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Arizona lawmaker who voted for anti-gay bill now wants it vetoed or repealed

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As Arizonans wait to see if Gov. Jan Brewer will sign the recently passed bill legalizing anti-LGBT discrimination, a state senator who voted for the bill now admits it was a mistake and would like to see it vetoed or repealed.

According to Sierra Vista Herald, State Sen. Steve Pierce R-Prescott told Capitol Media Services on Sunday that he now thinks the controversial legislation is a bad idea.

“I screwed up,” he told Capitol Media Services. “I’m trying to make it right.”

The bill, SB 1062, would expand the the rights of business owners to assert their religious beliefs by refusing service to gays and others.

Arizona laws already allow businesses to claim exemption from a state statute or regulation because of “sincerely held” religious beliefs. The recently passed bill would extend that to situations where a business owner faces a civil suit by someone denied service.

Pierce, who provided one of the votes to approve the measure, joins a growing chorus of lawmakers and business leaders urging Gov. Brewer to veto the measure.

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Over the weekend U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) weighed in with a tweet urging Gov. Brewer to not approve the measure which passed with only Republican votes.

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Glenn Hamer, president of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry,  said on Sunday that  Brewer should kill the bill which would be detrimental to business.

Kristin Jarnagin, vice president of the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association, said the unsigned bill has already resulted in cancelled trips to the state

“We have already lost untold amounts of tax dollars due to the negative perception that this legislation attaches to our state’s image, and the bill hasn’t even been signed into law yet,” she said. Her organization wants Brewer to veto the measure, “so that we can put this behind us swiftly and continue the business of welcoming visitors to Arizona.”

Cathi Herrod, president of the Center for Arizona Policy and designer of the legislation, is trying convince Brewer to ignore the critics. Herrod is attacking the foes of the legislation at foes whom she says, “have hijacked this discussion through lies, personal attacks and irresponsible reporting.”

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“Simply put, the fear-mongering from opponents is unrelated to the language of the bill, and proves that hostility towards people of faith is very real,” she wrote in an email to supporters.

Sen. Pierce, who had previously been the Arizona State Senate president, now believes that the bill was a mistake and would prefer that the measure be brought up again.

“I would be on board to get it repealed,” he said.

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DOJ money laundering probe of Deutsche Bank includes Kushner transactions: report

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The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is conducting a criminal investigation of possible money laundering violations by Deutsche Bank, and the New York Times is reporting that the probe will include taking a look at some 2016 transactions involving Kushner Cos. — the business owned by the family of Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law.

In banking, reports of possibly suspicious activity are known as “suspicious activity reports,” and the DOJ is investigating why Deutsche Bank prepared such alerts for activity involving Kushner Cos. but did not file them. A key figure in the DOJ’s investigation is whistleblower Tammy McFadden, who helped prepare suspicious activity reports for Kushner Cos.-related transactions. McFadden is a former compliance officer for Deutsche Bank.

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Joe Biden promises to answer questions about his son’s overseas business dealings — after he’s elected

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Joe Biden refused to answer questions about his son's overseas business dealings.

The Democratic presidential frontrunner has been criticized for conducting diplomatic work as vice president in countries were his son, Hunter Biden, was engaged in business, but he refused at two campaign stops Monday to take questions about the controversy, reported ABC News.

Instead, his campaign promised that Biden would issue an executive order "on his first day in office" to "address conflicts of interest of any kind."

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‘Come heavily armed’: Oregon GOP lawmaker threatens state troopers over dispute with Dem governor

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On Wednesday, The Oregonian reported that GOP state Sen. Brian Boquist threatened to kill state troopers if they try to keep him in the Senate chamber to debate climate change legislation.

"I'm quotable, so here's the quote. This is what I told the [police] superintendent," said Boquist to reporters outside the Senate chamber. "Send bachelors and come heavily armed. I'm not going to be a political prisoner in the state of Oregon. It's just that simple."

Democratic Gov. Kate Brown has made passing a climate change bill one of her top priorities. While Democrats control Oregon's legislature, Senate Republicans have enough votes to block legislation by walking out and denying a quorum — which they have done to stonewall this legislation.

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