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U.S. Senate Candidate Hopefuls Challenge Arizona Sen. McSally Appointment

Martha McSally answers questions Tuesday on the heels of Gov. Doug Ducey appointing her to the U.S. Senate
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Martha McSally answers questions on Dec. 18, 2018, on the heels of Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey appointing her to the U.S. Senate.

A long standing provision to the U.S. Constitution could place Arizona Sen. Martha McSally’s appointment in jeopardy.

An attorney for Libertarian Barry Hess and other politicians has asked a federal judge to order a statewide election — and soon —  to let voters choose who should sit in the state’s second U.S. Senate seat.

Gov. Doug Ducey first appointed Jon Kyl to fill the late John McCain’s seat, then appointed Martha McSally in January when Kyl quit.

Attorney Michael Persoon for Hess told the judge, the governor had no constitutional right to hold that seat until the 2020 election.

The law, he has argued, requires voters choose their own candidate within 100 days of the vacancy.

The governor’s attorney has countered with another interpretation, the law allows the administration to appoint a U.S. senator if vacated seat happened within 150 days of the next scheduled election, which it did.

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Holliday Moore is a native Arizonan and veteran journalist who joined KJZZ’s news team in January 2017.Moore graduated from Arizona State University after double majoring in mass communications and marketing/management. She spent her first two decades reporting for television news, beginning in small markets and working up to congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C., for a political news service.Family commitments in Arizona brought her back to the Southwest, where she covered legislative and court beats for Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV and the infamous Four Corner Manhunt as KREZ-TV’s managing editor.Back home in Phoenix, she developed ABC15’s “Democracy Project,” now instituted at all Scripps’ news stations nationwide. Her work garnered “Best Practices” recognition by the Poynter Institute and the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.Her television reports, from sports to cultural issues, earned her multiple Emmy and Associated Press nominations, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her Hopi Partition Land Act coverage.As she started a family, Moore started her own media production agency, producing magazine-style travel stories for the Emmy-winning Arizona Highways Television show while working part time for a Valley radio station. She is convinced radio is where visual, sound, and print are merging through deeper storytelling. In her relatively short time with radio network affiliates, she has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple nominations from other professional news societies.Moore now teaches advanced broadcast writing to the next generation of reporters at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where a high percentage have gone on to receive national awards for their work in her class. She enjoys being back home near childhood friends and sharing the beautiful Arizona desert with her husband and young son.