Law & Government

Maricopa County, Senate reach agreement to end subpoena fight over routers

BY: - September 17, 2021

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors reached an agreement with the Senate over subpoenas issued for routers and digital logs, heading off a fight in the Arizona Supreme Court that could have potentially cost the county hundreds of millions of dollars. The agreement reached Friday will allow the county to keep its routers out of […]

Cyber Ninjas, flouting court order, refuse to turn over public records to the Senate

BY: - September 17, 2021

Cyber Ninjas won’t hand over all of the documents that Senate President Karen Fann requested from the review it conducted of the 2020 election in Maricopa County, despite an order by the Arizona Court of Appeals that all such records be made public. Attorney Jack Wilenchik, who represents the Florida-based company that led the election […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Ban on school mask mandates violates Constitution’s ‘single-subject’ rule, opponents argue

BY: - September 14, 2021

PHOENIX – A coalition of educators and parents is asking a judge to scrap the Legislature’s ban on school mask mandates before it takes effect on Sept. 29. Maricopa County Judge Katherine Cooper heard arguments from both sides in a hearing Monday afternoon to consider the constitutionality of the mask mandate ban. If the lawsuit […]

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‘We have the watch’: Stories from inside NORAD on 9/11

BY: - September 11, 2021

At the height of the Cold War, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers supervised the excavation of Cheyenne Mountain, a peak pimpled with rocky outcrops and shaded by evergreen trees southwest of Colorado Springs. They pulled out the mountain’s innards and paved over the gravelly cavern, dividing the space into high-tech offices for U.S. military […]

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The behind-the-scenes story of Doug Ducey’s parachuting hot dog

BY: - September 9, 2021

The hot dog slowly falling from the sky, held aloft by a surgical mask parachute, that loomed behind Gov. Doug Ducey during a July 30, 2020, press conference almost wasn’t even a hot dog. It could have been a beer bottle, a guitar or a dumbbell, according to public records. But the governor chose the […]

Hobbs moves to count out-of-precinct ballots in new procedures manual

BY: - September 9, 2021

Having your entire ballot thrown out because you voted in the wrong precinct would largely become a thing of the past under a new proposal by Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs — but only if she can convince Republican political rivals Gov. Doug Ducey and Attorney General Mark Brnovich to sign off on it. […]