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Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward at a February 2020 rally for Donald Trump in Phoenix.

Kelli Ward, chair of the Arizona Republican Party, refused to answer questions from the congressional committee investigating the violent Jan. 6 insurrection aimed at overturning the 2020 election and instead asserted her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. Read more»

Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward in July 2021.

The congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol has the right to see phone records for Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward and her husband, Michael, a federal judge ruled Thursday. Read more»

U.S. District Judge Diane Humetewa of Arizona testifies Wednesday via teleconference for a hearing of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet. Humetewa said more judges are needed to address legal needs for a rapidly growing Arizona population.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers held a meeting of a House Judiciary subcommittee with oversight on the U.S. courts to consider the excessive caseloads that plague judges across the United States, particularly in the Ninth Circuit. The hearing came three years after the Judicial Conference recommended to Congress that at least five new judgeships be created for the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Read more»

Certifying the results of the Electoral College vote – as then-Secretary of State Ken Bennett is doing in this photo from 2012 – is normally an uneventful proceeding. Repeated legal challenges and unsupported claims of election irregularities this fall, however, have put a spotlight on the electors, who are scheduled to meet Monday and cast Arizona’s 11 Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden.

Electors across the country will meet Dec. 14 to cast separate votes for president and vice president, which have to be delivered to the Senate by Dec. 23. The next Congress will meet in joint session on Jan. 6 to count the ballots and the winner will be inaugurated on Jan. 20. Read more»

Northwest Fire personnel at the shooting scene, shortly after the most seriously injured victims were taken to the hospital.

A hoax $25 million "emotional distress" lawsuit was filed using the name of the man convicted of attempting to assassinate former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, killing six and wounding the congresswoman and a dozen others. A similar hoax lawsuit was filed using the name of a mass shooter in Michigan. Read more» 1

Diane Humetewa, currently an adviser on American Indian Affairs to the president of Arizona State University, is a former U.S. Attorney for Arizona.

The White House nominated four people Thursday to vacant judgeships on the U.S. District Court of Arizona, apparently clearing the way for a long-stalled fifth nomination to proceed in the process. The four join Rosemary Marquez, whose nomination has languished for more than two years without a hearing. Read more»