Tag Archives: Arizona

GOP Poll Shows Mark Kelly +3 Over Blake Masters

The Hill reports: Arizona Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly is leading Republican challenger Blake Masters by 3 points in the state’s Senate race, according to a new poll. A poll from the Atlanta-based Trafalgar Group, a GOP polling firm, found Kelly leading Masters among respondents when they were asked who they would vote for if Arizona’s 2022 midterm elections were held …

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QAnon Kari Lake Loses Bid To Ban Voting Machines

Courthouse News reports: A federal judge in Arizona dismissed a suit Friday seeking to ban electronic voting machines ahead of the November midterm election, brought by Republican candidates who claim the machines may have security flaws. In the suit, Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake and secretary of state candidate Mark Finchem claimed an injunction to stop the use of voting …

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Masters Scrubs Website Of Anti-Abortion Rhetoric

NBC News reports: Arizona Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters softened his tone and scrubbed his website’s policy page of tough abortion restrictions Thursday as his party reels from the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade. In an ad posted to Twitter on Thursday, Masters sought to portray his opponent, Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly, as the extremist on the issue …

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Cultist Arizona AG Nominee Boasted Of Voter Fraud

The Phoenix New Times reports: Abe Hamadeh has built his campaign for attorney general around cleaning up elections in Arizona. Yet as a teenager, he boasted to an online message board about voting before he was legally allowed to and altering his mom’s ballot. The posts were among thousands Hamadeh made to an online message board beginning in 2007. When …

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GOP Goes QAnon To Attack Dem Arizona Gov Nominee

The Arizona Mirror reports: The woman front and center in a Republican Governors Association ad attacking Democratic gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs has ties to QAnon-related events and has spread conspiracy theories about COVID-19. The ad, titled “Traci,” features a San Tan Valley woman named Traci Hansen who in the ad calls herself an “advocate for human trafficking victims” and says …

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Cultist Charged With Threatening AZ Elections Official

From the Justice Department: A Missouri man was indicted yesterday for allegedly leaving a voicemail containing a threat on the personal cell phone of an election official in the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office in Maricopa County, Arizona. Walter Lee Hoornstra, 50, of Tecumseh, is charged with one count of communicating an interstate threat and one count of making a threatening …

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AZ Sec Of State Nominee Kept “Treason Watch List”

CNN reports: The Republican nominee for secretary of state in Arizona is a self-proclaimed member of the far-right extremist group the Oath Keepers who repeatedly shared anti-government conspiracies and posts about stockpiling ammunition on social media. CNN’s KFile team uncovered previously unreported posts from Mark Finchem, an Arizona state representative who won his party’s nomination with the endorsement of former …

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Kari Lake Wants “Trump-Inspired” School Curriculum

Phoenix’s NBC News affiliate reports: The Donald Trump-endorsed nominee for Arizona governor wants the state’s schoolchildren to learn from a curriculum inspired in part by Trump. “We want a curriculum that makes sense. We want a curriculum that sets our kids up for success,” Republican Kari Lake, a former TV news anchor, said at an event at the state Capitol. …

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DeSantis Rallies For QAnon Arizona Election Deniers

Florida Politics reports: Gov. Ron DeSantis was two time zones away from the Sunshine State Sunday night. The Florida Governor was in Phoenix, Arizona, rallying for U.S. Senate candidate Blake Masters and gubernatorial hopeful Kari Lake, under the auspices of a Turning Point USA “Unite to Win” rally tour appearance. Masters and Lake, acolytes of Donald Trump, have questioned the …

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Armed Cultists Rally At Phoenix FBI Office [VIDEO]

Phoenix’s Fox affiliate reports: Signs reading “Honor your oath” and “Abolish FBI” were seen outside the FBI office in Phoenix on Aug. 13, just days after news broke that the agency searched former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Florida. Several of those who were there were armed with guns. FBI agents seized classified records from Trump’s home during the …

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Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio Loses Bid For Small Town Mayor

The Associated Press reports: Joe Arpaio, the 90-year-old former Arizona sheriff who was a once powerful figure in Republican politics but was ousted nearly six years ago amid frustration over his headline-grabbing tactics and legal troubles, was defeated Wednesday in a race for mayor of the affluent suburb where he has lived for more than two decades. His defeat in …

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GOP Governors Group To Pour Millions Into AZ Race

The Arizona Daily Star reports: The Republican Governors Association is going to put at least $11 million into commercials to ensure that Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s successor is of the same political party. But don’t look for that money to be spent extolling the virtues of Kari Lake, the GOP nominee for governor. Instead, given the organization’s record, the commercials …

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Anti-LGBTQ AZ Youth Pastor Charged With Child Rape

The Arizona Independent reports: According to the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office, on Tuesday August 2, 2022 at approximately 1:11 p.m., a report was received of sexual offenses involving a juvenile, one of which took place in the 4400 Block of 10th Street. The investigation revealed that Franklin Sharples, age 34, a youth pastor at Champion Church, had committed sexual offenses …

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QAnon Nutbag Kari Lake Wins GOP Arizona Gov Primary

The Associated Press reports: Kari Lake, a former news anchor who walked away from her journalism career and was embraced by Donald Trump and his staunch supporters, won the Republican primary for Arizona governor on Thursday. Lake’s victory was a blow to the GOP establishment that lined up behind lawyer and businesswoman Karrin Taylor Robson in an attempt to push …

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Still No Winner In Arizona GOP Gubernatorial Primary

The Arizona Republic reports: Elections officials continue to count ballots from Tuesday’s primary election, and those that are slowing down the results are mostly ones that people dropped off at the polls. Numbers released Wednesday evening showed a small increase in votes for both Kari Lake and Karrin Taylor Robson as they vie for the GOP nomination for governor. Likewise, …

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QAnon Oath Keeper Wins AZ State Senate Primary

Phoenix’s NBC affiliate reports: After a tight race, State Sen. Kelly Townsend has conceded to her opponent, Sen. Wendy Rogers [photo]. But Townsend said it came with a steep price tag. “It took $1,732,200.27 to beat me,” Townsend said in a post on Twitter. The two had been running in the Republican primary for District 7 State Senator. According to …

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Suspected “Q” Of QAnon Finishes Last In AZ Primary

The Daily Dot reports: Ron Watkins, the man suspected by many of being behind the QAnon conspiracy theory, has lost his primary race for Congress in Arizona. Watkins is firmly in last place among seven other Republicans, only able to secure little more than 3% of the vote, which right now amounts to around 3,000 people. As the former administrator …

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QAnon AZ Candidate Warned On Stealing Ballot Pens

USA Today reports: The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office on Tuesday ordered a Republican candidate to stop urging voters to replace government-issued pens at polling stations. In a cease and desist letter, the County Attorney’s Office told Maricopa County Board of Supervisors candidate Gail Golec to immediately retract social media posts. Golec, a Scottsdale real estate agent who has previously spread …

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AZ House Speaker Loses Primary After Jan. 6 Testimony

Axios reports: Rusty Bowers, the Arizona House speaker who rose to national prominence after testifying to the Jan. 6 committee about Donald Trump’s attempts to pressure him into overturning his state’s vote for Joe Biden, lost the Republican primary for an open state Senate seat, per AP. Former state Sen. David Farnsworth trounced Bowers for the Republican nomination in Legislative …

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QAnon Oath Keeper Wins AZ Sec Of State Primary

NBC News reports: Mark Finchem, a prominent 2020 election denier and an Arizona state legislator, has won the Republican secretary of state primary, NBC News projects. With 99% percent of the expected vote in, Finchem, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, had 40% of the vote. If elected, Finchem would, as the official who oversees the state office …

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