Forget ‘2000 Mules’ nonsense. Here are 6 things the Arizona Legislature should do in June

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Opinion: The Arizona Legislature is an embarrassment. These people should spend less time obsessing about mules and more time acting like actual leaders. Here are six suggestions to get them started.

By Laurie Roberts | Arizona Republic

With just 29 days to go until Arizona government grinds to a halt due to lack of a budget, the Republican-run Arizona Legislature on Tuesday held a hearing on the latest in election conspiracy theories.

All the gang was there, with lots of talk about “domestic terrorists” (read: journalists) and “liars and cheaters” (read: Republicans who don’t believe the 2020 election was stolen). Republican gubernatorial hopeful Kari Lake and state GOP Chairwoman Kelli Ward were there, doing stand-up routines for RSBN, which live streamed the event on its YouTube channel.

There was a stunning presentation by True the Vote on its “2000 Mules” film, wherein its creators demonstrated their keen lack of understanding of how elections work in Arizona and outlined an elaborate scheme in which unnamed nonprofits dispatched “mules” to systematically stuff ballot drop boxes in Maricopa and Yuma counties.

All that was lacking was actual evidence.

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There was a call by Rep. Walt Blackman, a Snowflake Republican now running for Congress, to pass House Bill 2289, requiring that all ballots be hand counted and the results reported within 24 hours of an election – a feat that Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richter has estimated would take about 2.2 million man hours. Or put another way, 93 days assuming you have 1,000 workers to count the 60 or so contests on the ballot.

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