Christine Jones Gave Cop "One Drink" Story in '04 DUI; Blew .102 About Five Hours Later

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Christine Jones, candidate for Arizona governor, in police snapshot taken during 2004 DUI arrest.
Christine Jones' DUI story just doesn't add up.

Jones, the former Go Daddy general counsel now running as a Republican candidate for Arizona governor, told an officer during an April 2004 stop that she'd just had one drink, nearly five hours earlier.

Yet two breathalyzer tests showed her BAC at .102 and .103.



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Paul Babeu Claims He's Not Running for Congress in 2014

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"Studboi1"/Sheriff Paul Babeu.
Pinal County Sheriff Paul "studboi1" Babeu claims he's not running for Congress in 2014, despite a political consultant's poll reportedly showing that the embattled sheriff is the top Republican candidate in Arizona's 1st Congressional District.

"I want to make it clear to everyone that I have made a commitment . . . a promise to the people of my county to serve as their sheriff for the next four years," Babeu writes on Facebook (where he's published false statements before). "I shall honor my commitment and promise."

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Ken Bennett's Explanation of Provisional Ballot Issues Disputed by Organizer

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Secretary of State Ken Bennett testifying before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee .
The cause of the provisional-ballot uproar has not been solved. At least, there doesn't appear to be an agreement over the cause.

Although Secretary of State Ken Bennett said one of the people involved in an effort to register 34,000 new Latino voters admitted that they were checking the permanent early-voting list box on registration forms without the voters' knowledge, the details of that meeting are in dispute.

See also:
-Ken Bennett: Latino Voters Cast Provisionals Thanks to Those Who Registered Them
-Ken Bennett Counts Ballots, Democrat Mary Rose Wilcox Defends County Elections
-Activists Urge Penzone, Carmona, to Retract Concessions
-Maricopa County Elections Department Starting Spanish Campaign
-Helen Purcell: Accusation About Spanish Errors a "Malicious Lie"


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Ken Bennett: Latino Voters May Have Cast Provisional Ballots Thanks to Those Who Registered Them

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Secretary of State Ken Bennett says activists who complained about provisional ballots may have themselves to blame.
Despite activists' complaints that Latino voters were more likely to cast provisional ballots in this year's election -- and that elections officials were likely to blame -- Secretary of State Ken Bennett pointed a finger back at the activists.

Bennett recently testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee alongside other states' election officials, pointed to why some of those Hispanic voters did end up voting with those provisional ballots -- the people who registered them to vote.

See also:
-Activists Urge Penzone, Carmona, to Retract Concessions
-Maricopa County Elections Department Starting Spanish Campaign
-Helen Purcell: Accusation About Spanish Errors a "Malicious Lie"


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Bill Maher (No, Not That One) Was Arizona's Most Successful Third-Party Candidate

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Bill Maher (left) and Bill Maher (right).
Attention Charles Sheen, Tomás Cruz, Bartholomew Simpson, and other people with near-celebrity names: it's time to run for public office.

One example of why that may be a good idea is Bill Maher. No, not Bill Maher, but Bill Maher -- the Green Party's state House candidate in Legislative District 16, who was probably the most successful third-party candidate in the state this election.

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Arizona's Finally Done Counting Votes

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The photo above was not taken outside the Maricopa County Elections Department at 5:53 p.m. yesterday, when County Recorder Helen Purcell announced that the last votes in the county -- and indeed, the state -- have been tabulated.

See also:
-Joe Arpaio Still Won, Arizona Vote Count Over


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Ron Barber Defeats Martha McSally in CD-2

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Congressman Ron Barber
Finally, we know who Arizonans are sending to Congress -- the Democratic Congressman Ron Barber has an unbeatable lead over Republican challenger Martha McSally in CD-2.

Indeed, it looked unlikely Thursday morning that McSally could take over Barber's lead, although it was small, the number of ballots remaining to be counted was running low.

See also:
-Ron Barber Up 709 Votes Over Martha McSally; Uncounted Ballots Starting to Run Low
-Ron Barber Currently Leading Martha McSally by a Grand Total of 654 Votes
-Ron Barber Now Leads Martha McSally
-Gabrielle Giffords' Aide Ron Barber Elected to Fill Former Congresswoman's Seat

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Ron Barber Up 709 Votes Over Martha McSally; Uncounted Ballots Starting to Run Low

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Congressman Ron Barber
After one full day of vote-counting, Democratic Congressman Ron Barber's lead over Republican challenger Martha McSally increased by just 55 votes.

Although McSally could definitely pull out a victory, she's running out of uncounted ballots that could potentially help her nix Barber's lead of 709 votes.

See also:
-Ron Barber Currently Leading Martha McSally by a Grand Total of 654 Votes
-Ron Barber Now Leads Martha McSally
-Ken Bennett Says 192,337 Ballots Left
-Gabrielle Giffords' Aide Ron Barber Elected to Fill Former Congresswoman's Seat

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Ron Barber Currently Leading Martha McSally by a Grand Total of 654 Votes

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Congressman Ron Barber
Now a week after Election Day, counties across Arizona are still counting votes, and the winner of one congressional race is still undecided.

Democratic Congressman Ron Barber currently leads Republican challenger Martha McSally by 654 votes, as of the time of this post.

See also:
-Ron Barber Now Leads Martha McSally
-Ken Bennett Says 277,011 Votes Left Statewide, 168,000 in Maricopa County
-Gabrielle Giffords' Aide Ron Barber Elected to Fill Former Congresswoman's Seat


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Harry Reid Barks at the Moon, Asks Arizona Officials to Count Votes Quickly and Accurately

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Attention elections officials across the state: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is asking that you all count the votes "promptly, accurately and equally."

We weren't aware that everyone was just lollygagging and kind of just eyeballing the amount of votes for any given candidate, but now that the top Democrat in Congress is involved, we're sure this matter will be resolved immediately.

See also:
-Ken Bennett Says 342,936 Ballots Left
-Spy on the Maricopa County Elections Department if You Have Nothing Better to Do
-Activists Urge Penzone, Carmona, to Retract Concessions


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