Tag Archives: Arizona

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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BREAKING: Sinema Declared Winner, McSally Concedes

Roll Call reports: Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema has made history by becoming the first woman elected to represent Arizona in the Senate. She defeated Republican Rep. Martha McSally after several days of ballot counting. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Sinema led McSally 50 percent to 48 percent when The Associated Press called the race six days after Election Day. …

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Democrat Krysten Sinema Closes In On Senate Win

Politico reports: Arizona’s Senate race isn’t over. But Kyrsten Sinema should be feeling awfully good about her chances. Even some Republicans have begun to acknowledge the increasing likelihood of defeat. “I think it’s over,” said Chuck Coughlin, a veteran Republican strategist in the state, crediting Democrats’ turnout operation, particularly among early voters. “It’s just not there. It’s not in the …

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ARIZONA: Dem Doubles Lead In Senate Vote Count

The Hill reports: Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D) widened her lead over Rep. Martha McSally (R) in the heated Arizona Senate race after a new round of ballots from were tallied in the Democrat’s favor late Friday. Sinema more than doubled her lead over McSally with Friday afternoon’s latest tranche of results. The Democrat now leads her GOP challenger by 21,185 …

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Trump Calls For New Election As Dem Stretches Lead

The Arizona Republic reports: With Arizona’s U.S. Senate race at stake, President Donald Trump raised the prospect of a “new Election” as well as “electoral corruption.” Trump’s tweet came as his candidate, Republican hopeful Martha McSally, lagged behind Democratic hopeful Kyrsten Sinema, and as local GOP groups were headed to court over election-related practices in Maricopa County and Pima County, …

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ARIZONA: GOP Sues To Stop Counting Mail-In Ballots

Phoenix’s ABC affiliate reports: Republicans filed a lawsuit Thursday to challenge the way some Arizona counties count mail-in ballots as election officials began to slowly tally more than 600,000 outstanding votes in the narrow U.S. Senate race — a task that could take days. Republican Rep. Martha McSally and Democratic Rep. Kyrstin Sinema were separated by a small fraction of …

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ARIZONA: State GOP Operatives Get Busted Trying To Donate “Communist Party” Money To Dem House Rep

The Guardian reports: Two young Arizona Republicans tried to make a donation to a congressman while posing as members of a university communist party, in an apparent attempt to tie the Democrat to the far left. On Friday afternoon in Flagstaff, two men who called themselves Jose Rosales and Ahmahd Sadia walked into the campaign office of first-term Democrat Tom …

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Jeff Flake: I’m Leaving The Senate But Not Politics

The Hill reports: Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) on Tuesday vowed to stay involved in politics after he leaves the Senate in November, noting that he doesn’t yet know “at what level or in what way” but plans to remain committed. “I’m not leaving the Senate because I’m not tied to this institution or ‘pox on all your houses,'” Flake said …

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Border Patrol Agent Pleads Guilty To Sparking 47K Acre Wildfire With Fireworks At Gender Reveal Party [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: A Border Patrol agent pleaded guilty to starting an Arizona wildfire by shooting a rifle at a target intended to reveal the gender of his baby. Dennis Dickey, 37, of Tucson, Arizona, pleaded guilty Friday to causing the Sawmill Fire, which torched swaths of Coronado National Forest, federal land administered by the U.S. Forest Service, and caused …

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ARIZONA: New Poll Shows Senate Race In Dead Heat

NBC News reports: Arizona’s closely watched Senate race is a statistical tie, according to a new NBC News / Marist College poll that shows Democrat Kyrsten Sinema leading Republican Martha McSally by three points with likely voters, within the poll’s margin of error. The poll finds Sinema garnering 48 percent support from Arizona likely voters in a two-way contest, while …

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ARIZONA: State Education Head Taps “Dinosaurs Were On Noah’s Ark” Man To Revise Evolution Curriculum

The Phoenix New Times reports: Arizona Superintendent Diane Douglas tapped a young-earth creationist to serve last month on a committee tasked with revising the state’s science curriculum standards on evolution. Joseph Kezele, the president of the Arizona Origin Science Association, is a staunch believer in the idea that enough scientific evidence exists to back up the biblical story of creation. …

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ARIZONA: New Poll Shows Senate Race In Dead Heat

Arizona’s US Senate race between Rep. Martha McSally and Rep. Kyrsten Sinema [photo] is now a dead heat: A Gravis Marketing poll found McSally ahead of Sinema 49 to 48 percent, a lead within the survey’s 3.3 point margin of error. Three percent of voters are still undecided. Monday’s survey is the first one this year where McSally, who recently …

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Former McCain Aide May Run For Senate As Dem

The Washington Post reports: John McCain’s former chief of staff said Wednesday that he is considering running for the Senate as a Democrat as he grapples with President Trump’s policies and the late Arizona senator’s death. Grant Woods, who is also a former Arizona attorney general, said in an interview that he has spoken to several Democratic senators about the …

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Former GOP Sen. Jon Kyl To Succeed John McCain

Arizona Central reports: Jon Kyl, once one of the most powerful Republicans in the U.S. Senate, will return to Capitol Hill to succeed the late Sen. John McCain, The Arizona Republic has learned. Gov. Doug Ducey is scheduled to unveil the 76-year-old as McCain’s successor at a 10 a.m. news conference at the Arizona Capitol, after notifying McCain’s wife, Cindy, …

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Sarah Palin Not Invited To John McCain’s Funeral

NBC News reports: Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) has not been invited to attend funeral services for Sen. John McCain, her one-time running mate. A source within the Palin family told NBC News that “out of respect to Senator McCain and his family we have nothing to add at this point.” “The Palin family will always cherish their friendship …

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