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Timing of the resignation of Scott Bundgaard

For two days, I watched Scott Bundgaard listen to witness after witness give testimony that contradicted what he said happened during a freeway fight he had with his then-girlfriend in February of last year. But what baffled me, and no doubt many other reporters who covered the ethics investigation into his conduct that night, was not that he ultimately decided to resign his seat.

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3 Sinema replacement candidates selected (access required)

Democrats from Phoenix picked two former lawmakers and one other as candidates to replace former Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, who resigned her Legislative District 15 seat Jan. 3 to run for Congress.

A panel from Sinema’s district selected former Rep. David Lujan, who actually served with Sinema while she was in the House, former Rep. Ken Clark, a realtor, and Arizona Democratic Party Secretary Sharon Thomas, as potential replacements.

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Phoenix Police expert: Polygraph test Bundgaard took was inconclusive

A polygraph examiner from the Phoenix Police Department told a committee investigating an ethics complaint against Sen. Scott Bundgaard that a polygraph test the senator took could not conclusively show whether he was the telling the truth.

What’s problematic is the test itself, the expert said. Victor Bell, who supervises the police department’s polygraph unit, said he wouldn’t have posed one of the questions to Bundgaard because it dealt with intent and not his actions.

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Senate lawyer seeks Bundgaard’s expulsion

Arguing that Sen. Scott Bundgaard exercised poor judgment and put the lives of several people in harm’s way, one of the lawyers hired by the Senate Ethics Committee is seeking the gravest penalty for breaching ethical rules — expulsion from the Legislature.

In his opening statement in the Jan. 5 ethics hearing, Attorney Michael Liburdi said Bundgaard assaulted his then-girlfriend, Aubry Ballard, and then pulled over on the wrong side of the freeway.

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