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February 16, 2022

AZ Priest Accidentally Invalidates Thousands of Baptisms

An Arizona priest resigned after he was found to have performed baptisms incorrectly for decades, rendering the rite invalid for thousands of people.

The Catholic Diocese of Phoenix announced it had found that Rev. Andres Arango’s baptisms performed until June 17, 2021, had been off by one word.

Arango used the phrase “we baptize you in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” He should have said “I baptize,” the diocese explained.

“It is not the community that baptizes a person and incorporates them into the Church of Christ; rather, it is Christ, and Christ alone, who presides at all sacraments; therefore, it is Christ who baptizes,” it said.

“If you were baptized using the wrong words, that means your baptism is invalid, and you are not baptized.”

Diocese spokesperson Katie Burke said that Arango is believed to have used the incorrect word since the beginning of his priesthood in 1995.

“I do not have an exact number of people affected, but I believe they number in the thousands,” she added.


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An Arizona priest used one wrong word in baptisms for decades. They’re all invalid

February 14, 2022

GOP Senate Candidate’s Gunslinging Ad Sparks Outcry

Arizona Senate candidate Jim Lamon sparked outrage with a new campaign ad depicting an armed “showdown” with President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and incumbent Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ).

Lamon is dressed like a sheriff in the old West in the ad. He approaches three actors in cowboy costumes portraying Biden, Pelosi, and Kelly.

“The good people of Arizona have had enough of you. It’s time for a showdown,” Lamon says in the ad.

The three Democratic “cowboys” approach with guns, and Lamon shoots at their weapons, disarming them and prompting them to run away.

The ad sparked a backlash from critics, who pointed out that Kelly’s wife, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), was shot during an assassination attempt in 2011.

Giffords suffered a severe brain injury and has become a prominent advocate for gun control.

Shannon Watts, the founder of the gun control group Moms Demand Action, tweeted: “DISGUSTING: Former Rep. Gabby Giffords was shot and seriously wounded 10 years ago. Her husband’s Republican US Senate opponent, [Jim Lamon], just put out an ad in which he shoots Mark Kelly and other Democrat leaders.”

Brian Murray, former executive director of the Arizona Republican Party, said the ad was Lamon’s “most pathetic” yet.

“I think when he loses he should start producing used car commercials. He’s perfect for that, and that ain’t no bull!”

Lamon pushed back against the criticism, calling it “feigned outrage.”

“Left wing snowflakes can’t stand the fact that, for once, AZ will have a Senator who will shoot straight with them & stop cowering to Biden,” Lamon tweeted.

“Their feigned outrage over our new Super Bowl ad came right on cue—but I won’t be backing down.”


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Jim Lamon Mocks Outrage Over Super Bowl Ad Where He Shoots at Joe Biden

January 29, 2022

New Bill Would Allow Legislature to Overturn Election Results

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Arizona Rep. John Fillmore (R) is pushing a bill that would overhaul state law to give legislators the ability to overturn the results of a primary or general election.

HB 2596 would require the legislature to hold a special session after an election to review and “accept or reject the election results.”

The proposal would also significantly change the way Arizonans vote by eliminating most early and absentee voting and requiring people to vote in their home precincts rather than at vote centers set up around the state.

“We should have voting in my opinion in person, one day, on paper, with no electronic means and hand counting that day. We need to get back to 1958-style voting,” Fillmore said.

The state representative has reportedly been highly skeptical of the audits and findings regarding the 2020 election.

“I don’t care what the press says. I don’t trust ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox or anybody out there. Everybody’s lying to me and I feel like I have a couple hundred ex-wives hanging around me,” Fillmore said.

“This is not a President Biden thing. This is not a the other red-headed guy thing.”

But former Arizona state lawmaker Rep. Ruben Gallego (D) warned against implementing Fillmore’s bill.

“I know the Arizona Legislature, I served in the Arizona Legislature. Let me tell you if the Republicans control the Arizona Legislature and they don’t like an election outcome they will throw it out, democracy be damned,” Gallego tweeted.


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GOP Lawmaker Pushes Bill to Let Him and His Pals Overturn Elections

January 27, 2022

Kyrsten Sinema Censured For Not Voting in Line with Democratic Party

The Arizona Democratic Party (ADP) moved to formally rebuke Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) over her opposition to change the filibuster. Sinema’s holdout, along with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) and all Senate Republicans, prevented Democrats from advancing major voting legislation.

ADP Chair Raquel Terán said the executive board voted to censure Sinema because the “ramifications of failing to pass federal legislation that protects [constituents’] right to vote are too large and far-reaching.”

“While we take no pleasure in this announcement, the ADP Executive Board has decided to formally censure Senator Sinema as a result of her failure to do whatever it takes to ensure the health of our democracy,” she added.

A censure is a symbolic punishment, as it has no practical effect.

Sinema has publicly supported the voting rights bills and voted for them earlier this month, but she has long opposed eliminating the filibuster. She said changing the filibuster would “would deepen our divisions and risk repeated radical reversals in federal policy, cementing uncertainty and further eroding confidence in our government.”

Not all Arizona Democrats agree with Sinema’s formal rebuking, namely one Sen. Mark Kelly.

“Senator Kelly does not support the censure. While they came to different decisions on this vote, he looks forward to continuing to work with Senator Sinema on Arizona priorities, as they have done during his first year in the Senate,” a spokesperson for Kelly said in a statement.


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Arizona Democrats have censured Kyrsten Sinema over her pro-filibuster vote

January 8, 2022

Cyber Ninjas Shuts Down After Judge Fines AZ Election Auditor $50K a Day

Cyber Ninjas, a firm hired by the Arizona Senate to audit Maricopa County’s election results, is shutting down after a report slammed the company and a judge ordered it to pay $50,000 a day in fines.

Sam Levine, a reporter for The Guardian, first broke the news on Twitter, saying that CEO “Doug Logan and the rest of the employees have been let go and Cyber Ninjas is being shut down.”

The news came after Maricopa Superior Court Judge John Hannah ordered the firm to turn over public records to The Arizona Republic, including emails and text messages, or face $50,000 in fines per day.

The Arizona state Senate hired Cyber Ninjas to audit the 2020 election in Maricopa County following former President Donald Trump’s claims that the election results were erroneous. The Grand Canyon State was a swing state that President Joe Biden narrowly won.

Cyber Ninjas confirmed Biden’s victory, saying it recounted 2.1 million ballots, but claimed in its September draft report that there were thousands of issues, including duplicate ballots, voters who cast ballots multiple times, and unregistered voters participating in the election.

Maricopa County, the fourth-most populous county in the U.S., released a report this month, citing issues with many of Cyber Ninjas claims, saying that 22 were misleading, 41 were inaccurate, and 13 were false.

The county said there were fewer than 100 questionable ballots, and there were no “systemic issues.”


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Arizona election auditor Cyber Ninjas shuts down after judge orders massive fine

December 1, 2021

Amid Protests, Rittenhouse Reportedly Quits ASU

Amid uproar from some Arizona State University students over Kyle Rittenhouse’s admittance to an online program, the 18-year-old reportedly is no longer enrolled in classes.

Last week, the Chicago Tribune reported that Rittenhouse started an ASU online program on Oct. 13 and that he hoped to re-enroll in classes on campus following his acquittal.

However, university officials announced that Rittenhouse is no longer enrolled in any courses at ASU. The news comes after several student groups demanded that the school rescind his admission. The groups included Students for Socialism, Students for Justice in Palestine, Multicultural Solidarity Coalition, and MECHA de ASU.

Not all ASU students called for Rittenhouse’s withdrawal, though. The College Republicans United, a conservative student group, previously donated more than $14,000 for Rittenhouse’s legal fees. According to their website, the group is now accepting donations to help Rittenhouse “sue the media for malpractice, libel, and defamation.”

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A Sun Devil no more: Kyle Rittenhouse reportedly quits ASU

November 30, 2021

ASU Students Demand Administration ‘Withdraw’ Rittenhouse

Some Arizona State University (ASU) students are calling on the school’s administration to “withdraw” Kyle Rittenhouse from the university.

Four ASU groups are asking university officials to withdraw Rittenhouse, who they call “Murderer Kyle Rittenhouse,” and release a statement condemning him. The groups include the ASU Students for Socialism, Students for Justice in Palestine, Multicultural Solidarity Coalition, and MECHA de ASU.

According to 12News, Rittenhouse is a student at Arizona State University online.

“Even with a not-guilty verdict from a flawed ‘justice’ system – Kyle Rittenhouse is still guilty to his victims and the families of those victims,” the groups wrote in a letter. “Join us to demand from ASU that those demands be met to protect students from a violent blood-thirsty murderer.”

A spokesperson for ASU’s Students for Socialism said the goal of the demands is to let the administration know that students don’t “feel safe” with Rittenhouse as a student.

“The goal of these demands is to let the ASU administration know that we as the ASU community do not feel safe knowing that a mass shooter, who has expressed violent intentions about ‘protecting property’ over people, is so carelessly allowed to be admitted to the school at all,” the spokesperson told Fox News. “Our campus is already unsafe as is, and we would like to abate this danger as much as possible.”

A spokesperson for Students for Socialism claimed the Rittenhouse trial “effectively gives right-winged individuals the license to kill other individuals who protest for human rights.”

“Rittenhouse took the lives of innocent people with the intent to do so—by strapping an assault rifle to himself in a crowd of unarmed citizens. That is the textbook definition of intention. The decision made by the court is one of thousands of cases that have been influenced by biased judges, predominantly white juries, and mistakes inherent in a judicial system founded off of injustice to begin with,” the spokesperson said.

Rittenhouse was acquitted on all charges after a jury determined that he’d acted lawfully in self-defense.

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Arizona university students demand administration to ‘withdraw’ Kyle Rittenhouse: ‘killer off our campus’

November 29, 2021

Biden’s Approval Rating Plummets in Swing-State

Last November, President Joe Biden became the first Democratic nominee to claim victory in Arizona since 1996. Now, his approval rating is plummeting in The Grand Canyon State.

A new poll from Arizona’s OH Predictive Insights shows Biden’s approval rating at 42%. Among independent voters, his approval sits at 35%. Overall, 55% of voters said they disapprove of Biden’s job as president.

“It isn’t surprising that Biden’s approval ratings among Democrats and Republicans are contrary of each other,” said Mike Noble, OH Predictive Insights chief of research.

“However, independents in a key battleground state rescinding their approval of the president is worth paying attention to if Biden is looking to improve his numbers in Arizona,” Noble added.

Given that Biden only defeated former President Donald Trump by 11,000 votes in the state, any dip in approval is cause for concern.

According to the data, Trump’s not fairing any better in the state. His favorability rating currently stands at negative 12% overall and negative 26% among independent voters.

Other key findings from the survey include:

  • While Biden’s job approval rating among Democrats is solid overall, there is a disparity in different age groups. Democrats 18–54 give the president a 77% job approval rating; those age 55 and up give him a 92% rating.
  • 41% of suburban women approve of Biden. His approval among “parents of minor children” is marginally better, at 45%.
  • Biden’s approval rating on key issues is underwater. The commander-in-chief registered a negative 31% on immigration, negative 14% on the economy, negative 17% on foreign policy, negative 4% on the environment, and negative 2% on the pandemic.

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Biden’s job approval plummets in swing-state Arizona

October 4, 2021

Immigration activists accost Sen. Sinema in bathroom [video]

Immigration activists accosted Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) in a bathroom in Phoenix on Sunday, demanding that she support President Biden’s Build Back Better plan.

The confrontation occurred at Arizona State University, where Sinema teaches a class. Activists from Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA) followed Sinema into a bathroom and insisted she back the Biden administration’s $3.5 trillion reconciliation package. The group tweeted a video of the altercation.

Recording someone in a bathroom is a violation of Arizona law.

“Yesterday’s behavior was not legitimate protest,” Sinema wrote in a statement on Monday, adding that the group is one she’s “met with several times.”

However, representatives from LUCHA deny that claim.

“No one wants to meet with their senator in the restroom,” said César Fierros, LUCHA’s communications manager. “But it seems like there’s a price tag of several hundred thousand dollars to meet with her anywhere else.”

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Immigration activists follow Sinema into bathroom in Phoenix

Photo by Gage Skidmore, license: CC BY-SA 2.0

September 5, 2021

Arizona father threatens to zip-tie principal over COVID-19 protocols

An Arizona father threatened to zip-tie his son’s elementary school principal and place her under citizen’s arrest over COVID-19 protocols.

Vail Unified School District officials requested that a student at Mesquite Elementary School be quarantined after reportedly coming in close contact with someone who had tested positive for COVID-19.

Officials said the man, who was not named, arrived at the school with his child and two other men to protest the decision. The other two men were later identified as another community member and a local business owner, who live-streamed the confrontation over his business’ Instagram account.

According to Mesquite Elementary officials, Principal Diane Vargo listened to the group’s concerns and asked them to leave the school grounds. They refused, but the principal left her office without incident.

By the time local police arrived on the scene, the group had left.

VUSD has not decided if it will press charges against the men.

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Police on-scene at Vail elementary school after group threatens to zip-tie principal over COVID-19 protocols

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