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Judge throws out Abe Hamadeh’s bid to overturn the election because it’s too early to challenge the results

BY: - November 29, 2022

An attempt by Abe Hamadeh, the Republican candidate for attorney general to overturn the election results in a race he lost was dismissed Tuesday afternoon because he ignored a state law requiring election challenges be filed after the election has been certified.  Hamadeh filed a lawsuit last week challenging the election, which he lost to […]

Former top prosecutors: GOP Cochise supervisors should face charges for failing to certify the election

BY: - November 29, 2022

Former Democratic Attorney General Terry Goddard and Republican Maricopa County Attorney Richard Romley are asking state and county prosecutors to open a criminal investigation into Republican Cochise County supervisors who have refused to certify the election results.  In a letter to Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Cochise County Attorney Brian McIntyre, Goddard and Romley said […]

Arizona Mirror staff take home awards, including top journalist of 2021

BY: - November 29, 2022

The Arizona Mirror took home five awards, including a prestigious honor for the top journalist of 2021, in the Arizona Press Club’s annual contest. Jeremy Duda, the Mirror’s former deputy editor, was awarded Community Journalist of the Year by a panel of judges for his 2021 in-depth coverage of the decennial redistricting process and the […]

The Arizona Senate race was the 3rd-most expensive of 2022

BY: - November 28, 2022

Mark Kelly’s re-election to the U.S. Senate was the third-most expensive campaign in 2022, with almost $236 million spent in the contest. The bulk of that money came from outside groups, who spent a combined $128 million, according to researchers at Open Secrets, a project of the Center for Responsive Politics that tracks money in […]

Big increase in write-ins for governor’s race in Arizona midterm

BY: - November 24, 2022

The midterm election in Arizona garnered a high voter turnout of around 63% and led to some of the tightest races in Arizona history, but how exactly did Arizonans’ choices or lack thereof, compare to previous elections?  One area that saw some increases was the number of write-in votes in some races. In this year’s […]

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Arizona voters rejected new identification requirements on early ballots, Election Day polling sites

BY: - November 18, 2022

Arizonans narrowly rejected an attempt to overhaul voter identification requirements for early ballots — which are used by more than 80% of voters — that critics said would have resulted in tens of thousands of ballots being rejected. Proposition 309 would have required voters to include personally identifying information on early ballots and limited the […]

Tom Horne wins race for Arizona schools chief, ousting Kathy Hoffman

BY: - November 17, 2022

Republican Tom Horne will be Arizona’s new superintendent of public instruction, emerging victorious from a contest with Democratic incumbent Kathy Hoffman that saw the lead change hands several times since Election Day.  As of Thursday afternoon, Horne had 50.2% of the vote to Hoffman’s 49.8%, with 9,014 votes separating them.  Under a new state law, […]

After long fight, tribal water bills get primary OK; still far from final

BY: - November 17, 2022

WASHINGTON – A trio of bills affecting water rights and infrastructure for Arizona tribes took a step closer to becoming law Wednesday, a move one official said his tribe has been waiting for since being forced onto the reservation. The Senate Indian Affairs Committee, without debate, approved bills granting water rights to the Hualapai, letting […]

Voters approve proposition creating lieutenant governor position

BY: - November 14, 2022

In future elections, candidates for Arizona governor will run alongside their chosen lieutenant governor, after voter support for Proposition 131 outstripped opposition.  The third time was the charm for Proposition 131, which sought to convince voters to approve an expansion of the state’s executive branch after two previously unsuccessful attempts in 1994 and 2010, each […]

U.S. Supreme Court denies attempt by Arizona GOP chair Kelli Ward to block Jan. 6 panel subpoena

BY: - November 14, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court sided Monday with the U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol, denying a request from Arizona Republican Chairwoman Kelli Ward and her husband to block the panel from obtaining their cellphone records. The court’s two-paragraph order ends Kelli and Michael Ward’s federal suit to block the […]

Eli Crane defeats Tom O’Halleran, flipping a seat to Republican control

BY: - November 11, 2022

Republican Eli Crane has defeated three-term incumbent U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran, turning Arizona’s largest congressional district red.  Congressional District 2 was redrawn in redistricting to go from a highly competitive district to one in which Republicans had a sizable advantage. O’Halleran, a former GOP state legislator who became a Democrat in 2015, relied on his […]

Two of three measures restricting citizen initiatives poised to pass

BY: - November 9, 2022

Three proposals seeking to overhaul how citizens get initiatives onto the ballot have met with mixed results, with one overwhelmingly defeated and another well-positioned to win approval, while a third is nursing a narrow lead. The proposals were referred to the November ballot by Republican lawmakers, and critics have slammed them as blatant attempts to […]