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

BY: - November 11, 2018

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.

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Republicans, counties settle lawsuit over ‘curing’ early ballots

BY: - November 9, 2018

All 15 county recorders agreed to a settlement Friday afternoon under which each would give voters an opportunity to “cure” early ballots before those ballots are rejected for signature problems on the envelopes.

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‘An ugly tactic’: Lawsuit questions citizenship of future Latina lawmaker

BY: - November 9, 2018

Alice Novoa, a resident of a small community near Douglas, filed the lawsuit with Maricopa County Superior Court on Nov. 5. Novoa presented no evidence that Raquel Terán is not an American citizen in her lawsuit.

What happens now that Phoenix passed an anti-dark-money measure?

BY: - November 9, 2018

Voters in Phoenix overwhelmingly approved a measure to force non-profit entities that spend money to influence city elections to disclose their contributors in an attempt to shine a light on “dark money,” but the measure is in violation of a new state law and the stage is now set for a legal battle.

Sinema takes the lead as Dems gain in statewide in latest tally

BY: - November 8, 2018

Kyrsten Sinema has taken the lead in the back-and-forth contest for the U.S. Senate seat, with votes counted on Thursday giving her a roughly 9,600-vote advantage over Martha McSally.

Democrats won’t control the AZ House, but their power has increased

BY: - November 7, 2018

Democrats are still the minority in the Arizona House of Representatives, but are poised to capture more seats in the Legislature’s lower chamber than at any time since Republicans took control in the 1966 election. If the current leads in several contested House races hold, Democrats will gain four seats. That will give Republicans the […]

Ducey cruises to re-election, GOP leads all statewide offices

BY: - November 7, 2018

The blue wave that Democrats hoped would carry them to victory across the country may have largely skipped Arizona, as Republicans threatened to sweep statewide offices for the third straight election cycle. As expected, Gov. Doug Ducey cruised to victory in his re-election, trouncing Democratic nominee David Garcia by about 18 percentage points. But the […]

McSally holds narrow lead, but Senate race too close to call

BY: - November 7, 2018

The blockbuster race to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake is too close to call, with Republican Martha McSally holding a razor-thin lead over Democrat Kyrsten Sinema as Election Day drew to a close. With about 810,000 ballots left to be counted across the state, McSally led by about 22,000 votes. Control of the Senate […]

Clean energy and school voucher propositions go down in flames

BY: - November 7, 2018

Voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to expand a controversial school voucher program, which opponents referred to the ballot last year after its passage by the Legislature. Another measure which would have imposed a massive new renewable energy mandate on Arizona utilities also lost in a landslide. Proposition 305, which would have expanded the […]

Republicans hold Senate, clinging to House

BY: - November 7, 2018

Republicans held firm in the Arizona Senate while Democrats picked up seats in the state House of Representatives, though it may not be enough for them to wrest control of the chamber from the GOP for the first time in 50 years. Democrats were poised to win at least three Republican-held seats in the House […]

Gallego, Valenzuela will face off in March runoff for Phoenix mayor

BY: - November 7, 2018

Former city councilmembers Kate Gallego and Daniel Valenzuela will face each other in a runoff election for Phoenix mayor after Gallego took a massive lead but fell short of the majority she needed to win outright. A runoff election for the mayor’s race is scheduled for March 12, where voters in districts 5 and 8 […]

Phoenix overwhelmingly decides to shine light on dark money

BY: - November 7, 2018

Eight months after Tempe voters chose to shine a light on dark money in political spending, Phoenix voters approved a similar measure, setting up a potential legal showdown with the state. About 87 percent of Phoenix voters said yes to Proposition 419, which is a copycat of a similar move made by Tempe voters. The […]