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GOP uses redistricting to retain outsized statehouse power

This year’s redistricting of state legislatures is shaping up as extremely partisan across the country, and despite winning the presidency and the U.S. Senate in 2020, Democrats did not make much headway in reversing the GOP’s dominance of state legislatures.... Read more»

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Claytoonz: Mitch please

Did Mitch McConnell really state that Black voters aren’t Americans? Yes, yes he did. It’s no mystery why McConnell would say something like this. There’s a simple and obvious answer. His statement was not a gaffe. It was a Freudian slip.... Read more»

Arizona Redistricting Commission gives final certification to new election maps

In one last split vote, the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission certified the new legislative map - now, the new maps are on their way to the Secretary of State’s Office, the final step required to enshrine them as the districts the state will use through the 2030 election. ... Read more»1

Controversial Texas-type abortion law introduced in Arizona Legislature

With the introduction of House Bill 2483, Arizona is one of several states where Republican lawmakers are looking to enshrine anti-abortion laws identical to the one Texas passed in 2021 and that the U.S. Supreme Court allowed to go into effect. ... Read more»

Capital COVID: Arizona state, federal lawmakers face different pandemic rules

Even though U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday, the Tucson Democrat was still able to cast votes in Congress by proxy Thursday while he was quarantined at home - an option many state lawmakers with they had.... Read more»

Ducey defends use of Arizona school funding in face of feds’ threat to reclaim it

Gov. Doug Ducey said Thursday that the state’s use of money to support schools that reject mask mandates is “well within” federal guidelines for the funds, despite a Treasury Department threat to take the money back - but Arizona educators said the governor needs to back down.... Read more»

Arizona Senate committee approves measure targeting transgender girls in school sports

Republican senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved a proposal to bar transgender student athletes from playing on women’s sports teams for Arizona high schools and colleges.... Read more»

Ducey: I’m still not running for Senate

Again, national media are floating Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey as a possible U.S. Senate candidate, and again, he’s shooting the rumors down, rebutting a recent Politico article that claimed he might join the Republican primary field for this year’s Senate race. ... Read more»

Biden says 'big chunks' of his spending bill could still succeed, including climate plan

President Joe Biden said Wednesday the climate and child care provisions in his domestic spending agenda could still become law this year, even as the larger plan has stalled in the Senate over other items that Biden conceded may not pass — such as an expanded child tax credit.... Read more»

Analysis

Kyrsten Sinema is gambling that her filibuster vote will help her win again in 2024

There’s been near unanimity among political analysts and talking heads that Kyrsten Sinema’s obstruction on the filibuster all but destroys her chances of getting re-elected as a Democrat, but any analysis that writes Sinema’s political obituary underestimates how shrewd she is.... Read more»

Comic: Editorial cartoon

Sinema busts Senate reform: 'Felt cute, might delete democracy later'

The senior senator from Arizona, Kyrsten Sinema, made sure she was the center of attention as she and Sen. Joe Manchin (Tory — Victorian England) stomped on the chance of Democrats passing voting rights laws by crossing the aisle to stand with the Republicans.... Read more»

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Claytoonz: Rudy Tooty Colludy subpoodied

The January 6 Committee has issued subpoenas for Jenna Ellis, Boris Epshteyn (you can’t have a good Trump controversy without a Boris), Sidney Powell, and Rudy Giuliani. This should be fun.... Read more»

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Claytoonz: Trump booster for DeSantis

Donald Trump is upset that Ron DeSantis won’t publicly bow down before him. DeSantis is a presidential hopeful and he’ll run for the office someday. Trump is concerned it’ll be in 2024. Trump hasn’t declared yet but he wants DeSantis to declare he won’t run if Trump does. ... Read more»

Legislatures across country back off COVID pandemic protocols

Legislatures across the nation are gathering for the annual ritual of the legislative session - but unlike recent years when masks and social distancing were common, if not the rule, in many states you’d hardly know we were entering the third year of a pandemic.... Read more»

Arizona redistricting commissioners exchange accusations, final map certification delayed

Arizona redistricting commissioners spent several hours airing accusations and grievances over the recently concluded mapmaking process but unexpectedly adjourned without certifying the final congressional and legislative districts. ... Read more»1

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Claytoonz: Betty and Ruth

I think the real injustice is that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg didn’t survive long enough for her replacement to be someone who shares her values, and before Republicans and Donald Trump would be able to put a cult-dwelling lunatic in her seat.... Read more»

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