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Bannon boosts 'private' border wall at Sahuarita event

Billed as a town hall, Friday's pro-border wall event in a gated community near Tucson, featuring former Trump strategist Steve Bannon, was every bit as much a pep rally and fundraiser — and maybe part dry run. ... Read more»

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Census rushes to respond to request to add citizenship question

The Census Bureau is exploring options about adding a citizenship question to the next census, amid a firestorm of protest about the controversial proposal.... Read more»

Experts: Trump’s 'voter fraud' commission illegally using private emails

President Trump’s voter fraud commission came under fire earlier this month when a lawsuit and media reports revealed that the commissioners were using private emails to conduct public business. Commission co-chair Kris Kobach confirmed this week that most of them continue to do so. Experts say the commission’s email practices do not appear to comport with federal law.... Read more»

Trump taunts states, like Arizona, that denied voter data to task force

Arizona election officials had sharp words for President Trump after he suggested that states that are withholding voter information from his commission have something to hide. “We could say the same thing about him,” shot back Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez. “What is he hiding in his taxes?”... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Trump voting commission's valid public records request reveals rise of fake realities

When election results become fake news, democracy is screwed but that doesn't mean Kobach doesn't have every right to expect his request to be met. In that space of reality between two lies is where journalists ply their trade today. Rather than adapt to the new reality of changing demographics, the GOP finds it easier today to find safe spaces by declaring war on reality.... Read more»

The flaws in Trump's commission on voter fraud

The commission said states’ voter rolls will be run against federal databases to find potential fraudulent registrations — a move experts say will result in thousands of errors and could distort fraud. ... Read more»

Arizona won't turn over voter rolls to Trump; Reagan invokes 'best interests of state'

Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan has shifted course, telling the Trump administration that she won't provide information on the state's voters. Friday, she'd indicated that she would provide the same set of data that would be released under a normal public records request.... Read more»1

From the editor

Here's why it's vital to hand your voter info over to Trump

Here are a few facts, rather than fervent partisan spin, on the request for voter data by the Trump administration, as there's some stiff competition going for the most uninformed knee-jerk Democratic over-reaction. This information is a public record, and should be released to anyone who asks for it.... Read more»3

Arizona will comply with only some of White House request for voter data

Arizona will comply with some of a request from the Trump administration's "Commission on Election Integrity" for public records on the state’s 3.6 million registered voters, Secretary of State Michele Reagan said Friday.... Read more»

Presidential commission demands massive amounts of state voter data

A commission created by President Trump to enhance confidence in America’s elections has asked all 50 states for copies of their voter records which often include names, addresses and ages. The commission has said it intends to make the information widely available. ... Read more»

Grijalva slams Trump's 'voter fraud' commission as Orwellian

Tucson Democrat Raul Grijalva said President Trump's announcement of a "Commission on Election Integrity" is "straight out of an Orwell novel." Trump, who has repeatedly made unfounded claims that illegal voting played a significant role in the 2016 election, named VP Pence and "voter ID" advocate Kris Kobach to the panel.... Read more»

Feds cancel 9/11-era registry of immigrants from Muslim countries

The U.S. government is canceling an inactive registry program for visitors from countries where extremist groups are operating, a plan similar to a Muslim registry considered by President-elect Donald Trump. ... Read more»

Deportations could hit real estate markets in Az, nation

If the mass deportations promised by President-elect Donald Trump take place, the housing market could take a significant hit as undocumented immigrant homeowners are foreclosed on: an impact of roughly $906.3 billion across the United States. In Arizona, the hit would be $23.7 billion.... Read more»

Immigration hardliner says Trump team preparing plans for wall, mulling Muslim registry

Kris Kobach, an architect of anti-immigration efforts — including SB 1070 — who says he is advising President-elect Donald Trump said the new administration could push ahead rapidly on construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall without seeking immediate congressional approval. ... Read more»

Advocates vow appeal in fight over Az voter ID law

A federal judge’s order backing Arizona and Kansas laws that require proof of citizenship for voter registration is “not the American way” and must be challenged, opponents said Thursday. The comments came after a U.S. district judge in Kansas ordered the Election Assistance Commission to include the two states’ proof-of-citizenship requirement on federal voter registration forms.... Read more»1

Kansas gov. insists it's OK to ignore federal gun laws

As we detailed earlier this month, dozens of states are considering bills that attempt to nullify federal gun laws. One such bill became a law last month in Kansas. It exempts “Made in Kansas” guns from federal regulation and makes it a crime for federal agents to enforce federal law. ... Read more»

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