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Katie Hobbs in her campaign ad.

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D) announced Wednesday she would run for governor, in a campaign ad that highlighted fallout from the state's controversial GOP-led audit of its 2020 presidential election results.

Why it matters: Hobbs, the state's top election official, gained a national profile during the 2020 election by pushing back against unfounded claims from supporters of former President Trump that the election results were fraudulent.

  • Arizona has become ground zero for the "stop the steal" movement's effort to find evidence to support baseless claims that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump, AP reports.
  • Current Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, is not eligible to run for a third term in 2022.

What they're saying: "The other side isn’t offering policies to make our lives better. They’re offering conspiracy theories that only make our lives worse," Hobbs said in her campaign announcement.

Driving the news: Last week, the Arizona House Appropriations Committee voted to strip Hobbs of the ability to defend election lawsuits — giving that duty instead to the state's Republican attorney general. The bill has not yet been approved by the full legislature.

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Democrats are leaning into efforts to raise their numbers in state legislatures — with an emphasis on candidates of color — as red states like Texas and Georgia pass restrictive voting and abortion laws.

Why it matters: States are responsible for many of the laws with the greatest direct impact on people's daily lives. But Republicans control 30 state legislatures and the GOP has the trifecta — the governorship, state House and state Senate control — in 23 states, while Democrats do in 15.

GOP governors, RNC threaten legal action over Biden's vaccine mandate

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A number of Republican governors and the Republican National Committee vowed to take the Biden administration to court over the president's plan to mandate COVID-19 vaccination or testing for more than 80 million private-sector employees.

Driving the news: The new rule is part of a six-pronged plan by the administration to ramp up efforts to combat the nation's latest surge in virus cases and hospitalizations due to the Delta variant.

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Rep. Jeff Fortenberry. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) has been indicted on charges he falsified records and lied to federal investigators probing an illegal foreign donation scheme, the Justice Department announced on Tuesday.

Driving the news: DOJ says a Fortenberry associate, who later cooperated with investigators, informed him he'd likely received illegal donations from an intermediary for a foreign national, but that Fortenberry denied any knowledge of such a scheme when contacted by the FBI.