Keyword: Adrian Fontes

Top elected Republican refuses to recognize …

PHOENIX — The top elected Republican in Arizona is refusing to recognize the “executive deputy directors” named by Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs.

Hobbs says no one has right to keep Trump off Arizona …

MESA — Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs said neither she — nor any other state official — has the unilateral right to keep Donald Trump off the ballot for the state’s presidential preference primary based on the 14th Amendment.

Lawsuit aims to toss law on who can vote for Arizona …

PHOENIX — The current method of retaining and rejecting judges to the Arizona Court of Appeals is unconstitutional and should be struck down, according to a new lawsuit Wednesday by the Goldwater Institute.

Practice to verify signatures on early Arizona ballots …

PHOENIX — A practice used by some, if not all, Arizona counties to verify signatures on early ballots may be illegal.

Arizona Republican Presidential primary will go on as …

PHOENIX — Arizona Republicans will get to vote as usual in next year’s presidential preference election after the head of the state party rejected a demand from leaders of the Maricopa County GOP to cancel the state-run election and instead run the vote themselves.

Arizona Republican Party leader says canceling …

PHOENIX — The leader of the Arizona Republican Party is telling members of the party’s executive committee that it may not be legally or logistically possible to hold a meeting this week to consider canceling the state-run presidential primary election.

Maricopa County Republican Committee wants in-person …

PHOENIX — The Maricopa County Republican Committee wants the state GOP to cancel Arizona’s normal presidential preference election and instead hold its own vote — one that would not include any mail-in balloting and would require anyone who wants to vote to show up and vote in-person on Election Day.

Hobbs 'concerned' for Kroger-Albertsons merger

PHOENIX — Gov. Katie Hobbs said Wednesday she is “concerned” about some of the effects on Arizona of a proposed merger of the state’s two largest grocery chains.

Arizona taxpayers footing bill for Hamadeh effort to …

PHOENIX — Arizona taxpayers are footing the $5,000 bill for a legal bid by the state’s two top Republican lawmakers to help fellow Republican Abe Hamadeh in his effort to overturn his loss to Kris Mayes in last year’s race for attorney general.

Judge rules 'No Labels Party’ can remain on 2024 …

PHOENIX — A judge has rebuffed efforts by the Arizona Democratic Party to keep a potential competitor — and, more to the point, its candidates — off the 2024 ballot here.

Top Republican lawmakers looking to crush 'dark money' …

PHOENIX — With efforts by one set of foes already rebuffed, the state’s top Republican lawmakers are making their own bid to quash a new state law designed to shine a light on “dark money.”

Finchem drops bid to overturn 2022 Secretary of State …

PHOENIX — Concluding there’s probably no legal path to victory, Mark Finchem is dropping his bid to overturn the 2022 race for secretary of state.

Hand counting ballots a 'recipe for chaos' attorney …

PHOENIX — Allowing Arizona counties to decide to do hand-counts of most or even all early ballots cast in would a “recipe for chaos” in elections, an attorney told an Arizona Court of Appeals panel on Tuesday.

Hobbs vetoes measure to count ballots by hand

PHOENIX — Arizona counties won’t get state approval to start counting ballots by hand.

Fontes asks judge to toss Democratic Party bid to keep …

PHOENIX — The state’s top election official is asking a judge to toss a bid by his own political party to keep potential competitors off the 2024 ballot.

Arizona Republican leader tries to force U.S.-made …

PHOENIX — The No. 2 Republican in the state senate is telling county election officials they cannot use electronic equipment to cast, record and tabulate ballots unless it is manufactured and assembled in the United States — something not currently available.

Attorneys for Lake fined by AZ Supreme Court for lying …

PHOENIX — Attorneys for failed gubernatorial hopeful Kari Lake are being fined $2,000 by the Arizona Supreme Court after the justices concluded they lied — repeatedly — in one of their claims about why she is entitled to a new election.

Bill to keep Arizona lawmakers' personal information …

PHOENIX — Legislation designed to shield public officials from threats has no enforcement mechanism to ensure that they actually live where they claim.

Legislative committee denies Fontes' request for …

PHOENIX — A Legislative committee on Thursday denied a request from Secretary of State Adrian Fontes to use $250,000 already in his office budget to pay for a private security detail to protect him and his family from “credible security threats,” a move that comes after Gov. Katie Hobbs also denied a request to assign state troopers to protect Fontes.

Two Cochise County supervisors to pay legal fees in …

PHOENIX — A judge has ordered two Cochise County supervisors to pay more than $34,000 in legal fees in their losing bid to keep from certifying the results of the 2022 general election.

Arizona Senate votes to remove Secretary of State from …

PHOENIX — The Republican-controlled Arizona Senate voted Tuesday to require that the state’s top election official not participate in overseeing elections in which he or she is on the ballot — leaving the proposal one vote away from heading to Democratic governor and former secretary of state Katie Hobbs’ desk.

Arizona Democratic Party files suit to keep No Labels …

PHOENIX — The Arizona Democratic Party filed suit Thursday to keep the No Labels Party off the 2024 ballot, conceding it fears its presence “will make it more difficult to elect Democratic Party candidates.”

Hobbs, Fontes attorneys ask court to end Lake's bid to …

PHOENIX — Attorneys for Katie Hobbs, Adrian Fontes and Maricopa County are urging the justices of the Arizona Supreme Court to send Kari Lake packing in her latest — and possibly last — bid to overturn the results of the 2022 gubernatorial race.

Event in Peoria to bring awareness to Down syndrome

Secretary of State Adrian Fontes presented GiGi’s Playhouse Phoenix with an official proclamation at their 8th anniversary that declares March 21 as World Down Syndrome Day in Arizona.