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Who will be play the role of the Cyber Ninjas in the new release of “Arizona Election Audit 2024”? That is probably the least important of the many questions that Arizona lawmakers Wendy Rogers and Alex Kolodin have prompted with their new announcement of a “Memorandum of Understanding” with Runbeck Election Services.The press release coming from the Legislature touts their agreement as a “significant achievement” and attaches a one page MOU (without a signature page). It is reproduced below. Runbeck is a private company that contracts with Maricopa County, most of Arizona’s other counties and elections departments throughout the country
Continue Reading Lawmakers Kolodin and Rogers Getting Early Start On "Arizona Election Audit 2024"? We Have Questions (NEWS ANALYSIS, Read Memorandum of Understanding)`

In a comprehensive ruling, a federal judge today threw out parts of Arizona laws passed in 2022 addressing voter registration and citizenship. Her decisions that portions violated the Civil Rights Act and the National Voter Registration Act came after Republican legislative leaders (Toma, Petersen) testifies that they had no evidence of non-citizens registered to vote here (nor that there was any evidence of non-citizen voter fraud).Judge Susan Bolton’s 109-page ruling followed a 10-day trial last year, and analyzed the pair of laws that had resulted in concerns that thousands of long-time voters might be purged from the registration rolls because
Continue Reading BREAKING: Judge THROWS OUT Parts of Pair of 2022 Arizona Election Laws; Republican Leaders Testified they Had No Evidence Of Non-Citizens Registered To Vote In AZ (READ Order)

 Arizona AG Kris Mayes, the FTC and several other states are suing to BLOCK the Fry’s (Kroger)/Safeway-Albertson’s merger.The case has been filed in federal court in Oregon. The state of Washington already filed their own case to block it, and the Pac NW also has a big overlap between Kroger and Albertson’s/Safeway – like AZ.The FTC and AZ allege that the proposed Kroger/Albertson’s merger would create grocery monopolies in: Flagstaff; LHC-Kingman; Payson, Phx-Mesa-Chandler; Prescott Valley-Prescott; Sierra Vista-Douglas; Tucson; Yuma.Also, AZ is 1 of 15 states where both are UFCW workplaces. The allegations about the unionization are that the merger
Continue Reading Arizona one of 8 states joining U.S. FTC in suing to block Kroger (Fry's)/Albertson's-Safeway merger

Allies of Kari Lake and Donald Trump have expanded their latest elections lawsuit against Maricopa County, adding heavily Democratic Coconino County.The lawsuit filed by Trump-allied America First Legal on behalf of Lake-allied Strong Communities Foundation was filed earlier this month to relitigate several of the issues Maricopa County has been attacked for during the 2022 elections, and hoping to change some of them for 2024.At a Thursday hearing, attorneys (James Rogers and Jennifer Wright) told Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Jay Adleman that they would file an Amended Complaint later that day to add Coconino County. Arizona’s Law has
Continue Reading BREAKING: Trump and Lake Allies Expand Elections Lawsuit Against Maricopa County; 3 COCONINO County Practices Now Under Attack (READ Amended Complaint)

The No Labels party may have failed today in their effort to recruit Joe Manchin to run for President, but they also asked a federal judge this afternoon to order Arizona Secretary of State Adrian Fontes to reimburse them for $160,000 in attorneys’ fees.The request was filed late this afternoon in federal court in a case where they successfully prevented Arizonans from getting on the November ballot as No Labels candidates. Three candidates had already filed Statements of Interest for the U.S. Senate seat, a Congressional race and a State House contest.Attorneys for Fontes unsuccessfully argued that once No Labels
Continue Reading BREAKING: No Labels Asks Judge For $160,000 Attorneys' Fees From Arizona Secretary of State In Suit To Stop Rogue No Labels Candidates

There was plenty of coverage* of the new financial disclosure statement filed with the U.S. Senate by Kari Lake. And that reporting may have prompted Lake to file her (first) AMENDED statement this past weekend.Instead of owning ZenVideo, LLC as wife and husband, Lake and Jeffrey Halperin (her husband) actually own it – estimated to be worth between $100,000 to $250,000 – as part of their living trust.The video production company has not earned Lake any income during the past year-plus (per the disclosure statement), and it does not appear that Lake either recently placed it in the trust
Continue Reading NEW, UPDATE: Kari Lake AMENDS Financial Disclosure Statement To Add Trust; No Indication It's To Protect Assets From Richer

Since campaign finance laws – and criminal laws – are implicated, we are cross-posting this Arizona’s Politics article here. Arizona’s Politics is an older sister site to Arizona’s Law. Please head over there to read the rest of the article and to review the FEC filing.*****A one-time Treasurer(?) for fraudster/expelled Congressman George Santos is apparently hiding from law enforcement after being accused of embezzling at least $50,000 from an Arizona Congressional candidate.Walt Blackman (R-Snowflake), who is currently running to regain a seat in the Arizona Legislature, leveled the charges in a letter filed with the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”)
Continue Reading ON OUR SISTER SITE: George Santos Treasurer(?) Hiding Out After Embezzling $50,000 From Arizona Congressional Candidate

Ann Timmer will become the next Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court on July 1, upon the expiration of Justice Robert Brutinel’s 5-year term.Timmer, appointed in 2012 by then Governor Jan Brewer (R), has been the Vice Chief Justice since 2019. Taking her place will be Justice John Lopez.Interestingly, Justice Clint Bolick declined the Vice Chief Justice role, on the grounds that he would then be unable to succeed Timmer as Chief Justice because of Arizona’s mandatory retirement age for judges (70).Timmer has her undergraduate degree from the U of A and her law degree from ASU.(Arizona’s
Continue Reading BREAKING: Ann Timmer will become the next Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court on July 1

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne has lost another ruling in his effort to defend Arizona’s law banning transgender girls from competing on girls’ teams in schools. Horne demanded a jury trial. The girls challenging the law objected. Horne countered by asking for an “advisory jury”, saying that citizens “would not make the same factual errors that the Court has made in its ruling on the preliminary injunction” (as the judge summarized).U.S. District Court Judge Jennifer Zipps took issue with Horne’s characterization of her ruling – which is currently on appeal and scheduled for oral arguments in front of
Continue Reading UPDATE: Tom Horne STRIKES OUT On Demanding Jury Trial To Defend Arizona's Law Banning Transgender Girls From Playing On Girls' Teams

 (This is a developing story. Please check back for additional information.)
This article was reported by AZ Law founder Paul Weich. “AZ Law” includes articles, commentaries and updates about opinions from the Arizona Supreme Court, U.S. Supreme Court, as well as trial and appellate courts, etc. AZ Law is founded by Phoenix attorney Paul Weich, and joins Arizona’s Politics on the internet. AZ Law airs on non-profit Sun Sounds of Arizona, a statewide reading service that provides audio access to printed material for people who cannot hold or read print material due to a disability. If you know someone
Continue Reading BREAKING: Judge DENIES @KariLake's Motions to Dismiss @stephen_richer's defamation case against her. The case will continue

Mark Finchem’s ready-to-be-disbarred-because-I’m-old attorney, Daniel McCauley, tried to use the disciplinary proceeding to escape from his appeal of the $48,000 in sanctions AND reset the appeal back to square one. The Court of Appeals swiftly rejected the effort.Yesterday, McCauley asked to withdraw from the appeal and to cancel the briefs he had already filed in the election contest case. He noted that it was because of the “finding by the State Bar of Arizona, in PDJ 2023-9064”. However, he did not elaborate on what the finding was that caused a conflict between him and his client.McCauley famously told the
Continue Reading BREAKING: Court REJECTS Mark Finchem's Attorney's Effort To Escape The Election Contest Sanctions Appeal Because Of State Bar Disciplinary Action

Kari Lake does not have the right to get Maricopa County early voters’ ballot affidavit envelopes with their signatures, a judge ruled today.After an unusual two day public records request trial in September, Superior Court Judge John Hannah waited until the end of his 60 days to issue his opinion. The 12-page Minute Entry (below) explains why he concluded that Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer was correct in denying Lake’s PRR for the envelopes.Hannah indicated that he had earlier denied the County’s Motion to Dismiss the Special Action lawsuit because the parties had not clearly defined whether the envelopes that
Continue Reading BREAKING: Kari Lake's Lawsuit To Get Ballot Envelopes Fails; "Her Goose Failed To Lay The (Golden) Egg She Expected" (READ Minute Entry)

 (This is a breaking story. Please check back for further info.)UPDATE: The indictment has now been set in Maricopa County (CR2023-008495).WORTH NOTING: The activity allowing it to proceed in Maricopa – rather than Cochise – County is that their actions “affected the Secretary of State’s ability to complete the canvass/certification.”
This article was reported by AZ Law founder Paul Weich. “AZ Law” includes articles, commentaries and updates about opinions from the Arizona Supreme Court, U.S. Supreme Court, as well as trial and appellate courts, etc. AZ Law is founded by Phoenix attorney Paul Weich, and joins Arizona’s Politics
Continue Reading BREAKING: Indictments Returned Against Cochise County Supervisors For Election Interference

The Arizona Supreme Court unanimously refused Kari Lake’s latest effort to leapfrog the intermediate Court of Appeals, and have the Justices instead decide her 2022 Election Contest appeal.Justice Bill Montgomery drew the short straw to write up the Order (below) before the Thanksgiving holiday. (Lake had filed the Motion last week to transfer the case.)”Appellant Lake does not show good cause for transferring the appeal from the court of appeals, where the matter has been fully briefed.”On Monday, Lake asked the Justices to sanction Maricopa County for their Response, alleging “repeated and deliberate mischaracterizations of the record and
Continue Reading BREAKING: "No Thanks"; AZ Supreme Court Giving Kari Lake The Boot In Latest Effort To Remove Her 2022 Election Contest Appeal From Southern Arizona Appeals Court

A 9th Circuit panel today ruled that Arizona abortion providers do have the necessary standing to ask for an injunction stopping the state’s ban on abortions sought solely because of a genetic abnormality in the fetus. The Opinion REVERSES a lower court ruling earlier this year that refused to stop the 2021 law from going into effect after the Dobbs‘ decision reversed Roe v Wade.The opinion, written by Judge Ronald Gould – the other two, approving judges were Arizonans Andrew Hurwitz and Roopali Desai – rested partly upon the physicians’ assertions that the vagueness in the law have
Continue Reading BREAKING: 9th Circuit REVERSES, and Rules Arizona Abortion Providers Do Have Standing To Challenge State's Ban On Abortions Due To Genetic Abnormality

The Arizona Supreme Court this afternoon sanctioned unsuccessful Attorney General candidate Abe Hamadeh (R-AZ) more than $55,000 for filing an improper Special Action Petition with the highest court in the state.The sanctions are designed to cover the attorneys’ fees and costs incurred by now-AG Kris Mayes and the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office.Hamadeh had found himself in a strange situation (fully-documented by Arizona’s Law) because the trial court judge in his Election Contest long failed to sign an appealable judgment (thus making an appeal premature).Hamadeh’s attorneys asked the Supreme Court to not only order Judge Jantzen to sign
Continue Reading BREAKING, SANCTIONS SCOREBOARD UPDATE: AZ Supreme Court SANCTIONS Hamadeh $55,000 For Improper Special Action Petition (READ Order