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

The Republican-controlled Arizona Senate is not voting to hold Maricopa County officials in contempt for refusing to fully comply with election audit subpoenas because of a single GOP senator. Republicans lost a seat in the state Senate in the 2020 elections 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 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, said in a social media post on Wednesday. Boyer, who did not return requests for comment, responded directly to Fann. “You told us in closed caucus the ‘audit’ would not cost taxpayers more than 150k and you wouldn’t divulge who you were …

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