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Monday, November 4, 2013

Arizona ENDA-round-up: One Senator Out Of Town, One Likely "Nay"; Flake Worried About "T" Suits

The U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote on anti-discrimination legislation this afternoon (resuming at 3:30 Arizona Time), and Arizona's two Senators are being watched closely, as proponents are near the 60 votes needed to advance the bill..

Senior Senator John McCain (R-AZ) opposes the bill, and will miss the vote(s) because he will be in New York taping Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, missing the senatorial action on ENDA ("Employment Non-Discrimination Act").  It was noted last week that Cindy McCain, his wife, signed a peition in favor of the measure, in spite of (or, perhaps because of?) John's opposition to it.

Junior Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) article on The Huffington Post today.  He voted for ENDA as a Representative in 2007, but says he is opposed to this year's model - which adds gender identity.  Flake says he is concerned with increased legal actions, though the article cites studies that say that that has not been in a problem when cities and states have passed similar measures.
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2 comments:

Donna G said...

"It was noted last week that Cindy McCain, his wife, signed a peition in favor of the measure, in spite of (or, perhaps because of?) John's opposition to it."

I do appreciate Cindy McCain lending her voice to equality. But constantly mentioning that in conjunction with her Senator husband, who is the one who gets the actual vote on it, has the effect of softening his image on the issue in a way that he does not deserve.

Mitch M. said...

Interesting point, Donna, and thanks. But, it also could be looked at as putting his hardened opposition in sharper focus as being at odds with his wife and daughter, couldn't it? In any event, the family disagreement is of interest, to the point where it IS "newsworthy".