It's six days before the end of the fiscal year.
It's 109 degrees outside.
And inside the statehouse, tempers are flaring.
On Wednesday, Democrats walked out of a committee hearing, leaving it without a quorum to conduct business on its last meeting day of the year.
That led House Speaker Kirk Adams to appoint a Republican to fill out the committee and give it the needed votes to pass a bevy of bills, including a controversial measure that would do away with the requirement for concealed-weapon permits.
The agenda for the meeting of the House Military Affairs and Public Safety Committee was a full one, just the perfect time and place to indoctrinate a new member of the committee.
I'm certain the fact that seven of the 16 bills on the agenda had Russell Pearce's name attached to them, and that one of those was the NRA-sponsored SB1270, legalizing the possession of a concealed weapon without a permit, played a huge part in Adams' (a fellow Mesa-based winger) rush to railroad through the bills.
It seems that every day I believe that we've finally seems the bottom of the depths of depravity and deception of the Republicans in the legislature.
And it seems that the following day, the Republicans do something to prove that they always have even deeper reserves of depravity to mine.