January 8, 2022

Cyber Ninjas Shuts Down After Judge Fines AZ Election Auditor $50K a Day

Cyber Ninjas, a firm hired by the Arizona Senate to audit Maricopa County’s election results, is shutting down after a report slammed the company and a judge ordered it to pay $50,000 a day in fines.

Sam Levine, a reporter for The Guardian, first broke the news on Twitter, saying that CEO “Doug Logan and the rest of the employees have been let go and Cyber Ninjas is being shut down.”

The news came after Maricopa Superior Court Judge John Hannah ordered the firm to turn over public records to The Arizona Republic, including emails and text messages, or face $50,000 in fines per day.

The Arizona state Senate hired Cyber Ninjas to audit the 2020 election in Maricopa County following former President Donald Trump’s claims that the election results were erroneous. The Grand Canyon State was a swing state that President Joe Biden narrowly won.

Cyber Ninjas confirmed Biden’s victory, saying it recounted 2.1 million ballots, but claimed in its September draft report that there were thousands of issues, including duplicate ballots, voters who cast ballots multiple times, and unregistered voters participating in the election.

Maricopa County, the fourth-most populous county in the U.S., released a report this month, citing issues with many of Cyber Ninjas claims, saying that 22 were misleading, 41 were inaccurate, and 13 were false.

The county said there were fewer than 100 questionable ballots, and there were no “systemic issues.”


Arizona election auditor Cyber Ninjas shuts down after judge orders massive fine

December 1, 2021

Amid Protests, Rittenhouse Reportedly Quits ASU

Amid uproar from some Arizona State University students over Kyle Rittenhouse’s admittance to an online program, the 18-year-old reportedly is no longer enrolled in classes.

Last week, the Chicago Tribune reported that Rittenhouse started an ASU online program on Oct. 13 and that he hoped to re-enroll in classes on campus following his acquittal.

However, university officials announced that Rittenhouse is no longer enrolled in any courses at ASU. The news comes after several student groups demanded that the school rescind his admission. The groups included Students for Socialism, Students for Justice in Palestine, Multicultural Solidarity Coalition, and MECHA de ASU.

Not all ASU students called for Rittenhouse’s withdrawal, though. The College Republicans United, a conservative student group, previously donated more than $14,000 for Rittenhouse’s legal fees. According to their website, the group is now accepting donations to help Rittenhouse “sue the media for malpractice, libel, and defamation.”


A Sun Devil no more: Kyle Rittenhouse reportedly quits ASU

November 30, 2021

ASU Students Demand Administration ‘Withdraw’ Rittenhouse

Some Arizona State University (ASU) students are calling on the school’s administration to “withdraw” Kyle Rittenhouse from the university.

Four ASU groups are asking university officials to withdraw Rittenhouse, who they call “Murderer Kyle Rittenhouse,” and release a statement condemning him. The groups include the ASU Students for Socialism, Students for Justice in Palestine, Multicultural Solidarity Coalition, and MECHA de ASU.

According to 12News, Rittenhouse is a student at Arizona State University online.

“Even with a not-guilty verdict from a flawed ‘justice’ system – Kyle Rittenhouse is still guilty to his victims and the families of those victims,” the groups wrote in a letter. “Join us to demand from ASU that those demands be met to protect students from a violent blood-thirsty murderer.”

A spokesperson for ASU’s Students for Socialism said the goal of the demands is to let the administration know that students don’t “feel safe” with Rittenhouse as a student.

“The goal of these demands is to let the ASU administration know that we as the ASU community do not feel safe knowing that a mass shooter, who has expressed violent intentions about ‘protecting property’ over people, is so carelessly allowed to be admitted to the school at all,” the spokesperson told Fox News. “Our campus is already unsafe as is, and we would like to abate this danger as much as possible.”

A spokesperson for Students for Socialism claimed the Rittenhouse trial “effectively gives right-winged individuals the license to kill other individuals who protest for human rights.”

“Rittenhouse took the lives of innocent people with the intent to do so—by strapping an assault rifle to himself in a crowd of unarmed citizens. That is the textbook definition of intention. The decision made by the court is one of thousands of cases that have been influenced by biased judges, predominantly white juries, and mistakes inherent in a judicial system founded off of injustice to begin with,” the spokesperson said.

Rittenhouse was acquitted on all charges after a jury determined that he’d acted lawfully in self-defense.


Arizona university students demand administration to ‘withdraw’ Kyle Rittenhouse: ‘killer off our campus’

November 29, 2021

Biden’s Approval Rating Plummets in Swing-State

Last November, President Joe Biden became the first Democratic nominee to claim victory in Arizona since 1996. Now, his approval rating is plummeting in The Grand Canyon State.

A new poll from Arizona’s OH Predictive Insights shows Biden’s approval rating at 42%. Among independent voters, his approval sits at 35%. Overall, 55% of voters said they disapprove of Biden’s job as president.

“It isn’t surprising that Biden’s approval ratings among Democrats and Republicans are contrary of each other,” said Mike Noble, OH Predictive Insights chief of research.

“However, independents in a key battleground state rescinding their approval of the president is worth paying attention to if Biden is looking to improve his numbers in Arizona,” Noble added.

Given that Biden only defeated former President Donald Trump by 11,000 votes in the state, any dip in approval is cause for concern.

According to the data, Trump’s not fairing any better in the state. His favorability rating currently stands at negative 12% overall and negative 26% among independent voters.

Other key findings from the survey include:

  • While Biden’s job approval rating among Democrats is solid overall, there is a disparity in different age groups. Democrats 18–54 give the president a 77% job approval rating; those age 55 and up give him a 92% rating.
  • 41% of suburban women approve of Biden. His approval among “parents of minor children” is marginally better, at 45%.
  • Biden’s approval rating on key issues is underwater. The commander-in-chief registered a negative 31% on immigration, negative 14% on the economy, negative 17% on foreign policy, negative 4% on the environment, and negative 2% on the pandemic.


Biden’s job approval plummets in swing-state Arizona

October 4, 2021

Immigration activists accost Sen. Sinema in bathroom [video]

Immigration activists accosted Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) in a bathroom in Phoenix on Sunday, demanding that she support President Biden’s Build Back Better plan.

The confrontation occurred at Arizona State University, where Sinema teaches a class. Activists from Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA) followed Sinema into a bathroom and insisted she back the Biden administration’s $3.5 trillion reconciliation package. The group tweeted a video of the altercation.

Recording someone in a bathroom is a violation of Arizona law.

“Yesterday’s behavior was not legitimate protest,” Sinema wrote in a statement on Monday, adding that the group is one she’s “met with several times.”

However, representatives from LUCHA deny that claim.

“No one wants to meet with their senator in the restroom,” said César Fierros, LUCHA’s communications manager. “But it seems like there’s a price tag of several hundred thousand dollars to meet with her anywhere else.”


Immigration activists follow Sinema into bathroom in Phoenix

Photo by Gage Skidmore, license: CC BY-SA 2.0

September 5, 2021

Arizona father threatens to zip-tie principal over COVID-19 protocols

An Arizona father threatened to zip-tie his son’s elementary school principal and place her under citizen’s arrest over COVID-19 protocols.

Vail Unified School District officials requested that a student at Mesquite Elementary School be quarantined after reportedly coming in close contact with someone who had tested positive for COVID-19.

Officials said the man, who was not named, arrived at the school with his child and two other men to protest the decision. The other two men were later identified as another community member and a local business owner, who live-streamed the confrontation over his business’ Instagram account.

According to Mesquite Elementary officials, Principal Diane Vargo listened to the group’s concerns and asked them to leave the school grounds. They refused, but the principal left her office without incident.

By the time local police arrived on the scene, the group had left.

VUSD has not decided if it will press charges against the men.


Police on-scene at Vail elementary school after group threatens to zip-tie principal over COVID-19 protocols

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