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Updated Feb 27, 2014 - 6:03 pm

Final Word: Arizona, hide the crazy just a little longer

Now the debate begins about whether or not Arizona will recover from the bad press surrounding Senate Bill 1062.

Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed it Wednesday, as she knew she had to, but many wondered why it took her so long.

The fallout piled up from last Friday until Wednesday at 6 p.m., and a lot of it could have been avoided, many argue, if she had vetoed it right away or otherwise indicated her intention to. If she had, the 85 or so large companies who do business in and with the Valley wouldn't have had the opportunity to criticize, cajole and threaten the state and its leaders with the possibility of taking their dollars and customers elsewhere.

But truthfully, she had until Saturday to do the right thing, so let's not hold her to a higher standard because her veto wasn't fast enough. She did the right thing, even if it was the ONLY real choice she had.

Sometimes you don't get good choices in politics.

But let's watch ourselves, shall we? The national media descended on the Valley this past weekend. They interviewed gays and lesbians, business owners and people who actually LOVED this bill.

Did you see the interview state Sen. Al Melvin did with CNN's Anderson Cooper? If you didn't, consider yourself lucky. That which you do not know cannot embarrass you.

But here's the challenge, Arizona: Behave normally for the next 24 hours. Let the national press leave Arizona's living room, and maybe we'll get lucky and they won't look under the rug.

Maybe they won't find out that at the Arpaio roast last weekend, state Rep. John Kavanagh let fly a few racial slurs of his own.

Maybe they won't sit in on that hearing where our legislators debated the merits of arming our state's teachers, while stripping the state of the Common Core Educational standards while the rest of the nation spends more per student than we do by far.

And what about the bill that was proposed to disallow anyone in the country illegally form using any public resources -- including parks, roads, and public restrooms?

There are plenty of crazy things to look at here in Arizona, and you don't have to look very far if you're down at the Legislature right now. So, do me a solid would you? If you work for national media outlets, please do us a favor and move along, would you?

There's nothing to see here.

About the Author

Karie Dozer is host of Arizona's Noon News.

She has been an on-air personality nearly continually since her college days. She loves radio because it is intelligent, immediate and almost always available.

She is the youngest of nine children from a Midwestern Catholic family where she learned to be heard, fight for a place at the table and find humor in almost everything. She was hired as a news intern while a senior at ASU's Cronkite School, and found that covering human stories like the OJ Simpson white Bronco chase and the 1992-93 Phoenix Suns was too much fun to pass up.

She loved life in the newsroom with all the action and crazy personalities to go with it. She anchored and covered some sports too, until politics dragged her away. She served as press secretary for Arizona's Attorney General Grant Woods for a five-year stint before jumping back to radio on a part-time basis. Three years ago she got back in the biz on a more regular basis as a midday host on what is now KTAR News. She has a passion for the breaking news of the moment, education, local politics, great food, sports and fitness. She has trouble turning down a good argument, a good book or a good glass of wine.

In her spare time she takes care of her boys, (husband Rich, son Jack, and yellow lab Buddy,) and bakes awesome chocolate chip cookies. She enjoys the quality of life the Valley offers her family and the natural beauty of Arizona. Her favorite places are golf courses, her own kitchen, the city of Flagstaff, and wherever her family is.

She considers herself lucky to work with the amazingly talented people of KTAR radio.


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