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Activists Call on Legislators to Cut Ties With the Center for Arizona Policy

Mar 15, 2014

Phoenix New Times

Activists Call on Legislators to Cut Ties With the Center for Arizona Policy

By Matthew Hendley Fri., Feb. 28 2014 at 7:00 AM

Senate Bill 1062 is gone, but certainly not forgotten.

For the second day in a row, activists from Citizens for a Better Arizona protested the connection between lawmakers and the lobbying group behind SB 1062, the Center for Arizona Policy.

Cathi Herrod, president of the Center for Arizona Policy or Cathi Harrod as I have been calling her On Wednesday, activists went to the Center for Arizona Policy office in Phoenix to demand an apology from CAP president, lobbyist Cathi Herrod, but they were not allowed in the front door.

Yesterday, a few dozen activists went to the capitol, with the intent of asking Republican Senators Steve Yarbrough and Al Melvin to cut their ties with the Center for Arizona Policy.

"If the puppeteer's string are not able to be cut at Cathi Herrod's office, then we'll cut them here," said Beto Soto, of Citizens for a Better Arizona.

This isn't the only controversial piece of legislation proposed by CAP. Activists point out last year's effort by CAP to kill an anti-bullying bill, as well as the costs to taxpayers for litigation of the group's unconstitutional laws that have been passed into law (at least seven of its laws have been overturned in court).

With all of this, plus the SB 1062 debacle, the activists had typed up some pledges for Yarbrough and Melvin to sign, promising to cut their ties with CAP.

Not surprisingly, neither senator wanted to hang out. All of their assistants happened to be busy at that moment, too, a security guard explained.

They dropped off the pledges with security, and marched through the Senate chanting, "Cut the strings."