Judge throws out Abe Hamadeh’s bid to overturn the election because it’s too early to challenge the results

BY: - November 29, 2022

An attempt by Abe Hamadeh, the Republican candidate for attorney general to overturn the election results in a race he lost was dismissed Tuesday afternoon because he ignored a state law requiring election challenges be filed after the election has been certified.  Hamadeh filed a lawsuit last week challenging the election, which he lost to […]

Former top prosecutors: GOP Cochise supervisors should face charges for failing to certify the election

BY: - November 29, 2022

Former Democratic Attorney General Terry Goddard and Republican Maricopa County Attorney Richard Romley are asking state and county prosecutors to open a criminal investigation into Republican Cochise County supervisors who have refused to certify the election results.  In a letter to Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Cochise County Attorney Brian McIntyre, Goddard and Romley said […]

Same-sex marriage protected under bill passed by U.S. Senate with GOP support

BY: - November 29, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate approved legislation Tuesday that would enshrine protections for same-sex and interracial marriages, codifying many of the rights that would disappear if the U.S. Supreme Court were to overturn those landmark decisions the way it overturned the nationwide right to an abortion this summer.  The 61-36 bipartisan vote sends the bill […]

School leaders: Ducey needs to call a special session to lift the school spending cap

BY: - November 29, 2022

More than 50 school boards are calling on Gov. Doug Ducey to take action to head off a funding cliff that would force public schools to cut $1.4 billion from their budgets in the middle of the school year, resulting in widespread layoffs and closures.   “We’re asking the current legislators and Gov. Ducey — the […]

County supervisors in Arizona face intense public pressure to reject election results, but most certify anyway

BY: - November 29, 2022

Lydia Abril placed a Bible on the podium, adjusted the microphone, and told the elected officials in front of her that she wanted to pass along a message from God. “Justice? You high and mighty politicians don’t even know the meaning of the word,” Abril read aloud from Psalm 58. The crowd behind her raised […]

Arizona Mirror staff take home awards, including top journalist of 2021

BY: - November 29, 2022

The Arizona Mirror took home five awards, including a prestigious honor for the top journalist of 2021, in the Arizona Press Club’s annual contest. Jeremy Duda, the Mirror’s former deputy editor, was awarded Community Journalist of the Year by a panel of judges for his 2021 in-depth coverage of the decennial redistricting process and the […]

After refusing to certify its election, Cochise County faces lawsuits to force it to do so

BY: - November 28, 2022

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs on Monday filed a lawsuit to force Cochise County officials to approve the results of this month’s election after Republicans on the board of supervisors failed to meet a deadline to canvass the election. The board’s refusal to approve the election results stems from a stubborn insistence that the […]

Abe Hamadeh’s election challenge lawsuit moves forward, for now

BY: - November 28, 2022

A Maricopa County judge gave a tentative go-ahead to a lawsuit seeking to overturn the results of the attorney general’s race, amid criticism that it lacked sufficient evidence and was filed prematurely based on statutory guidelines, though he warned he may yet dismiss the legal challenge.  Last week, Abe Hamadeh, the Republican candidate for attorney […]

Maricopa County certified the 2022 election amid controversy and complaints

BY: - November 28, 2022

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors certified its 2022 election results Monday at the close of an acrimonious meeting full of yelling and interruptions from a crowd angry about the administration of the election and what they claimed was voter disenfranchisement.  The supervisors voted unanimously to certify the election at the end of a more […]

The Arizona Senate race was the 3rd-most expensive of 2022

BY: - November 28, 2022

Mark Kelly’s re-election to the U.S. Senate was the third-most expensive campaign in 2022, with almost $236 million spent in the contest. The bulk of that money came from outside groups, who spent a combined $128 million, according to researchers at Open Secrets, a project of the Center for Responsive Politics that tracks money in […]

Pandemic accelerated Arizona’s years-long decline in childhood vaccination rates

BY: - November 28, 2022

The impact of missed preventative medical care during the pandemic is beginning to emerge in the form of drastic declines in childhood vaccination rates among Arizona youth, now at lower levels than at any point in the past decade. The plummeting rates follow a years-long decline in immunizations among Arizona students overall—one that has put […]

Hobbs presses steadily toward transition, even as challenges swirl

BY: - November 25, 2022

Ignoring challenges and election critics, Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs pressed on toward a transition Wednesday as aides laid out the incoming administration’s priorities and promised she will be “a governor for all Arizonans.” That message was seconded by Gov. Doug Ducey, who met with Hobbs and congratulated her in a tweet on “her victory in a […]