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    Arizona State graduate student and Campus Reform correspondent Judah Waxelbaum blasted the university after leftist clubs demanded Kyle Rittenhouse be banned from enrolling at the school, shortly after being acquitted on all charges.  ARIZONA UNIVERSITY STUDENTS DEMAND ADMINISTRATION TO ‘WITHDRAW’ KYLE RITTENHOUSE: ‘KILLER OFF OUR CAMPUS’ Waxelbaum joined "Fox & Friends First" on Tuesday to discuss the list of demands, warning that college campuses everywhere are succumbing to "mob rule" through the rise of cancel culture.  "We're losing our campuses to mob rule at this moment," Waxelbaum argued. "This isn't a mob of hundreds, it's mobs of dozens, and it's only possible because faculty allows it to happen." "Since this came out, Arizona State University's only response has been to clarify Mr. Rittenhouse's enrollment status, not to condemn what they're calling for, not what they're asking of the university," he continued.  Four far-left organizations at ASU demanded the school "withdraw" Rittenhouse from the university's online classes calling him a "murderer" and "racist." The groups, including Arizona State University Students for Socialism, Students for Justice in Palestine, Multicultural Solidarity Coalition, and MECHA...
              more   Several groups at Arizona State University (ASU) are set to protest the online enrollment of Kyle Rittenhouse Wednesday, but the school says he is not a student there. “Kyle Rittenhouse has not gone through the ASU admissions process,” ASU told The Arizona Sun Times by email. “He is not currently enrolled in any classes at ASU.” During his high-profile trial, Rittenhouse testified that he was taking online courses at the school. At the time, ASU confirmed that statement. But it also said at the time that the program in which Rittenhouse is enrolled “allows students access to begin taking classes as they prepare to seek admission into a degree program at the university.” Meanwhile, left-wing students on the campus are planning to rally against him. “Join us and rally against racist murderer Kyle Rittenhouse being permitted on our campus – Wednesday at 3:30 outside the Nelson Fine Arts Center on campus,” ASU’s chapter of Students for Socialism said on Twitter. Join us and rally against racist murderer Kyle Rittenhouse being permitted on our campus – Wednesday at 3:30 outside the Nelson...
    JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Jacksonville State has hired former major college head coach Rich Rodriguez to lead its program into the FBS level. Rodriguez is a former coach at Arizona, Michigan and West Virginia. He just finished his first season as Louisiana-Monroe’s offensive coordinator after holding the same job at Mississippi in 2019. Rodriguez, 58, replaces John Grass, who went 72-26 in eight seasons with the FCS program, which is moving up to Conference USA. Jacksonville State announced the hiring Monday night, and he will be introduced as the Gamecocks’ 28th head coach at a news conference on Tuesday. Rodriguez was fired from Arizona in January 2018 after his former administrative assistant filed a claim with the state Attorney General’s office accusing him of sexually harassing her and creating a hostile work environment. The university said it couldn’t substantiate the claims but was concerned about the “direction and climate of the football program.” He was 43-35 in six seasons with Arizona after coaching at Michigan from 2008-10 and West Virginia from 2001-07. Overall, Rodriguez has a 163-119-2 career record in...
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Ahlana Smith and Kianna Smith led hot-shooting No. 10 Louisville with 11 points apiece as the Cardinals won their fifth straight by beating Colorado State 71-56 on Sunday. The Cardinals (5-1) shot 52.8% from the floor in a contest they never trailed. Emily Engstler drained a 3-pointer 1:37 into the game and the Cardinals steadily pulled away, leading by as many as 21 points. Engstler finished with 10 points and eight boards. The Cardinals out-rebounded the Rams by a 39-22 margin. Colorado State (5-1) was led by Sydney Mech and Karly Murphy with 12 points apiece. Cali Clark added 10 points as the Rams hosted a ranked nonconference team for the first time since No. 8 Connecticut visited Moby Arena in 2004. Louisville shot 58.6% in the first half to take a comfortable lead into the locker room. But Colorado State made things interesting in the third quarter by cutting the deficit to 10 points on a layup from Mech. Cardinals coach Jeff Walz quickly sent five new players to the scorer’s table to check...
    The first fortnight of the 2021-22 season is complete. For the Pac-12, it was neither a rousing success or abject failure. There were two first-class wins (UCLA over Villanova and Arizona over Michigan) and a few pleasant surprises — for instance, the overall success of Utah and Washington State. But the conference also suffered a slew of third-class losses: Washington to Northern Illinois and Colorado to Southern Illinois; Cal to UC-San Diego and Arizona State to UC-Riverside; and Oregon State to just about everyone. Overall, the Pac-12’s non-conference record stands at 45-17. The winning percentage (72.5%) is a tick below the threshold (75%) that history suggests will optimize the number of NCAA tournament bids. It does not get easier from here, with a slew of high-profile opponents lined up in holiday tournaments (more Baylor!) and several single-game showdowns in early December (more Gonzaga!). And take note: The early round of conference play begins this weekend, with Stanford visiting Colorado, followed by a full load of league games next week. Those games matter, of course. But what matters more for the...
    Two weeks in, the Pac-12 is running ahead of pace: It has won 77.8 percent of its non-conference games, with 28 victories against just eight losses. That exceeds the 75-percent success rate outside of league play deemed critical to sending at least six teams to the NCAA tournament, according to a data analysis performed by the Pac-12 several years ago. The deep dive revealed a strong correlation for all the major conferences: Win three-quarters of your non-conference games, and you should send half your teams to March Madness. But the Pac-12’s current success will be difficult to maintain as teams enter holiday tournaments, where heavyweight opponents await. Framed another way: If the Pac-12 has won 78 percent of all games by Dec. 1, it should be well positioned for six or seven bids on Selection Sunday. To the power ratings … 1. UCLA (3-0)Last week: 1Result: beat Villanova 86-77 (OT) and Long Beach State 100-79Next up: vs. North Florida (Wednesday)Comment: Six days until the Gonzaga rematch, which doesn’t need to be half as...
    Power ratings based entirely on the scoreboard, except when they aren’t. (All times Pacific.) 1. Oregon (7-1/4-1)Last week: 1Result: Beat Colorado 52-29Next up: at Washington (4:30 p.m., ABC)Line: Oregon -7Comment: What should fans root for, above and beyond five more wins? It depends entirely on Ohio State’s position Tuesday in the playoff rankings. If the Buckeyes are ahead of the Ducks (an impediment), then Oregon needs OSU to lose. If the Buckeyes are behind the Ducks (resume fuel), then Oregon needs OSU to keep winning. 2. Utah (5-3/4-1)Last week: 3Result: Beat UCLA 44-24Next up: at Stanford (Friday, 7:30 p.m., FS1)Line: Utah -6Comment: Each year, a handful of Pac-12 results simply don’t make sense within the context of a team’s total performance. Utah’s defensive no-show at Oregon State two Saturdays ago is near the top of the 2021 list. The Utes surrendered 42 points. In their other four conference games, they have allowed an average of 21. 3. Washington State (5-4/4-2)Last week: 6Result: Won at Arizona State 34-21Next up: IdleLine: N/AComment: What if we had told you: The Cougars would have...
    The moment we reached out to several trusted Hotline advisors in an attempt to match each Pac-12 football program to a Halloween candy, the jokes flew like penalty flags in an Arizona State game (ba-da-BING). Fortunately, we resisted the urge to simply identify the top-selling candy bar in 2016 and call it a day. One suggestion came instantly: “They’re all Kit Kat’s. Easily breakable.” Funny … really funny … but also too easy. To get it right — to reach the standard set by the Hotline’s twin addictions to caffeine and sugar — this exercise required deep thought and far more creativity than Washington’s running game. For inspiration, we turned to that noted candy connoisseur, Mike Leach, whose knowledge laps our own (although we don’t share his preference for Almond Joy). Here’s our list of Pac-12 teams as Halloween candy. Arizona: Black Licorice. Hard pass, if we’re being totally honest. Arizona State: Nestle’s Crunch. Always leaves you thinking, ‘Should be better.’ Cal: Gummy Bears. Duh. Colorado: Nerds. Not sure what’s inside, but it isn’t good. Oregon: Sugar Daddy. Don’t make me explain. Oregon State: 100...
    (CNN)Republican leaders nationally hope to move on from re-litigating the 2020 election as they set their sights on winning back the House and Senate in next year's midterms, but that may be a difficult shift to make in Arizona. GOP headliners running for some of the state's top jobs are making former President Donald Trump's baseless claims about election fraud central to their campaigns as they inject conspiracy theories into the debate. The most prominent Republican vying to take on Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly, state Attorney General Mark Brnovich, is facing mounting pressure from conservatives to use the law enforcement tools of his office to produce criminal charges out of Trump's election claims -- a tall task given that the evidence of widespread voter fraud has proven non-existent. Other candidates like Kari Lake, a former Phoenix-area news anchor endorsed by Trump for governor, and Mark Finchem, a four-term state representative who's running for secretary of state, are fully leaning into Trump's lies. Ron Watkins, the latest entrant to Arizona's 1st Congressional District race, is getting in on it too. The...
    Power ratings based entirely on the scoreboard, except when they aren’t. (All times Pacific.) 1. Oregon (5-1/2-1)Last week: 1Result: Beat Cal 24-17Next up: at UCLA (12:30 p.m., ABC)Line: EvenComment: Mario Cristobal is committed to starting the quarterback who gives the Ducks the best chance to win. With each passing week, as the pressure builds, the Ty Thompson-for-Anthony Brown swap becomes riskier. 2. Utah (4-2/3-0)Last week: 5Result: Beat Arizona State 35-21Next up: at Oregon State (4:30 p.m., Pac-12 Networks)Line: Utah -4Comment: It took five-and-a-half games, but the 2021 defense finally looked like the 2019 defense. Meanwhile, the 2021 quarterback looked like a slightly better version of the 2019 quarterback. But curiously, the 2021 punt returner looked exactly the same as the 2015 punt returner. 3. Arizona State (5-2/3-1)Last week: 2Result: Lost at Utah 35-21Next up: IdleLine: N/AComment: The Sun Devils have committed more penalties in two games in the state of Utah (29) than the Utes have committed in six games anywhere (27). Think about that. 4. UCLA (5-2/3-1)Last week: 3Result: Won at Washington 24-17Next up: vs. Oregon (12:30 p.m., ABC)Line:...
    The Pac-12’s longest active bowl participation streak, albeit one with a caveat, is in significant peril. Washington has advanced to the postseason for 10 consecutive non-pandemic years. The last time the Huskies missed a normal bowl season was 2009 — Steve Sarkisian’s first year resurrecting the program from the depths of the Tyrone Willingham collapse. Since then, the Huskies have been home for the holidays just once, last fall, when they were eligible but couldn’t participate because of COVID. (Of course, every team was eligible last year, which is one reason to apply the caveat: The only bar to clear involved health-and-wellness.) But with the midpoint of this semi-normal season approaching, the Huskies are on fragile ground: — The defense is fairly stout but nothing like the airtight units of 2016 and 1028. — The offense has fluctuated between nonexistent and faintly respectable. — Three key players, cornerback Trent McDuffie, edge rusher Zion Tupuola-Fetui and tight end Cade Otton, have missed varying amounts of time. — The coaching staff has come under severe, and in our view justifiable criticism. —...
    Power ratings based entirely on the scoreboard, except when they aren’t. (All times Pacific) 1. Oregon (4-1/1-1)Last week: 1Result: Lost at Stanford 31-24 (OT)Next up: IdleLine: N/AComment: Playcaller Joe Moorhead made a great case for himself as the conference’s top coordinator by missing the Stanford game (for a non-COVID illness): Anthony Brown specifically, and the offense generally, looked completely out of sync. Also, we wish him the best in his recovery. 2. Arizona State (4-1/2-0)Last week: 4Result: Won at UCLA 42-23Next up: vs. Stanford (Friday, 7:30 p.m., ESPN)Line: Arizona State -10.5Comment: If the Sun Devils approach their potential, they should win by double digits. If they give Stanford a sliver of a chance, it goes to the wire. 3. Oregon State (4-1/2-0)Last week: 3Result: Beat Washington 27-24Next up: at Washington State (1 p.m., Pac-12 Networks)Line: Oregon State -3Comment: We were impressed with OSU’s resilience on two fronts: Level-setting emotionally after the USC game; and responding to UW’s back-to-back touchdowns in the fourth quarter. The mark of a contender. 4. UCLA (3-2/1-1)Last week: 2Result: Lost to Arizona State 42-23Next up: at...
    Democratic anger is growing with Krysten Sinema, blaming her as the sole reason for holding up Joe Biden's $3.5 trillion social agenda as the party demands to know what the Arizona Democratic senator wants in exchange for her support. 'The president keeps begging her, tell us what you want. Put a proposal forward,' progressive Rep. Ro Khanna told CNN, adding that neither moderates nor liberals can name her demands. All eyes are turning to the 45-year-old senator, known for wearing candy-colored wigs during the COVID pandemic because she couldn't get her hair dyed, competing in Ironmans and touting her personal story – growing up in a gas station with conservative Mormon parents before earning her PhD and become the first openly bisexual woman to be elected to the House. Sinema, a colorful presence in the Senate in her bright floral dresses and faux fur coats, is in demand even as she cultivates an independent, maverick streak in the model of John McCain, who she calls her 'personal hero.' She rarely attends the weekly Senate Democratic luncheon, was the only Democrat...
    The Pac-12 has been hoping, clamoring and desperate for coast-to-coast media exposure since the twin grim realities of night games and Pac-12 Network distribution materialized four or five years ago. With that lust for eyeballs in mind, may we present Week Two of the 2021 season … One-two-three-FOUR games on broadcast television, from 9 a.m. (Pacific) until 10:30 p.m. and with limited overlap involved. There are three showdowns with high-profile non-conference opponents and one unprecedented broadcast of a conference game. The morning-to-late night nature of the programming was made possible by Fox Sports, which selected Oregon-Ohio State for its ‘Big Noon Kickoff’ on FOX and agreed to air Stanford-USC at 7:30 p.m. on the broadcast network, as well. It’s the first time FOX will show a Pac-12 night game, which are typically on FS1. Of the 10 games scheduled for Saturday, only two will be shown on the Pac-12 Networks: Portland State at Washington State and San Diego State at Arizona. Fewer games on the Pac-12 Networks means more potential eyeballs on the product. To the picks … Last week:...
    Donald Trump is succeeding in mainstreaming his fringe politics at the state level just like he did at the federal level. Originally, the Arizona sham audit was an outlier—replicated in no other state and only gaining prominence among Trumpy bit players at the state level. Now, however, GOP leaders in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania have put the full weight of their legislative bodies behind the Arizona-style investigations, giving them a veneer of import despite the fact that they are nothing more than exploratory boondoggles. These so-called "audits" won't overturn the election results, and they are coming on the heels of multiple recounts in both states. So the likelihood that the reviews will reveal anything approaching a significant finding is sheer fantasy. But at the end of the day, they needed to be on Trump's good side, and putting the full force of government behind the effort was the surest way to do that. Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman, who had been dragging his feet on opening an investigation, finally bowed to Trump pressure campaign in late August. ...
    Donald Trump is succeeding in mainstreaming his fringe politics at the state level just like he did at the federal level. Originally, the Arizona sham audit was an outlier—replicated in no other state and only gaining prominence among Trumpy bit players at the state level. Now, however, GOP leaders in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania have put the full weight of their legislative bodies behind the Arizona-style investigations, giving them a veneer of import despite the fact that they are nothing more than exploratory boondoggles.  These so-called "audits" won't overturn the election results, and they are coming on the heels of multiple recounts in both states. So the likelihood that the reviews will reveal anything approaching a significant finding is sheer fantasy. But at the end of the day, they needed to be on Trump's good side, and putting the full force of government behind the effort was the surest way to do that.  Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman, who had been dragging his feet on opening an investigation, finally bowed to Trump pressure campaign in late August.  “I am 100%...
    THE Arizona election audit was delayed in Maricopa County after the firm Cyber Ninjas reported that three staff members have Covid-19. Cyber Ninjas, which is handling the recount of votes from the 2020 election in the state, was expected to hand over findings on Monday, but members of the audit team are reportedly "quite sick." 4The recount in Arizona has been widely slammedCredit: AP 4Donald Trump has continued to claim that the 2020 election was stolen from himCredit: Getty The recount has been widely slammed as former President Donald Trump continues to maintain that the election, which took place nine months ago, was stolen from him due to voter fraud. Now, the timeline for Cyber Ninjas to present any findings has been pushed back indefinitely. "The team expected to have the full draft ready for the Senate today, but unfortunately Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan and two other members of the five-person audit team have tested positive for Covid-19 and are quite sick," Arizona Senate President Karen Fann said in a statement. Fann said that lawmakers had received...
    The BYU quarterback who steps in for Zach Wilson this season just may be from out of left field. That’s only because Jaren Hall played outfield on the Cougars baseball team. It’s a three-QB race to replace Wilson, who was selected No. 2 overall by the New York Jets in the 2021 NFL draft. Hall and Baylor Romney bring the experience, and freshman Jacob Conover a big arm, in a close race that’s coming down to the wire. Wilson will be a difficult act to follow after he helped lead the Cougars to an 11-1 record in 2020 and a No. 11 ranking in the final AP Top 25 poll. He also finished eighth in the Heisman Trophy voting. When recently asked about possibly being QB1, Hall simply responded: “My mindset is to go win against Arizona.” That would be BYU’s opening opponent on Sept. 4, which is part of the inaugural Las Vegas Kickoff Classic at Allegiant Stadium. Coach Kalani Sitake hasn’t tipped his hand over who may be under center. “If you’re having a difficult time...
                        Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and state Speaker of the House Rusty Bowers (R-District 25) announced Thursday that Arizona will welcome refugees from Afghanistan. “The Afghans fleeing the Taliban regime served alongside America’s military forces and fought for freedom,” the press release states. “We’re grateful for their efforts and Arizona wholeheartedly welcomes our fair share of the refugees in our state.” The press release does not say how many refugees the state would welcome from Afghanistan, but Ducey and Bowers blamed the refugee situation on President Joe Biden. “These refugees are in this position because of President Biden’s negligence and inability to lead,” the Arizona elected officials said. “His failure on this issue is a threat not just to the progress done for the people of Afghanistan, but also to the national security of the United States and our allies around the world. “Despite the president’s poor response to growing tensions in the Middle East, Arizona recognizes the service of thousands of Afghans over the last 20 years,” Ducey...
    AT least two people have reportedly died after a heavy monsoon drenched south-central Arizona on Friday night. The news comes as Florida braces itself for Tropical Storm Grace and Northern California's Dixie Fire continues to grow. 4A monsoon that hit Arizona on Friday night has reportedly killed at least two peopleCredit: Buckeye Valley Fire District 4A state of emergency was issued for the rural town of Gila Bend, which was hit by floodingCredit: 12 News In Arizona on Saturday, Gila Bend’s mayor declared a state of emergency for the town of 2,000 and said a temporary shelter was set up in a school gymnasium as a result of flooding. Azfamily.com reported that one victim was swept down a flood wash and that the second person was in a vehicle swept away. Sheriff’s Sgt. Monica Bretado said “several rescues and ongoing evacuations” were conducted and that one person was found dead. Parts of a Phoenix freeway were also closed as a result of Friday night's monsoon. TROPICAL STORM Having braced itself for a now-weakened tropical wave Fred, Florida is now facing...
    'If you haven't figured out that the election in Maricopa County was free, fair, and accurate yet, I'm not sure you ever will.' The chair of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has had enough with the Republican-led audit of Arizona's 2020 election results. On Monday, he slammed the effort as an "adventure in never-never land" as he refused to comply with a subpoena for more records. "It is now August of 2021. The election of November 2020 is over. If you haven't figured out that the election in Maricopa County was free, fair, and accurate yet, I'm not sure you ever will," Jack Sellers, a Republican and the chair of the Maricopa County Supervisors, wrote to Republican state senators. The audit, which kicked off in April, has been panned as disorganized and chaotic, and election experts and public officials alike have expressed concern that it has not adhered to election law or procedures. Still, last week, Republicans on the Arizona state Senate subpoenaed even more records as part of...
                        In a joint statement released by Arizona Senate President Karen Fann and Arizona State Senate Audit Liaison Ken Bennett on Friday, the two confirmed the former Arizona Secretary of State will continue to serve as the Senate’s liaison to the ongoing audit. Further, Fann promised that Bennett will be granted “full access” to all aspects of the forensic audit, after Bennett threatened to leave the post earlier this week. As previously reported by The Arizona Sun Times, Bennett had gone back and forth over his decision to bow out of the audit. In his reasoning, he claimed that he had been repeatedly excluded from overseeing critical aspects of the audit and barred access to the building. “Former Arizona Secretary of State and past Senate President Ken Bennett has been and will continue serving as the Senate’s Liaison to the audit. With his expertise in Arizona elections and his firsthand knowledge of the ongoing audit, Ken and the Senate team will have full access to all audit work spaces,...
    A burning dumpster on top of a tire fire on top of a haunted graveyard full of dead circus clowns. It's unclear how many wheels might have been originally attached to Arizona Republicans' ridiculous Maricopa County "election audit," but at this point whichever were still attached appear to be all falling off at once. Audit "senate liaison" Ken Bennett, a previous Arizona secretary of state, now says he's quitting his post due to the hired auditors, "Cyber Ninjas" (the spontaneous eyeroll you just did is part of the official pronunciation of the name, so don't worry about it), freezing him out of the process as this whole tire fire burns to its inevitable conclusion. As reported by ABC 15 Arizona, Bennett is leaving after being "left out of critical aspects" of the process, hinting he no longer feels he can defend the "integrity" of the final report. Why did Cyber Ninjas freeze Bennett out of the process? That's a bit of a fun story. The Eyeroll Ninjas have been fuming because Bennett shared some of the audit's data with outside...
    Twitter has suspended several accounts focused on ballot audits in the states of Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin on the same day that that Congress begins partisan Democrat-led select committee hearings on the events of January 6th. The suspensions occurred on the same day, and affected the accounts of @ArizonaAudit, @Audit_PA, @AuditGeorgia, @AuditNevada, @AuditWisconsin, and @AuditWarRoom. Twitter has yet to offer a public explanation for the suspension of the accounts, and has yet to respond to Breitbart News’ request for comment. The suspensions came a day after the Republican head of the Wisconsin Assembly’s election committee promised a “comprehensive, forensic examination” of ballots in the presidential election. Via AP: The Republican head of the Wisconsin Assembly elections committee said Monday she will ensure there is a “comprehensive, forensic examination” of ballots cast in the 2020 presidential election at the same time the state’s nonpartisan audit bureau conducts a review. The broadened investigation comes amid pressure from former President Donald Trump and other national Republicans to take a closer look in Wisconsin, a state President Joe Biden won by just over 20,000...
    Donald Trump is heading to the epicenter of his efforts to overturn the 2020 election results as he holds a rally in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday evening. The former president will take the stage at the 'Protect Our Elections' event hosted by Turning Point USA's Political Action Committee aimed at de-seating Democratic politicians across the country. Maricopa County, which encompasses Phoenix, has been at the center of Trump's ire over his loss to President Joe Biden. As Trump gets ready to repeat his claims of voter fraud and a rigged election to his supporters on Saturday, the recount audit has been thrown into chaos. Ken Bennett, a former Arizona secretary of state and liaison to the state Senate for the recount, lost privileges to the building where the effort is taking place, according to recent reports. Donald Trump will take stage at a Turning Point Action 'Protect our Elections' rally in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday Trump will repeat his claims that the 2020 election was stolen, and that Arizona is one of the states where widespread voter fraud...
                        Arizona State University (ASU) announced Wednesday that its latest hire is a Critical Race Theory scholar. ASU said that the new assistant professor of music learning and teaching, Dr. Joyce McCall, focuses her research on Critical Race Theory and other related disciplines. “McCall is one of the few scholars whose music education research focuses on race and racism through Critical Race Theory and double consciousness theory, as well as culturally relevant pedagogy,” reported ASU. Double consciousness is a theory that black individuals harbor an inner duality caused by oppression and disrespect perpetrated by white people. Culturally relevant pedagogy emphasizes that understanding and adherence to an individual’s culture is critical, especially concerning an educator when engaging with their students. McCall said that this job is the perfect opportunity because ASU is actively engaged in progressive work. “This is my dream job in a sense, because this is an opportunity to do the work that I do and also be able to do it in a place that provides me...
                        Legal issues may arise over a resolution the city of Tucson passed declaring that it will defy Arizona’s “Second Amendment Sanctuary” law, which says the state will not comply with federal laws and regulations that violate the Second Amendment. Arizona’s law prohibits the police and sheriffs from enforcing those laws. The state passed the 2nd Amendment Firearm Freedom Act into law in April. Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik introduced the resolution last month. Democratic Mayor Regina Romero and the City Council unanimously passed the resolution on June 22, which they labeled an emergency. The key part of the resolution states, Notwithstanding the provisions of HB 2111 and A.R.S. Section 1-272, the Mayor and Council direct the City Manager to continue to allow the use of City personnel and/or financial resources to enforce, administer and/or cooperate with federal actions and/or programs that regulate firearms, unless and until such federal action or program is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to violate the provisions of the United States Constitution. It...
    President Joe Biden on Wednesday nominated Cindy McCain as his ambassador to the UN food agency in Rome. 'I am deeply honored and look forward to the work ahead,' she wrote on Twitter in response.   The position must be confirmed by the Senate. McCain was part of a slate of 17 nominations Biden announced, including Claire Cronin as his ambassador to Ireland. Cronin serves as a state representative in the Massachusetts state house.  Cronin, 61, was a leading surrogate and a fundraising bundler for Biden’s presidential bid in Massachusetts. She also appeared on national television during last summer’s Democratic National Convention when she cast the state’s official nominating votes for him.  McCain was also a top Biden surrogate in the 2020 presidential contest and a major factor in his victory in Arizona, after she endorsed him over Donald Trump. She is Biden's first Republican appointee to a Senate-confirmed position.  The president has emphasized the importance of bipartisanship in a deeply divided Washington. President Joe Biden nominated Cindy McCain as his ambassador to the UN food agency in Rome - the...
    THE record breaking heat wave across the West of the United States has prompted a state of emergency in California. Governor Gavin Newsom warned residents of "extreme heat peril" on Thursday with the high temperatures in Arizona "almost sizzling skin". Read our heat wave live blog for the very latest news and updates... 10The Western US heat wave prompts state of emergency in California, picturedCredit: AP 10A thermometer display showing temperatures of 129 Degrees Fahrenheit at Death ValleyCredit: AFP The state of emergency means officials can ramp up power plants operations if necessary to meet electricity demand. That came after the state's power grid operator asked Californians to "pitch in" and conserve energy where possible. System CEO Elliot Mainzer said: "Californians have stepped up many times before when asked to pitch in, and I’m confident they will do so." Parts of California hit triple-digit highs this week with Palm Springs seeing temperatures of 123 degrees Fahrenheit. 10Governor Gavin Newsom warned residents of 'extreme heat peril' on ThursdayCredit: The Weather Channel 10The state of emergency means officials can ramp...
    Commentary on Pac-12 developments on and off the field … Falling: Arizona State football We’ll start by saying that we don’t know if Arizona State actually violated NCAA rules by hosting recruits during what was supposed to be a COVID-related recruiting dead period. And we’ll also acknowledge that guessing how the NCAA might rule is almost as fraught as guessing when the NCAA might rule. But we know the NCAA has what Yahoo described as a “dossier” of material implicating the Sun Devils that includes screenshots and receipts. We know that former ASU football staffers are willing to provide evidence to the NCAA. We know that ASU’s hyper-aggressive recruiting tactics — again, they aren’t violations, yet — were one of the worst-kept secrets in the Pac-12. (It took a disgruntled former employee to send material to the NCAA in order for those tactics to come to light.) We know that whenever a program suddenly has next-level success attracting prospects from areas outside its traditional recruiting base, it’s extremely suspicious. And we know at least some of the allegations against ASU...
    Texas Governor Greg Abbott has announced $250 million in initial funding for a state-constructed border wall, as his Florida counterpart Ron DeSantis dispatches law enforcement personnel to assist border patrols in Texas and Arizona. The moves announced on Wednesday signal that Republican governors are increasingly taking the surge in illegal border crossings into their own hands, as they accuse the Biden administration of dereliction.  It follows new federal data showing that illegal crossings hit a 20-year high in May, when 180,034 migrants were detained at the southern border, the vast majority of them adults traveling alone. 'The Biden Administration has abandoned its responsibilities to secure the border and Texans are suffering as a result,' Abbott said in a statement. 'The problems along the border are only getting worse due to President Biden's inaction.' Texas Governor Greg Abbott has announced $250 million in initial funding for a state-constructed border wall, tapping the Department of Criminal Justice for the funds It signals that Republican governors are increasingly taking the surge in illegal border crossings into their own hands. Above, Brazilian migrants...
    (CNN)Arizona's problem-plagued audit has finished its hand recount of most of the 2.1 million ballots cast in Maricopa County last November, with just braille ballots and those that had to be duplicated because they were damaged left to count, an audit spokesman said Monday.Randy Pullen, a spokesman for the audit commissioned by state Senate Republicans, said auditors are now looking for an attorney who can read braille. About 50,000 braille ballots were cast in last year's election.The near-completion of the hand recount doesn't mean the partisan-driven audit is over, though: Auditors are also going through an examination that they say is intended to gauge ballots' authenticity. Auditors have not detailed exactly how that examination is being conducted.Jeff Ellington, the CEO of Runbeck Election Services, the company that manufactured Maricopa County's ballots, said in an interview Monday that he has no idea what auditors are looking for on the ballots they are examining. He said his company looked at its ballots under ultraviolet lights after seeing auditors do so weeks ago, "trying to figure out what they could possibly be looking...
    Wildfires in Arizona and California continued to spread Sunday, burning over 1,500 acres of land and causing multiple evacuations, CNN reported.  Intense heat and dry weather have prompted growing wildfires in Arizona and California, burning hundreds of thousands of acres so far this year, according to CNN. The growing heat and lack of rain have placed over 48 million people in the Western U.S under a heat advisory watch. A wildfire rapidly burned over 1,200 acres Sunday, causing the Arizona State Forestry to call for evacuations on Sunday, local affiliate CBS 5 reported. (RELATED: Residents Forced to Evacuate As Wildfire Rips Through Over 600 Acres of State Forest) #CornvilleFire – est. 1,000 acres w/winds pushing it to the west. Fire actively burning in grass, brush, & PJ approx. 2 miles E. of #Cornville. Aircraft incl. 2 VLATs supporting ground crews to stop forward progress & provide structure protection. #AZForestry #AZFire @CoconinoNF pic.twitter.com/ccUtQAbEZV — AZ State Forestry (@azstateforestry) June 14, 2021 Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey called for a special legislative session last Thursday to address the growing wildfires, which have burned over 163,000...
    Arizona state Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R) The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● AZ-Sen, AZ-Gov: Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, a Republican whom Donald Trump trashed just weeks ago as "lackluster," announced Thursday that he would challenge Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly. Until recently, local politicos believed Brnovich would run to succeed GOP Gov. Doug Ducey instead, but Kelly's win in last year's special election appears to have changed his calculations. Brnovich has been a rising star in Grand Canyon State politics going back to 2014, when he denied renomination to Attorney General Tom Horne, who was the subject of multiple investigations but ultimately never charged with anything. Brnovich went on to win the general election 53-47, and he earned his second term 52-48 during the 2018 Democratic wave. Brnovich also spent much of 2020 clashing with Ducey over his handling of the pandemic, with the attorney...
    Georgia state Sen. Brandon Beach wants to go to Arizona to see how it's done. Georgia state Sen. Brandon Beach, a Republican, said on Friday that the Georgia Legislature should hold a special session to do a "forensic audit" of the results of the 2020 presidential election. He said that he agrees that the audit currently underway in Arizona could serve as a model, telling host John Fredericks of the conservative Real America's Voice network, "We need to have a whole delegation go out there to see what they're doing out in Arizona, they're being very proactive." Beach said that in supporting an audit he was following the lead of fellow state Sen. Burt Jones, who has falsely claimed that fraudulent votes were counted in Fulton County, Georgia. Asked if the Georgia Senate had the ability to force an audit of all votes cast in Georgia, Beach said, "We don't have the power 'cause we're not gonna get 29 senators to sign a petition to call for a special session,...
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                      by Fred Lucas  A foe of former President Donald Trump is leading the Biden Justice Department’s push to discredit or halt an election audit in Arizona’s largest county—an issue that is heating up this week. Pamela S. Karlan, principal deputy assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, warned the leader of the Arizona state Senate that the audit of Maricopa County’s election results in November could run afoul of federal law regarding security of voter information and voter intimidation. President Joe Biden, who appointed Karlan, narrowly defeated Trump in Arizona, where Maricopa County was a crucial battleground. The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, which governs the county of over 4 million, is scheduled to meet Monday to discuss the issue. The Republican-controlled state Senate has asked county officials to address these matters at a hearing Tuesday. Some state senators are reported to have concerns about the county’s noncompliance with legislative subpoenas, questions about the chain of custody for ballots, and evidence of database files being removed from a computer used to manage...
    By Eric Bradner | CNN Arizona Republican officials are pushing back against false claims from former President Donald Trump and his allies about the 2020 election — another sign of how the same divisions that led the House GOP to oust Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney from her post as No. 3-ranking member last week are fracturing the party outside of Washington. Trump lit the latest fuse Saturday — as Republican leaders of the Arizona state Senate press forward with a controversial audit conducted by Cyber Ninjas, a Florida-based consulting firm — when he falsely claimed in a statement that the “entire Database of Maricopa County in Arizona has been DELETED!” Stephen Richer, the Maricopa County recorder — a Republican who heads the county’s election department — responded to Trump’s statement by saying on Twitter: “Wow. This is unhinged.” “I’m literally looking at our voter registration database on my other screen. Right now,” Richer said. “We can’t indulge these insane lies any longer. As a party. As a state. As a country.” Maricopa County’s Board of Supervisors — four out of...
    (CNN)Arizona Republican officials are pushing back against false claims from former President Donald Trump and his allies about the 2020 election -- another sign of how the same divisions that led the House GOP to oust Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney from her post as No. 3-ranking member last week are fracturing the party outside of Washington. Trump lit the latest fuse Saturday -- as Republican leaders of the Arizona state Senate press forward with a controversial audit conducted by Cyber Ninjas, a Florida-based consulting firm -- when he falsely claimed in a statement that the "entire Database of Maricopa County in Arizona has been DELETED!" Stephen Richer, the Maricopa County recorder -- a Republican who heads the county's election department -- responded to Trump's statement by saying on Twitter: "Wow. This is unhinged." "I'm literally looking at our voter registration database on my other screen. Right now," Richer said. "We can't indulge these insane lies any longer. As a party. As a state. As a country." Fact-checking allegations of irregularities in Arizona auditMaricopa County's Board of Supervisors -- four...
    Rep. Elise Stefanik, the House Republicans' new GOP conference chair, said the Justice Department is trying to block the Arizona election audit, as allies of former President Donald Trump pour millions into the recount.   'The Biden Department of Justice is trying to block that audit. That is unconstitutional, from my perspective,' Stefanik told Maria Bartiromo on Fox News' Sunday Morning Futures. 'Our states, constitutionally, are responsible for writing their state's elections law.' Stefanik's comments come as ABC News reported how key Trump figures are backing the controversial audit, with former White House strategist Steve Bannon giving it publicity on his video podcast and former Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne aiming to raise $2.8 million to go toward the effort.  Rep. Elise Stefanik, the House GOP Conference Chair, said Sunday that she supported the ongoing election audit in Arizona, ordered by Arizona's GOP-led Senate, and claimed the Department of Justice is trying to block it  Key Trump figures are backing the controversial audit, with former White House strategist Steve Bannon (left) giving it publicity on his video podcast and...
    The Republican-backed audit of approximately of the 2020 election in Maricopa County, Arizona, is getting more expansive and may extend beyond initial expectations. With the audit reaching the one-week mark at the end of last week, former Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, who is the state Senate audit liaison, offered an update on the controversial review, which includes 2.1 million ballots cast, a forensic audit of the voting machines, and follow-up interviews with voters. Bennett declined to offer an estimate of the number of ballots that have been counted, or whether any fraud has been found, although it been initially estimated that an audit report would be released within 60 days of it starting. The audit, which has been the focus of a legal challenge by Arizona Democrats trying to stop it and praise by former President Donald Trump and his allies, who insist the 2020 contest was stolen, is about to "phase two" following an off-day on Sunday, he added. The GOP-controlled state Senate hired a Florida-based firm, Cyber Ninjas, to lead the audit, and the legislature leased...
    Former President Donald Trump ranted on a Mar-a-Lago bandstand on Thursday that Arizona will be the first state to undo the 'rigged' 2020 election after a recount in Maricopa County conducted by the Florida company Cyber Ninjas concludes. During the speech, Trump repeated false claims that the election was 'rigged' and allegations that he only lost to Joe Biden because of widespread election fraud - though no evidence has ever been publicly provided. In other videos posted from the same speech, Trump tells his fans that he would be leaving the Mar-a-Lago club and return in October. Insider reported that he will be moving to his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey for the summer. 'Let's see what they find. I wouldn't be surprised if they found thousands and thousands and thousands of votes,' Trump says in the videos, which were taken during an event to endorse Rep. Billy Long. 'We're going to watch that very quickly and, after that, we'll Pennsylvania, we'll watch Georgia, and you're going to watch Michigan, and Wisconsin, and New Hampshire.'  He continued: 'This was...
    EXCLUSIVE - Republican state attorneys general are taking an aggressive approach to suing the Biden administration for its southern border policies and consider themselves "the last line of defense," attacking the Democratic regime's policies on multiple fronts before President Biden hits 100 days in office."Republican attorneys general are the last line of defense. I would submit to you that they have been not only the last line of defense but the first line of offense," Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich told Fox News in an interview. TEXAS AG SUES BIDEN ADMINISTRATION OVER COVID-19 RISK AT SOUTHERN BORDER AMID MIGRANT SURGE Brnovich has brought multiple suits or filed motions to intervene to halt Biden administration polices, including three focused on immigration. Arizona, leading a multistate coalition, filed to intervene in a suit against the Biden administration to force it to abide by the public charge rule in March. Arizona is also suing the administration for essentially halting deportation. The third piece of litigation, filed earlier in April, turns the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) against the Democratic administration. "It is the pinnacle of hypocrisy for the Biden...
    A Georgia elections official slammed an audit of ballots cast during the 2020 elections in Maricopa County, Ariz., as “neither transparent, nor likely, legal.” The audit of Maricopa County — the largest county in Arizona — comes as Republicans lawmakers in the state seek to back former President TrumpDonald TrumpFox News says Smartmatic lawsuit should be dismissed DC settles lawsuit over Trump inauguration mass arrests CNN: Trump advisers urge him to make pro-vaccine PSA MORE’s claims that the 2020 election was tainted by voter fraud. Trump and his allies' claims have largely been disputed. Elections officials at both the state and federal levels — including former Attorney General Bill Barr levels have said that the 2020 election was not subject to widespread voter fraud.  Gabriel Sterling, a top elections official in Georgia, decried the audit as an attempt to "undermine confidence in elections.” “This ‘audit’ in Arizona is another step in undermining confidence in elections. This process is neither transparent nor, likely, legal,” Sterling said on Twitter. "Any 'findings' will be highly suspect now that chain of custody...
    Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday urged President Biden to declare a national emergency at the border, a day after the Republican governor deployed the National Guard and issued an emergency declaration in response to the migrant crisis. "President Biden, if you care about the border, if you care about stopping the cartels who are engaging in all kinds of bad acts...if you want to stop the disaster that's unfolding here and will only get worse in the coming months, President Biden you should declare a national emergency and deploy the vast powers of your administration to stop what's happening here," Ducey said at a press conference at the border near Yuma. ARIZONA DEM SENS. SINEMA, KELLY BACK GOVERNOR'S MOVE TO DEPLOY NATIONAL GUARD TO BORDER Ducey announced on Tuesday that he was deploying 250 National Guard members to help deal with the escalating numbers, that has seen record numbers of migrant encounters and overwhelmed local authorities. He was at the border meeting with local law enforcement and border officials about the crisis and related security threats. The Guard will...
    Jack Cowhick, The Western Journal April 19, 2021 0 Comments A contrast as old as time — Republicans are giving up executive powers while Democrats are holding on to them for their lives. Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, once again putting his constituents before his own office, signed an executive order Monday that amounts to an all-out ban on “vaccine passports,” a recent phenomenon some liberal states like California have encouraged. Ducey announced the order in a Monday tweet, explaining it would prevent state and local governments from requiring that residents of the state provide proof of having received the vaccine. #COVID19 VACCINE UPDATE: I’ve issued an Executive Order banning “vaccine passports” and preventing state and local governments from requiring Arizonans to provide their #COVID19 vaccination status to receive service or enter an area. 1/ — Doug Ducey (@dougducey) April 19, 2021 The governor doubled down in the thread’s next tweet, writing, “The residents of our state should not be required by the government to share their private medical information.” The residents of our state should not be required...
    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa has hired Arizona State assistant Angie Nelp to coach its women’s basketball team. Tulsa made the announcement on Monday. Nelp spent four years on the Arizona State staff and was promoted to associate head coach last April. During her tenure, the Sun Devils posted a 76-47 record and advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2019. This past season, Arizona State played in the WNIT. Nelp also was an assistant at Rice and Mercer, was assistant director of basketball operations at Marquette and spent a season as a graduate assistant coach at Arkansas. The former Angie Gorton was the 1998 Oklahoma Gatorade Player of the Year for Canadian High School. Nelp replaces Matilda Mossman, who announced her retirement last month after 10 seasons leading the program. ___ More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/College-basketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Cindy McCain, the wife of the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), has been tipped to be U.S. President Joe Biden’s nomination for a diplomatic post with the United Nations World Food Programme. Two unidentified sources on Monday told the Politico news outlet McCain will be Biden’s first Republican appointee to a Senate-confirmed position. McCain and her late husband have been close friends with the Biden’s for decades. She is a lifelong Republican and is credited with delivering the state of Arizona during the 2020 elections to the Democrats in the state where her husband served as Arizona’s senator from 1987 until his death from cancer in 2018. Cindy McCain was one of the most outspoken Republicans against President Donald Trump during the election: My husband John lived by a code: country first. We are Republicans, yes, but Americans foremost. Theres only one candidate in this race who stands up for our values as a nation, and that is @JoeBiden. — Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) September 22, 2020 She also created a video for the virtual Democratic National Convention in August, highlighting her late...
    Arizona is dropping all of its remaining restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19 and opening vaccine eligibility to all residents 16 and older, Governor Doug Ducey said.  'In Arizona, we never did a shutdown, so it’s impossible to have a grand reopening,' he said.  'Instead, we are continuing to take reasonable, safe and sensible steps.'  It comes on the heels of 10 straight weeks of declining daily infection rate in Arizona. The state now has one of the lowest rates of new cases per capita in the nation.   The pattern there is not unlike what was seen in Florida. Both states had massive surges in COVID-19 cases in the summer, finally instated some restrictions (although they were less stringent than many other states') and have managed surprisingly low rates of infection.  But Florida is now seeing a spike in Covid cases, realizing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Dr Rochelle Walensky has articulated in recent weeks.  Some Arizona officials fear that Ducey has set the state on the same course, while others see the decision to drop...