Arizona Democratic Party Censures Senator Sinema over Filibuster Stance

The Arizona Democratic Party executive committee approved a resolution on Saturday to censure Senator Krysten Sinema (D-AZ) because of her stance on the filibuster in the U.S. Senate.

Because of the long-standing rule that requires a 60 vote-threshold to advance certain pieces of legislation, Democrats were unable to advance “voting rights” bills.

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Professor Jordan Peterson Surrenders Full Time Status at University of Toronto, Warns of Dangers of Certain ‘Social Justice’ Initiatives

Jordan Peterson, a long time professor at the University of Toronto, announced on Wednesday that he will surrender his full time status, largely due to social justice initiatives of the university and higher education in general.

However, Peterson will remain at the school. He will receive the title of professor emeritus, a title normally awarded to a retired professor who wishes to remain involved in academia.

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Despite Campaign Pledge to Serve as an ‘Independent,’ Arizona Senator Mark Kelly Backs Pathway to Change the Filibuster

Senator Mark Kelly (D-AZ) announced on Wednesday that he will support a change to eliminate the Senate filibuster, despite his campaign pledge to work as an “independent.”

In a statement, Kelly detailed his openness to give one party unilateral power in an effort to protect “the vote-by-mail system.”

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Senator Kyrsten Sinema Angers Democrats, Continues to Support Senate Filibuster

Kyrsten Sinema

Senator Kyrsten Sinema (R-AZ) angered members of her own party by continuing to support the 60-vote requirement for certain pieces of legislation, known as the filibuster.

The decision from Sinema and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), which has remained the same for months, stopped President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats from eliminating the rule.

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Federal Government Threatens to Cut Arizona’s Relief Funds Following Ducey’s Support For In-Person Learning

The Biden administration on Friday threatened to cut Arizona’s coronavirus relief funding because of Governor Doug Ducey’s policies to continue in-person learning in the state.

According to the letter from the U.S. Treasury Department, Ducey’s programs, which award funds to parents who are seeking to remove their children from schools that shut down or implement a mask mandate, are not a permitted use of the money.

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Tea Party Patriots and Job Creators Network Praise Supreme Court Ruling on Biden’s OSHA Vaccine Mandate

Tea Party Patriots Action (TPPA) and the Job Creators Network (JCN) praised the ruling handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court that prohibited President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for private businesses.

The mandate, which would have been enacted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, could have forced businesses with 100 or more employees to mandate the vaccine or weekly testing.

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First Circuit Court of Appeals Rules Students Have No Constitutional Right to Civics Education

The U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday that students in the state have no constitutional right to learn about civics while in school.

The ruling, written by U.S. Judge Denise Casper, denied an appeal from the group, upholding a decision rendered from a lower court.

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Governor Ducey, Arizona Sheriffs Urge Federal Legislation to Address Border Crisis

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey on Tuesday met will eleven different sheriffs from across the state to discuss efforts to secure the U.S. southern border.

Ducey and the law enforcement urged action from the state’s Democratic Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly.

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Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy Endorses Juan Ciscomani in Congressional Contest

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA-23) on Monday endorsed congressional candidate Juan Ciscomani in the race to represent Arizona’s new 6th Congressional District.

Ciscomani, an advisor to Governor Doug Ducey on the Arizona-Mexico Commission, is a native of Southern Arizona and looking to fill the vacant seat, following the retirement of Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ-02).

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Arizona Gubernatorial Candidate Karrin Taylor Robson Hauls in More Than $3 Million During Fundraising Quarter

Karrin Taylor Robson

Arizona gubernatorial candidate Karrin Taylor Robson hauled in more than $3 million during the previous fundraising quarter, according to a press release from her campaign.

The overwhelming majority of the funds, 87 percent, came from residents of the state, as the campaign amassed more than 15,000 individual donors.

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Arizona Governor Doug Ducey Pledges to Continue In-Person Learning, Provides Funding to Families Impacted by Virtual Instruction

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey on Tuesday pledged to continue in-person learning for students across the state, even if it requires unconventional methods.

Ducey created the Open for Learning Recovery Benefit program, which will provide financial assistance to families who may face unexpected barriers due to school closures.

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Former President Trump to Host First 2022 Rally in Arizona

Former President Donald Trump will host his first rally in 2022 in Florence, Arizona, according to a release from his Save America PAC.

The event, which will take place on January 15, will begin Trump’s efforts to boost his endorsed candidates during the 2022 midterm election season in the state he narrowly lost to President Joe Biden.

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey Challenges Biden over Hypocrisy of Federal Vaccine Mandates

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, who has been a constant critic of vaccine mandates, challenged President Joe Biden over his apparent hypocrisy in handling the coronavirus pandemic.

In a recent address, Biden claimed it is not up to the federal government to solve the coronavirus pandemic. However, as Governor Ducey noted, Biden has remained determined to impose federal vaccine mandates for individuals across the country.

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Arizona State Senator Jamescita Peshlakai Resigns, Will Join Biden Administration

Arizona State Senator Jamescita Mae Peshlakai will resign from her position in that legislature and accept a role in the Biden administration, according to a letter she submitted to Senate President Karen Fann and Minority Leader Rebecca Rios.

While complete details of her new job have not been released, she is expected to join the Department of the Interior, working for Secretary Deb Haaland who was the first Native American woman to assume the title.

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Independent Journalist Alex Berenson Sues Twitter for First Amendment Violation

Independent journalist Alex Berenson on Monday announced from his SubStack account, “Unreported Truths,” a lawsuit against Twitter for violating his First Amendment rights.

The lawsuit, which follows the social media giant banning the author from the platform, contends that multiple Twitter officials assured Berenson that he would have access to the platform, only to be kicked off later.

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Potential Terrorist Apprehended at Southern Border in Arizona

Border Patrol agents working in the Yuma Sector apprehended a potential terrorist at the U.S. Southern border, according to border officials.

The individual, who entered the country illegally, came from Saudi Arabia and is connected to multiple Yemeni subjects of interest.

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Report Shows Arizona Has Recovered All Jobs Lost During COVID-19 Pandemic

Job fair by Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity

Arizona has recovered all jobs that were lost during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report from the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO).

The data shows that the state’s economy has gained 101 percent of jobs lost during the initial months of the economic shutdowns associated with the pandemic.

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Independent Redistricting Chair Sides with Democrats in First Round of Arizona’s Legislative Maps

Commission Chair Erika Schupak Neuberg

The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC) elected to begin final debate on a set of congressional maps that are favored by Democrats.

The decision was made when independent Commission Chair Erika Schupak Neuberg sided with two Democrats to override the two-vote GOP minority.

The commission was established in November 2000, when voters in the state passed Proposition 106, a citizen initiative that amended the Arizona Constitution by removing the power to draw congressional and state legislative districts from the state legislature and reassigning this task to the IRC.

The vote that Neuberg decided created a starting point for the discussion of the final boundaries. The committee will continue to debate through multiple meetings on December 21 and 22nd.

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Former President Trump Slams Congressman Adam Schiff for Allegedly Altering Text Messages Shown During Committee Hearing

Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday slammed Congressman Adam Schiff for changing the substance of a text message that he read during a January 6th Committee hearing.

Congressman Schiff (D-CA-28) allegedly altered a text message between White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH-04), according to a report from The Federalist.

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Governor Ducey Designates Funding for Arizona Food Banks

Governor Doug Ducey (R) on Monday designated funding from the state’s Coronavirus Relief Fund to food banks throughout Arizona.

The funding will be distributed to various aid organizations with a focus on helping rural families. Often, rural residents were heavily hit by the coronavirus and its economic consequences.

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Arizona Governor Ducey Aims to Ease Regulations on Commercial Truck Drivers

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed an executive order on Thursday to reduce regulations on commercial truck drivers throughout the state.

The measure, which hopes to ease the burden of the nationwide supply chain crisis, will lengthen the timeline of the commercial learners’ permit from six months to one year—giving students extra time to meet training requirements.

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Governor Ducey to Send Law Enforcement Officials to the Yuma Sector of the Southern Border

Doug Ducey

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced on Tuesday that he will send law enforcement personnel and equipment to the U.S. Southern border.

The decision comes in response to thousands of migrants attempting to enter the country in Yuma.

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Border Patrol Agents Apprehend Fentanyl, Other Drugs from Suspect Who Attempted to Escape Law Enforcement

Border Patrol agents in the Yuma Sector on Wednesday apprehended drugs and $10,000 in cash from a suspect who attempted to escape law enforcement.

Giang Van Thi Slaughter, who is a Lawfully Admitted Permanent Resident (LAPR), refused to pull over when agents initiated a traffic stop.

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Arizona Senate President Karen Fann Named Chair of American Legislative Exchange Council

Arizona Senate President Karen Fann (R-Prescott) on Wednesday was named Chair of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

Fann, who served as treasurer of the organization in 2021, was awarded the position at the group’s annual policy summit in San Diego.

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Philadelphia Republican Election Official Al Schmidt to Resign

Republican Al Schmidt, who is the only GOP member with a seat on Philadelphia’s election board, announced on Tuesday that he will resign from his position.

Schmidt, who has received harsh criticism from former President Donald Trump, is accepting a position as president and CEO of The Committee of Seventy.

The commissioner will step down in the middle of his third term.

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Empower Oversight Wins Appeal, Obtains Documents on Housing Finance Agency Office of Inspector General

Empower Oversight, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization with the goal of enhancing oversight of government, won an appeal for six Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, allowing the group to access documents previously undisclosed.

The organization sought documents related to multiple reports of misconduct in the Federal Housing Finance Agency Office of Inspector General (FHFA-OIG).

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Tea Party Patriots to Train Candidates for Local Elections

Tea Party Patriots will focus on training and helping elect “constitutionally conservative” candidates for local elections across the country.

The organization is partnering with American Majority to encourage residents to “step up and participate in government.”

“As we watch a full-fledged attack on our freedoms from the local level all the way to the federal level, we simply can’t depend on the current class of politicians to save us,” Jenny Beth Martin in a statement. “From local school boards allowing — and, in some cases, forcing — our children to learn about anti-American concepts to city councils, mayors, and governors forcing mandates on the population that are a direct violation of our rights as free people, the time for patriots to step up and participate in government is now.”

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Former President Trump Endorses Anthony Kern for Arizona State Senate

Former President Donald Trump on Monday endorsed former State Representative Anthony Kern (R-Glendale) in his campaign for State Senate.

Citing his stances on a host of issues and priorities of the former president, Trump awarded his “Complete and Total Endorsement” to Kern.

“Former Arizona State Representative Anthony Kern has already forced RINO Senator Paul Boyer out of the race for Arizona State Senate. Anthony is an incredible fighter for Election Integrity, and will bring back honesty to our voting system. He will advocate for America First policies, protect our Second Amendment, fight for strong Borders, Jobs, Great Education, and he supports decertifying the fraudulent 2020 Presidential Election results. Anthony Kern has my Complete and Total Endorsement!” Trump said in a statement.

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Former President Trump Endorses Wendy Rogers in Reelection Campaign

Former President Donald Trump on Monday endorsed Arizona State Senator Wendy Rogers (R-Flagstaff) in her campaign for an additional term.

Rogers, who has remained a supporter of Trump’s calls to investigate votes through the Maricopa ballot audit, welcomed the endorsement from the former commander-in-chief.

“Wendy is a MAGA warrior who loves our Country and listens to her constituents. She has a truly great fighting spirit, is strong on Law and Order, securing our Border, and gun rights. Wendy Rogers has my Complete and Total Endorsement for reelection to the Arizona State Senate because she FIGHTS!” Trump said in a statement.

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Former President Trump Challenges January 6th Committee to a Public Debate over 2020 Election Irregularities

Former President Donald Trump on Sunday challenged the January 6th Committee over their ongoing investigation into the event.

In a statement, Trump argued that the legislators, instead of questioning former Trump administration officials, should examine what “caused” the events.

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E-Cigarette Giant Agrees to Pay Settlement with Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and e-cigarette maker Juul Labs on Tuesday reached an agreement for a suit that alleged the company committed deceptive and unfair acts and practices.

The settlement will require the company to pay $14.5 million and make significant changes to its corporate practices in an effort to not sell to minors.

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Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik to Testify Before January 6th Committee, Receives Support from Former President Trump

Bernie Kerik, former New York City Police Commissioner, will testify before the January 6th Committee, according to a letter from Kerik’s attorney obtained by Politico.

The group of lawmakers on the committee allege that Kerik was present at a meeting at the Willard Hotel on Jan. 5, discussing multiple issues with Rudy Giuliani and others.

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Former President Trump Challenges Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich

Mark Brnovich

Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday challenged Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich for the manner that he is “looking into” the 2020 election.

According to Trump, Brnovich has not taken enough action to investigate irregularities presented by the findings of the audit of 2.1 million ballots in Maricopa County.

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Poll Shows Senator Mark Kelly’s Approval Ratings Underwater

A new Arizona Public Opinion Pulse (AZPOP) poll conducted by OH Predictive Insights (OHPI) demonstrated that Senator Mark Kelly is becoming increasingly unpopular in Arizona.

According to the survey, a larger portion of the state’s residents view Kelly in a unfavorable manner than a favorable one.

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U.S. Senate Confirms Biden Nominee Gary Restaino as Arizona’s U.S. Attorney

The U.S. Senate on Friday unanimously confirmed Gary M. Restaino, President Joe Biden’s nominee for U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona.

Restaino has served as a federal prosecutor in the state since 2003 and previously worked for a Phoenix legal aid service, representing migrant and seasonal farmworkers. He also worked as a trial attorney for the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section, according to a release from the White House.

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Arizona Democrat Secretary of State Under Fire for Connection to Discrimination Lawsuit

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat running for governor in 2022, is under fire for her connection to a discrimination lawsuit filed by a former aide to state Senate Democrats.

Talonya Adams, a Black woman, alleged that she was underpaid and fired after detailing that she earned less money than her co-workers.

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New Ad Knocks Senator Mark Kelly for Lack of Action

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) on Tuesday launched a new ad in Arizona against Senator Mark Kelley (D-AZ).

The Spanish radio ad, which will play in three different city media markets, targets Kelly over his lack of action since taking office earlier this year.

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Gov. Ducey to Award Millions in Grants to Expand Broadband Internet Accessibility in Arizona

Doug Ducey

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey on Monday detailed that the state will invest $100 million in a new grant program to increase accessibility of broadband internet.

According to the governor’s office, funds from the American Rescue Plan will be used to create the Arizona Broadband Development Grant Program.

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Arizona Law Enforcement Officers Seize Deadly Amounts of Fentanyl, Heroin

3,000 fentanyl pills extracted from a car by Arizona Department of Public Safety

In just two traffic stops, Arizona law enforcement officials seized dozens of pounds of heroin and thousands of fentanyl pills.

On Interstate 10, troopers with the Arizona Department of Public Safety conducted a traffic stop on a truck, finding 35 pounds of packaged heroin concealed within the pickup.

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Steve Bannon Released from Custody, Calls Contempt of Congress Charge ‘Misdemeanor from Hell’

Steve Bannon

Steve Bannon, a former adviser to former President Donald Trump, on Monday called the charges against him a “misdemeanor from hell,” following a court appearance.

Bannon’s appearance follows an indictment for two related counts for defying a subpoena issued by the House of Representatives, related to the January 6th Committee.

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Congressman Andy Biggs Challenges Lawmakers over Consequences of Infrastructure Bill

Andy Biggs at podium, speaking

U.S. Representative Andy Biggs (R-AZ-05) advised both Democratic and Republican lawmakers that they will regret the passage of a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill passed earlier this month.

Pointing to the rising cost of energy consumption and many other services, Biggs described that the new legislation may impose added “inflationary pressure.”

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Scottsdale Police Investigating Alleged Dossier on Parents Connected to School District Board Member

Scottsdale Police Department will investigate allegations against Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) President Jann-Michael Greenburg, according to a release from the group.

The police department detailed that they will review the details and report their findings. However, the group did not provide a complete timeline for their investigation.

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Arizona Pilot Suing United Airlines over Vaccine Mandate

United Airlines plane on runway

David Morgan, a pilot and Arizona resident, is suing United Airlines over the company’s recently-imposed vaccine mandate.

Morgan, who has worked for the company for more than two decades, argued his religious beliefs dictated his decisions to not receive the vaccine. However, United denied his exemption.

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Arizona Gov. Ducey Continues Investments into At-Risk Populations, Provides Funding for Youth Mentorship Program

Two men standing on balcony, smiling

Governor Doug Ducey on Tuesday awarded funding to Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Central Arizona, aimed to establish a new mentorship program.

The $750,000 will be used to create a program that will serve approximately 550 Arizona kids over a two-year period.

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Gov. Ducey Announces Investment into Arizona Boys and Girls Club, Will Boost ‘Life and Social-Emotional Skills Training’

Doug Ducey in classroom

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey on Monday announced an additional $1 million in federal funding will be awarded to the Arizona Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs.

According to the governor’s office, the funds will be used to support a one-year program that will provide up to 5,000 individuals with critical life and social-emotional skills training.

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Trump Calls on Arizona to ‘Decertify’ Election; Cites State’s Forensic Audit Report and Congressional Election Integrity Hearing

Donald Trump sitting at desk

Former President Donald Trump on Monday called lawmakers in Arizona to “decertify the Election,” referring to the state’s 2020 election results.

Citing the results of the recent Maricopa County audit and a congressional election integrity hearing, Trump urged officials in the state to take action.

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