Ladies and Gentlemen, I Give You Today's Republican Party

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A new bill in the Arizona legislature would make it a felony for anyone to collect mail-in ballots and drop them off at a polling place. Because, Voter Fraud.

Now, there's plenty of evidence no evidence whatsoever of voter fraud when people pick up ballots. None. People could be sorting through the ballots they pick up and throwing some of them away, but, no evidence.

However, one thing is indisputable, according to Rep. J.D. Mesnard, R-Chandler.
“What is indisputable is that many people believe it’s happening,” he said. “You can’t really argue with that. And I think that matters.”
Nope, can't argue with that. Some people believe it's happening. And that's good enough for me J.D. Mesnard.

There you have it. When you're a Republican, facts don't matter. It's what some people think, with absolutely no evidence, that matters. I could go down the long list of faith-based Republican "facts," but why bother?

A "Comic Stylings of J.D. Mesnard" Bonus Feature: Back in 2009, Mesnard was working for Senate Republicans as Staff Policy Advisor. He put out a delightfully deceptive list of facts showing that Arizona's education funding was just fine, thank you. The list had lots of comic moments, but this one is my favorite.
We are 26th in funding per classroom of students.
Not bad, eh? 26th. Right in the middle. How dare anyone say we don't support our kids' educations?

Let's see, how do you compute the "funding per classroom of students"? You count the number of kids in a classroom and multiply it by the amount of funding per student. So every time you add a student, you increase the "funding per classroom." At the time, Arizona was 50th in student-teacher ratio, meaning we had more students in each class than any other state in the nation.

I don't know why Mesnard didn't take the next step and recommend we put ten more kids in every class so we could be NUMBER ONE IN FUNDING PER CLASSROOM OF STUDENTS! (We're Number One! We're Number One! We're Number One! )

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