Politics

Trumpism and the browning of Arizona’s blue wave

I believe Arizona’s political watershed is the product of two key underlying forces: outright GOP arrogance, fueled by strong strains of bigotry, greed and faux evangelicalism; and the explosive growth of the Latino population.

‘Birther’ case against new legislator tossed out of court Woman who filed it says come she’ll ‘come after’ other...

A judge ruled Wednesday there’s no legal basis to the claim that representative-elect Raquel Terán is unfit to serve in the Arizona Legislature because she is not a U.S. citizen.

Republican lawmakers push for special session on tax conformity

Key Republican lawmakers are hoping to persuade Gov. Doug Ducey to call a lame-duck special session in the next six weeks so the Legislature can adjust Arizona’s income tax laws to conform with the federal tax bill that President Trump signed nearly a year ago.

The ‘blue wave’ will make it harder for ballot measures to actually be on the ballot for the next...

The surge in turnout carried Democrats to victory up and down the ballot in Arizona, but it will also have an effect on elections for the next four years: The estimated 2.4 million ballots cast will make it much more difficult for groups to place initiatives on the ballot or block laws passed by the Legislature by sending them to voters.

Sinema wins U.S. Senate race, becomes first woman to represent AZ

U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema is now U.S. Sen.-elect Kyrsten Sinema, as nearly a week of tallying votes has given her an insurmountable lead over fellow Congresswoman Martha McSally.

Hobbs captures lead in secretary of state race, Kennedy expands Corp Comm lead

Katie Hobbs, a veteran Democratic legislator and social worker, has her first daily lead in the race for secretary of state over Republican businessman Steve Gaynor.

Republican ‘fraud’ strategy only works because people want to believe the lies

They want to believe, with as much sincerity as they’re able to trick themselves into faking, the fantasy that there is fraud, that there is a conspiracy to steal political power away from them, that their political opponents are evil and their time in positions of power will be nightmarish. Facts that refute the lie are instead used as evidence of the conspiracy, and truth-tellers become conspirators. Why?

Frank Riggs and His Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day on Twitter

A former California congressman who this year lost his second statewide race in Arizona in four years went on several Twitter tirades against political gadflies and this reporter Sunday evening, during which he called critics “gutless punks,” “cowards,” “sniveling” and “trolls,” and belittled them for never having served in the military.

Sinema claims ‘insurmountable’ lead, Dems make gains in statewide races

Kyrsten Sinema is declaring victory in the U.S. Senate race, after votes counted on Sunday put her ahead by roughly 32,000 votes with only about 220,000 left to count, the first time since Dennis DeConcini won re-election in 1988 that Arizona will send a Democrat to the U.S. Senate.

Republicans spread baseless fraud claims, declare victory after switching positions on early ballots

Republicans declared victory on Friday over a settlement requiring all early ballots dropped off at polling places on Election Day to be “cured” if they have signature problems, just days after Arizona’s GOP chairman threatened to sue counties to stop those exact same votes from being tabulated.