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Texas announces 2020 election audit after Trump lobbies governor

In a move Texas Democrats called “pitiful yet predictable” and “pure pandering” to backers of Donald Trump’s claims that the 2020 presidential election was fraudulent, the Texas Secretary of State announced Thursday it is auditing the election results of the state’s four largest counties. ... Read more»

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Democrats, GOP push back against partisan election audits

Ten months after the 2020 presidential election, Republican state lawmakers in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin are following Arizona in pushing investigations rooted in the false claim that the election was stolen.... Read more»

Trump allies' lingering election ‘audits’ spark public skepticism, concerns in Congress

The months-long, Republican-led investigation in Arizona into the results of last year's presidential election has cost millions of dollars and produced no evidence yet of major issues in tallying Maricopa County ballots, yet other states are trying to follow suit.... Read more»

Pence sued over election results; Az's Kelli Ward among those signing on to lawsuit

A lawsuit filed Sunday in a Texas federal court by Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert, and several other Republicans including Arizona GOP Chairwoman Kelli Ward, are suing Vice President Mike Pence in one more attempt to overturn the results of the presidential election.... Read more»

COVID-19 patients swamp rural hospitals

The nation’s pandemic hotspots have shifted to rural communities, overwhelming small hospitals that are running out of beds or lack the intensive care units for more than one or two seriously ill patients.... Read more»

Az deploying Nat'l Guard MPs to Wisconsin as Jacob Blake protests continue

About 150 military police from Arizona's National Guard are being sent to Wisconsin, after violent clashes in the wake of the shooting of a Black man in Kenosha have killed two others.... Read more»

Hispanic Democrats identify Arizona as a battleground state in 2020 elections

Arizona was identified by Democrats Monday as one of six battleground states for this fall’s election, a status that state lawmakers said has been 10 years in the making.... Read more»

Early data shows African Americans disproportionately affected by coronavirus

Environmental, economic and political factors have compounded for generations, putting black people at higher risk of chronic conditions that leave lungs weak and immune systems vulnerable: asthma, heart disease, hypertension and diabetes. These conditions make the coronavirus more dangerous than it already is.... Read more»

A Wisconsin Republican looks back with regret at voter ID and redistricting fights

Republican efforts to impose voter ID laws and redraw election districts both wound up in federal court. Dale Schultz ended 30 years in state politics lamenting the recent displays of partisanship. ... Read more»

Could Scott Walker's legal victory expand PAC superpowers?

Proponents of tighter reins on political money worry that a Wisconsin ruling about the governor's recall campaign could carry seeds of another 'Citizens United.'... Read more»

Little Free Libraries putting books just down the street

Looking as much like birdhouses as book repositories, Little Free Libraries are popping up at dozens of front lawns, storefronts and parks in the Valley and around Arizona. ... Read more»

From the editor

Indie publishers: WI lawmakers should take clear-eyed look at journalism center

The Board of the Local Independent Online News Publishers group, chaired by Sentinel Editor Dylan Smith, called attention to a vote by Wisconsin legislators to to evict the nonprofit, nonpartisan Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism from the UW-Madison campus.... Read more»

Voters feel intimidated by election observers

A Texas-based Tea Party initiative called True the Vote trains and dispatches observers to polling places, prompting concerns that minority voters are being intimidated.... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

Head-scratching the Paul Ryan pick

All of official Washington is scratching a collective head about why Mitt Romney chose Paul Ryan as his running mate. Why did he make such a bad pick for VP?... Read more»1

VP pick Ryan supported by insurers, Wall Street, health care

Rep. Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s pick for vice president, may be the face of the Tea Party favorite caucus in Congress. But big business interests have also contributed mightily to the budget chairman’s campaign, according to analyses from the nonpartisan political money trackers at MapLight.... Read more»

Reading guide: The best reporting on Paul Ryan

A collection of the best stories out there on Paul Ryan's positions and background, as gathered by ProPublica.... Read more»

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