AZGOP asks the U.S. Supreme Court to take up Kari Lake’s tabulator case
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by Caitlin Sievers
2d ago
Photo by Gage Skidmore | Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0 The Republican Party of Arizona has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to accept Kari Lake’s tabulator case, claiming that lower courts across the country have set the bar too high for election challenge cases.  Lake, a current U.S. Senate candidate who failed in her bid for Arizona governor in 2022, filed the suit in April 2022 alongside current state Senate candidate Mark Finchem, who also lost decisively in his bid for secretary of state that year. In the suit, Lake and Finchem claimed that the electronic ballot tabulators used in Maricopa C ..read more
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Hobbs vetoes GOP bill aimed at barring homeless people from roadway medians
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by Leah Britton/UA Don Bolles fellow
2d ago
Photo via Arizona Department of Transportation | Flickr A bill aimed at limiting the presence of pedestrians on medians and intersections was one of the five bills vetoed by Gov. Katie Hobbs earlier this week.  The measure, House Bill 2658, would have prohibited pedestrians from gathering or soliciting from traffic medians, highway entrance or exit ramps, or while in an intersection without a sidewalk or crosswalk meant for pedestrians.  Under the proposal, police would have only been allowed to issue a warning on a first violation. But after a second violation, the pedestrian would ..read more
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New Arizona law creates confusion on how counties must track dropped-off mail ballots
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by Jen Fifield/Votebeat
2d ago
Arizona lawmakers are considering close to 100 election-related bills in the 2022 legislative session, including many that Democrats say attack the right to vote. But in a state where Republicans hold the governor’s office and majorities in both the House and Senate, stopping those bills is an uphill fight. Photo courtesy Maricopa County Elections Department Poll workers in Maricopa and Pinal counties will do an on-site count of how many mail ballots are dropped off at their voting locations on election day, but there’s debate among election officials and lawmakers over whether a new law requ ..read more
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Abortion bans and divorce restrictions can be a dangerous combination for pregnant people
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by Jennifer Gerson/The 19th
2d ago
After the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe last summer, pregnant patients and their providers are fearful of breaking the law as they navigate health care crises and the changing legal landscape surrounding abortion bans, according to initial findings of the Care Post Roe study. Photo via Getty Images Four states restrict divorce during pregnancy, and, with a decision by the Arizona Supreme Court this week, now all four also have near-total bans on abortion. It’s a combination that can be fatal, say experts on domestic violence. This article was originally published by The 19th, a nonpr ..read more
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AZ regulators consider conversion therapy ‘unprofessional conduct,’ but have not prevented it
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by Josephine Jaye McAuliffe/LOOKOUT
2d ago
Illustration by LOOKOUT For more than two decades, Floyd Godfrey advised young men not to act on their same-sex attractions as a licensed therapist in the state of Arizona. But last year, Godfrey lost his license after the state board that oversees counselors opened an investigation into him for allegations of unprofessional conduct. But the investigation wasn’t a look into his practice of trying to change people’s sexuality, which is considered a violation by the state board. Instead, he was accused by two of his employees of sexual harassment. Godfrey voluntarily gave up his license before ..read more
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AZ House speaker: Republicans might put their own abortion measure on the ballot
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by Caitlin Sievers
2d ago
Photo by Gage Skidmore (modified) | Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0 Republicans in the Arizona legislature are considering sending their own abortion measure to the ballot this November to compete with a citizen-led one that’s already in the works.  A day after the state House of Representatives erupted in chaos over an attempt to repeal a Civil War-era abortion ban that was just deemed enforceable by the Arizona Supreme Court, Republican House Speaker Ben Toma told conservative talk show host James T. Harris that his caucus was considering all its options.  GET THE MORNING HEADLINES DELIVER ..read more
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Katie Hobbs vetoed a trio of Republican election bills
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by Caitlin Sievers
3d ago
Image via Getty Images Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs has vetoed her first Republican election bills this year.  On April 10, Hobbs vetoed bills passed by the GOP-controlled legislature that would ban those convicted of ballot abuse from holding elected office and prevent county recorders from providing voter registration cards to most of those whose mailing addresses are outside of the state.  She also vetoed a bill that would have required political parties that opt to conduct their own presidential primary election instead of participating in the publicly administered one to provide ..read more
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Young voters won’t fall for politicians who attempt to hide their anti-abortion stances in 2024
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by Isabel Hiserodt
3d ago
A pro-abortion march begins at Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza in downtown Phoenix on Oct. 8, 2022. Women’s March Foundation organized the march in Arizona as part of a nationwide day of action ahead of the November midterms. Photo by Gloria Rebecca Gomez | Arizona Mirror “Anyone else find it insane that Republicans think they can gaslight us into thinking they’re not happy about today’s decision?” Another message from a group chat flashes across my phone screen. Dozens of college students react and respond to the message. The Arizona Supreme Court just ruled to revert to a near-total abortion ba ..read more
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How abortion ban rulings in Arizona and Florida are already shaking up November elections
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by Grace Panetta/The 19th
3d ago
People attend a Women's March rally and hold signs outside the State Capitol on Oct. 8, 2022. Photo by Mario Tama | Getty Images Two recent state supreme court decisions upholding stringent abortion bans in Arizona and Florida have the potential to shake up the November elections. In both Sun Belt states, the rulings could buoy support for constitutional amendments that protect access to abortion. They could also create a liability for Republican candidates attempting to distance themselves from their party’s restrictive — and unpopular — abortion policies. This article was originally pu ..read more
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Appeals court rejects Abe Hamadeh’s third challenge to his 2022 AG loss
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by Caitlin Sievers
3d ago
Abe Hamadeh at a November 2023 campaign event. Photo by Gage Skidmore (modified) | Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0 Nearly a year-and-a-half after the election, an Arizona appeals court agreed with a trial court judge that Abe Hamadeh’s third challenge to the results of the 2022 election should not move forward.  Hamadeh, a Republican, lost the race for Arizona attorney general to Democrat Kris Mayes by only 280 votes. And he’s still trying to get that loss overturned, even as he mounts a campaign to represent the Eighth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives And while he wrote i ..read more
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