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AG Merrick Garland says GOP-backed ballot reviews are "based on disinformation." Garland said the DOJ will double the number of staff tasked with voting rights enforcement. "The Justice Department will do everything its power to prevent election fraud and to vigorously prosecute it," Garland added. Garland said that preclearance had been the DOJ's "most effective tool to protect voting rights over the past half-century." A bill currently in Congress, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, would reestablish federal preclearance but is unlikely to pass due to lack of GOP support.
Persons: Merrick Garland, Garland, General Merrick Garland, Read, Pamela Karlan, Karen Fann, Camila DeChalus, Biden, Holder, preclearance, John Lewis Organizations: DOJ, GOP, Department, Justice, Civil, Trump, , Civil Rights Division, Arizona, Republican, Democratic, Lawmakers, Republicans, Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Arizona Republicans, John Lewis Voting Locations: Arizona, Maricopa County, Florida, China, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Phoenix, Shelby County
Georgia state Sens. Burt Jones and Brandon Beach made the trip Tuesday seeking "a blueprint for a statewide forensic audit" in Georgia, a conservative radio host said. Contractors with Cyber Ninjas in Phoenix examine and recount ballots cast in the 2020 general election in Maricopa County on May 6. Pro-Trump supporters rally to defy the election results hours after Joe Biden was named president-elect outside the Maricopa County elections building in Phoenix on Nov. 7. Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, said the partisan ballot review in Maricopa County effectively creates a road map for Republicans elsewhere to undermine election results they don't like.
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Sixteen Republican state lawmakers who were in Washington on Jan. 6 still hold public office and continue to pass bills as part of the democracy they attacked. At least 20 Republican state lawmakers were at or near the Jan. 6 riot, and many more spread the type of falsehoods that the angry mob would later use as justification for their cause. At the time, GOP state Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman said the Senate had “no cause to act” when faced with calls to remove Mastriano from office. Many attendees of the Jan. 6 riot are running for office, an alarming development that imperils any chance of moving forward. No security measure can protect us from Republican lawmakers determined to use their power to undermine our democracy and spread falsehoods.
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In Arizona 2020 Election Review, Risks for Republicans, and Democracy
  + stars: | 2021-06-07 | by ( Michael Wines | ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
SURPRISE, Ariz. — Rob Goins is 57, a former Marine and a lifelong Republican in a right-leaning jigsaw of golf courses, strip malls and gated retirement communities pieced together in the Arizona desert. But ask about the Republican-backed recount of Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s 2020 election victory here in Maricopa County, and Mr. Goins rejects the party line. “There’s a lot of folks out there trying to make something out of nothing,” he said recently as he loaded purchases into his vehicle outside a Home Depot. “I don’t think there was any fraud. That Arizona Republicans are ignoring that message — and that Republicans in other states are now trying to mount their own Arizona-style audits — raises worrisome questions not just about their strategy, but about its impact on an American democracy facing fundamental threats.
Persons: — Rob Goins, Joseph R, Biden, , Goins, , Mr, Donald J Organizations: Republican, Republican State, Arizona Republicans Locations: Arizona, Maricopa County, American
She repeatedly mentions discussing the election with the president’s then-attorney, Rudy Giuliani when responding to constituents who expressed frustration with the outcome of the election in the state. The private companies proposed processes that baffled and concerned election experts, state and county officials and even the Justice Department. Arizona Senate President Karen Fann, R-Prescott, speaks to the media in Phoenix, on May 26, 2020. Fann and numerous Arizona Republicans met with Giuliani, who promoted Trump's unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud, in late November and early December. Responding to an email last month that argued the audit was a waste of money, Fann wrote in part: "Biden won.
Persons: Karen Fann, Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Joe Biden, , , Trump, ” Fann, Fann, Jack Sellers, Ross D, Giuliani, she'd, Mayor Giuliani, Biden Organizations: Republican, Arizona Senate, American, GOP, Justice Department, of Supervisors, Franklin, NBC News, Democratic, Trump, Arizona Republicans Locations: Arizona, Maricopa County, , Maricopa, Prescott, Phoenix
Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat who has faced a barrage of criticism from Republicans about the 2020 election, is running for governor, she announced in a video Wednesday morning. That’s why I’m running.”I’m running for Governor to deliver transparency, accountability, and results for Arizonans -- just like I’ve done my whole career. As the state’s top election official, Hobbs was a frequent target of stolen election conspiracy theories and was harassed and threatened for her work and defense of the state's system. President Joe Biden won the state in 2020 by approximately 10,000 votes and numerous state and county reviews and audits have revealed that the election system was secure and produced accurate results. Hobbs has positioned herself as a key defender of the state’s election system and opponent of the audit and her announcement video suggests she will seek to capitalize on that fight in her bid.
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Pennsylvania Republicans Call for Election Audit Similar to Arizona’s
  + stars: | 2021-06-02 | by ( Alexa Corse | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -0.95   time to read: +1 min
PHOENIX—Pennsylvania GOP lawmakers visited an ongoing Republican-ordered audit of 2020 ballots here Wednesday and called for their state to conduct a similar review, the latest sign that political fighting over last year’s election is far from over. Republicans in Arizona’s senate ordered the audit of roughly 2.1 million ballots cast in Maricopa County, home to Phoenix, that began in April. President Biden won Arizona by just over 10,000 votes out of more than 3.3 million cast statewide, in part due to a roughly two-percentage-point victory in Maricopa. On Wednesday, three Republican state lawmakers from Pennsylvania toured the audit site, at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, and met with several Arizona GOP lawmakers to discuss election issues, according to Arizona Republican state Sen. Wendy Rogers, who tweeted about the visit. Pennsylvania Republican Cris Dush, a freshman senator from the north central part of the state, said he would like to see his state undertake a similar audit of 2020 ballots, which supporters say is meant to provide transparency.
Persons: Biden, Sen, Wendy Rogers, Cris Dush, Mr, Dush, Doug Mastriano, “ I’m, Organizations: PHOENIX, Republicans, Arizona, Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Arizona GOP, Arizona Republican, Pennsylvania, Republican, Democratic Locations: Pennsylvania, Arizona’s, Maricopa County, Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona
Pennsylvania lawmakers who backed false claims of election fraud are visiting Arizona this week. The delegation will tour the site of a controversial, partisan audit of the vote in Maricopa County. A Pennsylvania lawmaker who spent thousands of dollars to bus protesters to the US Capitol on January 6 will be in Arizona this week to tour the site of a GOP-backed "audit" of the 2020 election. The visit will include a tour and getting "a brief from the forensic audit team," according to the account. The lawmaker will be accompanied by two other Pennsylvania Republicans: state Sen. Cris Dush and state Rep.
Persons: State Sen, Doug Mastriano, Joe Biden, WHYY, Mastriano, Mastriano's, Sen, Cris Dush, Rob Kauffman, Katie Hobbs Organizations: Capitol, GOP, State, Maricopa, Maricopa Arizona Audit, Arizona Republicans, Republicans, US Department of Justice, Democrat, US Department of Homeland Security Locations: Arizona, Maricopa County, Pennsylvania, Washington, Maricopa Arizona
Arizona Republicans passed a measure on Tuesday to strip Democrat Katie Hobbs, the current secretary of state, of her ability to defend election lawsuits, a seemingly partisan retaliation for her sharp criticism of the party's controversial election audit. The bill also states that the attorney general cannot represent or provide legal advice to the Secretary of State, which is generally the chief elections administrator, or the Department of State on any matters through June 30, 2023. State and federal experts and law enforcement officials have questioned the legality and prudence of the auditors and their efforts. Hobbs called the bill an attack on Arizona voters in a statement posted on Twitter. “The most extreme members of our legislature think they can stop me from doing my job and working on behalf of Arizona voters.
Persons: Katie Hobbs, Hobbs, general's, Donald Trump, Trump, Joe Biden's, ” Hobbs, Organizations: Arizona Republicans, Republican, State, Department of State, Republicans, Cyber, Justice, Twitter Locations: Arizona, Florida, State
Trump's "Big Lie" that he lost the election because of voter fraud continues in Arizona's ridiculous audit, run by a QAnon-friendly company Cyber Ninjas. Cyber Ninjas, bamboo, and Trump's "Big Lie"For months before the 2020 election, Trump spread lies about election fraud and refused to commit to accepting the results of a loss. Election audit expert Jennifer Morrell observed the Arizona audit and said she had "never seen one this mismanaged." Mitch McConnell, for a brief moment, seemed like he truly wanted to move on and disassociate the GOP from the Big Lie. Other congressional Republicans could follow suit — it would be the death knell for the Big Lie.
Persons: Donald Trump, Trump, Trump's, Mitch McConnell, McConnell, , , enders, Doug Ducey, Joe Biden, Karen Fann, Jennifer Morrell, Morrell, that's, Matt York, Fann, Jack Sellers, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Matt Gaetz, Andy Biggs, Paul Gosar —, Elise Stefanik, Breitbart, Steve Bannon Organizations: Republicans, Confederate, Capitol . Republicans, Keystone, Trump, Republican Gov, GOP, Volunteers, Republican, Veterans Memorial Coliseum, AP Republicans, Arizona Republicans Locations: Arizona, America's, American, Maricopa County, China, South Korea, Maricopa, Florida, Phoenix, New York
Arizona Election Audit to Resume Amid GOP Infighting
  + stars: | 2021-05-23 | by ( Alexa Corse | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
Republicans in Arizona’s senate ordered the audit of roughly 2.1 million ballots cast in Maricopa County, home to Phoenix, that began in April. Critics, including some Arizona Republicans, say the audit has been mismanaged and run by an unqualified contractor and that it could undermine confidence in the voting system by amplifying unproven allegations. The dispute is the latest example of divisions within the party over how to reckon with President Biden’s election win. Instead, she said many voters still have questions about the integrity of the voting system and that the audit is meant to provide answers. She also said that the audit will help lawmakers determine whether there are reasons to change Arizona’s election procedures to ensure the security of the system.
Persons: Democrat Joe Biden, Biden’s, Karen Fann, , Ms, Fann, Biden Organizations: GOP, Republicans, Democrat, Arizona, Maricopa . Critics, Arizona Republicans, Republican, Mr Locations: Arizona’s, Maricopa County, Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona
Trump's "Big Lie" that he lost the election because of voter fraud continues in Arizona's ridiculous audit, run by a QAnon-friendly company Cyber Ninjas. Republicans in Congress could demonstrate a commitment to democracy and condemn the Arizona audit fiasco. Election audit expert Jennifer Morrell observed the Arizona audit and said she had "never seen one this mismanaged." Mitch McConnell, for a brief moment, seemed like he truly wanted to move on and disassociate the GOP from the Big Lie. Other congressional Republicans could follow suit — it would be the death knell for the Big Lie.
Persons: Trump, Donald Trump, Trump's, Mitch McConnell, McConnell, , , enders, Doug Ducey, Joe Biden, Karen Fann, Jennifer Morrell, Morrell, that's, Matt York, Fann, Jack Sellers, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Matt Gaetz, Andy Biggs, Paul Gosar —, Elise Stefanik, Breitbart, Steve Bannon Organizations: Republicans, GOP, Confederate, Capitol . Republicans, Keystone, Trump, Republican Gov, Volunteers, Republican, Veterans Memorial Coliseum, AP, Arizona Republicans Locations: Arizona, America's, American, Maricopa County, China, South Korea, Maricopa, Florida, Phoenix, New York
State Senate Republicans subpoenaed nearly 400 of Maricopa County's election machines, along with ballots cast by voters in November's election, to facilitate an unusual audit of the election results. In Arizona, the secretary of state can decertify machinery in consultation with the state's Election Equipment Certification Committee, a three-person panel appointed by Hobbs. The unanimous suggestion was to decommission and replace the election machines, she wrote. The county's most recent expense for election equipment was a $6.1 million contract in 2019 with Dominion. Hobbs and the county supervisors have been vocal critics of the audit.
Persons: Katie Hobbs, Hobbs, Joe Biden's, Donald Trump's, Fields, Megan Gilbertson, Gilbertson, Jack Sellers, Karen Fann, Sellers Organizations: Republicans, NBC News, State, GOP, Republican, Supervisors, Arizona Republicans, Justice, Department of Homeland Security, county's Elections, Dominion Locations: Arizona, Maricopa County, Maricopa, November's, Florida
The private companies hired by Arizona Republicans to audit the 2020 election results admitted Tuesday that the data they accused Maricopa County of deleting had been found. “We implore you to recognize the obvious truth: your 'auditors' are in way over their heads,” the board wrote. In Tuesday's public meeting, attended by Fann, the audit's leaders and Republican state Sen. Warren Petersen,one of the auditors repeated the claim that the database had been deleted, but said he was able to "recover" the files. While Maricopa County officials did not attend, the county’s Twitter account responded in real time. 🤔 — Maricopa County (@maricopacounty) May 18, 2021Fann said the audit would proceed over the Maricopa County officials' strenuous objections.
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Live Live Updates: Biden Will Visit Ford Plant as Part of Domestic Spending Pitch President Biden will visit the factory in Detroit producing the first electric F-150 pickup truck and give remarks. President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris both released financial disclosures on Monday. They earned nearly $1.7 million for the year and paid an effective federal income tax rate of 36.7 percent. Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris also released their personal financial disclosure forms, which are required under federal law. That disbursement will pause now that Mr. Biden has re-entered the government, White House officials said.
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‘We Can’t Indulge These Insane Lies’: Arizona G.O.P. Split on Vote Audit
  + stars: | 2021-05-17 | by ( Michael Wines | ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
“A lot of the questions being asked right now have been answered,” he said of those challenging the November results. “But the people asking them don’t like the answers, so they keep on asking.”At issue is the Maricopa County vote. The review has no formal electoral authority and will not change the results of the election in Arizona, no matter what it finds. One poll by High Ground, a Phoenix firm well known for its political surveys, concluded this spring that 78 percent of Arizona Republicans believe Mr. Trump’s false claims that President Biden did not win the November election. A recent Monmouth University poll found that almost two-thirds of Republicans nationally believe that Mr. Biden did not legitimately win the 2020 election.
Persons: , Sellers, , , Trump, Biden Organizations: Arizona Republicans, Monmouth University Locations: Maricopa, Arizona, Phoenix
The Arizona Senate is considering expanding its controversial audit of votes in Maricopa County. An audit of ballots in last year's presidential and US Senate elections was launched in April. The Republican-controlled Arizona Senate is considering expanding its controversial audit of votes to all elections held in Maricopa County last year. The result of the audits cannot be used to change the elections, but Republicans say will be used to ensure the integrity of future elections. Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobb and the US Justice Department have expressed concern about the recount currently being conducted.
Persons: Donald Trump's, Joe Biden, Mark Kelly, Ken Bennett, Bennet, Trump, Katie Hobb, Hobbs, Donald Trump, Stephen Richer, Richer Organizations: Arizona Senate, Observers, Republican, Democratic, Arizona, Service, Trump, Biden, Dominion, US Justice Department, CBS, GOP, Saturday, Twitter Locations: Arizona, Maricopa County, Arizona's, Arizona Republic, California
Arizona Republicans Pass Law Tightening Vote-by-Mail System
  + stars: | 2021-05-11 | by ( Alexa Corse | Jon Kamp | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +1 min
Republican lawmakers in Arizona passed a law that creates a new way to remove voters from a list of people who automatically get mail ballots, marking another front in a nationwide fight over voting rules following the 2020 election. Doug Ducey swiftly signed the new measure shortly after it passed the Senate Tuesday, saying it is about election integrity. “Not a single Arizona voter will lose their right to vote as a result of this new law,” Mr. Ducey said upon signing the legislation. Democrats oppose the bill, but Republicans control both legislative chambers in Arizona by narrow margins. Proponents of the new law said the voters would remain registered to vote and would be warned before being pulled from the list.
Persons: Doug Ducey, ” Mr, Ducey, “ We’re, , Sen, Michelle Ugenti, Rita Organizations: GOP, Republican Locations: Arizona
A former GOP state attorney general slammed the Maricopa County, Arizona, election recount. "They lost, and they can't get over it," Grant Woods, now a Democrat, told the AP. A former Arizona Republican attorney general said that the people running Maricopa County's much-criticized ballot recount "can't get over" losing the state in 2020. The recount was ordered by the GOP-led Arizona state legislature following widespread conspiracy theories around the result. "They lost, and they can't get over it," Woods told the AP on Monday.
Persons: Grant Woods, Donald Trump, Doug Ducey, Woods, Republican Sen Paul Boyer, Katie Hobbs, , Ken Bennett, Joe Biden, Trump, There's, Boyer Organizations: GOP, AP, Arizona Republican, Maricopa, Democratic Party, Associated Press, Republican Gov, Service, Republican, Arizona, Democrats, The Washington Post, The, of Justice Locations: Maricopa County , Arizona, Arizona, Maricopa County, Arizona's
Arizona's top election official is receiving harassment during continued election controversy. The high-profile and baseless questioning the integrity of the 2020 election has resulted in harassment directed at election officials that still persists over half a year later. Both descriptors are ones that seasoned election officials bristle at. Cyber Ninjas' lease on the facility ends on May 14, with high school graduation ceremonies scheduled to take place in the space shortly after. The conduct of Cyber Ninjas is also now on the radar of federal law enforcement.
Persons: Katie Hobbs, Doug Ducey, Hobbs, she's, there's, Courtney Pedroza, State Kim Wyman, who's, Ken Bennett, Bennett, Ross D, Franklin, Pamela Karlan, Karen Fann Organizations: GOP, Arizona Republicans, Arizona's, Service, Republicans, Capitol, Senate, PHOENIX, Arizona State Senate, Veterans Memorial Coliseum, State, Arizona Democratic Party, Republican, Arizona Senate, Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, AP, Civil Rights Division, Arizona Locations: Arizona, Maricopa County, Florida, AZ, Phoenix , Arizona, Maricopa, China, Phoenix
Rep. Elise Stefanik publicly supports a controversial GOP-backed election recount in Arizona. Rep. Elise Stefanik, who is vying for a top position in House leadership, publicly backed the unofficial and highly controversial GOP-sanctioned recount of ballots in Maricopa County, Arizona in an interview on Steve Bannon's podcast. The GOP-controlled Arizona state Senate has hired Cyber Ninjas, a private Florida firm, to conduct a hand recount of paper ballots cast in the 2020 election, an exercise that further legitimizes top Republican's false claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election. The voters in Arizona and the state Senate in Arizona pursued this audit, I fully support it. Stefanik is a leading contender to replace Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming as the House Republican Conference Chair, the third-highest ranking House Republican after Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Minority Whip Steve Scalise.
Persons: Elise Stefanik, Stefanik, Steve Bannon, Liz Cheney, Steve Bannon's, Bannon, Read, State Kim Wyman, Ken Bennett, Katie Hobbs, Tammy Patrick, it's, Patrick, Kevin McCarthy, Steve Scalise, Cheney, Donald Trump, Joe Biden Organizations: GOP, House GOP, Trump, Service, Policy Arizona Republicans, State, Democracy Fund, National Task Force, House Republican, Republican Locations: Arizona, Maricopa County , Arizona, Florida, Virginia, Maricopa County, Maricopa, Wyoming, Georgia
The recount has been promoted by Donald Trump, who falsely believes he won the 2020 election. Dominion Voting Systems sharply criticized the election firm conducting a recount of ballots in Arizona, saying that auditors have "already committed serious errors" and "demonstrated incompetence" during the audit. The recount, which is expected to take weeks, is being overseen by an obscure firm called Cyber Ninjas hired by Republicans in the Arizona state legislature. "The lead firm, Cyber Ninjas, has no election experience, and publicly available information shows its leader has helped spread debunked lies about election fraud." Contractors working for Cyber Ninjas examine and recount ballots from the 2020 general election at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona.
Persons: Donald Trump, Doug Logan, Joe Biden, Trump, Doug Ducey —, he's, Courtney Pedroza, Biden, Kelli Ward, Dominion, Tom Clare, OAN Organizations: Dominion, Twitter, Arizona Republic, Labs, Washington Post, Arizona Gov, National Guard, Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Capitol, Trump, Democratic, One America, Arizona Republicans Locations: Arizona, Dominion, Phoenix , Arizona, Maricopa County
Voting rights groups urged the Department of Justice to "deploy federal monitors" in Arizona. The groups are concerned about a Republican-led effort to "audit" the 2020 election. Voting rights groups are expressing grave concern over a Republican effort to "audit" the 2020 election in Arizona, pleading with the US Department of Justice to "deploy federal monitors" and safeguard some 2.1 million ballots in Maricopa County. In their letter requesting federal intervention, the lawyers say they believe Arizona Republicans and Cyber Ninjas are breaking the law. They also allege that the parties are "preparing to engage in conduct which will constitute unlawful voter intimidation in violating of the Voting Rights Act and other federal laws."
Persons: Trump, Brennan, Doug Logan, Donald Trump's, Joe Biden's, Raquel Terán, Sen, Karen Fann Organizations: Department of Justice, Republican, pro, US Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Brennan Center for Justice, Protect Democracy, Conference, Arizona's GOP, Arizona Republicans, Department, Justice, CNN, America News Network, Maricopa County's, Supervisors, Trump, Arizona Democratic Party Locations: Arizona, Maricopa County
Arizona Republicans Push Forward With Audit of 2020 Ballots
  + stars: | 2021-04-27 | by ( Alexa Corse | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
Arizona Republicans are moving ahead with an audit of ballots from the 2020 November election, saying extra review is needed to address constituents’ concerns, despite prior audits having confirmed President Biden’s victory in the state. The Republican-controlled state Senate ordered the audit of roughly 2.1 million ballots cast in Maricopa County, which is Arizona’s most populous county. Arizona’s election results were already certified, and this review won’t change them, the secretary of state’s office said. Critics say the audit is unnecessary and could undermine confidence in the voting system by amplifying unproven allegations. Arizona’s Democratic secretary of state, Katie Hobbs, called for an investigation into whether the GOP-led audit violates election laws.
Persons: Biden’s, Biden, , Karen Fann, Katie Hobbs, ” Ms, Hobbs Organizations: Arizona Republicans, Republican, Senate, Democratic, GOP Locations: Arizona, Maricopa County
It's a "sham audit," Raquel Terán, chair of the Arizona Democratic Party, says of the vote count underway this week in Maricopa County. The Arizona GOP, for its part, has crowed over Democrats' inability to come up the money to stop the audit. But the claims of a stolen election persist, and Arizona Republicans are intent on placating the sentiment. The Maricopa County results have already been audited, they noted: last year, by credible firms that have audited elections before. For Arizona Democrats, the worst fear is not Republicans believing falsehoods about the 2020 election.
Persons: Raquel Terán, , Terán, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Weeks, Sen, Karen Fann, Doug Logan, Republican Ken Bennett, Logan, Jen Fifield, Fann Organizations: GOP, Arizona Democratic Party, Republicans, Arizona GOP, Maricopa, Republican, Biden's, Arizona Republicans, Trump, Arizona Mirror, State, America, Arizona, The Carter Center, Brennan Center for Justice, Arizona Democrats, Democratic Locations: Maricopa County, Arizona, Florida, Phoenix, Arizona Republic, Maricopa, stoke
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