Arizonans Agree Stealing Grand Canyon is DumbBy Steve Casimiro on November 8th, 2012
Arizonans took an IQ test on Election Day and, unlike some of their lawmakers, they passed. Proposition 120 would have tried to force the U.S. government to cough up 25 million-plus acres of federal lands like the Grand Canyon to state control. But the Sagebrush Rebellion measure got the stinkeye from voters, who ultimately defeated it by a 2-to-1 margin. “This [proposition] is just blatantly unconstitutional,” the Sierra Club’s Sandy Bahr said in a pre-election interview with Reuters. “Does Arizona really need another lawsuit?” The answer was a resounding no — the epic legal battle following Arizona’s controversial 2010 immigration crackdown clearly still fresh in voters’ minds. (Reminder: It went all the way to the Supreme Court). Yet the Sagebrush Rebellion will reportedly keep charging ahead, with legislators in several other western states busily scribbling their own versions of federal-land-grab legislation for 2013. Via Reuters.
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