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    Kari Lake’s campaign says it’s a new day in Arizona politics after the candidate was declared the victor in her primary race for the governor’s office. “It’s morning again in Arizona,” Lake Chief Strategist Billy Grant told The Arizona Sun Times Thursday. “Kari is totally focused on uniting this party and defeating Katie Hobbs.” After an arduous two days of vote counting, Lake was declared the winner by a margin of 46.8 percent to opponent Karrin Taylor Robson’s 44 percent. “Though the results took longer than they should have, Arizonans who have been forgotten by the establishment just delivered a political earthquake,” Lake said in statement after officially being declared the winner. “My opponent Katie Hobbs had one job in government, and that was to ensure an efficiently-processed election. She failed spectacularly, and yet just like every other failed establishment politician, she now wants a promotion. Arizona just sent a clear message: our state is done with failed politicians like Katie Hobbs.” “This is more than an election – it is a beautiful movement by so many people across our...
    As vote-counting continues in Arizona’s Republican gubernatorial election, Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, the Democrat nominee, is being slammed for the slow vote count. “Arizona’s glacial vote-counting isn’t exactly a ringing endorsement for how Katie Hobbs would perform as governor,” said John Gabriel, editor-in-chief of Ricochet.  Arizonas glacial vote-counting isnt exactly a ringing endorsement for how Katie Hobbs would perform as governor. — Jon Gabriel (@exjon) August 3, 2022 “We have absolutely no confidence in [Katie Hobbs] overseeing ANY election. It’s unthinkable for her to help supervise one that she is involved in,” Lake’s War Room posted on Wednesday afternoon. We have absolutely no confidence in @katiehobbs overseeing ANY election. Its unthinkable for her to help supervise one that she is involved in. — Kari Lake War Room (@KariLakeWarRoom) August 3, 2022 “The Arizona Secretary of State is running for Governor as a Democrat – in related news, we aren’t getting results in a timely manner,” said former National Intelligence appointee Richard Grenell, who worked for President Donald J. Trump’s administration. The Arizona Secretary of State is...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Katie Hobbs wins Democratic nomination for governor in Arizona primary election. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Disclosure forms submitted by Arizona Secretary of State and gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs (D) show that she sat on the board of a far-left leadership group at least until 2015, when she was a state senator. Arizona Leading for Change is a progressive group that has compared police to Nazis during the Holocaust, and suggested that police officers are “white supremacists.” In a Facebook post in the wake of the George Floyd shooting in 2020, the group said the following: Leading For Change (LFC) stands in solidarity with our brothers and sisters across the country demanding justice for Black lives. As an organization committed to advancing social, racial, and economic justice for all, we share in the pain and long-time suffering of black and brown communities resulting from our country’s deeply rooted structural racism. As we’ve been reminded over the past 10 days, hate wins when good people give up. It takes time, perseverance, and struggle to drive meaningful change. We believe that every one of us has a hand in this work – through our votes, our advocacy, policy...
    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs has faced high campaign staff turnover, and former employees have pointed to an “emotionally abusive” environment, according to a new report. The Arizona Agenda, which describes itself as “an insider publication for political outsiders,” spoke to former employees of the Hobbs campaign and originally detailed the controversy. According to the report, eight out of 12 campaign staff members have left the venture since March, as the Democratic primary draws closer. The departures began shortly after Hobbs hired campaign manager Nicole DeMont, who – according to the former staffers – has created a harsh environment. DeMont joined the campaign after Hobbs came under fire for her connection to a discrimination lawsuit filed by a former aide to State Senate Democrats. As previously reported, Talonya Adams, a black woman, alleged that she was underpaid and fired after detailing that she earned less money than her co-workers. The judicial branch has agreed with Adams in two separate trials and awarded her millions in damages for discrimination. The report detailed that DeMont’s “authoritarian” management style pushed the staffers away....
    Arizona Democratic Party Chair Raquel Terán refused to denounce the “Defund the Police” movement in a recent interview. Terán, who is running for State Senate, has often touted an endorsement from Planned Parenthood. On her website, she highlights the support and says the state must “elect a Democratic majority in our state to protect access to safe and secure abortions for those who seek care.” As previously reported, the Planned Parenthood political organization called on candidates to denounce the support of law enforcement groups in order to obtain the group’s endorsement. When explicitly asked in the interview with Brahm Resnik, the Democratic Party chair refused to take a position, saying we need to commit to “reimagining how we use the resources” and there are “different ways we can imagine public safety.” “Now that Defunding the Police is an official plank of the Arizona Democrat Party, Arizona Democrats’ lurch to the far left is complete. Democrat Party chairwoman Raquel Terán’s extremist position has branded Mark Kelly, Katie Hobbs and every Democrat candidate running this year as anti-police and anti-public safety,”...
    Kari Lake, who polls show has been beating her Republican primary opponents in the Arizona gubernatorial race by more than all of them combined throughout much of the race, substantially outraised Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, the Democrats’ leading contender in the race, in the first quarter of 2022. Lake raised just under a million, $969,789.93, while Hobbs raised $748,126.94.  This is significant considering Democrats have coalesced around Hobbs as their likely candidate, whereas Lake is facing a very divided primary which makes it more difficult to fundraise. Democrats are mostly resigned to supporting Hobbs as their candidate for Arizona governor, despite the fact she admitted to participating in furthering systemic racism, by firing a black staffer which resulted in a $2.5 million dollar jury verdict. A Democratic insider told The Arizona Sun Times in January that the party was going to have to just deal with it, efforts to find a better candidate had failed. Hobbs issued a press release after compiling her total fundraising numbers for 2021, nearly $3 million. But she hasn’t gained any momentum despite...
    Democrat gubernatorial hopeful Katie Hobbs is again facing intense blowback during her campaign, after seemingly flip-flopping her position on Title 42. Title 42 is a public health order from the Trump administration that allowed border officials to turn away individuals due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. President Joe Biden’s administration is seeking to end the policy. However, many state officials are seeking legal options to stop the decision If the policy ends in late May, border experts are projecting a dramatic surge in migrants attempting to cross the boundaries. In an interview with Politics Unplugged, Hobbs said that Title 42 “isn’t working,” suggesting her support for Biden’s decision. However, in a recent CNN report, the current Secretary of State was quoted as calling it a “rash decision” and said removing the measure “without a clear plan to secure our border would be a disaster.” “Ending Title 42 was Biden’s most unpopular policy to date, but no amount of backtracking will allow voters to forget that Katie Hobbs supported the move for weeks,” said Republican Governors Association spokesman Will Reinert....
    An Arizona gubernatorial candidate has apparently abandoned the issue that was the cornerstone of her campaign, in favor of issues that she now thinks matter more to Arizonan voters. Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, currently running in the Democrat Party’s gubernatorial primary, was known for her staunch criticism of former President Donald Trump’s challenge of the 2020 election results in Arizona. She was so ardent in her opposition to Trump’s challenge, she made it the central talking point of her campaign. From the beginning, she was criticized for the decision, even by members of her own party. “If my opponents think it’s a good strategy to downplay the importance of election integrity while telling me to smile, that’s their call,” she adamantly told The Atlantic in February. About her zealotry on election integrity, one Democrat strategist even said the following: “I couldn’t articulate what her vision for the state is beyond her MSNBC appearances to talk about election integrity. There’s not a lot else that’s there.” It appears that Hobbs is finally ready to listen to her Democrat friends, and turn the...
    While many leading Democrats, including both of Arizona’s U.S. senators, Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema, are upset with the Biden administration’s decision to end the Title 42 COVID-19 restrictions on U.S. borders, Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs praised the decision. The Title 42 order, issued by the Centers for Disease Control in March 2020 under the Trump administration, has been used by Customs and Border Protection to prevent 1.7 million migrants from entering the country. They are either sent back to Mexico or on flights to other countries. When asked by 3TV about the change and how it would affect border security, Hobbs said, “Title 42 should not be a substitute for that. As governor, I will work to, with the federal government, make sure that Arizonans are secure, they need to put more resources in securing the border. We need more resources to address the influx of migrants coming to the border.” Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich immediately sued the Biden administration after the announcement, along with the attorneys general of Missouri and Louisiana. Brnovich stated, “Arizona bears...
    (CNN)Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs -- best known nationally for taking a stand against former President Donald Trump's claims of election fraud -- entered this year's governor's race as the prohibitive favorite among Democrats. But her involvement in an employee termination seven years ago threatens to weaken her candidacy in a purple state Democrats are hoping to turn more blue in November. At issue is the 2015 termination of the only Black policy staffer working in the state Senate when Hobbs was Democratic leader in the chamber. Hobbs' role -- and the way she's spoken about it recently -- has divided leaders in the state's Black community, jeopardizing her support among a key constituency as she heads into a bruising election year in a state President Joe Biden won by fewer than 11,000 votes. Five Black leaders who spoke to CNN said the case has struck a nerve in Arizona, not only because of their historical marginalization in the workplace, but also because of the state's history of discrimination against voters of color, which was compounded by the efforts...
              more   Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat running for governor in 2022, is under fire for her connection to a discrimination lawsuit filed by a former aide to state Senate Democrats. Talonya Adams, a Black woman, alleged that she was underpaid and fired after detailing that she earned less money than her co-workers. In two separate trials, the judicial system has agreed with Adams, recently awarding her $2.75 million in damages. When Adams was fired, Hobbs served as the highest-ranking Democrat in the Arizona State Legislature. She has admitted that she played a role in the decision to fire Adams, but she denied that the termination was motivated by race. Adams has argued Hobbs should not win the competition for governor. Other contenders for the Democratic nomination for governor have slammed Hobbs, contending the latest developments demonstrate that she is unfit for office. “Her campaign has falsely shifted blame and misled voters about her role in the decision to fire Talonya and her ‘voluntarily’ testifying when in fact she was subpoenaed. That’s not the kind of leadership...
              moreby Cole Lauterbach   A former adviser to Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs has again won a racial discrimination case against the state official from their time in the state Legislature. A jury sided with Talonya Adams, a former legal advisor to the Arizona Senate Democrats, in her claim that she was discriminated against when she was fired in 2015. Adams, who is Black, was awarded $2 million for being retaliated against and $750,000 for proving she was racially discriminated against. It’s unclear how much Adams will receive, since federal discrimination cases are capped at $300,000 plus legal fees for employers of more than 100 people. Hobbs, who testified at the trial, was the Senate Minority Leader when Adams was fired. The Senate’s defense insisted Adams wasn’t discriminated against on the basis of race since she never brought up the issue, according to court documents. Instead, the defendents said Hobbs and others “lost trust and confidence” in Adams after she miscommunicated issues to the Republican caucus. Adams was fired in February 2015 after she took a leave of absence to tend...
                        Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake is calling for “the most partisan Secretary of State in the history of Arizona,” Democrat Katie Hobbs, to recuse herself from overseeing the governor’s race. Hobbs is also running for governor. Lake cited Hobbs’ behavior during the 2020 election and aftermath, her “history of irrational bias and disdain toward Republicans in addition to what election investigators have reported to the public about serious issues affecting tens-of-thousands of ballots and voters.” She said, “Arizona voters have lost confidence in Katie Hobbs to run another election.” Lake is concerned that Hobbs will not conduct the election fairly for Republicans like herself in the race. She asked other candidates to join her demand. She cited a tweet from Hobbs in 2017, where Hobbs said, “[email protected] has made it abundantly clear he’s more interested in pandering to his neo-nazi base than being @POTUS for all Americans.” Hobbs did not delete the tweet. [email protected] has made it abundantly clear hes more interested in pandering to his neo-nazi...
                        Secretary of State Katie Hobbs announced Wednesday that she will launch a campaign for the Democratic nomination for governor of Arizona. The theme of her campaign focuses on “getting things done,” according to the video announcing her candidacy. In reference to the November 2020 election, Hobbs said, “We did our job.” I’m running for Governor to deliver transparency, accountability, and results for Arizonans — just like I’ve done my whole career. Join me: https://t.co/LM2sCDVynA pic.twitter.com/5y3QtFvYAk — Katie Hobbs (@katiehobbs) June 2, 2021 However, concerns about the security of the ballots cast have been at the focal point of criticism against Hobbs. In fact, the widespread concerns have led the Arizona Senate to begin an audit of ballots in Maricopa County — where 60% of Arizona’s population resides. In response to these concerns, Hobbs, attacked Republicans and the efforts to obtain more safe and secure elections. She said, “The other side is not offering policies that make our lives better. They’re offering conspiracies that only make our lives...
    KATIE Hobbs has been the Secretary of State of Arizona since assuming office in January 2019. Before her current post, Hobbs was an Arizona state senator representing the 24th district from 2013 to 2019. 2Katie Hobbs announced her candidacy for the 2022 Arizona gubernatorial election on June 2Credit: AP Is Katie Hobbs a Democrat or a Republican? On June 2, Hobbs announced her candidacy for the 2022 Arizona gubernatorial election. The 51-year-old will enter the race for the Democratic Party nomination. Incumbent Republican Governor Doug Ducey is not eligible to run for a third consecutive term. Aside from Hobbs, former mayor of Nogales, Arizona, Marco A Lopez will seek the Democratic nomination. 2Hobbs will run as a DemocratCredit: AP Why is Katie Hobbs trending? Hobbs began trending on June 2 after she officially put her name in Arizona's gubernatorial election. In launching her campaign, Hobbs sought to cast herself as someone who could “get the job done." The theme of her campaign launch video that cuts from news reports about death threats she has received since the last election to...
    The race for Arizona governor is heating up. Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, tossed her hat in the ring on Wednesday. Gov. Doug Ducey's second term ends in 2023. ARIZONA GROUPS WORK TO VACCINATE 5,000 CENTRAL AMERICAN MIGRANTS "The other side isn't offering policies to make our lives better. They're offering conspiracies that only make our lives worse. We did our job. They refuse to do theirs. … That's why I'm running for governor," Hobbs said in her launch video. "In 2020, against all odds, in the middle of a pandemic, we proved that democracy works. It's been my job and life's work to make government work for the people of Arizona," she said. Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs removes her face covering as she addresses the members of Arizona's Electoral College prior to them casting their votes in Phoenix, Ariz., on Dec. 14, 2020.  (Ross D. Franklin/Pool via REUTERS) The focus on Arizona's 2020 presidential election results raised Hobbs' profile as she appeared on cable news to take issue with state Republicans. The Arizona...
    Washington (CNN)Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs on Wednesday announced a campaign for governor, releasing a video in which she touts her role as a leading defender of the integrity of the 2020 election and pledges to help Arizona build back after the coronavirus pandemic.Hobbs' profile rose considerably in the wake of the 2020 election, when she made numerous media appearances -- initially on the vote count in Arizona and later defending the state's count against some of the baseless conspiracies from Republicans. Hobbs has lately been the chief critic of the so-called audit of Maricopa County ballots."There is real harm going on for many. And the other side isn't offering policies to make our lives better, they are offering conspiracies that only make our lives worse," Hobbs says in the video that features clips of her media appearances and addresses some of the threats she received because of her job. "We did our jobs. They refuse to do theirs. And there is a lot more work to be done. That is why I am running for governor."She adds: "In...
    Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D) is receiving security protection from the Arizona Department of Public Safety after she received several death threats during a controversial election audit in Maricopa County. Hobbs’s office confirmed to The Hill that she requested the protection Thursday “in light of recent death threats she has been receiving and after she was chased by a man she did not recognize yesterday.” Arizona Gov. Doug DuceyDoug DuceyArizona governor to resume job-seeking requirements for unemployment benefits More abortion restrictions passed this week compared to any week in last decade: analysis Arizona governor signs bill blocking abortions based on genetic issues MORE’s (R) office also confirmed to The Hill that it had approved of the protection from the Department of Public Safety.  Hobbs has been a consistent critic of the election audit, which is being pushed by Republicans in the state Senate to call into questions the results from the 2020 presidential race in Arizona’s largest county, which went for President BidenJoe BidenAtlanta mayor won't run for reelection South Carolina governor to end pandemic unemployment benefits in...
    A federal judge tossed another election challenge in Arizona on Wednesday, ruling that the case was “sorely wanting of relevant or reliable evidence.” In a 29-page ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Diane Humetewa dismissed another Republican election challenge, which aimed to push state officials to decertify the election. Per the Arizona Republic: The lawsuit — filed by a group primarily composed of would-be Donald Trump electors, including Arizona GOP Chair Kelli Ward — claimed “massive election fraud” in Arizona involving Dominion voting machines, foreign interference and illegal votes. But their 100-plus-page complaint and preliminary arguments did little to convince Humetewa, who deemed the relief sought by the group “extraordinary.” The judge assessed that, if granted, “millions of Arizonans who exercised their individual right to vote in the 2020 General Election would be utterly disenfranchised.'” “Such a request should then be accompanied by clear and conclusive facts to support the alleged ‘egregious range of conduct in Maricopa County and other Arizona counties … at the direction of Arizona state election officials,'” she said. “Yet the Complaint’s allegations are sorely wanting of relevant or reliable evidence, and Plaintiffs’...
    Arizona’s top elections official on Wednesday said she’s received “ongoing and escalating” threats of violence in the aftermath of Joe Biden’s win over President Trump in the 2020 race. Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, criticized the Trump administration and other Republicans, for spreading “misinformation” about the election that she said has prompted the threats. “There are those, including the president, members of Congress and their elected officials, who are perpetuating misinformation and are encouraging others to distrust the election results in a manner that violates the oath of office they took,” Hobbs said in a statement. “It is well past time that they stop. Their words and actions have consequences.” Hobbs recently received a death threat that was posted to the conservative social media site Parler, which read, “Let’s burn her house down and kill her family and teach these fraudsters a lesson,” her office said. Her home address and personal information as well as her son’s cellphone number were also posted on Parler, Hobbs told NBC affiliate 12 News in Phoenix. On Tuesday evening, a group...
    Arizona’s top elections official on Wednesday said she’s received “ongoing and escalating” threats of violence in the aftermath of Joe Biden’s win over President Trump in the 2020 race. Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, criticized the Trump administration and other Republicans, for spreading “misinformation” about the election that she said has prompted the threats. “There are those, including the president, members of Congress and their elected officials, who are perpetuating misinformation and are encouraging others to distrust the election results in a manner that violates the oath of office they took,” Hobbs said in a statement. “It is well past time that they stop. Their words and actions have consequences.” Hobbs recently received a death threat that was posted to the conservative social media site Parler, which read, “Let’s burn her house down and kill her family and teach these fraudsters a lesson,” her office said. Her home address and personal information as well as her son’s cellphone number were also posted on Parler, Hobbs told NBC affiliate 12 News in Phoenix. On Tuesday evening, a group of...
    The top elections official in Arizona called on President TrumpDonald John Trump46 percent of voters say Trump should concede immediately: poll Michigan county reverses course, votes unanimously to certify election results GOP senator: Trump shouldn't fire top cybersecurity official MORE and members of Congress Wednesday to “stop perpetuating misinformation” as she faces threats of violence in the wake of this month's election, the first time Arizona has voted for a Democratic presidential nominee since 1996. Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D) said in a statement that the “ongoing and escalating threats of violence” against her, her family and her office are “utterly abhorrent," pledging that the “continued intimidation tactics will not prevent me from performing the duties I swore an oath to do.” She specifically faulted Trump and other elected officials for fueling distrust in the voting system.  “There are those, including the president, members of Congress and their elected officials, who are perpetuating misinformation and are encouraging others to distrust the election results in a manner that violates the oath of office they took,” Hobbs said. “It is well past time that...
    Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs is catching so much alt-right flack over an old tweet — in which she accused President Trump of having a “neo-Nazi base” — that her office has reached out to state anti-terrorism experts, according to a report. Hobbs’ office has been targeted with threatening calls by some of Trump’s staunchest supporters, who accuse her of bias in overseeing the state’s presidential election results. The newly-surfaced 2017 tweet — in which she blasted the president for “pandering to his neo-Nazi base,” added fuel to that fire, the Arizona Mirror reported. Hobbs, a Democrat, continues to deny that her political views played any role in certifying that President-elect Joe Biden had won the state, the Arizona Mirror reported. “I took an oath to uphold the laws and the Constitution of Arizona and the United States of America and my personal views have not intervened with my job for the state of Arizona,” she said Friday, adding that “as chief elections officer, I have restrained myself many, many times.” But others said that her tweet in the...
    Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D), who recently rejected a request for an “independent analysis” of voting data, has a history of expressing disdain for President Trump and his supporters, explicitly accusing the president of standing on the side of “the freaking Nazis” and once asserting that there is “so much deplorable at Trump’s rallies.” On Tuesday, Hobbs rejected a request from Arizona Senate President Karen Fann (R), who asked for an “independent analysis” of voting data to restore confidence among Arizonians. Hobbs promptly dismissed the request, asserting that there is “no ‘current controversy’ regarding elections in Arizona, outside of theories floated by those seeking to undermine our democratic process for political gain.” Hobbs wrote: I respectfully decline your request to push aside the work that remains to be done to ensure an orderly completion of this election and instead launch and fund with taxpayer dollars a boundless “independent” evaluation of “all data related to the tabulation of votes in the 2020 General Election.” Her rejection comes as the vote count in the Grand Canyon State continues, with Trump gradually...
    Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said in 2017 that President Donald Trump’s “base” of supporters were “neo-nazi” [sic]. Hobbs, who is overseeing the closely contested vote in Arizona, was a Democratic state senator immediately prior to being elected Secretary of State in 2018. She was far behind on Election Day, but eventually surpassed her Republican opponent as more votes were counted in the days that followed. In 2017, Hobbs tweeted: [email protected] has made it abundantly clear hes more interested in pandering to his neo-nazi base than being @POTUS for all Americans. — Katie Hobbs (@katiehobbs) August 15, 2017 Hobbs appeared to be reacting to news reports about the riots in Charlottesville in August 2017. The President is on the side of the freaking Nazis. Dont just say stuff – DO SOMETHING!!! https://t.co/Es9ScskF58 — Katie Hobbs (@katiehobbs) August 12, 2017 It took you a day and a half to figure this out? Also if youre not condemning @POTUS for not condemning nazis, its just words. https://t.co/OI0JAlvOYX — Katie Hobbs (@katiehobbs) August 14, 2017 The president did, in fact, condemn extremists...
    Katie Hobbs, the Democratic Arizona secretary of state overseeing the state's razor-close presidential election, launched many harsh critiques of President Trump on Twitter before she assumed her current office. In tweets sent from her personal campaign account, Hobbs accused Trump of being "on the side of the freaking Nazis," said much of what happened at his rallies was "deplorable," and cheered for "stopping the Trump agenda." “The President is on the side of the freaking Nazis. Don't just say stuff - DO SOMETHING!!!” Hobbs tweeted on Aug. 12, 2017, in response to then-Sen. Jeff Flake, a Republican, condemning the white supremacists at the Charlottesville, Virginia, "Unite the Right" rally, where a counterprotester was killed. Trump has repeatedly condemned white supremacists. The President is on the side of the freaking Nazis. Don't just say stuff - DO SOMETHING!!! https://t.co/Es9ScskF58— Katie Hobbs (@katiehobbs) August 12, 2017 Hobbs repeated that line of attack in a tweet a few days later. ". @realDonaldTrump has made it abundantly clear he's more interested in pandering to his neo-nazi base than being...
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