Shawnna Bolick

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Mar 26, 2021

Tempers flare in House as committees hear controversial bills

Long-simmering tensions boiled over in the House Wednesday, as Democratic lawmakers and opponents of GOP-sponsored bills to tighten voting rules and let businesses avoid Proposition 208’s surcharge accused Republican committee chairman of trying to silence them.

Feb 26, 2021

Half of this year’s bills died unceremoniously

By the February 19 deadline to hear bills in committees in their chambers of origin, more than 950 measures were left to die

Feb 19, 2021

Push to change election laws triggers GOP infighting

The showdown illustrated a point of contention among Republicans this year. Ugenti-Rita has for years led her caucus on election policy, pushing bills that earned the ire of voting rights advocates but that still pale in comparison to legislation introduced this year by others.

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Feb 9, 2021

Lawmakers propose giving themselves say over election certification

Republican House members have introduced three measures over the past week to give lawmakers the power to reject election results.

Feb 2, 2021

Bill targets human traffickers for lawsuits

A Republican lawmaker's bill will allow victims of sex trafficking to sue their pimps and anyone else involved in the crime.

Jan 28, 2021

GOP bill would allow lawmakers to override electoral votes

The chairwoman of the House Ways and Means Committee introduced a bill January 27 that would allow the Legislature to override the secretary of state’s certification of the state’s electoral votes.

Nov 3, 2020

Blame falls on Fernandez for Dems not taking House

Several key races in the state House remain too close to call with the first batch of Election-Day ballots counted, though Democrats, as has been the trend for the last week, are leading in early votes.

Oct 9, 2020

In LD20, Democrats see road to power

Republicans maintain a roughly 5,000-voter advantage. Surmountable, sure, but the outcome is hardly set in stone. They say they believe they are better prepared than they were in 2018, when the Democrats surged to a 29-31 split in the House, propelled by voters activated by education and the Red for Ed movement.

Sep 25, 2020

Decade of Dem gains sets stage for nail-biter legislative races

House and Senate seats have only flipped when fewer than 10 percentage points separate voter registration numbers for the two major parties. This year, that holds true in nine districts.

Sep 11, 2020

Some reform-minded Dems accept dark money

A handful of Arizona Democrats running to replace incumbent Republicans in swing districts have high-minded aspirations of expanding the state's Clean Elections program and limiting money in politics.

Sep 8, 2020

Court explains decision to let candidate stay on ballot

A court order allowing certain people to take their address out of public records does not mean they can hide it when they run for office, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

Sep 7, 2020

Democrats, Ducey PAC, begin election spending

Democratic PACs are beginning to spend on the general election, spreading money far and wide in an effort to support the party’s attempted takeover of the Legislature.