The Big Lie

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Trump’s trial will be televised. That transparency comes with a cost.

BY: - September 11, 2023

The first of the televised sessions in former President Donald Trump’s conspiracy trial in Georgia aired Sept. 5, and it was dull as a butter knife: Two of the 19 alleged conspirators arguing to have their cases separated from the mob and from each other.  It was an inauspicious start to what is potentially the […]

Maricopa County GOP wants the cash-strapped AZGOP to fund a costly presidential primary

BY: - August 30, 2023

The Arizona Republican Party is basically broke, but that’s not stopping the Maricopa County GOP from attempting to force it to run a hand-count presidential primary election this spring with a price tag of up to $15 million.  The Maricopa County Republican Committee voted on Saturday to send a resolution to the state party asking […]

‘I just hope it ends’: Maricopa official shares emotional story as harasser sentenced to prison

BY: - August 29, 2023

Maricopa County Supervisors Chairman Clint Hickman held it together in a federal courtroom in Phoenix on Monday until it was about his family. Hickman told a judge that he remembers the night in 2020 that dozens of protesters — propelled by lies about the fairness of the county’s presidential election — came to his home […]

Trump supporters, detractors face off outside jail as he’s booked on Georgia racketeering charges

BY: , and - August 24, 2023

Former President Donald Trump was booked and quickly released at the Fulton County Jail Thursday evening during a trip from New Jersey to Atlanta that played out on primetime TV and capped a drama-filled day outside the facility. Trump’s sprawling motorcade arrived at the jail at about 7:30 p.m. And he was released after about […]

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The Trump indictments: a seven-year timeline of key developments

BY: - August 9, 2023

Former President Donald Trump is a defendant in three criminal proceedings. Two cases are federal, brought after investigations by Special Counsel Jack Smith. The other case is in New York state court and is being prosecuted by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg. A fourth indictment, on state charges in Georgia related to Trump’s efforts to […]

Picks to fill vacant AZ Senate seat: Election deniers, conspiracy theorists and extremists

BY: - June 28, 2023

The race to fill a vacant North Phoenix seat in the state Senate is between three election skeptics, two of whom have ties to extremist ideologies and one who sought after 2020 to change Arizona law to let legislators overturn presidential election results.  Two weeks ago, Republican Sen. Steve Kaiser, who represents a district in […]

Fact-checking Trump’s ‘lightning round’ of lies at the CNN town hall

BY: - May 11, 2023

Former President Donald Trump’s town hall event felt like a lightning round of false and misleading claims — most of which we’ve heard before. Among them: He claimed the conservative group True the Vote found Democrats “stuffing ballot boxes” with “millions of votes” and it was caught “on government cameras.” It did not. Trump falsely […]

Cochise County hires elections director who has spread election misinformation

BY: - April 26, 2023

An Arizona county that refused to certify the 2022 election has hired a new elections director who repeatedly spread false claims about widespread election fraud. The Cochise County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted 2-1 to hire Bob Bartelsmeyer, La Paz County’s elections director for the past year, to run the county’s elections, after he […]

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Cochise County ready to hire elections director who spread false claims of 2020 election rigging

BY: - April 25, 2023

Cochise County is close to hiring an elections director who has repeatedly shared false claims about widespread election fraud on Facebook, including claims that the 2020 presidential election was rigged against former President Donald Trump. Bob Bartelsmeyer, currently the elections director in La Paz County, was chosen by Cochise County Recorder David Stevens for the […]

AZGOP must pay Secretary of State’s legal fees for ‘bad-faith’ 2020 election lawsuit: appeals court

BY: - April 20, 2023

An Arizona appellate court ruled Thursday that the Arizona Republican Party and its lawyers must pay the attorneys’ fees for the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office in a lawsuit that challenged how Maricopa County audited ballots in the 2020 election and sought to stop the county from certifying Donald Trump’s loss. The lawsuit challenged procedures […]

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Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb enters U.S. Senate race to challenge Kyrsten Sinema

BY: - April 11, 2023

Republican Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb announced Tuesday he is running for U.S. Senate seat currently held by Kyrsten Sinema.  Lamb is the first Republican to enter the 2024 contest, but is unlikely to be the last. Sinema, who won in 2018 as a Democrat but last year left that party to become an independent, […]

Kari Lake defends Trump, tells Iowans to ask 2024 candidates about election fraud

BY: - April 7, 2023

NEVADA, Iowa — Former Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake told Iowans Thursday she’s willing to “do anything I can” to help former President Donald Trump get back into office. Lake addressed about 80 people at the Story County Republicans’ Lincoln Highway Dinner. Her visit comes as Iowans are beginning to consider 2024 Republican caucus candidates, […]