Democrat Gubernatorial Candidate Katie Hobbs Faces High Staff Turnover, Former Staffers Cite ‘Emotionally Abusive’ Environment

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs has faced high campaign staff turnover, and former employees have pointed to an “emotionally abusive” environment, according to a new report.

The Arizona Agenda, which describes itself as “an insider publication for political outsiders,” spoke to former employees of the Hobbs campaign and originally detailed the controversy.

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Former President Donald Trump Threatens Legal Action Against CNN

Former President Donald Trump and his attorney sent a letter to the Cable News Network (CNN), threatening legal action against the news network.

According to the former President, the company made “repeated defamatory statements” against him throughout his presidency and since he returned to life as a private citizen.

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Arizona Democratic Party Chair Refuses to Denounce ‘Defund the Police’ Movement

Arizona Democratic Party Chair Raquel Terán refused to denounce the “Defund the Police” movement in a recent interview.

Terán, who is running for state Senate, has often touted an endorsement from Planned Parenthood. On her website, she highlights the support and says the state must “elect a Democratic majority in our state to protect access to safe and secure abortions for those who seek care.”

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Former President Trump Touts Kari Lake, Blake Masters in Arizona Speech

Former President Donald Trump touted Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake and U.S. Senate candidate Blake Masters at his rally in Prescott Valley.

The event, which attracted hundreds of supporters to the arena, featured speeches from former Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell, Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb, and Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward—in addition to multiple candidates.

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Mexican National Indicted for Drug Smuggling Operation

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a new, two-count indictment against a Mexican man for smuggling methamphetamine into the United States from Mexico.

The individual was charged one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine and one count of Importation of Methamphetamine into the United States from Mexico.

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Republican National Committee Panel Recommends Milwaukee over Nashville for 2024 GOP Convention

The Site Selection Committee of the Republican National Committee voted to recommend Milwaukee as the host city of the group’s 2024 convention.

In a statement announcing the decision, GOP leaders pointed to the “forthright and professional behavior” of the city’s leaders throughout the process.

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Former President Donald Trump Postpones Arizona Rally Following Death of Ex-Wife

Former President Donald Trump postponed his scheduled rally in Arizona following the death of his ex-wife Ivana Trump.

According to a report from Fox News, Ivana Trump was found dead in her New York City apartment at the age of 73.

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Arizona Planned Parenthood Demands Candidates Denounce Police Support in Order to Obtain Endorsement

Planned Parenthood Arizona’s political arm demands that candidates denounce the support of law enforcement groups in order to obtain the group’s endorsement.

According to a report from Axios, the group formally adopted a policy to require candidates to deny financial donations from law enforcement organizations and return any donations received.

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Save America PAC Releases Names of Speakers for Trump’s Arizona Rally

Former President Donald Trump’s Save America PAC on Wednesday released the name of several guests that will speak at his Arizona rally.

Trump is returning to the state in order to boost his endorsed candidates ahead of Arizona’s August Republican primary election.

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Former President Trump to Hold Arizona Rally for Kari Lake, Blake Masters

Former President Donald Trump will travel to Arizona on Saturday to hold a rally in support of gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake and U.S. Senate candidate Blake Masters.

Trump, who previously endorsed both candidates, will speak to supporters in Prescott Valley with the goal of encouraging residents of the state to vote for the duo.

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Arizona Poll Gives Blake Masters Nearly Double-Digit Lead in Senate Race, Undecideds Remain High

Arizona U.S. Senate candidate Blake Masters holds a nearly double-digit lead over his GOP opponents as the August Republican primary draws closer, according to a new poll.

The survey, which spoke to 400 likely voters, showed Masters at 23.3 percent, compared to the 13.5 percent of his closest opponent Jim Lamon.

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National Border Patrol Council Endorses Arizona Gubernatorial Candidate Karrin Taylor Robson

The National Border Patrol Council, which represents the roughly 18,000 Border Patrol agents and support personnel, endorsed Karrin Taylor Robson to become Arizona’s Governor.

The group, which lobbies heavily for border security, opted to support Robson in the GOP primary, instead of contender Kari Lake.

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Former President Trump Encourages Arizona Supporters to Vote for Kari Lake in GOP Gubernatorial Primary

As early voting has started in Arizona, former President Donald Trump encouraged his supporters to vote for Kari Lake in the GOP gubernatorial primary.

Lake is running to replace Governor Doug Ducey, who cannot seek another four years due to term limits. She is facing businesswoman Karrin Taylor Robson. 

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Pledges to ‘Turn Out the Vote’ for Democrats in Key Battleground States

Progressive Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY-14) encouraged individuals to support three Democrats in battleground states.

In an appearance on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” and in a subsequent social media post, the New York lawmaker advocated that winning U.S. Senate elections in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Wisconsin would allow Democrats to expand the Supreme Court and abolish the filibuster.

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Former Trump National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien Weighs In on Arizona Congressional Race, Backs Juan Ciscomani

Former Trump National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien endorsed Juan Ciscomani, who is running to represent Arizona’s 6th Congressional District in the House of Representatives.

O’Brien, who has voiced support for numerous candidates in the state and across the country, cited Ciscomani’s record on tackling the ongoing border crisis under President Joe Biden.

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Arizona Attorney General Praises SCOTUS Decision in Gun Rights Case

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich on Thursday praised a decision from the Supreme Court in a key gun rights case.

According to the majority decision from the Justices, the Court struck down a law in New York that mandates individuals demonstrate “proper cause” in order to obtain a concealed carry permit.

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New Ad from Senator Mark Kelly Claims He Is ‘Taking on His Own Party’ to Combat Inflation

Senator Mark Kelly (D-AZ) released a new ad that will air in Phoenix and Tucson, claiming to be “taking on his own party” to combat inflation.

Kelly, a self-proclaimed individual focused on “independent leadership,” acknowledged the spike in consumer prices under President Joe Biden.

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Vulnerable Democrat Congressman Tom O’Halleran Receives Funding Boost from Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Super PAC

Congressman Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ-01), who is facing an uphill battle to re-election in a newly-drawn congressional district, received a funding boost from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

According to financial disclosures from the Federal Election Commission, Pelosi’s superPAC, PAC to the Future, sent O’Halleran a check for $5,000. 

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Senator Kyrsten Sinema Criticizes Federal Reserve for Delayed Action on Inflation

Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) criticized the Federal Reserve for being too slow to react to inflation that is crippling the country.

In response to the growing crisis, the group raised interest rates by 0.75 percentage points, which is the largest increase since 1994.

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Kari Lake Leads Arizona GOP Gubernatorial Primary by 12 Points in New Poll

New polling gives Kari Lake a 12-point lead over her competition in the Arizona GOP gubernatorial primary, according to the Trafalgar Group.

The survey, which spoke to more than 1,000 likely Republican voters in the state, showed Lake at 38.5 percent. Her closest competitor, Karrin Taylor Robson, picked up 26.7 percent.

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Phoenix Detective Hospitalized After Being Ambushed, Shot

A detective with the Phoenix Police Department was hospitalized after being ambushed and shot by two individuals, according to the law enforcement office.

Two men, identified as Ahmani Gordon and Aaron Ware, approached the car from both sides of the vehicle and fired shots at the officer. One stood on the passenger side and the other in front of the vehicle, reportedly firing more than a dozen shots at the vehicle.

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Alliance for Free Citizens Denounces Department of Education’s ‘National Parents and Families Engagement Council’

The Alliance for Free Citizens, a education-focused advocacy group, denounced a reported plan by President Joe Biden’s Department of Education to create the “National Parents and Families Engagement Council.”

According to a report from Fox News, the new organization will work to improve the relationship between parents and schools.

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Former Vice President Mike Pence Travels to Arizona to Highlight Border Crisis

Former Vice President Mike Pence traveled to Arizona on Monday to highlight the ongoing border crisis and the neglect of the Biden administration.

During the visit, Pence met with law enforcement officials who are on the frontline of the crisis, receiving a briefing on the matter.

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FreedomWorks to Host Public Forum for Arizona U.S. Senate Candidates

FreedomWorks, a conservative group based in Washington D.C., will host a public forum for voters to hear from GOP candidates running to represent Arizona in the U.S. Senate.

The forum, which will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Phoenix, will feature many of the leading Republicans in the contest.

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U.S. Senate Candidate Jim Lamon ‘Disappointed’ in Trump’s Endorsement of Blake Masters

U.S. Senate Jim Lamon detailed that he was “disappointed” in former President Donald Trump’s decision to endorse his GOP opponent Blake Masters.

Lamon claimed he had done more to advance Trump’s “America First” agenda.

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Former President Trump Endorses Blake Masters in U.S. Senate Race

Former President Donald Trump endorsed businessman Blake Masters in the GOP race to represent Arizona in the U.S. Senate.

Trump pointed to the candidate’s successful business record and his stance on election integrity as reason for his endorsement.

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Telecommunications Giant Announces Expansion in Arizona, Will Add 1,500 Jobs

Viasat, a global telecommunications giant, announced an expansion in Arizona that will add 1,500 jobs in the state.

The new construction will include “a 135,000-square-foot building, an outdoor atrium, open space for events and employee recreation, and a parking structure,” according to a report from Community Impact. 

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Arizona Man Sentenced to Probation for Scheme That Stole from Veterans

An Arizona man was sentenced to probation for his role in a scheme that stole from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Dennis Gene Godbolt, from Buckeye, will serve five years supervised probation and will be forced to pay $95,000 in restitution for his efforts, based on a ruling from Senior U.S. District Judge David G. Campbell.

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New Arizona Law Mandates 9/11 Education

A new Arizona law signed by Governor Doug Ducey will mandate education about the 9/11 terrorist attacks for all students at public schools in the state.

Previously, Ducey promised to require the education for students in Arizona because the attack “shaped a generation, forever altering how we view the world, how the world views us and how we interact with each other.”

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U.S. Senate Candidate Jim Lamon ‘Thankful’ for Ruling That Blocked the Termination of Title 42

U.S. Senate candidate Jim Lamon praised the judicial system for halting a plan by the Biden Administration to repeal Title 42.

The public health order has allowed border officials to curb immigration throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

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Tea Party Patriots Blast FBI for Monitoring Parents

Tea Party Patriots Action (TPPA) blasted the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for allegedly using “threat tags” to monitor and investigate concerned parents that the FBI deemed unsafe.

According to a letter from GOP members of the House of Representatives, whistleblowers informed House Republicans that the government agency used the tags to launch investigations across the country.

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Naomi Judd Cause of Death Was a Self-Inflicted Firearm Wound, Family Reveals

Naomi Judd, the legendary country music singer, died of a self-inflicted firearm wound, the musician’s family revealed.

The matriarch of the Judd family battled with depression and mental illness, as her daughter Ashley noted in an interview with Diane Sawyer on “Good Morning America” that it is “important to make the distinction between the loved one and the disease.”

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January 6th Committee Subpoenas Rep. Andy Biggs

The January 6th Committee issued subpoenas to five different members of Congress, including Representative Andy Biggs (R-AZ-05).

In addition to Biggs, Representatives Kevin McCarthy (R-CA-23), Scott Perry (R-PA-10), Jim Jordan (R-OH-04), and Mo Brooks (R-AL-05) were requested to appear before the group.

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Two Mexican Nationals in Arizona Charged with Host of Hostage-Taking, Firearm Offenses

Two Mexican nationals were indicted on eight charges stemming from a plot to hold undocumented immigrants hostage and for ransom until their families paid. 

A grand jury in Tucson charged Olegario Lares-De La Rosa and Ivan Heriberto Borboa-Ruiz with Conspiracy to Commit Hostage Taking, Hostage Taking, Conspiracy to Commit Transportation of Illegal Aliens for Profit, Transportation of Illegal Aliens for Profit, and Prohibited Possessors of Firearms and Ammunition.

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Senate Candidate Blake Masters Threatens Legal Action over ‘Defamatory Claims’ in News Article

Blake Masters, a Republican running to represent Arizona in the U.S. Senate, threatened to take legal action over a news article on his stance on contraception.

According to Masters, the Arizona Mirror published a piece with “defamatory claims” that implied Masters supports banning contraception.

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U.S. Senate Candidate Jim Lamon to Host Town Hall with Former ICE Director Tom Homan

Jim Lamon, who is running to represent Arizona in the U.S. Senate, will host a town hall discussion with former acting Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Tom Homan.

The event, which will take place on Friday, will focus the discussion on how to “preserve America,” according to a release from the Lamon campaign.

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RNC Holds Cinco de Mayo Voter Registration Drive at Phoenix Gas Station

The Republican National Committee (RNC) held a voter registration drive on Cinco de Mayo at a gas station in Phoenix to target new voters who are tired of high gas prices.

Furthermore, the event is a portion of a nationwide effort from the party for Latino voter outreach.

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Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams to Step Down from Position

Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams will retire from her position over the summer, according to a news release from her office.

Williams, who has led the law enforcement agency for the past 6 years, did not immediately identify the steps that will follow her retirement.

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Kari Lake, Karrin Taylor Robson Remain Leaders in GOP Gubernatorial Race, New Poll Finds

Kari Lake and Karrin Taylor Robson remain the top two leaders in the Arizona GOP gubernatorial primary, new polling finds.

The survey, administered by The Trafalgar Group, gave Lake 38 percent of the support and Taylor Robson 27 percent. Former Congressman Mat Salmon picked up almost 11 percent.

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Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, Arizona Congressman Andy Biggs Introduce Resolution to Block Proposed Biden Asylum Rule

Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson and Arizona Congressman Andy Biggs (R-AZ-05) introduced a measure to block the Biden administration’s plan for the asylum process.

Biden’s proposal, known as “Procedures for Credible Fear Screening and Consideration of Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and CAT Protection Claims by Asylum Officers,” would allow asylum request to be processed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officials, rather than judges.

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Arizona Governor Doug Ducey Signs Legislation Aimed at Human Smuggling Organizations

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey on Thursday signed legislation aimed at tackling human smuggling groups.

The bill, House Bill 2696, clarifies language to detail that “an individual who aids illegal human smuggling organizations or operations will be held accountable for their crime.”

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Americans for Limited Government Urges Congress to Defund Biden’s Plan for ‘Disinformation Governance Board’

Americans for Limited Government, an organization that supports reducing the size and scope of government, urged Congress to defund a portion of the federal code that allows President Biden to create a “Disinformation Governance Board.”

Biden created the new board under the Department of Homeland Security and claims it will focus on misinformation about the Southern border, while preparing for Russian disinformation threats.

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Arizona Law Enforcement Seizes More than 50 Pounds of Fentanyl Pills in Phoenix

Law enforcement officials in Arizona seized more than 50 pounds of fentanyl pills from a single person in Phoenix.

The officers found an initial supply of 17 pounds of the lethal drug during a traffic stop in a 21-year-old driver’s vehicle. Furthermore, an additional search warrant of the driver’s residence yielded even more results.

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Democrat Gubernatorial Candidate Katie Hobbs Seemingly Flip-Flops Position on Title 42

Democrat gubernatorial hopeful Katie Hobbs is, again, facing intense blowback during her campaign, as she seemingly flip-flopped her position on Title 42. 

Title 42 is a public health order from the Trump administration that allowed border officials to turn away individuals due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. President Joe Biden’s administration is seeking to end the policy.

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Senator Josh Hawley Endorses Blake Masters in U.S. Senate Race

Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) on Monday endorsed Blake Masters, who is running to represent Arizona in the U.S. Senate. 

Hawley, who has weighed in on contested primaries across the country, backed Masters because of his commitment to “fight to the woke left” and “secure the border.”

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New Arizona Law Extends Legal Protections for Victims of Violent Crimes

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed almost a dozen pieces of legislation into law on Friday, including a bipartisan measure to increase protections for victims of violent crimes.

The bill, House Bill 2604, extends the length of an order of protection from one year to two years after the defendant has been served.

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Governor Ducey Declares State of Emergency as Arizona Fire Spreads

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey declared a State of Emergency on Thursday, as a wildfire spears throughout the northern portion of the state.

According to Ducey’s office, the flames have ignited more than 19,000 acres and forced 750 households in the area to evacuate. More than 260 firefighters and emergency response personnel have responded to the incident. 

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