Elections

Corporation Commission

Lawmaker takes aim at Corp Comm policy on campaign contributions by utilities

BY: - October 11, 2021

Legislative attorneys believe a Corporation Commission policy intended to restrict campaign contributions by regulated utilities violates the Arizona Constitution, and the lawmaker who requested that opinion is hoping it will persuade the commission to change course for next year’s election. Sen. Rick Gray, R-Sun City, asked Legislative Council to review the commission’s 2019 code of […]

Kari Lake

The ‘unstoppable’ Kari Lake?

BY: - October 11, 2021

On a warm Saturday evening, several hundred people milled around the Old West-style trappings of Frontier Town in Cave Creek, waiting for Kari Lake to take the stage. The rally was held to “Back the Blue,” and the crowd shared the pro-law enforcement sentiment. But more than anything, they were there to back Lake in […]

Doug Logan Cyber Ninjas

Instead of testifying to Congress, Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan went on a right-wing podcast

BY: - October 7, 2021

Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan refused to testify before the U.S. House Oversight Committee Thursday morning about the self-styled “audit” he led for the Arizona Senate, choosing instead to spend two hours as a guest on a right-wing podcast hosted by a fellow election conspiracy theorist who is being sued for defamation.  “I mean, the […]

Maricopa County ‘audit’ response slams claims as false and misleading

BY: - October 7, 2021

The findings of the so-called “audit” of the 2020 election regarding voters allegedly casting ballots from the wrong address, deleted files, improper internet connections and improperly verified early ballot envelopes are false or misleading, according to a rebuttal that Maricopa County issued. Throughout their more than three hours of testimony in the Arizona Senate, the […]

Biggs says he ‘doesn’t know’ Trump lost Arizona as Congress questions Arizona’s election ‘audit’

BY: - October 7, 2021

WASHINGTON — It didn’t take long for Thursday’s congressional hearing about a controversial ballot review in Arizona to demonstrate the persistent misinformation about the validity of last year’s presidential election. Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Maryland Democrat, asked his colleague, Arizona Republican Andy Biggs, if he accepts the findings of the GOP-led review of ballots in Maricopa […]

COMMENTARY

Tune in to the made-for-reality-television 2022 campaigns

BY: - October 6, 2021

Move over Tiger King. There’s a new reality show in town that’s even more outrageous than an exotic cat owner’s murder-for-hire scheme. I call this “show” the Real Politicians of Arizona because, just like the “Housewives” series, there’s plenty of back-biting, sensationalized drama and questionable fashion choices. Taking center-stage in this made-for-TV reality are Republican […]

Cyber Ninjas Doug Logan audit

Cyber Ninjas CEO refuses to testify at congressional hearing on Arizona ‘audit’

BY: - October 6, 2021

WASHINGTON — When the U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee holds a hearing Thursday to probe the so-called election “audit” in Arizona, the CEO of the company hired to conduct that controversial review will be absent. Doug Logan, CEO of Cyber Ninjas, was asked to testify but told committee officials ahead of the hearing that he […]

‘Audit’ expert Shiva Ayyadurai didn’t understand election procedures. He made a number of false signature claims.

BY: - October 1, 2021

The audience in the Senate gallery oohed and aahed as Shiva Ayyadurai drew its attention to a “verified and approved” stamp that appeared behind a triangle on the image of an early ballot envelope, unsubtly suggesting that it might have been pre-printed that way.  “It’s almost as though it was imaged on there. I don’t […]

Education advocates file signatures to force vote on Ducey’s tax cuts in 2022

BY: - September 28, 2021

Education advocacy groups on Tuesday filed hundreds of thousands of signatures to block Gov. Doug Ducey’s sweeping income tax cuts, the largest in state history, from going into effect and forcing a public vote on them.  For that to actually happen, at least 118,823 of the 215,787 signatures the Invest in Arizona coalition submitted on […]

Kari Lake wins Trump’s endorsement for governor

BY: - September 28, 2021

Kari Lake has carried the mantle of Donald Trump as she has surged to the forefront of the Republican primary for governor, and she now gets to carry the former president’s endorsement, as well, a prize that GOP insiders say locks up her status as the frontrunner.  Trump on Tuesday endorsed Lake in the five-way […]

The ‘audit’ found no evidence of fraud. But Republicans say it’s the smoking gun they wanted.

BY: - September 24, 2021

The long-awaited results of the Arizona Senate’s “audit” of the 2020 election in Maricopa County unequivocally concluded there was no evidence of fraud, but that didn’t stop leading Arizona Republicans from claiming that the election review was the smoking gun needed to prove the claims they’ve been repeating since last November. “Today is vindication day,” […]

Arizona ‘audit’: A multitude of unsubstantiated claims and no proof of fraud

BY: - September 24, 2021

The long-awaited and repeatedly delayed report of the Senate’s purported “audit” of the election in Maricopa County featured a plethora of unsubstantiated allegations that files were deleted, equipment was improperly connected to the internet, signatures weren’t properly verified and ineligible voters may have cast ballots.  The county vehemently denied all of the allegations, and said […]