Published On: Thu, Jul 22nd, 2021

Arizona Senate Not Holding Maricopa County in Contempt Due to Holdout Republican

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The Republican-controlled Arizona Senate isn’t voting to hold Maricopa County officials in contempt for refusing to fully comply with election audit subpoenas because of a single Republican senator. Republicans lost a seat in the state Senate in the Nov. 3, 2020, election and hold a narrow 16–14 majority. That gives state Sen. Paul Boyer, a Republican, the power to stymie efforts to hold the county’s Board of Supervisors (BOS) in contempt. “Senator Boyer agreed to proceed with [the] audit but when Maricopa BOS refused to cooperate, Boyer would not vote with us for the resolution of contempt which leaves us one vote short,” Arizona Senate President Karen Fann, a Republican, wrote in a July 21 social media post. Boyer, who didn’t respond to requests for comment by press time, responded directly to Fann. “You told us in closed caucus the ‘audit’ would not cost taxpayers more than $150k, and you …

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