Kelly Townsend

House Republicans pass ‘voter fraud hotline’ measure

BY: - February 26, 2020

Arizona Republicans banded together Wednesday to narrowly approve a bill to create a “voter fraud hotline” at the state attorney general’s office, a move critics say will create fear among communities of new voters – particularly minorities – and seeks to solve a problem that doesn't exist.

Sanders leads Dem field in raising money in Arizona

BY: - February 24, 2020

Arizona’s presidential preference primary is still three weeks away, but voters are already making their preferences known with their wallets.

Trump rally tallies: President has unpaid bills for Arizona events

BY: - February 20, 2020

President Donald Trump brought thousands out to his rally Wednesday at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum. What he likely did not bring was $145,000 to reimburse local governments for costs from previous rallies in Arizona.

Trump swipes at foes, touts record, vows to hold Arizona in November

BY: - February 20, 2020

President Donald Trump hit familiar notes ranging from the economy to Arizona-focused issues such as immigration and sanctuary cities in a Wednesday night rally at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Elizabeth Warren announces endorsements as AZ early voting begins

BY: - February 19, 2020

On the first day of early voting for Democrats in Arizona's presidential preference election, three women state senators announced they were endorsing Elizabeth Warren.

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Invest in Education kicks off campaign to tax the wealthy for K-12 spending

BY: - February 17, 2020

The campaign to ask voters in November to raise income taxes on the wealthiest Arizonans to increase spending on Arizona public schools kicked off Monday, as more than 200 red-shirted supporters – many of them teachers – rallied at the state Capitol.

Ruling on discriminatory AZ election laws on hold, likely until after 2020 election

BY: - February 11, 2020

An appellate court ruling last month that found Arizona laws barring the collection and delivery of early ballots and the state’s discarding of ballots cast in the wrong precinct are discriminatory likely won’t affect the 2020 election after that court halted its ruling to give the U.S. Supreme Court time to take up the matter.


Monday Musings: Will Dems win in 2020 only to see GOP control in 2021?

BY: - February 10, 2020

Zzzzzz…. Is this the sound of State Capitol legislators, lobbyists, staffers or journalists grabbing a few minutes of sleep? Unfortunately, no. The Zs, as they are known in political circles, are a group of Democratic House incumbents being recruited hard by big business interests.

Sanctuary city bills are ‘today’s SB1070,’ immigrant rights groups warn

BY: - February 7, 2020

Immigrant advocacy groups on Thursday called on Gov. Doug Ducey and lawmakers to stand down on efforts to strengthen the collaboration between law enforcement and immigration officials. 

Elections officials, advocacy groups spar on early ballot signature bill

BY: - February 6, 2020

Arizona voters who forget to sign their early ballot envelopes might have their votes nullified, under new legislation approved Thursday by the Senate Judiciary Committee. 


Trump gave us a scary, nihilistic State of the Union speech

BY: - February 5, 2020

Impeached President Donald Trump’s one hour and 18-minute State of the Union rant was a new low in American politics, even in these unprecedented times.

Iowans in Queen Creek choose Amy Klobuchar in first-ever AZ caucus

BY: - February 4, 2020

As Democratic officials scramble in Iowa to pick up the pieces after a disastrous caucus night that has left the nation waiting to learn who won, the state’s earliest gathering of voters happened in a decidedly non-Iowan venue and had a clear outcome.