Don Shooter

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Sep 22, 2022

Residency challenges hard to prove

Arizona law requires politicians to live in the districts they represent, but not much stands in the way of “carpetbagging” lawmakers who live outside their district.  

Aug 30, 2022

Judge rules Wadsack stays on ballot in LD17

A Pima County judge denied a request by friends of Sen. Vince Leach, R-Tucson, to knock GOP Senate nominee Justine Wadsack off the general election ballot on Monday. 

Nov 24, 2021

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. 

Jul 22, 2021

Court allows ex-lawmaker’s ouster to stand

A federal appeals court on July 22 tossed out the claims of former state Rep. Don Shooter that his rights were violated when he was expelled in 2018 from the House of Representatives.

Jun 30, 2021

Court: Mesnard lost immunity with press release

State lawmakers have absolute immunity from being sued by those who are the targets of legislative investigative reports, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

Mar 2, 2021

Motive behind ‘ballot harvest’ law crux of SCOTUS debate

The question of whether Arizona gets to keep its ban on "ballot harvesting'' could turn on what was in the mind of a now-ejected state legislator who first proposed the law and how that affected his colleagues.

Dec 31, 2020

SCOTUS accepts Arizona ballot harvest case

Attorney General Mark Brnovich will get one last chance to defend the legality of an Arizona law outlawing "ballot harvesting.''

Dec 16, 2020

Mesnard seeks immunity from Shooter lawsuit

The Arizona Supreme Court has agreed to decide the scope of immunity provided to state lawmakers.

Oct 16, 2020

Big bucks, negative ads besiege LD17 Senate race

With just over two weeks to go before the election, incumbent Republican Sen. J.D. Mesnard, Democratic challenger Ajlan Kurdoglu and outside groups have already spent a combined $1.7 million, most of that from deep-pocketed national Democratic organizations intent on flipping the Arizona Legislature.

Oct 2, 2020

U.S. Supreme Court takes on Arizona ballot harvest law

Arizonans remain legally barred from taking someone else’s ballot to the polls, at least for this election. Without comment, the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to review the decision of a federal appeals court which earlier this year had voided the state’s ban on “ballot harvesting” after concluding that the Republican-controlled legislature enacted the […]

Rep. Don Shooter relaxes Feb. 1 before a historic vote of his colleagues to remove him from office. He was ousted by a vote of 56-3. (Photo by Katie Campbell/Arizona Capitol Times)
Sep 10, 2020

Mesnard asks for immunity from ousted member’s lawsuit

A former House speaker wants the state's high court to rule that the concept of legislative immunity is so broad that he cannot be sued for defamation by ousted Rep. Don Shooter.

Aug 7, 2020

Lawmaker: Republicans out to remove LD6 nominee from ballot

An upset for Wendy Rogers in Legislative District 6 has led some Republicans to write off the Senate seat as a lost cause and others to brainstorm ways to replace her with another Republican candidate.