Outgoing Rep. Martha McSally is locked, loaded and ready for another run at a U.S. Senate seat from Arizona. Or, at a minimum, she is loaded. The former fighter pilot, who narrowly lost an expensive campaign to replace retiring Sen. Jeff Flake, keeps more than $1M in the McSally For Senate bank account.
Considering she spent more than $19.7M on the race against fellow Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, keeping approximately 5% in the tank may not seem like much. But, given that there is already pressure on Governor Doug Ducey to appoint her to take Sen. Jon Kyl’s place serving out the term for the late Sen. John McCain, having a significant head start has already increased speculation that she will soon join Sinema in the Senate.
The ongoing war-chest numbers come from the campaign’s latest FEC filing, Continue reading →
The constitutionality of Arizona’s law giving Governor Doug Ducey the right to control the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the passing of John McCain has been challenged in federal court.
A group of plaintiffs led by William Tedards filed the action against Ducey and Senator Jon Kyl yesterday and asks that the Governor be required to call for a special election within six months. Their contention is that the 17th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution (text below) which requires that U.S. Senators be elected invalidates the Arizona law (also below) that the special election for a Senate vacancy can only be held at a biennial general election.
17th Amendment, U.S. Constitution
McCain passed away in August, too late for Governor Ducey to add a primary and general election to be held by November 6, 2018. Instead, he appointed former Kyl to the seat, even as Kyl indicated that he might very well only stay in the position through the end of 2018. That would permit the Governor to make a new appointment for another two years, for a total of 28 months.
When asked by Arizona’s Politics about the timing of this action, nearly three months after the Kyl appointment, lead attorney Mike Persoon stated there was Continue reading →
(UPDATE: Judge Lanza did permit the Navajo Nation to withdraw its TRO application today, thus permitting Arizona to finish certifying the results from this month’s election on time next Monday. The Court’s simple explanation (below) is that he wanted to learn more about the basis for withdrawing the request that approximately 100 Navajo Nation voters be permitted to cure their early ballots this week. This indicates that the Navajo Nation is dropping that request and focusing more on ensuring better voting access for residents of the large area in future elections. The headline has been edited to reflect the Judge’s decision, but the article below remains intact.)
U.S. District Court Judge Dominic Lanza DENIED the Navajo Nation’s request to vacate a court hearing this morning on a case that could delay the certification of Arizona’s November 6 election results.
The Navajo Nation filed suit last week to give approximately 100 Navajo voters the chance to cure their early ballots which were properly filled out but not signed. The suit also seeks other measures in the future to make it easier for Navajo Nation members to access their right to vote in future elections.
Sunday, attorneys for the sovereign government asked Judge Lanza to vacate the hearing on the Temporary Restraining Order set for Monday at 10am, saying that they now believe that they will be able to work with elections officials in the three Arizona counties which include portions of the Navajo Nation. It appeared that they were prepared to forego a reopening of the cure period for voters in this month’s election.
Judge Lanza denied the request to vacate the hearing, and said the hearing will address the motion.
(Details on the results of the hearing to follow.)
Posted onNovember 9, 2018|Comments Off on TANKING? White House, Senior Republicans Think McSally Should Be Pushing Their Vote Count Trickery Messages; Suspect She’s Just Waiting For Ducey Appointment To McCain Seat
Trump’s top political aides – inside and outside the White House – and other national Republicans believe that Rep. Martha McSally (R-CD2) has not been pushing their desired party line that some sort of trickery is happening in Arizona’s ballot processing and counting. Some speculate that she is silent because she believes re-elected Governor Doug Ducey will appoint her to fill Sen. John McCain’s seat if she loses the election to Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-CD9).
This reporting from Alex Isenstadt and James Arkin at Politico help fill in some of the missing puzzle pieces. When Trump Campaign Manager Brad Parscale tweeted about “tricks” in Arizona and speculated about “rampant fraud”, followed quickly by the President’s implications that there was corruption on display in Arizona, it was a sudden 1-2 that caught many off guard.
But, when that was followed by Arizona Senator Jon Kyl chiming in and RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel calling it intentional “corruption” and “election meddling” on Fox’s Sean Hannity’s show, it was apparent that a strategy had been formed that left out McSally. Trump’s over the top tweet from Paris this afternoon – just as a court hearing on the Republicans’ suit to stop Maricopa and Pima County Recorders from contacting voters was about to begin – brought the chorus to a crescendo. Continue reading →
President Donald Trump went after Arizona’s electoral process and the Democrats’ supposed influence on it. Without any evidence to back it up, he implied that corruption was to blame for Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-CD9) taking a slim 9,000 vote lead in the Senate contest against Rep. Martha McSally (R-CD2).
The President was asked a question about the size of the Democrats’ majority in the U.S. House of Representatives next year. He quickly segued into a boast about how he has rooted out corruption in the FBI and Department of Justice – “We’re getting to the bottom of it and I’ve done a helluva job” – before raising the Arizona vote-counting.
“But, it is interesting. It always seems to go the way of the Democrats. Now in Arizona, all of a sudden, out of the wilderness they find a lot of votes. And she’s – the other candidate – is just winning by a hair.”
Here is President Trump’s entire response about the Tuesday election, as the context is important. The Arizona comment is at the 1:05 mark.
Trump then quickly repeated a rant about corruption in the elections process in Broward County (Florida). The Arizona comments were sandwiched by his corruption remarks, and was in concert with comments today from his 2020 campaign chair. Brad Parscale, alleging fraud.
These democrat counties in Florida and Arizona are playing tricks because they just can’t accept the fact they lost. I will not be shocked if investigations lead to rampant fraud. Republicans need to send every lawyer we have to protect the legitimacy of these elections.
There is no evidence of any “found” votes or any “trickery” or “fraud” in Arizona’s ballot processing and counting process, and unfounded accusations against the integrity of Arizona’s elections – especially coming from the President – is irresponsible, reckless and could be construed as un-American.
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Holiday Party CELEBRATE VICTORY WITH ARIZONA LIST! WITH FEATURED SPEAKERS KATIE HOBBS, SECRETARY OF STATE-ELECT KATHY HOFFMAN, SUPERINTENDENT-ELECT KATE GALLEGO, CANDIDATE, PHOENIX MAYOR December 10, 2018 5:30-7:30pm at The Home of Pam Grissom Suggested Donation – $25 Co-Hosts – $500 … Continue reading →
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Rev. John Fife, founding member of the Sanctuary movement, will be speaking on humanitarian aid. “Rev. John Fife is a retired Presbyterian minister, human rights advocate and a founding member of the Sanctuary movement. Between 1982 and 1992, some 15,000 … Continue reading →
Hosted by The American Legion Department of Arizona “Veterans in the Tucson, Arizona area: The American Legion is hosting a town hall meeting on December 10, 2018, to hear your health care experiences at the Southern Arizona Veterans Health System … Continue reading →
“CELEBRATE VICTORY WITH ARIZONA LIST! WITH SPECIAL GUESTS KATIE HOBBS, SECRETARY OF STATE-ELECT KATHY HOFFMAN, SUPERINTENDENT-ELECT KATE GALLEGO, CANDIDATE, PHOENIX MAYOR & MORE!!! December 11, 2018 5:30-7:30pm at Fez Suggested Donation – $25 Co-Hosts – $500 Event Sponsors – $1,000 … Continue reading →
You are invited to Sustainable Tucson’s holiday party. “Celebrate a Sustainable Future.” At this year’s holiday party, Sustainable Tucson will be celebrating by recreating a festival atmosphere with street fair activities. Share the bounty of the season at our holiday … Continue reading →
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“The Historic Y Gathering of Friends is a festive gathering featuring local food, beverage and music in appreciation to the tenants of The Historic Y and those doing exemplary work in the arts, education, human rights and social and environmental … Continue reading →
Come join the Pima County Young Democrats for a holiday party! Please bring a snack or beverage to share. https://www.facebook.com/events/355691211660414/Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailWhatsAppTumblrMorePrintPocketRedditGooglePinterestLike this:Like Loading...
Thursday, December 13. Tackling Climate Change in Pima County. The Southwest is already the hottest and driest region in the United States and scientists say it will get hotter and drier in coming decades. Harsh conditions and other stressors – … Continue reading →
Hosted by Coalición de Derechos Humanos “Join us for a fundraiser breakfast to celebrate International Human Rights Day and International Migrants day Panel Speakers include: Amy Juan from The International Indian Treaty Council Isabel Garcia from La Coalición de Derechos … Continue reading →
Pima County Democratic Party will to having a meeting for all precinct committeepersons to elect officers. Saturday, December 15, 10:00 a.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Reorganization meeting, UA ENR2 (Environment & Natural Resources) building, 1064 E. Lowell St. (room N … Continue reading →
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Hosted by American Friends Service Committee – Arizona “To prepare for #ReFramingJusticeDay at the State Capitol, AFSC-AZ is offering a series of workshops in Tucson and Phoenix. This third workshop is designed to provide skills and messaging for talking to … Continue reading →
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DGT will host the Chair of the Pima County Democratic Party (whomever prevails on Dec. 15). Currently office is being held by Dr. Jo Holt (since Nov. 2015), but she is being challenged by LD 9 activist Alison Jones. The … Continue reading →
Hosted by Tucson Samaritans “Southern Arizona humanitarian, religious and Native American leaders will host a public sundown candlelight vigil beginning at 4 p.m. on International Migrants Day, Dec. 18 at the Tucson cemetery where the remains of hundreds of migrants … Continue reading →
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