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The Arizona Republican Party sued to block Maricopa County’s election canvass after the hand count showed a perfect match with the machine count of ballots, writing in it would 'create a cloud over the legitimacy of this election and its results' if the court let the canvass happen.

An Arizona court ruled the Arizona Republican Party and its lawyers must pay the attorneys’ fees for the Secretary of State’s Office in a lawsuit that challenged how Maricopa County audited ballots in the 2020 election and sought to stop the county from certifying Donald Trump’s loss. Read more»

Protestors against vaccine mandates at Tucson Medical Center on August 14, 2021.

Gov. Katie Hobbs on Thursday vetoed Republican-backed bills that would have fined businesses that didn’t grant their employees religious exemptions from vaccines and made it illegal for the unhoused to camp in public spaces. Read more»

Peterson Zah gives a speech at Diné College on April 7, 2017.

Former Navajo President, 85, Peterson Zah, died Tuesday at his home in Window Rock, Arizona, after a lengthy illness. Read more»

It is unknown who owns SPH Medical LLC or where the money it gave to help elect Lake came from.

A campaign finance complaint accusing a super PAC that spent $2.1 million boosting Kari Lake of inventing the source of its funding was quietly dismissed last year after elections officials determined that a media report questioning the money’s origin was inaccurate. Read more»

House Speaker Ben Toma, Senate President Warren Petersen and Sen. Sonny Borrelli all received federal grand jury subpoenas from the U.S. Department of Justice’s special counsel investigation of Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn his 2020 election loss.

At least three Arizona Republican state legislators have been subpoenaed by the U.S. Justice Department’s special counsel, Jack Smith, as part of the criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump and his efforts to reverse his 2020 election loss. Read more»

U.S. Rep. David Schweikert at an October 2020 'Make America Great Again' campaign rally for Donald Trump in Scottsdale. Photo by

U.S. Rep. David Schweikert was a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus in 2015 - but Schweikert has quit the group, ostensibly because he was sick of being confused with the members of a similarly named far-right group of Arizona state legislators. Read more»

Arizona Republicans spent $205,000 or so on a three-day bus tour in the final days of the campaign, expenses that some Republicans say came at the cost of losing close races.

Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward and her team spent more than $530,000 on what one GOP consultant said were “vanity projects” designed to boost her ego instead of winning races on an election that ultimately ended in disaster for Republicans in Arizona. Read more»

More than $433,000 of that was spent on 'telemarketing/auto dialers,' and nearly one in every three dollars Lake's campaign spent went to a Virginia-based marketing and communications firm.

Former television news anchor turned MAGA star Kari Lake raised $2,515,169 after the Arizona governor's election to continue her legal fight against her election loss - but less than 10% of her post-election haul was spent to contest the election. Read more»

Sen. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills.

After the Arizona attorney general last year refused to defend a new law making it a crime to take video of police officers in some situations, the law’s author is back with a proposal that would require the state’s top attorney to defend every law. Read more»

Hobbs has already said that she only wants to see legislation come to her desk that has bipartisan support in the legislature, not the GOP-only provisions that were largely delivered to her predecessor, Gov. Doug Ducey.

GOP control of the most important levers of power at the Arizona Capitol ends Monday when Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs begins an administration that is certain to clash repeatedly with a Republican-majority legislature. Read more»

Katie Hobbs takes the oath of office in a private ceremony on Jan. 2, 2023.

Katie Hobbs and four other victors in November’s Arizona elections were sworn into office in a private ceremony Monday, ushering in a new set of priorities and vision for the state and setting the stage for contentious battles with the GOP-controlled legislature. Read more»

Reproductive rights protesters in Tucson in June 2022.

Abortions in Arizona are legal up to 15 weeks of pregnancy, after an appeals court ruled late Friday that the state’s Civil War-era abortion ban doesn’t overrule nearly 50 years of laws tightly regulating abortions. Read more»

Slate on Thursday published a story speculating that U.S. Sen Kyrsten Sinema is padding her income and decluttering her D.C. apartment by reselling designer clothing and athletic gear on Facebook Marketplace. Read more»

In addition to the audits, political party representatives also participate in pre- and post-election logic and accuracy tests in which sample ballots are tabulated and the results are checked for accuracy.

Hand-count audits of the November election results in 12 Arizona counties found no problems with electronic ballot tabulators, but three counties didn’t conduct the post-election audits required by law. Read more»

Cochise County is being sued to force them to canvass the election, and former top prosecutors say the pair of supervisors who have so far refused to certify the Nov. 8 election should face felony charges for failing to follow state law.

The two Republican Cochise County supervisors who have so far refused to certify the Nov. 8 election because of ostensible concerns about the trustworthiness of electronic ballot tabulators weren’t concerned when that same equipment confirmed their electoral victories in 2020. Read more»

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