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Arizona Redistricting Commission gives final certification to new election maps

In one last split vote, the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission certified the new legislative map - now, the new maps are on their way to the Secretary of State’s Office, the final step required to enshrine them as the districts the state will use through the 2030 election. ... Read more»

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Claytoonz: Manchin sucks at Wordle

The voting rights bill currently being considered by the Senate would standardize election laws across the country and restore provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. But thanks to two Democratic senators, it doesn’t look like it’s going to pass. What does that mean for voting rights?... Read more»

Analysis

Kyrsten Sinema is gambling that her filibuster vote will help her win again in 2024

There’s been near unanimity among political analysts and talking heads that Kyrsten Sinema’s obstruction on the filibuster all but destroys her chances of getting re-elected as a Democrat, but any analysis that writes Sinema’s political obituary underestimates how shrewd she is.... Read more»

Comic: Editorial cartoon

Sinema busts Senate reform: 'Felt cute, might delete democracy later'

The senior senator from Arizona, Kyrsten Sinema, made sure she was the center of attention as she and Sen. Joe Manchin (Tory — Victorian England) stomped on the chance of Democrats passing voting rights laws by crossing the aisle to stand with the Republicans.... Read more»

Voting rights legislation fails to overcome filibuster despite rule change attempt

Legislation that would create new federal guidelines for mail-in and early voting and end partisan gerrymandering failed to overcome a filibuster from Republicans Wednesday night, despite a last-ditch attempt by Democrats to alter the Senate's rules to push through the legislation.... Read more»

Arizona redistricting commissioners exchange accusations, final map certification delayed

Arizona redistricting commissioners spent several hours airing accusations and grievances over the recently concluded mapmaking process but unexpectedly adjourned without certifying the final congressional and legislative districts. ... Read more»1

As first campaign finance reports are filed, Arizona governor’s race comes into focus

The state of the Arizona governor’s race became a bit clearer on Saturday as candidates submitted campaign finance reports for all of 2021 - for some, it was an opportunity to showcase big bankrolls as the race heats up and for others, a moment of truth.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Dear Sens. Sinema & Kelly: 8 reasons the filibuster must end & 1 way to fix it

No single issue convinced me the filibuster must go. Thinking about the structural problems that legislative barrier has created did the trick. But I have a way out that will let democracy continue to function without a breakdown. ... Read more»

Sinema won’t back changing Senate filibuster to clear way for voting-rights laws

Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema on Thursday said during a Senate floor speech that she believed any changes to the filibuster would continue to create political division, appearing to end a drive by Democrats to pass major voting rights legislation.... Read more»

At MLK alma mater, Biden pitches Senate rule change to safeguard voting rights

President Joe Biden called for an end to the Senate filibuster during a visit to Atlanta’s Morehouse College campus, arguing Senate Democrats can push past GOP opposition now blocking major voting rights legislation.... Read more»

Kari Lake raises nearly $1.5 million for Arizona GOP gubernatorial primary

Buoyed by Donald Trump’s endorsement, Arizona Republican gubernatorial hopeful Kari Lake, a former Fox 10 anchor, raised nearly $1.5 million since kicking off her campaign in June. ... Read more»

Democrats slam Ducey for ignoring school funding needs, COVID-19 challenges

Democrats and public school advocates said Gov. Doug Ducey had two glaring holes in his final State of the State speech on Monday: funding for public schools and COVID-19.... Read more»

Flags at half-staff Fri & Sat to honor Az officer dead from COVID & former Sen. Harry Reid

Flags will be flown at half-staff on Friday and Saturday to mark the death of a Casa Grande police officer from COVID-19, and for the funeral of former U.S. Senator Harry Reid.... Read more»

Schumer says Senate to consider changing the filibuster if voting rights stalls

With the midterm elections approaching, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer warned on Monday that the Senate is prepared to debate changes in the filibuster if Republicans continue to block the advancement of voting rights legislation. ... Read more»

Lieberman, Lopez announce million-dollar fundraising hauls in Dem primary for Arizona governor

Gubernatorial hopefuls Aaron Lieberman and Marco Lopez announced strong fundraising numbers as they head into an election year in which both hope to pull off upsets against frontrunner Katie Hobbs in the Democratic primary.... Read more»

Who won and who lost with the new Arizona legislative districts?

Political fortunes for a number of lawmakers shifted when the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission approved its final legislative map, granting a reprieve to some who were facing trouble and giving others new headaches as they head into their re-election campaigns.... Read more»1

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