Tag Archives: Phoenix

Police: Fire At Arizona Dem Headquarters Was Arson

The Associated Press reports: A fire that destroyed the Arizona and Maricopa County Democratic Party headquarters was an act of arson, authorities said. Investigators were gathering surveillance video from nearby buildings after combing the wreckage and concluding the fire was human-caused, authorities said. Nobody was hurt. Police Sgt. Mercedes Fortune declined to reveal what evidence convinced investigators the blaze was …

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Arizona Dem Party Headquarters Destroyed In Fire

Phoenix’s NBC News affiliate reports:  The headquarters of the Arizona Democratic Party in Phoenix caught on fire early Friday. The Phoenix Fire Department said firefighters were dispatched to the building near Central Avenue and Thomas Road around 1 a.m. for reports of smoke coming from the building. When crews arrived, they found heavy smoke and fire coming from the building. …

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Phoenix Mayor: FEMA Denied Pleas For Testing Help

Arizona Central reports: The Federal Emergency Management Agency denied multiple requests for a mega-COVID-19 testing site in Phoenix, according to Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. Gallego said her office asked FEMA to implement a large-scale, drive-thru testing site — as they’ve done in other cities, including Houston — multiple times since the earliest days of the novel coronavirus pandemic. She said …

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GOP Arizona Gov: No Need For LGBT Protections

Tucson.com reports: Gov. Doug Ducey won’t support extending state laws to prohibit discrimination against individuals based on their sexual orientation. “I’m against discrimination in all its forms,” the governor said Thursday. But Ducey said he does not think it’s necessary to provide people who are gay the same legal protections that exist for already established protected classes. The governor also …

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VIRAL VIDEO: Man Gains Fame As #GreenShirtGuy After Laughing Hysterically At Screaming Trump Cultists

The Hill reports: A man went viral as #GreenShirtGuy on Wednesday after a video showed him hysterically laughing at a pair of Trump supporters circulated widely online. The video has been shared thousands of times, with hundreds of users sharing the hashtag #GreenShirtGuy. The incident — and the man’s viral fame — began with a protest of an Arizona city’s …

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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: Hate Group Appeals To State Supreme Court In Bid To Overturn Phoenix LGBT Rights Ordinance

The Arizona Capitol Times reports: A Christian law firm is making a last-ditch effort to convince the state’s high court that businesses — at least some of them — have a constitutional right to refuse to sell their services and products to gays. In new legal filings, attorneys for Alliance Defending Freedom are telling the Arizona Supreme Court that the …

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ARIZONA: Hate Group Loses Second Court Battle To Overturn Phoenix LGBT Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

The Arizona Republic reports: A Maricopa County Superior Court judge has quashed a local wedding shop’s attempt to override a Phoenix ordinance that protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination. Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski, owners of Brush & Nib Studio and self-described evangelical Christians, create invitations and other handmade artwork for weddings and events. They filed a …

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Arizona Newspaper: By Pardoning Joe Arpaio, Trump Has Made It Clear That Institutional Racism Is His Goal

From the editorial board of the Arizona Republic: While America was talking about tearing down monuments that offend historically oppressed people, Donald Trump effectively erected yet another one. His pardon of Joe Arpaio elevated the disgraced former Maricopa County sheriff to monument status among the immigration hardliners and nationalists in Trump’s base. This erases any doubt about whether Trump meant …

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ARIZONA: Phoenix Pride Parade Spirals Into Ugliness After Immigration Activists Block Route [VIDEO]

The Phoenix New Times reports: For a few brief moments this Sunday, activists from Trans Queer Pueblo shut down the Phoenix Pride Parade, unfurling a giant banner that read, “No Justice, No Pride.” As Trans Queer Pueblo explained to New Times on Friday, their message was a simple one: They want Pride to be inclusive and stand up for the …

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PHOENIX: City Threatens To Sue Trump For Illegally Using Their Cops In Campaign Commercial [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: Phoenix officials, infuriated over an ad for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign that includes city cops, fired off a letter Thursday demanding that the ad be taken down immediately. The ad, titled “Movement,” portrays Trump meeting with a variety of people — including, for about one second, uniformed police officers at what appears to be an airport, with …

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World Net Daily Has The Phoenix Sadz

Yesterday I reported that the anti-LGBT hate group Alliance Defending Freedom has been smacked down in their preliminary attempt to overturn Phoenix’s LGBT rights ordinance. Today World Net Daily reacts in typical fashion: A Superior Court judge in Arizona has adopted the position that “gay” rights outweigh the First Amendment’s protection for the “free exercise of religion” in a key …

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PHOENIX: Haters Sue To Overturn LGBT Rights Ordinance On Behalf Of Wedding Invitations Studio

Nobody has ASKED the Brush & Nib studio to create any same-sex wedding invitations, but they’re suing to overturn Phoenix’s public accommodations law just in case. Via press release: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing a Phoenix art studio that specializes in hand-painting, hand-lettering, and calligraphy for weddings and other events filed suit in state court Thursday to challenge a city …

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ARIZONA: GOP Maricopa County Recorder Won’t Resign Over Primary Voter Suppression [VIDEO]

News outlets nationwide have reported on the mess in Arizona’s Mariciopa Country, the state’s most populous, where primary voters waited for hours due to a 70% reduction in the number of polling places. The GOP official who made that call says she won’t resign. Via the Arizona Republic: Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell took responsibility for the hours-long lines at …

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PHOENIX: City Council Ends All Invocations Rather Than Allow Opening Prayer By Satanic Temple

The Satanic Temple, which is actually a group of atheist activists and pranksters, has trolled the Phoenix City Council into ending its practice of opening their meeting with prayers. The Washington Post reports: For weeks now, Phoenix lawmakers have wrestled with the idea of allowing members of a Satanic group to give the invocation before an upcoming city meeting. Phoenix …

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Two Arizona Mayors: Veto Anti-Gay Hate

The Democratic mayors of Phoenix and Tempe took to Twitter to denounce Arizona’s anti-gay bill and demand that it be vetoed by Gov. Jan Brewer. Notably quiet is the GOP mayor of Mesa, Scott Smith, who is running for governor. Also silent so far is Jay Tibshraeny, the GOP mayor of Chandler, Arizona’s fourth-largest city. (But he DID just tweet …

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TODAY: Protest At Arizona Capitol

From the event’s Facebook page: People are starting to go to the Capitol and aiming for a large protest gathering TODAY between 4 and 6 pm. Signs, speakers, good shoes. Come and be seen. Peaceful and respectful actions! Arizona’s State Legislature and the conservative majority in control are pushing to pass the expanded “religious freedom” bills and then have them …

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Campaign Sign Of The Day

Phoenix City Council candidate Austin Head, who is openly gay and openly HIV+, is raising eyebrows with the above campaign sign.  Hit the link, he tells quite the life story. (Via JMG reader Mich)

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Phoenix Approves LGBT Rights Bill

By a vote of 5-3, last night the Phoenix City Council broadened anti-bias protections to include LGBT residents. As usual, opponents lined up to scream that men in dresses were going to invade the city’s restrooms. The Human Relations Ordinance revolves around adding three phrases to the city’s anti-discrimination policies when it comes to employment, housing, city contracts and public …

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Arizona Dust Storm

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