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Arizona would likely see recounts after every election under popular bill

A bill with bipartisan support awaiting a final vote as early as today in the Arizona Legislature would vastly widen the margin of votes between candidates that triggers an automatic recount in primary and general elections, for almost every type of race. ... Read more»

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The haves & have nots become clear in Arizona governor, secretary of state races

The race for Arizona governor appears to be solidifying around three candidates who are each raising a lot of money - but also burning through it at a fast rate - and an election denier and state lawmaker leads the fundraising race for secretary of state.... Read more»

Dems: Arizona GOP election bill could create avenue for politically motivated audits

Arizona House Republicans voted to pass a bill Wednesday that would allow an avenue for county-based audits of elections for residents or entities who could front the costs - yet despite four months of coordination and planning, a fee schedule has not been created.... Read more»

State judge rules Arizona's voter-approved Invest in Education Act is unconstitutional

A Maricopa County judge on Friday declared that a voter-approved income tax hike on wealthy Arizonans to fund public schools violates the state Constitution, though he made clear that he wasn’t particularly happy about it. ... Read more»

GOP bills to restrict some voter registrations clear Arizona Senate committee

Arizona Senate Republicans on Monday advanced bills on voter registration that critics say will discourage some younger people — particularly college students — from registering to vote. ... Read more»

After mistakenly scrapping party official elections in 2022, Arizona GOP lawmakers scramble to undo it

Legislation approves last week intended to standardize the number of signatures candidates need to get their names on the ballot also included another provision that makes drastic changes for selecting precinct committeemen - what the GOP is calling unintentional drafting errors.... Read more»

Bipartisan measures aim to increase Arizona school spending cap, avoid $1.2B in education cuts

Bipartisan proposals to fend off the threat of nearly $1.2 billion in mid-year funding cuts for Arizona schools were introduced Monday, just two weeks ahead of the March 1 deadline to act before schools are forced to layoff staff and face shutting down. ... Read more»

Arizona House panel OKs new GOP restrictions on citizen initiatives

A House committee gave preliminary approval to two measures making it more difficult for Arizona voters to have their say on state policy at the ballot box.... Read more»

Bipartisan bill would set up Arizona task force to investigate police use-of-force

A bipartisan measure to create a new division inside the Arizona Department of Public Safety that would investigate use-of-force incidents and criminal misconduct by police officers won unanimous support in a legislative committee Monday afternoon.... Read more»

Az Democrats call on Republicans to support paid leave, affordable housing

Arizona Democrats urged their Republican colleagues to support legislation that would ensure paid family and medical leave and greater access to affordable housing at a Tuesday press conference in front of the state Capitol. ... Read more»

Newest Arizona GOP election proposal would allow lawmakers to reject election results

Lawmakers would have the power to reject election results under a sweeping piece of legislation sponsored by Republican Rep. John Fillmore that would make seismic changes to the way elections are conducted in Arizona. ... Read more»

Arizona's redistricting conundrum: Just what is a community of interest?

Broadly speaking, a community of interest is any grouping of people with common needs, concerns or interests - or it could be border communities that are similarly affected by federal policy on immigration and trade - or it could be "what people tell you it is".... Read more»

Longtime Az lawmaker Frank Pratt dead at 79; Ducey orders flags to half-staff

Frank Pratt, a Republican state representative from Casa Grande, died Tuesday. He was 79 years old. Gov. Doug Ducey ordered that flags be flown at half-staff across Arizona on Wednesday in his honor.... Read more»

Trump endorses Mark Finchem in Arizona secretary of state race

Donald Trump endorsed state Rep. Mark Finchem in the crowded Republican primary for secretary of state, throwing his support behind a candidate who is one of Arizona's most vocal proponents of the false allegations that the 2020 presidential election was rigged.... Read more»

Senators review draft of Arizona election 'audit', as critics redouble attacks

Arizona Senate Republicans are expected to begin their review Wednesday of a partial Maricopa County election 'audit', but critics are not waiting until then to target the report as little more than “invalid and unreliable” partisan propaganda. ... Read more»

Arizona GOP lawmakers launch ballot measure for voter ID on early ballots

Several Arizona Republican lawmakers and a conservative advocacy group want to give voters an opportunity to impose a new identification requirement for early ballots, prompted in part by concerns that voters lack trust in elections after nearly a year of baseless fraud claims.... Read more»

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