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Hobbs says she won't take sides on judge retention following Arizona abortion ruling

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Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs speaking with attendees at a Statehood Day ceremony in February 2023.

Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs has said she will not take a side in the debate about whether voters should remove two Arizona Supreme Court justices from the bench in November. 

Supreme Court Justices Clint Bolick and Kathryn King provided two of the four majority votes allowing for enforcement of the 1864 near-total abortion ban. They’re up for retention in the general election. 

A measure to take away voters’ ability to retain or remove judges on the state’s high court has stalled in the Arizona House. 

Hobbs has signaled her opposition to the measure that would alter the state’s constitution and only put justices on the ballot for bad behavior, like felony offenses or bankruptcy proceedings.  

Bolick and King were appointed by a Republican governor. If voters remove them, Hobbs would get the chance to appoint two new members to the court. 

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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.