As Arizona remains under stay at home order, some Republicans argue it has gone on long enough

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By Andrew Oxford | Arizona Republic

With his coronavirus response, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has either gone too far or not far enough.

When the Republican governor first issued a stay at home order late last month in a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19, Democratic mayors and legislators argued the timing was too late and the order itself confusingly lax.

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Three weeks into the order, though, and with jobless claims mounting, Ducey faces an increasingly boisterous contingent within his own party that argues he has gone much too far. At the least, a growing number of conservatives suggest this all has lasted long enough.

As President Donald Trump has presented the framework for reopening states in various phases, some conservative groups already have organized protests against stay at home orders, particularly in states with Democratic governors such as Michigan and Kentucky.

Ducey does not face an open mutiny within his own party — yet.


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