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Mark Finchem, the GOP nominee for secretary of state, is one of three Republicans ordered to pay legal fees for a Democratic lawmaker they sued for defamation after a judge said the lawsuit was "groundless" and intended to harass a political opponent.

Republican secretary of state nominee Mark Finchem, U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar and former GOP state legislator Anthony Kern must pay $75,000 in attorney's fees to a former Democratic state lawmaker they sued after a judge said the lawsuit was "primarily for purposes of harassment." Read more»

There were a dozen legislative vacancies since the 2021 legislative session ended. From L to R: new Democratic Reps. Brian Fernandez, Marcelino Quiñonez, Christian Solorio, Christopher Mathis and Sarah Liguori pose for a picture on Dec. 17, 2021.

In the barely six months since last year’s legislative session ended, there’s been a wave of resignations at the Arizona Legislature: three state senators, all Democrats, left their seats and nine House members are no longer in the lower chamber. Read more» 1

Rep. Charlene Fernandez speaking at the Capitol calling in April, 2019.

Democratic State Representative Charlene Fernandez is resigning to take a position with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, ending seven years as a representative for Yuma and parts of Maricopa, Pima and Pinal counties. Read more»

An off-duty Gila County Sheriff’s Office deputy patrols the floor of the Arizona election audit at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Newly released documents show that the Arizona “audit” has spent more than $400,000 to hire off-duty police officers to provide security for the ballot review that concluded last month at the state fairgrounds. Read more»

Rep. Mark Finchem walks through the crowd right in front of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, after rioters had overtaken police and stormed the building. Finchem has said for months that he never got within 500 yards of the Capitol, but these images show he was much closer than that.

Tucson Democratic Rep. Charlene Fernandez is asking a court to dismiss a defamation case brought against her by two Republican state legislators and a GOP congressman because statements Fernandez made to the FBI about the two GOP legislators are privileged. Read more»

A supporter of the recall effort against Rep. Mark Finchem, R-Oro Valley, holds a sign during a Rural Arizonans for Accountability press conference at Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza on March 5, 2021.

The recall campaign against Oro Valley Republican lawmaker Mark Finchem has ended after the group conducting the recall determined it would not be able to collect the needed signatures by the looming July 8 deadline. Read more»

Arizona state Rep. Mark Finchem, R-Oro Valley, touring Veterans Memorial Coliseum during the Senate's audit of the 2020 election in Maricopa County.

Rep. Mark Finchem, currently running for Arizona secretary of state, has sent a cease and desist letter to the group seeking to recall him from office, calling on them to destroy campaign materials that claim he has connections to the Oath Keepers militia and the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Read more»

Rep. Mark Finchem, R-Oro Valley.

State Rep. Mark Finchem, one of the legislature’s leading proponents of the baseless allegations and conspiracist claims that former President Donald Trump was cheated out of the 2020 election, is running to be Arizona’s top elections official. Read more»

Masks are effective primarily in preventing people with COVID from emitting droplets containing the virus, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. The CDC recommends face masks for all activities outside the home and recently began urging people to wear cloth masks over surgical masks.

The House Commerce Committee gave preliminary approval to House Bill 2770 which would bar the state, counties and cities from forcing businesses to enforce mask mandates on their premises. Read more»

Democratic legislative leaders' lawsuit to disqualify two of the five finalists for independent chair of the state's next redistricting commission fell flat after a Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled that the disputed applicants didn't violate the criteria set out in the Arizona Constitution. Read more»

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge will hear arguments Thursday morning over whether to temporarily halt the selection process for the ARIC during a lawsuit seeking to disqualify two finalists for the panel. Read more»

House Speaker Rusty Bowers has selected the first member of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, choosing David Mehl, a Southern Arizona developer, as the first of two Republican commissioners. Read more»

A Navajo County Sheriff’s Office deputy makes a traffic stop near Holbrook, Arizona on Nov. 22, 2016, in an effort to find and seize drugs along Interstate 40. Navajo County uses forfeiture money to partially fund the salaries of its drug task force.

Senate Bill 1556 would have made a number of changes to Arizona’s civil asset forfeiture system, under which law enforcement and prosecutors can take money and property allegedly used for or resulting from crimes. Chief among them would be to require a criminal conviction before property can be permanently taken. Read more»

The civil liability bill — which would require that those who sue after contracting COVID-19 show that the business committed gross negligence, rather than the current standard of negligence — can't proceed unless without Senate action Read more»

Ariz. Gov. Doug Ducey during a press conference in Tucson on March 17, 2020.

With Arizona's COVID-19 restrictions set to expire, Gov. Ducey announced they will be extended for two weeks, with gradual lifting of some bans. Ducey said "the spread has been slowed," but "we're not going to undo this." Read more»

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