Abe Hamadeh is campaigning for a Congressional seat, while he is still legally campaigning to have (multiple) courts reverse the 2022 election and make him Attorney General.Both Hamadeh and his attorney in this effort, Ryan Heath, have previously filed unsuccessful Special Action Petitions with the Arizona Supreme Court. And, the new one filed yesterday appears headed for a similar fate.This one follows the April dismissal of the Hamadeh/Heath joint effort (sanctions still pending). Heath immediately filed the Notice of Appeal to go to the intermediate Court of Appeals, and yesterday filed with the Arizona Supreme Court.The Justices rejected Heath’s
Continue Reading BREAKING: Abe Hamadeh and Attorney Again Try Double-Barreled Approach To Reversing 2022 Election, File Appeal and Special Action

The Republican National Committee has been boasting about all of the pre-2024 election lawsuits it has filed around the country. This morning, one of their Arizona cases came to an early demise.The RNC – and the AZGOP and Yavapai Republicans – challenged the entire Election Procedures Manual and several of the provisions in it. After briefing and hours of oral argument two weeks ago, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Frank Moskowitz dismissed the entire case.
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Continue Reading BREAKING: DISMISSED! Republican National Committee and AZGOP Lose Challenge to Arizona's Election Procedures Manual

Less than 24 hours after the Arizona Supreme Court was told that the Legislature wants the 1864 abortion ban in place for the next several months, Planned Parenthood told the Justices today that that is practically and legally “absurd”.

The back and forth comes as the Justices are considering requests to delay allowing the Court’s opinion to go into effect in the next 90 days. On Tuesday, counsel for Yavapai County Attorney Dennis McGrane and Dr. Eric Hazelrigg suggested (below) that the Legislature purposely did not repeal the 1864 ban with an emergency clause because they wanted the ban in
Continue Reading 1864 abortion ban repeal … what repeal?

The Arizona Free Enterprise Club took their complaints about Arizona’s processes for comparing early voting signatures and unstaffed drop boxes to Yavapai County in hopes of getting a favorable decision. It failed today.Superior Court Judge John Napper denied the Plaintiffs’ Motions for Summary Judgment and granted the MSJs filed by the Secretary of State and intervenors. This ends the case short of a trial.The dark money organization challenged the process outlined in both the previous and current Elections Procedures Manual of matching the signature on an early ballot envelope to one of multiple examples in the voter’s registration record.
Continue Reading BREAKING: Judge Rules In Favor of Arizona's Early Voting Signature Verification Process and Drop Box Provisions

Nomination petition challenges rarely – if, ever – result in sanctions or attorneys’ fees awards. Kari Lake attorney Bryan Blehm decided to expand into these lawsuits this year, and today got sanctioned for basing the lawsuit on a non-existent residency clause in the Arizona Constitution.Butler is running for the House in Legislative District 4. Busch/Blehm contended the Constitution required her to have lived in that district for at least one year. However, the requirement (in statute) is that she needs to have lived in Maricopa County for at least one year. (She has.)Superior Court Judge Danielle Viola order Blehm
Continue Reading Blehm BREAKING Fresh Ground; Gets Sanctioned In a Legislative Petition Challenge Case (READ Minute Entry)

(This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.)In addition to the 11 Republicans who were initially legitimately serving as Arizona’s Trump slate of electors, the Attorney General has charged seven other individuals. Those people’s names will be released once they are all served. (The only thing we currently know of the 7 yet-unnamed defendants are that 5 of them identify as male and 2 as female.)Washington Post’s Yvonne Wingett-Sanchez has reported that the 7 are “former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, attorneys Rudy Giuliani, Jenna Ellis, John Eastman and Christina Bobb, top campaign
Continue Reading BREAKING: Arizona AG CHARGES "Fake Electors" With Felonies For 2020 Actions

The Gina Swoboda-led Arizona Republican Party today asked the U.S. Supreme Court to accept Kari Lake and Mark Finchem’s appeal to revive their effort to ban electronic voting machines from Arizona elections this year.The amicus (“friend of the court”) brief was co-filed by the AZGOP and the state GOPs from Georgia and Delaware. It reshuffles the arguments already made by Lake/Finchem in their Petition (and the wrongly-designated Motion to Expedite), arguing that the lower courts in this and other election cases are inappropriately disposing of cases by ruling that the parties do not have standing.The new brief even
Continue Reading BREAKING: AZGOP Asks U.S. Supreme Court To Accept Kari Lake/Mark Finchem Appeal; Repeats Attacks On Dominion Voting Machines (READ Amicus)

The Arizona Court of Appeals today DENIED Abe Hamadeh’s Election Contest appeal. In a 2-1 decision, the judges found that the Mohave County Superior Court did not err in his (delayed) rulings.They also criticized Hamadeh for not speedily pushing the case:“A virtual firestorm of challenges followed the 2022 general election. Those flames have subsided. The winners were announced and took their oaths of office more than 15 months ago. This case, one of the last embers still glowing, does not burn hot enough to warrant relief.Despite the urgency inherent in resolving issues affecting the validity of an election,
Continue Reading UPDATE: Appeals Court DENIES Hamadeh's 2022 Election Contest Appeal (READ Opinion)

The Arizona Supreme Court has confirmed that it will hand down its long-awaited decision on whether Arizonans are now subjected to the Civil War-era anti-abortion law. The Opinion will be released at 10am on Tuesday.After the U.S. Supreme Court overruled Roe v Wade two years ago, Arizona’s battle over the 1864 law that mandates a 2-year minimum sentence for any abortion provider (with exceptions for life of the mother) took shape.Arizona’s pre-Roe injunction was lifted by a Pima County trial court judge in September 2022. However, the Court of Appeals reversed it in December 2022, stating that it must now
Continue Reading COMING SOON: AZ Supreme Court To Hand Down Opinion On Civil War-Era Anti-Abortion Law TOMORROW

Abe Hamadeh, Cochise County Supervisor Tom Crosby, David Mast and their counsel (Ryan Heath) are all on the hook for sanctions in a couple of cases dismissed this morning attacking Maricopa County’s handling of the 2022 elections. (This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.)
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Continue Reading BREAKING, SANCTIONS SCOREBOARD UPDATE: Judge DISMISSES Hamadeh/Crosby Cases, Ready To Award Sanctions

Kari Lake’s almost-forgotten Election Contest appeal is – as simple minds would put it – alive and kickin’. More than four months ago (Nov. 14, 2023), briefing was completed. Neither side requested oral argument, and the appeal was deemed “submitted” (for decision) on November 27.This past week, Division 2 of the Court of Appeals – the Tucson-based division that Lake fought a transfer to – decided to ask the attorneys to come in for short oral arguments on May 2. They did not present counsel with any issues that they would like to see addressed.Lake appealed the judgment against
Continue Reading BREAKING: Kari Lake's *2022 Election Contest* Appeal Pops Back Onto Calendar For Oral Arguments; What's It Mean? (NEWS ANALYSIS)

Kari Lake has defaulted in the defamation suit brought by Maricopa County Recorder. Her attorneys’ oops is not fatal to her defense, and it follows the swift rejections of her appeals to the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.Richer’s attorneys appropriately entered the default last week after the Supreme Court’s rejection (earlier this month). By Arizona’s court rules, the default does not become effective if Lake files an Answer within two weeks. (Her new deadline is March 25.)Judge Jay Adleman issued a Minute Entry today, noting that it would be up to Superior Court Commissioners to proceed with the
Continue Reading BREAKING OOPS: After Supreme Court Rejection, Kari Lake Defaults To Stephen Richer In Defamation Suit (Arizona's Law Shorts)

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne used his office to pump up a new private lawsuit attacking dual language instruction shortly after his taxpayer-funded attack failed. The new action was filed by his wife on behalf of a woman whose son is not in the sued Creighton School District.The suit is well-covered in other media reports. Here is the full, unredacted Complaint with exhibits.The case has been assigned to Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Melissa Julian.
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Continue Reading AZ Public Schools Supt Horne Tags Wife; New Complaint Attacks Dual Language Instruction After State Suit Fails (ARIZONA'S LAW SHORTS)

 UPDATE, 3/14/24: “BREAKING: Kari Lake Goes To the (U.S.) Supreme Court, Brings New/Not New Allegations To Outlaw Voting Machines (READ Petition)”Kari Lake and Mark Finchem told the U.S. Supreme Court today that they have uncovered new evidence of unlawful conduct in past Maricopa County elections, and that the Justices should therefore find that they had standing to file their 2022 suit to ban electronic voting machines.While not repeating the claims they made in the lower courts that Arizona does not use paper ballots, Lake/Finchem attorneys Kurt Olsen and Larry Joseph do claim to have recently discovered that Maricopa
Continue Reading BREAKING: Kari Lake Goes To the (U.S.) Supreme Court, Brings New/Not New Allegations To Outlaw Voting Machines (READ Petition)

The Arizona Supreme Court heard oral arguments this morning on the grandaddy of all elections-related sanctions cases, and the Republican-appointed justices seemed skeptical of the AZGOP’s post-2020 lawsuit that prompted the sanctions.The arguments were heard on the road, at ASU’s College of Law.Representing the AZGOP, attorney Dennis Wilenchik echoed earlier arguments that the sanctions for a bad faith filing were only based upon “the political motivation”. Jack Wilenchik had warned the Superior Court judge that he would was in “dangerous First Amendment territory into which the Court should not dream of treading”.Judge John Hannah accused Wilenchik and the AZGOP
Continue Reading UPDATE: AZ Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Grandaddy of All Elections Sanctions Cases; Near Finality On AZGOP's 2020 Case

Arizonans in bankruptcy who received refundable tax credits can breathe a bit easier today, after a divided Arizona Supreme Court ruling on the unfortunate sequencing of a 2022 law and the citizens’ initiative restricting “predatory debt collection”. However, dissenting Justices fret that the result may usher in an era of the Legislature preemptively amending future citizens’ initiatives.The 4-3 majority determined that Prop. 209 – the “Predatory Debt Collection Protection Act” that passed overwhelmingly – did NOT delete the portion of the exemptions statute that protected certain tax credits (e.g. earned income tax credits and child tax credits). Why the confusion?
Continue Reading BREAKING: AZ Supreme Court Splits 4-3 On Odd Statutory Conflict Resulting From 2022's Prop. 209 (Predatory Debt Collection Protection Act)