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Federal Court Questions Request For Early Special Election To Replace McSally

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has questioned a request for a special election, ahead of the scheduled November 2020 date, to allow voters to fill the late John McCain's Senate seat.

On Wednesday, the court told attorney Michael Persoon it cannot ignore a precedent upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1969, after New York's governor named a replacement for the slain Senator Robert Kennedy.

Persoon has argued Gov. Doug Ducey's decision to appoint Martha McSally in the Senate seat until the 2020 election violates the U.S. Constitution.

"Under Arizona law," he said, "Arizona's legitimate regulatory interests can be met in a period of 190 days in order to have an orderly election. What justifies a delay beyond that?"

Dominic Draye, the governor's attorney, said Ducey acted legally and as quickly as he could.

He said Arizona law states that if the vacancy occurs within 150 days of the next scheduled election, as happened in this case, the governor can appoint a replacement to serve until the following general election.

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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.