Jan Brewer

To avoid more 'Daily Show' ridicule, Arizona kills bills

An Arizona lawmaker's proposal to penalize colleges and universities that teach ethnic studies classes has essentially died after getting widely panned by Democrats and liberal commentators across the nation.

The demise of the legislation Wednesday comes as Arizona leaders work to avoid bills that have made the state a frequent butt of jokes on programs like "The Daily Show."

Republican Rep. Bob Thorpe said that even though his bill didn't get a hearing, he's happy he pursued the legislation.

"Whether they're talking about it positively or negatively that's fine if it ends up on the Daily Show," Thorpe said. "It certainly has opened a...

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