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Mesnard has privilege in talks with Ugenti-Rita

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled on November 18 that Sen. J.D. Mesnard, R-Chandler, has legislative privilege and doesn’t have to answer questions about conversations he had with Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita, R-Scottsdale, while he was speaker of the House and the expulsion of then-Rep. Don Shooter was pending. 

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2 more new lawmakers seated (access required)

Two new lawmakers have been appointed to the Arizona House, bringing the number of vacancies down to three.  Cochise County supervisors voted unanimously Friday afternoon to appoint Republican Lupe Diaz, a Benson city councilman and the pastor of Grace Chapel ...

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Covid ‘line of duty’ death for Border Patrol agent (access required)

Without additional details, "line of duty" doesn't tell the public much about how a uniformed federal officer died. And the recent use of "line of duty" to describe Covid deaths is coming at a time that vaccines are widely available, but vaccine mandates face resistance from some law enforcement officers, including pushback from the union representing Border Patrol agents. 

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