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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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Republican AGs urge Biden administration to give up on vaccine requirements

BY: - September 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — More than 20 Republican state attorneys general are threatening to sue the Biden administration over its mandate that large employers require their employees to either be vaccinated against the coronavirus or undergo weekly testing.  In a Thursday letter, the 24 AGs pushed the administration to remove the requirement that would affect nearly 80 […]

Fencing goes up around Capitol again, as police brace for Jan. 6 rally

BY: - September 17, 2021

WASHINGTON – Fences, cameras and barricades went up around the Capitol early Thursday, as federal and local police braced for possible violence at a Saturday rally defending those who were arrested in the Jan. 6 insurrection. Organizers of the “Justice for J6” rally said they expect as many as 700 people – but if anyone […]

For Valley Sikhs, a painful anniversary is a call for ‘small acts of kindness’ and love

BY: - September 16, 2021

Four days after the horrific attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Balbir Singh Sodhi was planting some flowers around the edge of the gas station he owned in Mesa when a man, incensed by anti-immigrant sentiments and allegedly looking for revenge for the attacks, shot and killed Sodhi.  The man would later shoot at a Lebanese-American […]

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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 […]

Activist group says it meant to allege ‘ghost’ votes from a nonexistent address

BY: - September 16, 2021

The leader of an activist group that issued a report last week full of baseless allegations of election irregularities provided an unusual explanation as to why she falsely claimed that two mail-in ballots were cast from a vacant lot: She meant to attribute those votes to an address that doesn’t actually exist and where she […]

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Arizona lobbyist says Stephanie Grisham told her election fraud claims were bogus

BY: - September 15, 2021

A prominent Arizona lobbyist said former White House press secretary and veteran Arizona politico Stephanie Grisham told her that the fraud rumors that gained traction after the 2020 election were false. POLITICO Playbook reported Wednesday that lobbyist Gretchen Jacobs texted Grisham on Dec. 12, a little more than a month after the election, to ask […]

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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. […]

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Mapmaking begins in earnest as redistricting commission approves grid maps

BY: - September 14, 2021

They’ll change dramatically and give no real indication what the final lines will look like, but the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission has taken the first step toward redrawing the state’s congressional and legislative districts with the approval of a “grid map” that will serve as its starting template. Grid maps allow the commission to wipe […]