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Sheriff Joe Uses Hawaii's Text Error to Renew Birther Claims

'There's something wrong with that government,' says the Senate candidate

(Newser) - Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, now a candidate for Senate , used the massive text-alert gaffe in Hawaii over a nonexistent missile to dredge up the controversy over President Obama's birth certificate. "There's something wrong with that government," Arpaio said of Hawaii, per ABC News . "I know... More »

New Entrant Joins Volatile Arizona Senate Race

Rep. Martha McSally, a Trump backer, tells GOP to 'grow a pair of ovaries'

(Newser) - Republican congresswoman Martha McSally called on the national GOP to "grow a pair of ovaries" as she launched her Senate bid Friday, joining the race to replace retiring GOP Sen. Jeff Flake by embracing President Trump and his outsider playbook in one of the nation's premier contests. Like... More »

Arpaio on Senate Run: 'The President Needs Me'

Controversial ex-sheriff of Maricopa County announces his bid for seat to be vacated by Flake

(Newser) - Arizona's most high-profile former sheriff had said he was mulling a Senate run , and it now looks like he's made up his mind. "I think Washington needs me, the president needs me," Joe Arpaio told Talking Points Memo on Tuesday, confirming he'll enter the race.... More »

Joe Arpaio 'Seriously' Thinking About Senate Run

Former Arizona sheriff would replace retiring Sen. Jeff Flake

(Newser) - Fresh off a presidential pardon , Joe Arpaio is once again eyeing public office. “I am seriously, seriously, seriously considering running for the US Senate," the former Arizona sheriff tells the Daily Beast . Arpaio, 85, says he is looking at running in 2018 to replace the retiring Sen. Jeff... More »

Judge Refuses to Clear Arpaio's Name Despite Pardon

Trump's pardon doesn't 'revise the historical facts,' judge says

(Newser) - The judge in former Sheriff Joe Arpaio's now-pardoned criminal case has refused the his request to throw out all rulings in the case, including a blistering decision that explained her reasoning in finding him guilty of a crime, the AP reports. The request denied Thursday by US District Judge... More »

Arpaio to Plead With Judge to Toss Conviction

His lawyers will present oral arguments on Oct. 4

(Newser) - Joe Arpaio has asked an Arizona judge to vacate his contempt of court conviction, arguing a presidential pardon "warrants an automatic vacatur of all opinions, judgments, and verdicts related to the criminal charge." But he'll have to come up with a bit more than that. On Tuesday,... More »

What Trump Has to Say About His Arpaio Pardon

'He was treated unbelievably unfairly'

(Newser) - President Trump on Monday defended his pardon of Joe Arpaio, a move that has drawn ire on both sides of the political aisle. The controversial former Arizona sheriff is "very strong on borders, very strong on illegal immigration," Trump said at a news conference. "He is loved... More »

Arpaio Considers Challenging Sen. Jeff Flake in Primary

He insists his age won't hold him back

(Newser) - From sheriff to convicted criminal to recipient of a presidential pardon to ... senator? Joe Arpaio discussed his future with the Washington Examiner Monday, and the controversial former Arizona lawman has some grand ambitions. "I could run for mayor, I could run for legislator, I could run for Senate,"... More »

Trump Asked Sessions if Arpaio Case Could be Dropped

President told that would be 'inappropriate,' was long decided on issuing pardon

(Newser) - President Trump's intervention in Joe Arpaio's fate dates back well before he announced the controversial pardon of the former Arizona sheriff on Friday, reports the Washington Post . Citing White House sources, the Post reports that Trump reached out to AG Jeff Sessions this past spring to see if... More »

Man Locked Up Under Arpaio Calls Pardon 'a Nightmare'

'Disgusted, dispirited, and disappointed in the American political system'

(Newser) - "There’s evil in the world that’s unrepentant, and I’ve experienced it firsthand," Francisco Chairez writes for the Washington Post . Chairez, a Mexican immigrant, spent time in one of Joe Arpaio's infamous "tent cities" following a 2015 conviction for drunk driving. His experience doing... More »

McCain Slams Trump Over Sheriff Joe's Pardon

Fellow Arizona senator Jeff Flake is also critical

(Newser) - President Trump's relations with Arizona's Republican senators were testy even before Friday, but the president's pardon of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio seems sure to increase the animosity. John McCain and Jeff Flake each criticized Trump's decision about Maricopa County's former ex-lawman. The pardon "undermines... More »

Trump Pardons Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio

White House announces move Friday evening

(Newser) - President Trump wasn't bluffing : Trump has pardoned former sheriff Joe Arpaio following Arpaio's conviction for intentionally disobeying a judge's order in an immigration case. The White House announced the move Friday night, saying the 85-year-old ex-sheriff of Arizona's Maricopa County was a "worthy candidate" for... More »

In Phoenix, Trump Defends Virginia Remarks, Bashes Media

He doesn't pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio, but implies it's coming soon

(Newser) - President Trump unleashed a new torrent of criticism on the media Tuesday night over the coverage of his Charlottesville remarks. At a political rally in Phoenix, Trump also stopped short of pardoning former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, but strongly he hinted he would do so soon, reports NBC News . "It’... More »

Phoenix Braces for Protests as Trump Visits for Rally

Throngs of protesters expected, and an Arpaio pardon is possible

(Newser) - The city of Phoenix is on edge as President Trump plans to visit for a Tuesday evening rally. The Hill frames the matter thusly: Will there be more supporters inside the city's convention center—it holds 29,000—or opponents outside it? One question in the balance is whether... More »

Trump Deletes 2 Different Retweets From Morning

One called him a 'fascist'

(Newser) - President Trump is having another eventful stretch on Twitter. And the item getting the most attention appears to have been a misfire by the president, reports Politico . It began when Trump tweeted about a story on Fox saying he was considering a pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio. A Twitter user... More »

Trump 'Seriously Considering' Pardoning 'Sheriff Joe'

Arpaio 'doesn't deserve to be treated this way,' Trump says

(Newser) - Donald Trump's first presidential pardon might go to Joe Arpaio. The former Arizona sheriff known for his unconventional and sometimes controversial tactics on crime and illegal immigration was found guilty of criminal contempt last month , and Trump, who has so far not pardoned anyone, tells Fox News he's... More »

Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio Is Now a Convicted Criminal

He faces up to 6 months in jail over criminal contempt of court

(Newser) - The crackdowns that made him famous are the ones that have now sealed his demise. Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio was on Monday found guilty of criminal contempt of court, reports the Arizona Republic , marking a final rebuke for a politician who once drew strong popularity from his traffic patrols that... More »

Arizona's Notorious Outdoor Prison Is Shutting Down

'Circus' is over, new sheriff says

(Newser) - There's a new sheriff in Arizona's Maricopa County, and he's shutting down his predecessor's notorious "Tent City." Sheriff Paul Penzone, who defeated Sheriff Joe Arpaio in November's election, announced Tuesday that he's getting rid of the open-air facility, where inmates are given... More »

Arizona Gives Sheriff Joe the Heave-Ho

Democrat defeats 'America's toughest sheriff'

(Newser) - The man who liked to call himself "America's Toughest Sheriff" has been given the boot by voters in Arizona's Maricopa County, where he was seeking a seventh term. The AP reports that Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was criminally charged in a racial profiling case last month, has... More »

Sheriff Joe Faces Up to 6 Months in Jail

His trial begins Dec. 6 in Phoenix

(Newser) - It's official: Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona has been criminally charged with federal contempt of court and could face up to six months in jail if convicted. The case stems from December 2011 when a federal judge barred the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office from conducting Arpaio's signature... More »

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