When you're the editorial board of the newspaper of record in a benighted patch of sand like Maricopa County, I suspect it's easy to fall prey to self-deception and confuse 20/20 hindsight with omniscience. See Also: Judge Snow's Decision Damns Not Just Arpaio, but All of Maricopa County Joe Arpaio ... More >>
***Updates regarding new voter registrations are at the end of this post.*** Respect Arizona, the group that had been spearheading the effort to remove Sheriff Joe Arpaio from office, announced Thursday afternoon that it had not obtained the signatures necessary to trigger a recall of the sheriff. ... More >>
With Sheriff Joe Arpaio still out of commission from his "broken arm," and with Respect Arizona's announcement today that they have 120,000 valid signatures demanding his recall, Arpaio's best career move at this point would be to resign from office for health reasons. See also: -Why Sheriff Joe Ac ... More >>
There's light at the end of the tunnel, my friends. And I hope there's a beer with my name on it when we get to it. Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett has released his latest update on the ballot count. Currently, there are 192,337 ballots left to be counted statewide, 28,550 of them early ball ... More >>
Sadly, confusion still reigns after CBS 5's recent report on early ballots and the volunteers from different groups picking them up, in which this legal, and very common activity was labeled, wrongly, as illegal. CBS 5 reporter Donna Rossi incorrectly paraphrased the remarks of Maricopa County Reco ... More >>
Image: Court video Dave Hendershott, seen hear testifying in the disciplinary hearing for former County Attorney Andrew Thomas, was very evasive when interviewed by investigators about the SCA scandal.The evidence shows that Sheriff Joe Arpaio's top men ran an illegal campaign-financ ... More >>
Election law attorney Tom Ryan may not get Legislative District 18 recall candidate Olivia Cortes booted from the November 8 ballot, but on Thursday, with the assistance of co-counsel H. Michael Wright, Ryan effectively put the Tea Party on trial. And at least metaphorically, the verdict was g ... More >>
If you read only part of the four large PDFs from the SCA investigative report we posted last night, make sure it's the 65-page transcript of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's July 27, 2009 staff meeting. We mentioned a couple of the amusing parts of the transcript in posts this morning, ... More >>
We've only just begun looking through a large report on the state Attorney General's SCA investigation, and already we're finding interesting stuff. But it's hundreds of pages long and, honestly, we don't have time to sift through it and cobble the highlights for you tonight. So, rather than ... More >>
The "architect" of Arizona's ethnic cleansing laws, stymied by the 9th CircuitTo borrow a phrase from that great modern philosopher Flavor Flav, when it comes to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal's recent ruling on Prop 200, don't believe the hype.Because hype, fake outrage and panic is basically what ... More >>
Image: www.thomasforagexploratory.com Andrew Thomas' decision to resign to run for state Attorney General allows his political enemies on the Board of Supervisors to pick his successor The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors will waste little time in finding a replacement for County Attor ... More >>
Steve Ellman, one of the SCA contributors The Maricopa County Elections Department and Recorder's Office announced this morning it had found "reasonable cause to believe that a number of individuals and entities" have violated the state's campaign finance laws. According to the announce ... More >>
Captain Joel Fox hasn't been honest with us. Here's what Fox posted to our blog in February about the $105,000 contribution to the Arizona Republican Party that came from the SCA: None of the money came from Arpaio,or Hendershott or Arpaio's campaign, or anyone associated with Arpaio's campaign, ... More >>
Captain Joel Fox of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office continued to play martyr during an administrative hearing on Wednesday, still unwilling to give up the names of the people behind a $105,000 campaign donation to the Republican Party that has been deemed illegal. Today's heari ... More >>
Pamela Overton of the law firm Greenberg Traurig, as pictured in a recent edition of Arizona Woman By Ray Stern The Maricopa County Elections Department handed off an investigation into a mysterious $105,000 Republican Party donation to an outside law firm last week, rather than assign it to Coun ... More >>
By Ray Stern Problems with apparently bogus voter registrations turned in by ACORN, a group now under investigation by the FBI for voter fraud, haven't been a problem in Maricopa County, says Maricopa County Elections Department director Karen Osborne. Even if the group had turned in bad registrat ... More >>
A Phoenix man may serve five years in prison for get this voting
You wont believe what GOP officials are pulling now to try to keep Senator Jack Harper from discovering the truth about a local election!
GOP honchos keep hiding the truth about election foul-ups, as it's learned that local ballots may be stored illegally
GOP bigwigs and their pandering pals in the mainstream press are apoplectic about a state senator and New Times' fight to discover the truth. What're these pols trying to hide?
An independent voting-technology expert finds serious problems in the Maricopa County Elections Department
Is Arizona's Speaker of the House afraid of what might happen if the truth is learned about a local election?
Letters from the issue of Thursday, July 28, 2005
The county attorney could've forced elections department reform, but he backed down
County Attorney Andy Thomas must prove he can protect our constitutional rights
Ominous storm clouds threaten to trample the Constitution and turn our republic into a theocracy.
Letters from the week of October 28, 2004
Can the Maricopa County Elections Department ensure the accuracy of early voting? Hell No!
Arpaio's ditsy chief flack Lisa Allen MacPherson tells us to take her boss to court, so . . .
Is justice for sale? Ask privileged characters like Jerry Colangelo
Judge grants Arpaio injunction against threats
Undoing Time, They're Baaaaaack, Double Your Pleasure, and Me and Julio
Now in its first cycle, Arizona's new Clean Elections law is putting bureaucrats and candidates through the wringer
High rate of Reform Party invalid signatures may signal trouble for other ballot measures
Stadium-tax foes strike out again in Superior Court