Live from Music Row, Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio for another edition of Crom’s Crommentary.
A story in The Wall Street Journal, and your paper in Arizona have been covering this issue. But Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed into law this past July, the most expensive school choice program in the country.
I’m quoting for The Wall Street Journal here, all families will be able to spend their children’s state-funded education dollars. That’s the state-funded, not the local, which is about $7,000 per student on any approved education expenses, which include private school tuition and fees, tutoring, and instructional material.
While the teachers union is just absolutely going crazy over this and the Democrat who is running for governor is also the Secretary of State. Her name is Katie Hobbs. And so the teachers’ unions and the Democrats out there call for a procedure.
They want to have a veto referendum. But in order to do that, they have to get 118,000 valid signatures. It’s just kind of like an election. You have to turn in 118,823 valid signatures. But the anti-choice group Save Our Schools Arizona.
And three days ago when this article was written, but it claimed that they had turned in 141,714 signatures. And so immediately, the person running for governor, the Secretary of State Democrat Katie Hobbs halted the process for the school scholarship applications and started to verify the petitions, while other people have jumped in and demanded, through the Freedom of Information Act copies of all of the signatures.
It turns out that the Secretary of State and the Save Our Schools people claimed that they turned in 10,200 sheets. The Secretary of State’s office on Monday says that they’re only 8,175 sheets. And the Goldwater Institute hand counted the signatures and found only 88,866, which is 30,000 short of what they needed.
Now, here’s what’s interesting about this. Now it’s up to Katie Hobbs, who’s in the pocket of the teachers’ unions, to remove her stopping of the applications. And the opponents of school choice have now apparently acknowledged defeat. But Katie Hobbs has not yet done what she needs to do.
But here’s what’s interesting about this. The media out there and the Democrats all claimed that they had enough signatures. They claimed they had enough signatures. They claimed they had 141,000 signatures, but they actually only had 88,000 signatures. And that’s from a hand count.
So now we get back into all of this election potential fraud that happened in this particular case. All of those sheets of paper were physical in nature. And so it was easy for people to gather the signatures together, count them, and actually prove that these people were trying to commit fraud on the voters of Arizona.
And so that’s why when people claim that there was no voter fraud in the 2020 election, they are doing it in the same manner that the people who supported the so-called 141,000 signatures. Think about this. This is 53,000 signatures short of what they claim they’d turned in, $53,000 is absolutely astounding.
And so it looks like that wonderful voucher program in Arizona is going to become law. And my guess is that Katie Hobbs will become Katie, what’s her name, before long after the November member election.
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Photo “Katie Hobbs” by Katie Hobbs. Background Photo “Classroom” by Wokandapix.