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Arnold Schwarzenegger helped fund Maricopa County elections, to no GOP outrage

A new law barring elections officials from accepting private grants was fueled by conspiracy theories about money donated by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg - but Arnold Schwarzenegger also gave money to help Maricopa County conduct elections.... Read more»

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The haves & have nots become clear in Arizona governor, secretary of state races

The race for Arizona governor appears to be solidifying around three candidates who are each raising a lot of money - but also burning through it at a fast rate - and an election denier and state lawmaker leads the fundraising race for secretary of state.... Read more»

Arizona GOP ballot measure would restrict early voting to speed up ballot counting

Nail-biter elections that last two weeks after the polls close could be a thing of the past under a proposed measure that could be on the November ballot — with the trade-off that Arizonans will have fewer options for casting their votes.... Read more»1

Lies about the 2020 election propel Arizona bills aimed at combating non-existent fraud

Cheered on by an enthusiastic crowd that espoused conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential vote, the Senate Government Committee advanced a slew of bills aimed at curbing or alleviating concerns about election fraud in Arizona, despite little evidence of such incidents. ... Read more»

Arizona's Stephen Richer creates PAC to back 'pro-democracy' Republicans

Republican candidates who reject the false and baseless claims that the last election was rigged may have some extra financial support in the next one - courtesy of a new political action committee - created by Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer.... Read more»

Maricopa Supe bashed GOP colleagues for lack of 'audit' support, claimed dead people voted

Before the Senate began it's so-called audit, Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Chucri criticized his colleagues on the Board of Supervisors for not supporting the Senate's review of the 2020 election, speculating that two of them were worried about what such a review would show about their own narrow victories in November in a newly released recording.... Read more»

Trump endorses Mark Finchem in Arizona secretary of state race

Donald Trump endorsed state Rep. Mark Finchem in the crowded Republican primary for secretary of state, throwing his support behind a candidate who is one of Arizona's most vocal proponents of the false allegations that the 2020 presidential election was rigged.... Read more»

Arizona GOP lawmakers launch ballot measure for voter ID on early ballots

Several Arizona Republican lawmakers and a conservative advocacy group want to give voters an opportunity to impose a new identification requirement for early ballots, prompted in part by concerns that voters lack trust in elections after nearly a year of baseless fraud claims.... Read more»

Ad agency exec Beau Lane joins GOP primary for Arizona secretary of state

The already crowded Republican primary for secretary of state got a new entrant on Tuesday with the addition of advertising and marketing firm executive Beau Lane, who joins State Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita and state Reps. Shawnna Bolick and Mark Finchem in the GOP primary.... Read more»

Bolding running for Arizona secretary of state, will face Fontes in Dem primary

Arizona House Minority Leader Reginald Bolding is running for Arizona secretary of state, setting up a Democratic primary battle against former Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes.... Read more»

Arizona Gov. Ducey vetoes 22 bills, says nothing will be signed until budget is approved

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is ratcheting up the pressure on GOP lawmakers to reach an agreement on the budget, vowing not to sign any other legislation that reaches his desk until he gets a budget, and backing up his threat by vetoing 22 bills.... Read more»

Judge orders AZGOP and its attorneys to pay secretary of state’s legal fees

The Arizona Republican Party and its attorneys owe Secretary of State Katie Hobbs more than $18,000 in attorney fees for filing what a judge deemed a groundless lawsuit brought in bad faith, without legal justification and possibly for the purpose of undermining the legitimacy of the 2020 general election.... Read more»

Judge rips GOP for 'groundless' lawsuit

Arizona Superior Court judge said GOP election lawsuit was a bad-faith effort that failed to provide evidence, ignored the law, sued the wrong person and represented a case of Republican sloth rather than Democratic conspiracy. ... Read more»

Az Senate bill would permit outside parties to pay for election recounts

Anyone who thinks a recount of an election might change the outcome would have the opportunity to put their money where their mouth is under a new bill filed for the 2021 legislative session.... Read more»

Analysis

Arizona officials ran this election with integrity & transparency

We have both run for office in Arizona multiple times at the local and state levels. We have both been in close elections and it hasn’t always worked out in our favor. But the vote count was reached with integrity and a commitment that every Arizona ballot was counted. — Terry Goddard & Bob Worsley... Read more»

As it drops one challenge, GOP files new suit over Az election returns

The Arizona Republican Party filed a second legal challenge Thursday to Maricopa County’s election returns, even as attorneys for the party were conceding that an earlier suit would not make a difference in the presidential results.... Read more»

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