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Maricopa County ballots cast in the 2020 general election are being examined and recounted by contractors hired by the Arizona State Senate at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. In doing so, they are using unproven technology that claims it can identify counterfeit ballots. There have been no credible claims that any ballots in Arizona or elsewhere were counterfeited.

The special master who is overseeing the examination of Maricopa County’s routers as part of the so-called “audit” of the 2020 election has selected his team of experts, and the Senate has provided him with a list of questions it wants answered. Read more»

Former Arizona Rep. John Shadegg, right, speaks about the benefits of immigration reform for businesses and agriculture. He said reform could improve border security and prevent the exploitation of immigrants.

Former Arizona Rep. John Shadegg called for fellow Republicans in the House to move forward with immigration legislation, saying reform would benefit the economy and create jobs. Read more»

Sean Noble

For a brief, giddy moment, Sean Noble—a little-known former aide to an Arizona congressman—became one of the most important people in American politics. Plucked from obscurity by libertarian billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, Noble was tasked with distributing a torrent of political money raised by the Koch network, a complex web of nonprofits nicknamed the Kochtopus, into conservative causes in the 2010 and 2012 elections. Read more»

Former Arizona Rep. John Shadegg holds a newspaper in which Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. the GOP’s 2012 vice presidential nominee, called for immigration reform in the wake of the Boston bombing. It’s proof that reform is not just a Democratic issue, said Shadegg, a Republican.

A delegation of Arizona officials came to Washington to press for comprehensive immigration reform, saying the time to act is now while the nation is paying attention. "Congress is listening," said one. Read more»

In a repeat of national immigration debates in 2006, hard-line partisanship now coursing through Congress and the upcoming mid-term elections leave precious little room for compromise, raising the specter that reform efforts will again produce more noise than results. Read more»

Arizona's U.S. House delegation split along party lines on Sunday night's health insurance reform vote. Read more»

The U.S. Capitol

While dealing with the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression, seven Arizona members of the U.S. House of Representatives granted around $300,000 in total staff bonuses in late 2008. All but one member, Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, rewarded staff with extra pay courtesy of taxpayers. Six members confirmed giving bonuses, and payroll data for the staff of outgoing Republican Rep. Rick Renzi showed increases consistent with bonuses. Read more»