The Republican-controlled state Legislature in Arizona voted June 29 to revoke the Democratic secretary of state’s legal authority in election-related lawsuits, handing that power instead to Republican attorney general Mark Brnovich until Jan. 2, 2023.
Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (at left) has denounced the independent 2020 election audit in Arizona, spearheaded by the state’s Republican senate, which is questioning voter fraud and irregularities surrounding Maricopa County’s ballot tally. The audit applied to 2.1 million ballots in the county’s jurisdiction, where Joe Biden allegedly defeated former President Trump by around 10,000 votes, and contracted the services of the small cybersecurity company and first-time election auditor Cyber Ninjas to conduct it.
The measure, sent to Gov. Doug Ducey, was part of a series of proposals inserted into major budget legislation, including several actions that address election integrity. Included is an appropriation of $500,000 for a study of whether social media sites interfered in state elections by promoting Democrats while suppressing Republicans.
Katie Hobbs has since set her sights on grander things, and on June 2 declared her candidacy for governor.
In a June 14 letter Monday, Brnovich called U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland’s comments last week expressing concern about post-election audits “troubling.”
“Your statements displayed an alarming disdain for state sovereignty,” Brnovich wrote. “My office is not amused by the DOJ’s posturing and will not tolerate any effort to undermine or interfere with our State Senate’s audit to reassure Arizonans of the accuracy of our elections.”
The audit of the vote in Maricopa County, the state’s most populous county, ordered by state Senate Republicans, began in April.
“Arizona will not sit back and let the Biden administration abuse its authority, refuse to uphold laws, or attempt to commandeer our state’s sovereignty,” Brnovich wrote.
Former President Donald Trump has praised the audit and urged other states to launch their own election reviews. (NOTE: The Washington Times, a never-Trumper news source some consider “conservative,” claimed that Trump “continues to make baseless claims that Democrats stole the election from him through widespread voter fraud.”)
Mark Kelly claims to be an independent, but a closer look at his record shows he’s just another Democrat scam. Over more than a decade, Mark built a sophisticated political operation that funded and supported radical Democrat politicians.
So while he pretends to be a moderate in Phoenix, he goes to Minneapolis and puts an arm around Rep. Ilhan Omar—the leader of the defund the police movement. Kelly’s Political Action Committee has spent more than $50 million supporting radicals, including Omar, Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, and Jerry Nadler—who led the charge to impeach the president and overturn the results of the 2016 election—to name a few.
He happily endorsed Virginia Governor Ralph Northam—best known for his blackface scandal and his vocal support for a bill that would effectively legalize late-term abortion — even after birth.
Kelly’s embrace of the most radical elements of the Democrat Party proves he’s just another one of them, despite what Counterfeit Kelly would have you believe.
Republican U.S. Sen. Martha McSally and Democrat Mark Kelly will participate in an Oct. 6 debate on domestic policy, including the country’s response to COVID-19 and the social justice movement, in addition to foreign policy and Arizona issues.
The debate is organized by four Arizona media outlets: The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com; Arizona PBS and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University; KJZZ-FM (91.5), metro Phoenix’s public radio station; and Arizona Public Media, southern Arizona’s PBS and National Public Radio affiliate.
Voters can watch the 90-minute debate live at 7 p.m. Tuesday on Arizona PBS, KJZZ and AZPM and streamed on azcentral.com or YouTube. A 30-minute debate recap, likely by liberal commentators, will follow the event.
The debate comes one day before early voting begins in Arizona in one of the country’s most-watched U.S. Senate races, a special election to fill the rest of the 2017-2022 term that John McCain (R) was elected to in 2016.
Before she was sworn in as a U.S. Senator in January 2019, McSally previously represented Arizona’s second congressional district for four years in the U.S. House of Representatives. Martha serves on the following Senate Committees: Armed Services; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; Energy and Natural Resources; Indian Affairs; and the Special Committee on Aging.
Prior to serving in Congress, Senator McSally served 26 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring in 2010 as a full Colonel. During her 26-year military career, she deployed six times to the Middle East and Afghanistan, flying 325 combat hours and earning a Bronze Star and six air medals. She broke barriers for women and girls everywhere — becoming not only the first woman in U.S. history to fly a fighter jet in combat— but the first woman to command a fighter squadron in combat in United States history.
Her opponent, Mark Kelly, is a former Captain in the U.S. Navy and astronaut. Kelly is facing backlash for apparent business ties to China. Kelly co-founded World View Enterprises, which originated as a space exploration start up, and served an advisor until launching his bid for the Senate.
“World View was invested in by a high-profile Chinese technology company, Tencent, owns WeChat, a Chinese social media platform,” Townhall.com reports. “Tencent is known to have used surveillance tactics on its billions of subscribers, and censors language that is critical of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). A handful of GOP senators classify Tencent as a national security threat and a puppet of the CCP.”
Indeed, the United Nations shared the senators’ concern; the UN’s Human Rights Watch chief classified Tencent as “an enabler of Chinese government oppression,” as RealClearPolitics notes.
Aside from the different way they view Chinese interests (McSally is wary of Communist China), the two Senate candidates differ strongly on Second Amendment issues.
Speaking with dozens of members of the firearm and ammunition industry for an National Shooting Sports Foundation PAC virtual town hall, Sen. McSally got right to the point when asked by NSSF’s Larry Keane what the Second Amendment means to her.
“I’ve put my life on the line for the Second Amendment,” she said.
Sen. McSally wrapped up the June 8 town hall by recalling the successes of the Senate and President Donald Trump in placing more than 200 pro-Second Amendment federal judges on the bench, including two on the Supreme Court, reinforcing just how important it is for industry-supporting Senators to remain in office.
Democrat Kelly, on the other hand, is a strong proponent of gun control. Outside groups like billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety and others are pouring millions of dollars into Arizona to help Kelly, who has spent little time on the campaign trail discussing his anti-2nd Amendment position.
Kelly’s wife, then-Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ), survived an assassination attempt in Tucson, AZ. in January 2011. She and 20 other people were shot, including six fatally, in an event for constituents. Giffords was left with severe brain injuries but went on to make a remarkable recovery. After the shooting, she and Kelly founded the Americans for Responsible Solutions (later changing its name to “Giffords”) and campaigned for gun control.