Jan Brewer’s lawyers go to court today for a hearing to see if they have enough of a case to force the legislators to present her the budget so she can veto it. You can check out the precedings yourself. Don’t expect a ruling today. In fact, today’s case is just a hearing on whether the case will be heard at all.
Few people think that she’ll be successful in this endeavor; both the constitution and the calendar look to be against her. Matter of fact, she is rumored to be close to a deal with Republican leaders that looks unaffected by what happens in this case. The deal centers around her being given a free hand to line-item veto certain parts of the bill and the legislature passing “trailers” that are more to her liking plus a referendum on a tax increase. It is hard to believe that this quixotic court case strengthened her hand in negotiations. What the court case does, however, is give her a bit of cover with the public when she signs a budget with cuts in popular programs and raises taxes. She can complain that the court made her do it, which is always a good way to look like a strong executive.
Funny thing, somehow Janet Napolitano was always able to walk away from these fights with a smile on her face. Why is it Brewer is unable to do that even when her own party is running the show?
NB – Jan Brewer drawing by Arnulfo Bermudez.