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Secretary of State Hobbs sues Attorney General Mark Brnovich over threats

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs is suing Attorney General Mark Brnovich after he threatened a lawsuit against her. 

Brnovich threatened to sue Hobbs if she temporarily shut down an online system that allows election candidates to collect qualifying signatures for the ballot. 

Brnovich, who is hoping to get the GOP Senate nomination, told an assistant attorney general to send a letter to the secretary of state, threatening criminal prosecution if the portal goes offline. 

Hobbs, who is running for governor, announced the system needs to be shut down in March to account for the new legislative districts. She claims it can only handle one set of maps at a time. 

Attorney Roopali Desai says the last time the maps were updated, the same system had to be shut down by a former secretary of state for the same reason. But there was no litigation then.

Greg Hahne started as a news intern at KJZZ in 2020 and returned as a field correspondent in 2021. He learned his love for radio by joining Arizona State University's Blaze Radio, where he worked on the production team.