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Kyrsten Sinema the government tyrant that proposed a 300 percent tax on medical marijuana

  Love taxes? Love the police state? Love gun grabbers? Love the insane unconstitutional "war on drugs"? Vote for Kyrsten Sinema.

"[Kyrsten] Sinema voted in the Legislature for sending National Guard troops to the border and stiffening penalties for owners of drophouses. In Congress, she wants to require banks to freeze suspected drug-cartel accounts"

This article didn't mention it but in an attempt to flush Arizona's medical marijuana law down the toilet Kyrsten Sinema introduced a bill that would have put a 300 percent tax on medical marijuana.

The article doesn't mention this, but Kyrsten Sinema is a big time gun grabber and would love to flush the Second Amendment down the toilet.

And of course when it comes to taxing and spending that is Kyrsten Sinema claim to fame. One anti-tax group gave Kyrsten Sinema it's award for being the biggest tax and spend crook in the Arizona legislator.

Last but not least Kyrsten Sinema is a big fan of the police state. In every election I can remember the police unions have all endorsed Kyrsten Sinema. You passes police state laws for the cops, and in exchange she gets the vote of the cops.

If you love living in a police state remember to vote for Kyrsten Sinema in this coming election.


Independents' vote crucial for Parker, Sinema in House battle

by Rebekah L. Sanders and Rob O'Dell - Oct. 7, 2012 11:07 PM

The Republic | azcentral.com

A tree-lined Phoenix street near the Arizona Biltmore offered a glimpse on a recent afternoon into the unpredictability of the 9th District congressional race.

Residents of three nearby houses were registered as Democrat, independent and Republican. Their varied affiliations reflect the nearly even split between the major parties in the district, as well as the prevalence of voters with "no party preference."

Republican Vernon Parker and Democrat Kyrsten Sinema will have to court the independent crowd more than candidates in any other U.S. House race in the state.

In Arizona, only the 9th District is dominated by independents, who outnumber Republicans by 15,000 and Democrats by 21,000. By definition, these so-called swing voters are not easy to pin down.

Arizona has two other competitive districts -- northern Arizona's 1st District and southern Arizona's 2nd District -- but neither has as many independent voters.

"I don't like to classify myself with one or another. It's like belonging to one religion," said 58-year-old interior designer Karen Rapp, the independent living on the Phoenix street. She said she often votes Democratic for state offices and Republican for federal offices because she likes the idea of parties splitting power and thinks their platforms work better in those positions.

This time around, though, she plans to deviate and vote for Sinema because a neighbor -- the nearby registered Democrat -- works for the former state lawmaker's campaign and has sung her praises.

To attract more independent voters like Rapp, Parker and Sinema are touting their crossover appeal and accusing each other of being "extreme."

The candidates tell stories of overcoming childhood poverty through education and hard work. They argue that their ideas about taxes and the economy will help middle-class families. And on some issues, such as immigration, they advocate positions closer to the middle than some in their parties.

For instance, Sinema voted in the Legislature for sending National Guard troops to the border and stiffening penalties for owners of drophouses. In Congress, she wants to require banks to freeze suspected drug-cartel accounts.

Parker, on the other hand, recently told The Arizona Republic he would support some version of the Dream Act or Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's alternative to provide a path to legal status for young immigrants brought to the United States illegally by their parents, though he did not specify what changes he would make to those plans.

Wes Gullett, a political strategist at the nonpartisan consulting firm FirstStrategic Communications and Public Affairs and a former Republican candidate for Phoenix mayor, said 9th District voters are among the most politically engaged in the state. Much of the district is expected to vote this fall.

An Arizona Republic analysis of voting data shows primary turnout, though small overall, was highest among independents in north and central Phoenix, suggesting the battle between Parker and Sinema may be fiercest there. The district also covers parts of Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa, Chandler and Ahwatukee Foothills.

Gullett, who is not supporting either candidate, said north-central Phoenix neighborhoods like Arcadia and areas near Piestewa Peak are always highly contested in city, legislative and congressional races. Voters in those areas pay attention, he said.

"There's lots of opportunity there for both campaigns to do well," Gullett said. "It all comes back to those swing voters and figuring out who those swing voters are." Campaign battlegrounds

The Republic's analysis of 9th District primary data shows:

Independent turnout was small, offering only limited clues to the general election. A variety of factors, including the challenge of requesting a primary ballot, deter independents from voting in the primary. But campaigns use the information as one indicator of where to spend resources for the general election, when many more independents and party voters will cast ballots.

North-central Phoenix, followed by parts of Tempe, Mesa and Ahwatukee, drew the strongest independent turnout during the primary. Those areas are likely to draw high participation in the general election and could become campaign battlegrounds.

Independents voted like their neighbors. In precincts where registered Republicans cast more primary votes, independents also swung Republican. The same was true for precincts that leaned Democratic. Parker and Sinema will likely garner the most support from independents in areas where their party bases are enthusiastic.

Though independent registration continues to grow in Arizona, independents who vote in primaries remain rare, as is the case with all voters. Only 8.8 percent of ballots cast in the 9th District primary came from independents, according to data provided to The Republic from the Maricopa County Elections Department through the state Democratic Party.

One reason independents turn out in low numbers is the extra step to receive early primary ballots, said Paul Johnson, a former Phoenix Democratic mayor. While party voters on the permanent early-voting list automatically receive primary ballots, independents must tell the county Elections Department which party ballot they want.

That keeps many independents from voting, said Johnson.

He is advocating for passage of Proposition 121, which would eliminate the party-ballot system and allow voters, regardless of party, to vote for any candidate during the primary. Independents then would receive early ballots as party voters do. Opponents say in practice the system is unlikely to boost independent turnout.

Rapp, the independent Phoenix voter, didn't vote in the primary because she didn't receive an early ballot.

"It wasn't convenient," Rapp said.

Other independents may sit out primaries because they don't feel strongly enough to vote or don't think it's right to participate in a partisan primary, said Michael O'Neil, president of Tempe polling firm O'Neil Associates Inc.

Since many more independents are expected to vote on Nov. 6, the primary patterns provide some insight but aren't enough to predict the general-election outcome, O'Neil said.

"It might be suggestive, but it's not necessarily predictive," he said.

Still, independents are key to the race, he said, because party registrations are so close. If party voters turn out in equal numbers, swing voters could determine whether Parker or Sinema win.

The closest correlation between the primary and the general is turnout, said Jim Haynes, president of the Phoenix-based polling company Behavior Research Center. Areas that drew heavy participation from independent voters in the primary are likely to stay that way in the general.

Precincts with the highest independent turnout were in north-central Phoenix, where both Parker and Sinema drew strong support from party voters because of their long ties there. Parker served near the area as Paradise Valley mayor and councilman. Sinema was a state legislator and social worker in the area. Both resigned this year to focus on their campaigns.

The north Phoenix Madison Heights precinct, which abuts Paradise Valley, had the highest independent participation, 15 percent. Precincts with independent turnout higher than 9 percent also occurred in west Mesa, south Tempe and Ahwatukee Foothills.

Residents in those neighborhoods typically have higher incomes, higher education and deeper roots in the community, Gullett said. Those factors are often linked to turnout.

One anomaly may be in the Tempe precincts around Arizona State University, according to Gullett, where primary participation was tiny. Those areas could become more active in the fall when students are settled in school, he said. Many unknowns

Though it's harder to predict how independents will vote in the general election, Republic maps of primary returns show independents largely followed the party leanings in their neighborhoods.

Independents went red in Republican-leaning northeast Phoenix, west Mesa and west Chandler, while independents went blue in Democratic-leaning central Phoenix, Tempe and downtown Chandler.

Campaigns will use that information, coupled with voter profiles compiled by the state parties and past elections results, to determine voters and neighborhoods to target with direct mail, phone calls and door-knocking.

Haynes said he wasn't surprised to see independents leaning in the same direction as their party-registered neighbors. Some independents may be disaffected party members who still vote with the party they dropped.

But much remains unknown about many independents, he said, such as whether they are former Democrats, former Republicans or independents from the start. If he were a part of a campaign, Haynes said, his biggest effort would be to "find out who these people are and how to reach them." Much work ahead

Though the Parker and Sinema campaigns see value in understanding the primary voting patterns, they promise to go after both independents and party voters and to compete across the district.

The candidates' work is cut out for them.

Jeanette Irwin was watering her garden while she talked politics. The 68-year-old retired teacher and registered Republican said she's open to voting for either candidate, though she likes what she's heard about Parker.

"I'm still deciding," Irwin said. "We have many times voted Democratic if the candidates are better. ... I wouldn't vote party totally. I financially support the Republican Party, but hey, if somebody else is better ..."

Republic endorses tax and spend socialist Kyrsten Sinema

Kyrsten Sinema the government tyrant that proposed a 300 percent tax on medical marijuana

Wow, the Arizona Republic which pretends to be a conservative newspaper has recommended tax and spend socialist Kyrsten Sinema.

All I can say is if you love taxes, and you love living in a police state please vote for tax and spend socialist Kyrsten Sinema.


Sinema a good fit for district

Oct. 10, 2012 12:00 AM

The Republic | azcentral.com

Kyrsten Sinema and Vernon Parker are not the venal monsters incessantly portrayed on Valley television screens in ads produced by out-of-state interest groups.

The two, each with impressive stories of rising out of poverty, are accomplished leaders. They are honorable standard-bearers for their parties in a tight race to represent Arizona's newest congressional district, the 9th, an inverted C that runs from north-central Phoenix through south Scottsdale, Tempe, parts of Mesa and Chandler, and across Ahwatukee Foothills.

Parker would be a reliable Republican vote. Sinema would be just as reliably Democratic. If that's all that matters, you know how to vote.

But we look for more in a member of the House. And when we add up these factors, Sinema is the stronger choice.

Parker served in both Bush administrations. He brings a decidedly national view of issues to the race. Sinema's background is as a state legislator. That makes her more likely to tackle and deliver on Arizona issues, something Sen. Jon Kyl and former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords excelled at.

Giffords resigned. Kyl will step down in January. The rest of the delegation shows more interest in big issues. There's a big vacuum to fill, and Sinema is the congressional candidate most likely to fill it.

Her record in the Legislature suggests she will find a way to do this even if, as expected, Republicans maintain control of the House. [Huh??? Her record is to vote for EVERY tax that comes along, and vote for every law that flushes the Constitution down the toilet and gives the police more power and the people less rights!!!!] Sinema understood that the only way a member of the minority party could get anything done was by working with the majority, including members whose politics could not be more different. [Sinema does that very well. Her motto is if you vote for my pork, I will vote for your pork!!!]

She worked with Jonathan Paton to pass three bills addressing human trafficking. She built partnerships with such unlikely allies as Eddie Farnsworth and Frank Antenori. She was friendly with former Senate President Russell Pearce, which was used against her in the Democratic primary.

In the polarized politics far too common in Washington, the other side is the enemy. That is not Sinema's approach, and this attribute strongly favors her. For Sinema, it's always about the issue, not the personalities. She could argue passionately during floor debate, then enjoy a beer with political adversaries after hours.

Such "cheerful politics," to use the words of columnist Robert Robb, would be a breath of fresh air in D.C.

Sinema is a liberal who took extreme positions early in her political career, and quotes from those days haunt her in negative ads today. What's more instructive is Sinema's growth over the past decade. She's learned to moderate herself to match voters.

The 9th District is a classic swing district, one that won't tolerate an extremist from either party. That's why Parker is softening the rhetoric from his two GOP primary campaigns, and Sinema is as apt to drop the names of Republican allies as Democratic ones.

This district won't re-elect someone who goes all Nancy Pelosi. Sinema is sophisticated enough to understand this. She'll tilt to the left, but not to the degree those scary ads suggest.

Finally, there are the intangibles. Sinema displays a lot more fire in the gut. In a joint meeting with The Arizona Republic editorial board, her answers contained more specifics. She demonstrates more preparation and passion for the job ahead.

We recommend Kyrsten Sinema to represent the 9th District.

Governor jumps into CD9 election battle

Kyrsten Sinema the government tyrant that proposed a 300 percent tax on medical marijuana

Look just because I think Kyrsten Sinema sucks and is the worst elected official in the state of Arizona doesn't mean I like Arizona Governor Jan Brewer. She sucks too.

Yes even thought Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is right about tax and spend socialist Kyrsten Sinema, Jan Brewer is almost as bad as Kyrsten Sinema.


Governor jumps into CD9 election battle

By Yvonne Wingett Sanchez The Republic | azcentral.com Mon Oct 15, 2012 9:27 AM

Arizona Republican Gov. Jan Brewer’s federal political-action committee has jumped into the state’s Congressional District 9 race to oppose Democrat Kyrsten Sinema.

Jan PAC on Friday spent $23,256.74 on a mailer to attack Sinema, according to new filings with the Federal Election Commission. Sinema is in a heated battle with Republican Vernon Parker for the seat in what has become one of the most competitive races in Arizona.

The Sinema attack ad is the first expenditure on any race that Jan PAC has made, after raising more than $250,000 from corporations and individuals from all 50 states.

“When the governor organized her PAC, she talked a lot about her concern for Arizona’s representation at the federal level,” Jan PAC spokesman Paul Senseman told The Arizona Republic. “Obviously, the federal government has neglected a number of issues that are of great importance to Arizona. Clearly this is reflective of her concern for the direction of the future of Congress.”

Senseman said he had no further details on the contents of the mailer or when it would be distributed.

Sinema’s campaign manager Rodd McLeod on Monday morning said he was unaware of Jan PAC’s mailer, saying “I’m sure we’ll see it in the next two days as it pops up in people’s mailboxes.”

“Right-wing groups have spent over $1 million trying to smear Kyrsten Sinema,” McLeod said. “They can keep throwing their money away, because no amount of dishonest campaign spending is going to convince people that Vernon Parker is going to look out for Arizona’s middle class.”

The Republican governor created the PAC as she became an increasingly popular fixture on the GOP fundraising and speaking circuit last year, saying the funds would be dedicated to “securing the border and restoring integrity to our immigration system, fighting ‘Obamacare,’ creating jobs (getting Americans back to work) and reducing the size of government.”

Brewer and her representatives ratcheted up fundraising efforts following her January tiff on the tarmac with President Barack Obama, the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Arizona’s immigration law and the Affordable Care Act as examples of the Obama administration’s “war on Arizona.”

Team Brewer has been soliciting money for the PAC on her Facebook page, via Twitter and at fundraisers.

Hell freezes over??? Kyrsten Sinema says she will support lower taxes!!!!

Hell freezes over??? Kyrsten Sinema says she will support lower taxes!!!!

"Sinema said she would keep taxes low for families earning less than $250,000"

When it comes to being a taxing and spending Kyrsten Sinema has the worst record of any politician in Arizona and has never met a tax she didn't love.

Kyrsten Sinema is the politician who introduced a bill to tax marijuana at a 300 percent rate.

OK, we all know Kyrsten Sinema is an atheist like me and doesn't believe in hell, but I suspect she is lying thru her teeth about this lower tax thing and will say anything to get elected.


District 9 race: Parker and Sinema face off

By Rebekah L. Sanders The Republic

azcentral.com Thu Oct 18, 2012 9:57 PM

Kyrsten Sinema the government tyrant that proposed a 300 percent tax on medical marijuana Republican Vernon Parker, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema and Libertarian Powell Gammill1 squared off for the first time in a brief and spirited debate Thursday over taxes, health care and entitlements in the U.S. House race for District 9.

It was the only scheduled debate in the hotly contested race for the toss-up seat, which represents parts of Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa, Chandler and Scottsdale. The candidates appeared for less than half an hour on the local public-television news show “Horizon.”

Sinema, a former state legislator from Phoenix, and Parker, a former Paradise Valley mayor, have been hammering one another for weeks on television and in mailers, claiming to be the moderate choice over an extreme opponent.

To win, the candidates must attract support from the district’s many independents and swing voters.

Gammill has kept a low profile and on Thursday simply urged voters to stay home on Election Day.

The Republican and Democratic parties, as well as outside groups, have been pouring money into the race, trying to increase their numbers in Congress. Arizona recently gained the ninth congressional seat after once-a-decade redistricting.

Parker and Sinema promised to work in a bipartisan way.

“Right now, we have a Congress that gets nothing done because they’re more concerned about pinning the tale on the donkey or trying to lasso the elephant,” Parker said. “I will work hard to make sure that we keep the prosperity of this country and that we work to ensure for future generations that they have a future.”

“Back in the day, Arizona was known for its pragmatic, commonsense solutions. And we can be known for that again,” Sinema said. “I’m the only candidate that has a history of working across the aisle to solve problems. And I promise to do the same for you if you send me to Washington, D.C.”

The two candidates also agreed on several priorities: helping middle-class families squeezed by the bad economy, protecting Social Security and Medicare for seniors, and improving the nation’s health- care system.

But they drew stark lines in how they proposed to do so.

To get the economy going again, Sinema said she would keep taxes low for families earning less than $250,000 but raise taxes on wealthier people, who need to “pay their fair share.”

Keeping rates low for the wealthy would add to the nation’s debt, she said.

Sinema also advocated lowering the corporate income tax but closing loopholes like tax breaks for companies that send jobs overseas.

Parker said he would also lower the corporate income tax, as well as spur jobs by cutting government spending and keeping the George W. Bush tax cuts for all earners.

He accused Sinema of hurting small-business owners if the tax breaks expire.

“If they are going to be taxed at that rate, they will not have the resources to invest in our communities,” Parker warned.

Sinema said after the debate that she would add an exemption for business owners filing as individuals.

Parker criticized Sinema’s support of President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul.

“It robs Medicare of $716 billion. ... We are going to have bureaucrats destroying the doctor-patient relationship. ... (And) it will destroy small business,” he said.

He called instead for buying health insurance across state lines and tort reform so doctors don’t order unnecessary tests as defensive medicine.

Sinema called Parker’s Medicare claim a “lie.”

Fact-check organizations have called it misleading because the law does not cut direct services to seniors but cuts $716 billion from Medicare by lowering payments to doctors and health-care providers.

Sinema agreed that changes need to be made, like offering greater subsidies to help small businesses afford insurance for employees.

She accused Parker of supporting the Romney-Ryan plan that would turn a portion of Medicare into a voucher system, which Parker denied.

The Sinema campaign has said Parker is afraid to accept more debates.

The Parker campaign has said the faceoff was sufficient because C-SPAN planned to broadcast it.

At the end of the debate, Parker seemed disappointed.

“Shucks, we were just having fun,” he chided.

Afterward, The Republic asked Parker if he would debate again since he had a good time. “Who knows?” he said.

1 I suspect that alleged Libertarian Powell Gammill is another member of the Ernie Hancock crowd that has been spreading lies around about me saying I am a government snitch.

He is one of the few alleged Libertarians that I wouldn't ever vote for which includes Ernie Hancock, David Dorn and Marc Victor.

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Kyrsten Sinema is the greater of the two evils

Kyrsten Sinema the government tyrant that proposed a 300 percent tax on medical marijuana

As with most elections this race boils down to voting for the lessor of the two evils.

We will get screwed regardless of who gets elected to this office.

In my option Kyrsten Sinema is the worse of the two evils in this election.

Kyrsten Sinema is a police state Republican running as a Democrat.

Kyrsten Sinema seems to love the war on drugs and tried to pass a tax that tax medical marijuana at 300 percent. I suspect that was an attempt to flush the will of the people who voted for Prop 203 down the toilet. For that reason alone I recommend voting against Kyrsten Sinema.

Prop 203 is Arizona's medical marijuana law.

Also when it comes to taxing and spending Kyrsten Sinema thinks everything in your wallet should be in her wallet. When it comes to raising taxes Kyrsten Sinema is the worst politician in the state of Arizona.

You have heard the old joke about the woman who says "My checking account can't be overdrawn, I still have checks".

That joke fits Kyrsten Sinema perfectly. Except it's your money she is spending, and instead of writing worthless checks like the woman in the joke Kyrsten Sinema will just raise your taxes.

And Kyrsten Sinema isn't a bimbo like the woman in the joke. Kyrsten Sinema is very smart and will say anything to get elected.


Parker moves ahead of Sinema in cash on hand

By Ronald J. Hansen and Rebekah L. Sanders The Republic | azcentral.com Fri Oct 26, 2012 9:51 PM

In the first half of this month, Republican Vernon Parker nearly matched Democrat Kyrsten Sinema in fundraising for the new 9th Congressional District race and had far more cash on hand entering the final three weeks of the campaign, records show.

Parker’s strong showing is a sign that conservatives have rallied behind his candidacy in a race in which Sinema has had a dominant financial advantage for months. The district runs from Chandler through north-central Phoenix.

The financial picture improved in October in the 1st District race for Republican Jonathan Paton as well. Paton has consistently trailed Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick throughout the race for the seat representing northeastern Arizona, but a flurry of special-interest money allowed him to raise more than her between Oct.1 and Oct.17.

In the 2nd District race covering southeastern Arizona, U.S. Rep. Ron Barber, a Democrat, raised slightly more than Republican Martha McSally, but had more than twice as much cash entering the final leg of that race.

Groups independent of the campaigns are spending heavily to sway voters in all three races and could help erase any cash disparities. Parker, the former mayor of Paradise Valley, raised $226,000 through Oct.17. Sinema once again posted the highest total of those running for Congress in Arizona with $253,000. But Parker still had $179,000 in cash while Sinema had $47,000.

It won’t be known until after the election how much each campaign has raised since mid-October.

Sinema spokesman Rodd McLeod said she had raised $190,000 since last week.

“We’re not worried. We’re out-communicating Vernon Parker on the air and at the doors,” he said.

Sinema has outspent Parker on television ads $810,000 to $557,000 over the course of the campaign, McLeod said, adding that Parker had no ads on television for six days starting last week.

The Parker campaign wouldn’t address a TV blackout.

Outside groups have cast both candidates in an unflattering light.

Both Sinema and Parker have been targeted by $2million in attacks from outside groups.

That overshadows the relatively small spending on support for both by independent groups in that race.

Paton’s campaign pulled in $192,000 this month, much of it from conservative political-action committees and other Republicans.

He had $70,000 in available cash.

By contrast, Kirkpatrick raised $127,000 this month and had $116,000 left to spend.

Outsiders have spent about as much attacking each candidate in the 1st District race as they have in the 9th District.

Paton has benefited from nearly $500,000 in supportive spending by outsiders, while no group has pitched in for Kirkpatrick.

Barber and McSally posted similar numbers from individual donors and from PACs.

Kyrsten Sinema - Radical Left Wing Activist??

There is no way this hit ad about Kyrsten Sinema could be true.

Remember Kyrsten Sinema is the tyrant who tried to place a 300% tax on medical marijuana?

No pot smoking lefty would ever vote for Kyrsten Sinema after she attempted to shake them down and put a $150 tax on every $50 bag of marijuana they buy!!!!


Kyrsten Sinema radical Left Wing Activist?? - No way Kyrsten Sinema tried to slap a 300% tax on medical marijuana!!!


Capitol display lauds Bill of Rights

Kyrsten Sinema the government tyrant that proposed a 300 percent tax on medical marijuana

Gun grabber, 300 percent tax on medical marijuana, run the Mexicans out of town and police state fan Kyrsten Sinema sponsored the "Bill of Rights monument"???

Give me a break that is like Hitler sponsoring a monument honoring the rights of Jews.

Of course tyrants always want the serfs they rule over to think they have rights, which is why tyrants sponsor these silly meaningless monuments.

Don't get me wrong, if you talk to Kyrsten Sinema she is a REAL nice person. But she also wants to micro-manage your life, make your guns illegal, and slap her outrageous 300 percent tax on any medical marijuana you use.

I bet if you talked to Hitler he also came off as a "really nice person". Well at least when he wasn't murdering Jews.


Capitol display lauds Bill of Rights

By Kaila White The Republic | azcentral.com Sat Dec 15, 2012 10:23 PM

State political leaders and hundreds of other Arizonans gathered Saturday to dedicate the nation’s first Bill of Rights monument in Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza across from the Arizona state Capitol on Saturday.

As a light drizzle soaked the plaza, speakers including Gov. Jan Brewer, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and U.S. Rep.-elect Kyrsten Sinema used the occasion and the backdrop of National Bill of Rights Day to reflect on the power and enduring legacy of America’s celebrated list of codified, inalienable rights.

“This is exactly what the Bill of Rights is meant to do in this country: bring together Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, those from any political party or none whatsoever,” said Sinema, who as a Democratic state representative co-sponsored the bill to establish the monument in 2005.

The ceremony came a day after a gunman killed 26 people, including 20 young children, at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school, reigniting national debate over gun-control laws and the Second Amendment.

The tragedy added a somber tone to the proceedings, but for the most part, Arizona leaders refrained from using the dedication to weigh in on the controversy.

Stanton said “in hindsight, we see there were flaws in the original text (of the Constitution),” and he mentioned its improvements in the years since, such as suffrage and the abolition of slavery. “Now, more than ever, it is a time for our country to have a debate on the parameters of the Second Amendment,” he added.

Consisting of ten 10-foot-tall limestone monoliths, each engraved with an amendment, the monument sits in an arch around a grassy amphitheater near the Vietnam veterans memorial. It is feet away from a stone tablet of the Ten Commandments, the text that inspired stand-up comedian and juggler Chris Bliss to spearhead a movement to erect a monument to the amendments.

In 2004, when Bliss was based in Phoenix, a national debate had erupted over whether to keep a public monument to the Ten Commandments that had gone up in Alabama.

In his comedy act, Bliss joked that rather than remove the monument, officials should display the Bill of Rights next to it so that people could “comparison shop.”

As the joke morphed into a cause, Bliss pitched the idea to Sinema in 2005 during a radio-show interview in Phoenix, and she immediately took to it. Sinema reached out to former state legislator Karen Johnson to co-sponsor a bill, and together, they pushed the idea into reality.

“They got the unanimous, nonpartisan support of the Arizona Legislature,” Bliss said during the dedication, garnering claps and laughs. “I don’t think this Legislature has ever seen either of those.”

After getting an official location for the memorial in the plaza in 2010, Bliss organized an executive committee, contracted with a stone sculptor in Texas and set out to raise $400,000. In May, he hosted a comedy-show fundraiser at Symphony Hall in Phoenix, raising more than $110,000.

Money also came from local businesses and organizations including the Newman’s Own Foundation, the Arizona Cardinals and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The goal was to be ready by Dec. 15, the day that the amendments were adopted in 1791 and that President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared a national holiday in 1941.

Brewer expressed pride that Arizona had the first monument of its kind.

As the final speaker, Bliss talked about the bill’s role as a blueprint for the future.

“The very phrase ‘Bill of Rights’ has now become synonymous with the demands of people the world over seeking freedom from oppression. It has become a global template for human rights and dignity,” he said.

Ten Arizona figures, ranging from high-school history teacher Katie Parod Hansen to Brewer herself, pulled a cloth veil off each monolith as its amendment was read aloud.

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