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How the Trump fake elector scheme fizzled in four states

BY: - June 23, 2022

Part of Donald Trump’s plan to reverse his loss in the 2020 presidential election hinged on replacing legitimate electors in a handful of swing states with “fake electors.”

U.S. Supreme Court expands gun rights in striking down New York concealed carry law

BY: - June 23, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a New York law that made it illegal to carry a firearm in public without showing a special need for protection.

Navajo Nation presidential candidates tackle questions about the Navajo economy during forum

BY: - June 23, 2022

Navajo Nation presidential hopefuls gathered at Twin Arrows Casino on June 21 to answer questions about how they would address issues affecting the Navajo economy.  “I think it’s at the forefront of people’s minds,” Change Labs Executive Director Heather Fleming said of the topic. Especially since the Navajo Nation has received funding from the American […]

U.S. House members warned about disinformation in upcoming campaigns

BY: - June 23, 2022

WASHINGTON — Experts on election security warned lawmakers during a U.S. House Administration hearing on Wednesday of targeted disinformation campaigns that could occur in the upcoming midterm and presidential elections. The panel of witnesses also stressed to members of the subcommittee on elections the dangers of conspiracy groups and their reach in sowing disinformation about […]

Bipartisan budget boosts school funding, state employee pay raises, transportation

BY: and - June 23, 2022

Republicans and Democrats joined forces early Thursday morning to pass a $15.8 billion budget that significantly increases K-12 funding and caps off a week of intense negotiations as state lawmakers scrambled to approve a spending plan and avert a state government shutdown on July 1. After months of trying to craft a budget that could […]

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GOP plan to expand school vouchers to all 1.1 million Arizona students clears House

BY: - June 22, 2022

A proposal to let all 1.1 million Arizona students use taxpayer-funded vouchers to attend private school passed the Arizona House of Representatives Wednesday after two Republicans who had opposed previous efforts to expand the program changed their position.  The Empowerment Scholarship Account program, commonly referred to as ESAs, has been narrowly implemented since its creation […]

U.S. Senate moves forward on gun safety legislation

BY: - June 22, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Senate is poised to pass a bipartisan bill later this week that could become the most comprehensive federal gun safety legislation in years, including billions in new mental health funding. Senators on a procedural vote late Tuesday agreed 64-34 to start debate on the gun control bill, which would also have to […]

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Tampon shortage spotlights fight against ‘period poverty’

BY: - June 22, 2022

PHOENIX – The latest supply chain problem – a shortage of feminine care items – has prompted Arizona advocates to renew calls for “period equity” to ensure that menstrual products are accessible and affordable for all. These products are a necessity, not a luxury, advocates say, and lack of access can lead to disruptions at […]

Rusty Bowers detailed the Trump-led pressure campaign in Arizona for the Jan. 6 panel

BY: - June 21, 2022

Former President Donald Trump was directly involved in efforts to pressure state officials in Arizona, Georgia and elsewhere to overturn the 2020 election results in their states, according to evidence the U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack presented Tuesday at the panel’s fourth hearing this month. Trump and his attorneys knew that […]

GOP budget plan derails amid fighting between the Senate and House

BY: - June 21, 2022

A $15.6 billion budget that Republicans crafted won approval in the House Appropriations Committee only to come to a screeching halt in the Senate, where GOP leaders accused top House Republicans of breaking a deal to advance unrelated bills. More than 4 hours after the Senate Appropriations Committee took an unexpected recess after considering a […]

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How one of Arizona’s fake Trump electors, Ginni Thomas and an email platform for activism are connected

BY: - June 21, 2022

When Virginia “Ginni” Thomas sent an email to Arizona lawmakers in November 2020 asking them to overturn Joe Biden’s victory in the state, she did so using an advocacy platform that a Republican legislator-elect would go on to own, the Arizona Mirror has discovered.  FreeRoots, the email campaign service that makes it easy for people […]

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Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers, Georgia election officials to testify before Jan. 6 panel

BY: - June 20, 2022

The fourth Jan. 6 hearing on Tuesday will focus on pressure put by President Donald Trump and his allies on state officials in Arizona, Georgia and elsewhere to overturn the 2020 presidential election results. The U.S. House hearing will include live testimony from Republican officials in those states, committee aides said Monday. It begins at […]