Tag Archives: Arizona

ARIZONA: GOP Gov. Doug Ducey Signs Repeal Of “No Promo Homo” Ban On LGBT-Inclusive Sex Education

ABC News reports: A controversial 28-year-old Arizona law that bars HIV and AIDS instruction that “promotes a homosexual lifestyle” was swiftly done away with this week. The Arizona Legislature quickly voted on Wednesday and Thursday to advance Senate Bill 1346, which contains an amendment to repeal the provisions concerning homosexuality. Gov. Doug Ducey signed it minutes after the state Senate …

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ARIZONA: GOP State Rep Resigns After Revelation Of ’80s Arrest For Paying Underage Boys For Sex [VIDEO]

Tucson’s ABC affiliate reports: Documents gathered as part of the House Ethics Committee’s investigation into the conduct of former Prescott Rep. David Stringer show the lawmaker allegedly paid children for sex acts in the 1980s. Stringer resigned earlier this week rather than comply with the committee’s subpoena as it looked into a 1983 sex abuse case and racially insensitive statements …

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Arizona Sued Over “No Promo Homo” Education Law

The Arizona Republic reports: Two gay-rights organizations are suing Arizona over its so-called “No Promo Homo” law, which bans public district and charter school HIV/AIDS instruction that “promotes a homosexual lifestyle.” The National Center for Lesbian Rights and Lambda Legal filed the lawsuit Thursday in federal court on behalf of Equality Arizona, a nonprofit that advocates for LGBT residents. An …

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Man Charged For Threatening Arizona Mosque

CBS News reports: Police say a man threatened and intimidated members of a Phoenix mosque Saturday evening. According to the Phoenix Police Department, 40-year-old Noel Thomas Becht was reportedly acting suspiciously at the United Islamic Center of Arizona located near 35th Avenue and Yorkshire Drive. He first entered the mosque and told members he was curious about the Muslim religion. …

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Arizona GOP Rep: Vaccines Are A Communist Value

The Hill reports: An Arizona state lawmaker said this week that state-mandated vaccines are a “communist” value. State Rep. Kelly Townsend (R), in a lengthy Facebook post on Thursday, warned that measles outbreaks are going to result in Arizonans having to “give up our liberty, the very sovereignty of our body.” “I read yesterday that the idea is being floated …

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ARIZONA: Astronaut Husband Of Former Rep. Gabby Giffords To Challenge Sen. Martha McSally [VIDEO]

Tucson’s ABC affiliate reports: U.S. Navy combat veteran and retired NASA astronaut, Mark Kelly announced early Tuesday morning that he is running for U.S. Senate in Arizona in 2020. Kelly will run against Sen. Martha McSally, who was recently appointed by Gov. Doug Ducey to take over late Sen. John McCain’s seat. “This campaign is about the people of Arizona, …

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ARIZONA: Atheist Groups Launch Billboard Campaign Warning That Specialty Plate Sales Fund Hate Group

Hemant Mehta reports at The Friendly Atheist: Arizona citizens have been inadvertently funding a Christian hate group whenever they pay the fee for the specialty “In God We Trust” license plate. It’s not public knowledge that a large portion of that fee goes to Alliance Defending Freedom, and State Sen. Juan Mendez has filed two bill intended to make that …

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Arizona Bill Would Declare Porn A “Public Health Crisis”

Arizona Central reports: Citing concerns about the proliferation of erotic images online and their “toxic” effect on behavior, Arizona lawmakers are pushing to declare pornography a public health crisis. State Rep. Michelle Udall, R-Mesa, introduced a measure that declares the crisis and states porn “perpetuates a sexually toxic environment that damages all areas of our society.” “Like the tobacco industry, …

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Cindy McCain Apologizes After Police Contradict Her Claim Of Stopping Child Trafficking Incident At Airport

CBS News reports: A claim by Cindy McCain that she had stopped a human trafficking incident at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport was shown to be false Wednesday by CBS Phoenix affiliate KPHO-TV. McCain, widow of Sen John McCain, made the assertion in an interview on Glendale, Arizona radio station KTAR. “I came in from a trip I’d been on …

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ARIZONA: Specialty “In God We Trust” License Plate Is Secretly Funding Anti-LGBT Christian Hate Group

Hemant Mehta reports at The Friendly Atheist: If you want to buy the specialty “In God We Trust” license plate in Arizona, the state says that $17 of your $25 annual fee “goes to promote the national motto ‘In God We Trust’, 1st amendment rights and the heritage of this state and nation.” What the state doesn’t tell anyone publicly …

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ARIZONA: Top Educator Calls For Repeal Of “No Promo Homo” Law Banning Pro-LGBT Sex Ed Lessons On HIV

The Tucson Star reports: The state’s new schools chief is calling on lawmakers to repeal a law that prohibits any courses on AIDS and HIV from portraying homosexuality “as a positive alternative lifestyle.” In her first-ever State of Education speech, Kathy Hoffman told members of the House Education Committee on Monday the system needs to support the emotional well-being of …

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ARIZONA: Anti-LGBT Business Owners Are “Ready For Jail” If They Lose Appeal At State Supreme Court

Fox News reports: The owners of a wedding invitation design business said Wednesday they’re prepared to go to jail if the Arizona Supreme Court rules against them in a case to determine if a city ordinance meant to protect LGBT couples from discrimination violates their free speech and religious rights. In a radio exclusive with the “Todd Starnes Show,” Brush …

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ARIZONA: Republican Lawmaker Intros $20 Internet Porn Tax With Proceeds To Fund Trump’s Border Wall

The Arizona Mirror reports: A GOP lawmaker has a novel idea for how a border wall with Mexico should be funded: Force every Arizonan who wants to access pornographic material on an electronic device to pay $20. Republican Rep. Gail Griffin, R-Hereford, has introduced House Bill 2444, which would make “distributors” of devices that allow access to the internet install …

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ARIZONA: Husband Of GOP Former Senate Candidate Accused Of Spitting In The Eye Of Turncoat Volunteer

The Arizona Republic reports: Former U.S. Senate candidate Kelli Ward’s husband was accused of spitting in the eye of one of her former volunteers because the volunteer subsequently supported her former political foe, Martha McSally, police records obtained Tuesday show. The alleged incident happened at the Arizona Republican Party’s general-election night gala on Nov. 6 at the Paradise Valley Doubletree …

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ARIZONA: State GOP Forbids Criticism Of Trump

Arizona Central reports: In a recent Arizona Republican Party newsletter, Chairman Jonathan Lines issued marching orders for elected Republican officials in clear, concise, mildly threatening terms: Lines declared that office holders must “stand with” President Donald Trump. And that it is “non-negotiable.” Chairman Lines was in a tizzy over an essay written by newly elected Utah Sen. Mitt Romney in …

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ARIZONA: GOP State Rep Lifted Anti-Teacher “Code Of Ethics” Bill From Far-Right Racist Group’s Manifesto

The Arizona New Times reports: The language of an Arizona legislator’s proposed educator code of ethics restricting teachers from engaging in political advocacy in the classroom was lifted from a campaign by a far-right organization. Representative Mark Finchem, a Republican from Oro Valley near Tucson, introduced HB 2002 last month. The nine points of Finchem’s proposed ethical code are identical …

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ARIZONA: Republican Bill Would Fire Public School Teachers For Discussing “Controversial” Topics In Class

The Arizona Daily Star reports: State Rep. Mark Finchem wants to ban public and charter school teachers from spreading “controversial” political, racial and religious messages in their classrooms. The Oro Valley Republican introduced House Bill 2002 in the Legislature last week. If it passes, teachers could face consequences as severe as losing their jobs for engaging in any “political, ideological …

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Arizona GOP Sen. Jon Kyl To Resign On December 31st

The Arizona Republic reports: U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl will resign from the U.S. Senate on Dec. 31, The Arizona Republic has confirmed, setting up a second appointment by Gov. Doug Ducey to the seat once occupied by the late John McCain. Ducey is required under law to name another Republican to the seat. There is intense interest from Senate Majority …

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Video Captures Start Of 47,000 Acre Wildfire Sparked By Border Patrol Agent’s “Gender Reveal” Explosion

The Arizona Daily Star reports: The Sawmill Fire is shown erupting from an exploding target — with blue smoke curling off the fire’s fringes — in a video just obtained by the Arizona Daily Star. The 49-second video clearly shows the fire starting in yellow grassland near a stand of mesquite trees from the exploding target on state land in …

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Sen. Jon Kyl Waffles On Stepping Aside For McSally

Politico reports: Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) said Tuesday that he hasn’t decided how long he’ll serve as the late John McCain’s appointed replacement and kept the door open to suggesting that Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) — who lost her Senate bid last week — serve out the remainder of his term. When Kyl agreed to step into the Senate seat …

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