS a wonderful place to live .... No matter what semi-fictionalized, overly-dramatized accounts you may have read ....

It is unfortunate that our DU friends in places like Arizona and Texas have to tolerate the rabid conservative philosophies of their local and state government, but surely they should not expect other DUers to NOT criticize those right wing nutcases simply because they may happen to live there ...

Yeah .. it sucks to live under the yoke of right wing haters .... But we all have our own crosses to bear ...

The governmental policies and personalities in Arizona are just as open to criticism as anyone in Chicago might be ...... Still, the reports are - Chicago is OUR kind of town ...

Signing off from Portland Oregon .... Whatever ....
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dipsydoodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 05:40 PM
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2. What do they say ?
Palin is a tea bag.
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jmowreader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 08:36 PM
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15. Palin is a bag, but not that kind...
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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 05:48 PM
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4. That phrase is NOT the teabaggers no matter what they may say or think.
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Island Blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 05:53 PM
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5. A special license plate for teabaggers?
I thought that's what truck nuts were for.
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Snoutport Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 06:55 PM
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7. That flag belongs to this whole country. I hate it when groups soil something they don't own.
That flag was against tyranny...and as Scott Walker and other Tea Party nuts make these fascist grabs at power they have shown themselves to be the opposite of what this flag represents. THEY are the tyrants in today's political system.
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harmonicon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 08:03 PM
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12. I thought it was from New Hampshire... no? nt.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-30-11 05:51 AM
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23. "I can see Boston harbor from my window.". Imagine how I feel about their stealing "Tea Party."
Their misappropriation of the American Revolution is really annoying, especially since conservatives sided with the Crown.
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TheCowsCameHome Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 07:02 PM
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8. It would make them easy to identify.
As if they don't look like fools in their three-corner hats and misspelled signs anyway.
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HolyCity2012 Donating Member (378 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 07:47 PM
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9. Go for it Arizona!
I say do the damn thing!

It will be like when your dad started wearing cargo pants.
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devilgrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 07:53 PM
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10. F' that stupid slogan!
Tread on this!

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Exilednight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 07:57 PM
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11. WTF? and I don't mean "winning the future". n/t
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harmonicon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 08:05 PM
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13. I say let 'em do it.
If these stupid bastards want to pay extra money to the government for a special license plate to display how they don't like the government, that's great. I think they should also be allowed to pay a special tax to be able to include an angry letter with their income tax.
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crim son Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 08:44 PM
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16. Same thing as wearing a dunce cap.
Teabaggers will be identifiable from half a mile away.
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tomm2thumbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-30-11 12:19 AM
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20. good point

or two idiots wearing an 'I'm with stupid' shirt walking hand in hand
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Michigan-Arizona Donating Member (516 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 09:18 PM
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17. This time next year we hope to be moved back home to Michigan
If we can sell our home here in Arizona we're moving back home to Michigan & the wackos can have this state. The only thing we'll miss is the weather & the beautiful mountain's.
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dogfacedboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-30-11 02:47 AM
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21. What a surprise that crap like this goes on in one of the third world States.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-30-11 06:01 AM
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24. I will not buy from any store or catalog that sells the Gadsen flag or motto.
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-30-11 08:54 AM
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25. So let 'em have their stupidity. Then I know who they are.
:evilgrin:
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