Politics

David Schweikert blames ‘populist’ AZ Freedom Caucus for his quitting the House Freedom Caucus

BY: - February 2, 2023

U.S. Rep. David Schweikert was a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus when it formed in 2015 to undercut then-Speaker John Boehner and pull the broader Republican conference further to the right. But now that the group has more power than it’s ever had  — as evidenced by the concessions its members wrung out […]

Border event with lawmakers to feature speakers connected to QAnon, hate group

BY: - January 26, 2023

An event dubbed “Border 911” that will take place Saturday and feature at least one Arizona lawmaker will also feature QAnon connected speakers as well as some connected to hate groups.  The event is being put on by The America Project, a 501(c)(4) created by former Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne and disgraced former General Michael […]

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Fear and loathing in the Arizona legislature

BY: - January 26, 2023

The Republicans who run our state legislature are terrified. They’re terrified that their policy proposals are deeply unpopular. Terrified of facing even a tiny bit of accountability. Terrified of anyone knowing what they’re doing or who they’re talking to.  They’re terrified of being forced to work with Democrats. Terrified of compromising even a little bit […]

Cochise County’s elections director resigns after protecting midterm ballots from Republican officials

BY: - January 26, 2023

During last fall’s fights in Cochise County over hand-counting ballots and rejecting the election results, county residents say they were glad there was one person standing up to defend elections. Elections Director Lisa Marra repeatedly explained — to the supervisors, to reporters, and, finally, to a judge — that she would not break the law […]

Joe Arpaio lost four elections and his coveted county sheriff job — but not his lasting influence

BY: - January 24, 2023

Street signs and a doormat posted outside former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office refer to him as “Sheriff Joe.” He hasn’t held the position in six years, but he still sometimes slips into the present tense. “I am the sheriff for this county,” Arpaio said in an October interview, before switching back to speaking […]

Arizona Freedom Caucus plans to sue Hobbs over executive order protecting LGBTQ employees

BY: - January 10, 2023

The Arizona Freedom Caucus, an offshoot of the ultra-conservative Freedom Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives, said Monday that it plans to sue Gov. Katie Hobbs for executive orders she issued in her first week on the job.  Arizona Freedom Caucus Chairman and Queen Creek state Sen. Jake Hoffman accused Hobbs of attempting to […]

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How the Jan. 6 insurrection led the GOP to its 2023 House speaker farce

BY: - January 6, 2023

When the attack on the Capitol happened two years ago, Americans watched with horror as the insurrectionists tried to stop Congress from certifying the results of the 2020 election. It was also a day that the Republicans set themselves up for not only their 2022 electoral shortcomings, but the coming chaos of the 2023 election […]

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Rusty Bowers detailed Trump’s pressure campaign in private J6 Committee testimony

BY: - January 4, 2023

Mesa Republican and Arizona Speaker of the House Rusty Bowers detailed the pressure put on him by former President Donald Trump and his loyalists in an attempt to unconstitutionally change the state’s electors from Joe Biden in a newly released deposition transcript from the Congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection. “Rudy, you’re asking me […]

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Mark Finchem talks about Ali Alexander, the Capitol attack and Trump ties in J6 deposition

BY: - December 30, 2022

Oro Valley Republican Mark Finchem has been publicly tight-lipped about his whereabouts on Jan. 6 and his connections to #StopTheSteal organizer Ali Alexander, but his testimony to the Congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection gives new insight into a man who has been instrumental in misinformation around Arizona’s electoral process.  On Friday, the U.S. […]

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Hating ourselves into paralysis

BY: - December 29, 2022

I think I know enough of hate To say that for destruction ice Is also great And would suffice. Robert Frost is on to something. His poem “Fire and Ice,” from which I’ve culled the lines above, contemplates the end of the world by ice: hatred. But how about a nation? Especially one whose self-proclaimed […]

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As an independent, Kyrsten Sinema can play spoiler to Democrats. That’s assuming she runs at all.

BY: - December 9, 2022

Kyrsten Sinema made official today what has been obvious for a long time: She’s not a Democrat. The announcement is certainly not shocking — she ran in 2018 on her independent streak and has legislated that way — but it will have huge electoral ramifications if she chooses to run for reelection in 2024. Most […]

Former friends and foes unsurprised by Sinema’s defection from Democratic Party

BY: , and - December 9, 2022

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema announced Friday morning that she was leaving the Democratic Party, a move that was not surprising to political observers and longtime former allies and foes of the senior senator who are now looking ahead to 2024.  “Clearly, it gets her out of the worst place she could possibly be, which is […]