Tag Archives: Arizona

GOP Senate Candidate Calls For Annexing Mexico

Real Clear Politics reports: Donald Trump wants to build the wall. A wannabe-Donald Trump in Arizona wants to annex Mexico. Ahead of a general election where the Grand Canyon State could be a bit of a problem for the president, the wealthy owner of a cosmetics company, Daniel McCarthy, is challenging incumbent Sen. Martha McSally in the Republican primary. His …

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ARIZONA: State Supreme Court Rules For Anti-LGBT Hate Group On Phoenix Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

The Phoenix New Times reports: In a 4-3 opinion, The Arizona Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Phoenix-based Brush & Nib Studio, a small business that refused to produce wedding invitations for LGBTQ couples. The case pitted the business owners against the city of Phoenix, with key elements including the concepts of artistic freedom, religious rights, and anti-discrimination laws. …

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ARIZONA: GOP Chair Kelli Ward Sends Email Vowing To “Stop That Gun-Grabber Mark Kelly Dead In His Tracks”

Talking Points Memo reports: Arizona GOP chairwoman Kelli Ward promised to stop Mark Kelly — husband of gunshot victim former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) and Senate candidate – “dead in his tracks.” “Support the Republican Party of Arizona today and, together, we’ll stop gun-grabber Mark Kelly dead in his tracks,” Ward wrote in a fundraising email. Neither the Arizona Republican …

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Arizona: Joe Arpaio Seeks Reelection As County Sheriff

The Washington Post reports: Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff from Arizona who was pardoned by President Trump for criminal contempt of court and subsequently fell short in a Republican bid for a U.S. Senate seat, announced Sunday that he is seeking reelection to his old job. “On this day, August 25, 2019, after consultation and approval from my wife of …

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GOP Official: Gay Men Have A Life Expectancy Of 42

The Phoenix New Times reports: A former Arizona state senator currently serving as an elected official in Mohave County is under fire for making homophobic remarks. Mohave County Supervisor Ron Gould on Tuesday falsely claimed to the Kingman Daily Miner that gay men have an average life expectancy of 42. Asked whether he believes gay men die younger because of …

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ARIZONA: Republican Gov Flip-Flops On Nike Plant

NBC News reports: Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is ready to just do it: Change his mind and welcome Nike with open arms. Ducey initially tweeted last week that he was ordering the state’s commerce authority to “withdraw all financial incentive dollars” for Nike to build a plant in the city of Goodyear. His decision followed the sneaker company’s announcement that …

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ARIZONA: Former State Education Director Accuses Democrats Of Flying “Pedephilia Flag” Over Capitol

The Arizona Republic reports: Former Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas is taking criticism over a Facebook post she made Wednesday that associated a transgender pride flag with pedophilia and blasted two public officials. Douglas later said she had mixed up the blue and pink transgender pride flag, which was briefly displayed at the Capitol, with a flag reportedly …

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ARIZONA: Mark Kelly Reveals Huge Fundraising Haul

The Arizona Republic reports: Democrat Mark Kelly, the retired astronaut who is hoping to unseat Republican Sen. Martha McSally in Arizona’s 2020 Senate race, raised $4.2 million during April, May and June, exceeding his first-quarter fundraising. All told, he has raised $8.3 million since announcing his candidacy in February, and he has nearly $6 million cash on hand, according to …

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Arizona Gov Cancels Nike Incentives After Company Pulls Flag Sneaker: We Don’t Suck Up To Non-Patriots

ABC News reports: In a series of tweets early Tuesday, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced that he has ordered the Arizona Commerce Authority to withdraw all financial incentive dollars to encourage Nike to add a manufacturing plant in the Valley. Ducey’s decision stems from a Wall Street Journal report that said former NFL quarterback-turned-social justice activist Colin Kaepernick convinced Nike …

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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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