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U.S. Sens. Thom Tillis and Kyrsten Sinema on a Jan. 9, 2023, visit to the border in El Paso, Texas.

In a rare sit-down with reporters, U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona said Thursday that border states are not prepared for the end of a pandemic-era measure called Title 42 used to expel millions of migrants at the border. Read more»

During the 2022 election cycle, Protect America Now and CSPOA teamed up with True the Vote, a controversial election-monitoring group based in Texas, in an attempt to expand sheriffs’ role in election integrity and security beyond their existing jurisdiction.

Warnings issued by high-profile civil rights and advocacy groups to Arizona’s governor and attorney general failed to stop a rule change that effectively lowers the bar for extremist organizations attempting to radicalize law enforcement officers through government-funded training. Read more»

Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb in 2022.

Republican Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb announced Tuesday he is running for U.S. Senate seat currently held by Kyrsten Sinema, becoming the first Republican to enter the 2024 contest, but unlikely to be the last. Read more»

Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb and Yuma Regional Medical Center President and CEO Robert Trenschel, center, testified at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing to the impact surging immigration has on their communities.

Arizona officials told a House committee that local law enforcement and health care workers are ill-equipped to handle the recent surge of immigration at the southern border, the latest in a string of GOP hearings attacking the Biden administration for its handling of the border. Read more»

Proud Boys members attend a gun-rights rally at the Arizona Capitol on Feb. 18, 2023.

Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb said on Saturday at the Arizona Second Amendment Rally that he is on the verge of running for Senate in 2024 - though he previously said he was content in his role as sheriff and didn’t have plans to run for higher office. Read more»

Because it may not be clear which of the multiple drugs in someone’s system is the one that actually killed them, the bill instead targets anyone who sold the user a drug that may have contributed to the death.

The Arizona House Health and Human Services Committee voted in favor of a bill that would establish a level 1 felony punishment for selling a narcotic drug that results in the death of the user - but some Democrats say the bill is unconstitutional and broad. Read more»

U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema announced Friday that she was leaving the Democratic Party to become an independent. Here, she arrives at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee confirmation hearing on Feb. 1, 2022 in Washington D.C.

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema announced Friday morning that she was leaving the Democratic Party, a move that was not surprising to political observers and longtime former allies and foes of the senior senator who are now looking ahead to 2024.  Read more»

Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association Founder Richard Mack speaks to a crowd of about 100 people at a Yavapai County Preparedness Team meeting in Chino Valley, Arizona, in October 2022.

A rule change set to take effect in December will lower the barrier for extremist organizations to access law enforcement personnel by taking continuing-education decisions out of the board’s hands and placing them in those of individual law enforcement agency leaders across Arizona. Read more»

A ballot drop box can be seen by the curb in front of the Maricopa County Juvenile Court in Mesa

The movement to try to catch illegal voting at ballot drop boxes in Arizona, which is spurring complaints and lawsuits alleging voter intimidation, is not the local grassroots effort it appears to be and is part of a coordinated effort with one group behind it all: Texas-based True the Vote. Read more»

Yavapai County Sheriff David Rhodes speaks at a local Oath Keepers event on Sept. 9, 2022. Earlier in the meeting, Lions of Liberty board member Brian Mounsey, back, called for volunteers to help with a proposed dropbox monitoring operation in Yavapai County, Ariz.

Election and domestic extremism experts warn that so-called Arizona “constitutional sheriff” groups are compounding problems created by disinformation campaigns and undermining public confidence in elections and law enforcement. Read more»

Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels was a speaker at a 2019 CSPOA event and openly supports the nullification of certain laws or mandates.

AZCIR used criteria established by the Southern Poverty Law Center to identify Arizona “constitutional sheriffs” - a movement built around a radical ideology that the sheriff’s power within his or her county is superseded by no state or federal government entity. Read more»

Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb addresses a crowd at former-President Donald Trump’s Save America rally in Prescott Valley, Arizona, July 22, 2022. Lamb is the leader of the ‘constitutional sheriff' organization Protect America Now, which the Southern Poverty Law Center recently labeled an 'anti-government' group.

More than half of Arizona’s county sheriffs are at least partially aligned with a growing movement of so-called “constitutional sheriffs,” with an ideology that indoctrinates them with false legal theories about a sheriff’s authority over state and federal government. Read more»

Abe Hamadeh (left), the Republican nominee for attorney general, talks with Greg Medford for his podcast, which was published in June 2022. Medford, who has been criticized for racist and violent comments, later was scheduled to host a September fundraiser for Hamadeh.

Phoenix-based knife-maker Greg Medford says the “cancel culture mob” can’t handle his “satirical” and “provocative” nature, but critics say he has a history of racism and a vulgar petulance - yet Medford's podcast has been a campaign stop for many Arizona GOP candidates this year. Read more»

Sheriff Mark Lamb of Pinal County in 2018. Lamb also runs Protect America Now, one of the organizations in partnership with True the Vote, the conservative nonprofit behind the film “2000 Mules".

Conservative nonprofit True the Vote has announced it will partner with conservative sheriffs’ groups to fuel investigations into 2020 voter fraud allegations and increase surveillance of voting - but a spate of new state laws bans private grants for elections. Read more»

A clip from an ad for Senate candidate Jim Lamon who shows himself shooting at Democratic figures, including Sen. Mark Kelly, whose wife Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head during an assassination attempt 11 years ago. The ad is slated to run during the Super Bowl, Lamon claimed.

Behind in polls in the Republican Senate primary in Arizona, candidate Jim Lamon is seeking attention with a Western-themed campaign ad in which he is depicted firing a gun at U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Joe Biden. Read more» 2

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