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The groups, including the Grand Canyon chapter of the Sierra Club, Living United for Change in Arizona and Fuerte Arts Movement, asked Toma to tell committee chairs to ensure that their members do not shout over public speakers and to shut down any hostility toward public speakers.

A group of advocacy organizations that say they want more respect for their members who speak in front of Arizona legislative committees have asked Republican House Speaker Ben Toma to “address the bullying, angry, and intimidating behavior” of some legislators. Read more»

A voter drops a ballot at the Maricopa County ballot drop box outside the county juvenile court, where several intimidation incidents were reported.

The leader of the Arizona House elections committee doesn’t want speakers in front of the committee to utter the words “conspiracy theory,” two weeks after that same House committee allowed a Gilbert insurance agent to spread wild and utterly unfounded conspiracy theories. Read more»

Protestors in support of former President Donald Trump gather outside Veterans Memorial Coliseum where ballots from the 2020 general election wait to be counted on May 1, 2021. The Maricopa County ballot recount comes after two election audits found no evidence of widespread fraud in Arizona.

Arizona Republicans are continuing their parade of election conspiracy theorists spreading unproven claims in legislative hearings, even after a report from the former Attorney General’s office showed that all of the 2020 election fraud theories it investigated were baseless. Read more»

Arizona is one of several states that rejected top-ticket candidates in the midterms who embraced the false conspiracy theory that the 2020 presidential election was stolen.

Democrats' dissent wasn’t enough to stop the Arizona House Municipal Oversight and Elections Committee from passing four Republican-sponsored bills aimed to instill faith in the election process back into voters, whom Republicans say have less trust following recent elections. Read more»

Democrats on the panel balked at jeopardizing the private votes of Arizonans — a right guaranteed by state law.

Fueled by election conspiracy theories and axes to grind against political opponents, Arizona Republican legislators gave initial approval to a slate of bills that served as veiled rebukes against the 2022 midterm elections and the officials who oversaw them. Read more»