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Republican AGs urge Biden administration to give up on vaccine requirements

BY: - September 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — More than 20 Republican state attorneys general are threatening to sue the Biden administration over its mandate that large employers require their employees to either be vaccinated against the coronavirus or undergo weekly testing.  In a Thursday letter, the 24 AGs pushed the administration to remove the requirement that would affect nearly 80 […]

Arizona audit

Senate plans to release 2020 election ‘audit’ report on Sept. 24

BY: - September 16, 2021

The Arizona Senate will release its long-awaited and repeatedly delayed election “audit” report to the public on Sept. 24. Senate President Karen Fann and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Warren Petersen, who jointly issued the subpoenas that initiated the review of the 2020 general election in Maricopa County, will receive the report on the Senate floor […]

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Campaign to block tax cuts hires signature-gatherers ahead of September deadline

BY: - September 15, 2021

The Invest in Arizona coalition seeking to let voters decide the fate of a massive tax-cut package approved by Republican lawmakers this year has ramped up hiring of paid circulators to gather signatures ahead of a deadline that is less than two weeks away.   In order to force a public vote in 2022 on three […]

election audit

Senate asks Cyber Ninjas for ‘audit’ documents after Supreme Court rejection

BY: - September 15, 2021

Senate President Karen Fann has asked Cyber Ninjas to provide her with all documents in the company’s possession that are related to the review it led of the 2020 general election in Maricopa County. In a letter to Cyber Ninjas on Tuesday, Fann, R-Prescott, asked the company to immediately provide records it and its subcontractors […]

Supervisors appoint Raquel Terán to state Senate

BY: - September 15, 2021

State Rep. Raquel Terán will be moving from the Arizona House of Representatives to the Senate. The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday appointed Terán to fill the vacant Senate seat in legislative District 30. Terán, who also serves as chairwoman of the Arizona Democratic Party, was first elected to the House in 2018. […]

‘Audit’ documents are public records: Arizona Supreme Court declines Fann’s appeal

BY: - September 14, 2021

Communications between subcontractors, invoices and a host of other records related to the state Senate’s self-styled audit of the 2020 election in Maricopa County must be released as public records after the Arizona Supreme Court declined to hear Senate President Karen Fann’s appeal of an appellate court ruling.  The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled last […]

Mark Brnovich inauguration

Arizona is the first state to sue over Biden vaccine mandate on private businesses

BY: - September 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich on Tuesday filed the first lawsuit against the Biden administration’s upcoming COVID-19 vaccine mandate for private companies with at least 100 employees, arguing that the federal requirement violates the U.S. Constitution. In the legal complaint, Brnovich argues that the vaccine mandate President Joe Biden announced last week violates the […]

Trump endorses Mark Finchem in secretary of state race

BY: - September 13, 2021

Donald Trump endorsed state Rep. Mark Finchem in the crowded Republican primary for secretary of state, throwing his support behind a candidate who one of Arizona’s most vocal proponents of the false allegations that the 2020 presidential election was rigged.  In an endorsement statement he issued on Monday, Trump called Finchem “a true warrior” and […]

Beset by delays, ‘audit’ team plans to submit full draft report to Senate next week

BY: - September 9, 2021

The team that conducted the controversial review of the 2020 general election in Maricopa County plans to submit its full draft report to the Senate next week, after several weeks of delays. Randy Pullen, a spokesman for the self-styled election audit, said the team expects to submit the draft report to the Senate on Wednesday […]

State Rep. Bret Roberts announces resignation, gives no reason

BY: - September 8, 2021

Republican state Rep. Bret Roberts announced that he’ll resign from the legislature at the end of the month. Roberts, a second-term lawmaker from Maricopa, didn’t elaborate on why he’s stepping down.  He tweeted on Wednesday afternoon that his resignation will be effective Sept. 30. “It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve with you, […]

State Sen. Kirsten Engel resigns to run for Congress

BY: - September 8, 2021

Democratic state Sen. Kirsten Engel is resigning from the legislature to focus on her campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives. Engel submitted her resignation to Senate President Karen Fann on Wednesday morning. She represented District 10, which covers eastern and central Tucson. She was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2016 and […]

Most Arizona voters support masks in schools, but not Republicans

BY: - September 7, 2021

A strong majority of Arizona voters — but only a small fraction of Republicans — support face mask mandates and vaccine requirements in schools and government buildings to combat the spread of COVID-19, according to a new poll commissioned by organizations representing school boards and public health professionals. In the live-caller poll of 400 voters […]