TODAY’S NEWS & VIEWS April 19, 2024


‘I wasn’t going to sell’

~ Arizona Coyotes’ owner Alex
 Meruelo on move to Salt Lake City


April 19, 2024

A California congressman wants to know why the U.S. Department of Defense lobbied Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs to veto a bill aimed at spurring “starter home” construction. “To me, this DOD kind of effort goes against (Biden’s) broader plan for the country,” Democratic Congressman Robert Garcia told the Arizona Mirror, citing efforts by the president to build more affordable housing. “It certainly raises a lot of questions for me as a former mayor who tried to build more housing development.” 

Election-denying Arizona Republican ends reelection bid after allegations of forged signatures
A state lawmaker with a history of leveling unfounded allegations of fraud against election workers has dropped his reelection bid amid allegations he forged signatures on his nomination petitions and submitted dozens of ineligible signatures.

These Arizona lawmakers are most likely to lose their jobs over the abortion ban
Opinion: Arizona’s new 19th century abortion ban seems likely to flip the Legislature to Democrats. These Republicans should be the most worried.

Gov. Katie Hobbs saves school board races from becoming partisan slugfests
A bill to transform Arizona’s school board elections into partisan smackdowns has been sent to Gov. Katie Hobbs’ growing veto pile.

GOP-backed ballot measure would keep Arizona Supreme Court intact, even justices voted out
A resolution awaiting approval from the state House could keep Arizona’s Supreme Court justices on the bench, even if voters decide to reject them on the ballot in November.

Rep. Eli Crane targeted by TV ads from group linked to former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy
A nonprofit linked to former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is running ads against Rep. Eli Crane, a freshman member of Congress who last year voted to oust McCarthy from the GOP’s top House leadership post.

A Maricopa County judge will hear oral arguments Friday in an ongoing criminal case against two Cochise County supervisors accused of interfering with the 2022 election.
Tom Crosby, 64, of Sierra Vista, and Peggy Judd, 61, of Willcox, are each charged with felony counts of conspiracy and interference with an election officer. They currently serve on the Cochise County Board of Supervisors as Republicans.

Arizona Coyotes’ owner on move to Salt Lake City: ‘I wasn’t going to sell’
Arizona Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo said Thursday he was “taken aback” as recently as March that the NHL told him he couldn’t stay in Tempe’s Mullett Arena and only then realized he’d have to sell the team, even as he keeps the franchise

MLB pitcher Bauer accuser indicted on fraud charges
The Scottsdale woman who accused former MLB pitcher Trevor Bauer of sexual assault has been indicted on fraud charges by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. Darcy Adanna Esemonu, 35, was indicted on a count of fraud and a count of theft by extortion, according to court documents.

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