On this date in 2020, as well as 2021, “Fanatical Republican Extremist of the Day” first profiled Gail Griffin, a member of the Arizona House of Representatives from District 14 who has bounced around the Arizona state legislature in either chamber on and off since 1997 (she has one term of eligibility left in the lower chamber, and is already term-limited from ever serving again in the Arizona State Senate.) And, it takes a special kind of stupid to stand out among Arizona Republicans to get a FRED profile, but Griffin, whose brain may be under undue pressure from the helmet of hair she’s sporting, managed to get our notice in early January of 2019 when she filed a bill to try and pay for Donald Trump’s stupid f***ing idea for a wall on the U.S./Mexico border by establishing a new tax on… INTERNET PORN.
Now, this is dumb for a lot of reasons. First off, she’s xenophobic and dumb enough to support the border wall at all. But second, she wants to pay for it be taxing porn? Even if this wasn’t patently unconstitutional… does she not realize how impossible it is to regulate internet porn in the first place? It’s not like finding nudes online is a difficult task these days, even with a Safesearch on, people can get an eyeful.
Griffin also has caused controversy by trying to redraw county lines to get tax breaks for people living on the borders who were unhappy with how much they were being charged.
Anyway, Gail Griffin is also trying to get legislation passed to forbid cities and municipalities from placing regulations upon apartment landlords to protect the public from unfair housing practices, And has sponsored legislation to make it easier for landlords to evict guests of tenants. During Griffin’s career, she also has sponsored legislation to allow the sale of firearms without a background check, tried to challenge the protected status of the endangered species of Mexican wolves, and she has also co-sponsored legislation to name an official state gun, to try to force physicians to attempt to revive a “viable fetus” after an abortion (regulations being what they are, no fetus that is being aborted by a doctor is “viable”), and a racist and patently unconstitutional bill to try to make English the official language of the state. She has also voted for bills as insane as trying to establish that gold and silver to be accepted as legal tender, and continues to resurrect anti-immigrant bills originally submitted by recalled Arizona state legislator Russell Pearce. (Yes, that would be the white nationalist Russell Pearce who had a Neo-Nazi protegee.)
In 2020, Griffin focused on the threat of Covid-19…. HAHAHA just kidding, she was focused on trying to ban transgender youths from participating in public school sports, and in trying to create a new holiday where there would be a day of remembrance for “victims of communism”. She’s currently busy making sure that “Critical Race Theory” is banned from being taught in schools (even though no one was teaching it) and she finally did something regarding Covid-19… she voted for a bill so that businesses could ignore mask mandates from city officials.
We are hoping that Gail Griffin will finally be term-limited and forced into retirement after 2022.
One Year Ago, January 4th, 2020: Gail Griffin (AZ)… 2021 Update
Two Years Ago, January 4th, 2020: Gail Griffin (AZ)… Original Profile
Three Years Ago, January 4th, 2019: John Ritzheimer (AZ)
Four Years Ago, January 4th, 2018: Taylor Rose (MT)
Five Years Ago, January 4th, 2017: John Fleming (LA)… 2017 Update
Six Years Ago, January 4th, 2016: John Fleming (LA)… 2016 Update
Seven Years Ago, January 4th, 2015: John Fleming (LA)… Original Profile