Arizona troopers have a new task as conspiracy theorists claiming Donald Trump won the 2020 election are fired up by the state's controversial audit.
"Gov. Doug Ducey has ordered Arizona Department of Public Safety protection for Secretary of State Katie Hobbs and her family after she received death threats related to the Senate contractor's ongoing audit of the November presidential election in Maricopa County," The Arizona Republic reported Saturday. "Jordan Conradson, whose Twitter account identifies him as an Arizona-based realtor and correspondent for the website Gateway Pundit, on Thursday posted a video of him walking behind Hobbs and shouting questions."
Hobbs revealed on Thursday she's been receiving threats.
The @ArizonaAudit and its far-right allies know their rhetoric will lead to this. They are complicit.— Secretary Katie Hobbs (@Secretary Katie Hobbs)1620347675.0
Writers at a US magazine stopped work Friday after the company's chief executive penned an essay in the Washington Post suggesting "risks" to their job status if they did not return to the office.
The move came after Washingtonian CEO Cathy Merrill questioned the work status of remote employees in one of the country's biggest newspapers.
"If the employee is rarely around... management has a strong incentive to change their status to 'contractor,'" Merrill wrote.
"As a CEO, I want my employees to understand the risks of not returning to work in the office."
Merrill later apologized, sending a memo saying "there will be no changes to benefits or employee status," but not before an outcry from the staff.
"As members of the Washingtonian editorial staff, we want our CEO to understand the risks of not valuing our labor," senior editor Andrew Beaujon and other staff members tweeted in unison.
"We are dismayed by Cathy Merrill's public threat to our livelihoods. We will not be publishing today."
The incident marks the latest dust-up over companies moving to bring employees back to the office after a year or more of remote work during the pandemic.
Some firms such as Twitter have allowed employees to work remotely indefinitely, while others such as Microsoft are moving toward a hybrid model of remote and office work.
Merill's comments struck a chord because it suggested employees could be classified as contractors, potentially losing health insurance and other benefits.
Merill wrote that she was "concerned about the unfortunately common office worker who wants to continue working at home and just go into the office on occasion," saying this could erode workplace culture.
She said that continued remote work will take away "the casual meetings that take place during the workday... Decisions will be made. Maybe if you are at home you'll be Zoomed in, but probably not. "
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U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) was caught on camera bragging that he "led the objections" on January 6 to try to overturn a free and fair election. Cruz has been highlighted, along with U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO), as the top leaders who "amplified claims of election fraud" that "resulted in threats of violence against state and local officials around the country," according to an ethics complaint filed by seven Democratic Senators.
Lauren Windsor, who describes herself as an undercover reporter for The Undercurrent and runs a site dedicated to helping victims of Project Veritas, pretended to be a far right wing voter and asked Senator Cruz why he "didn't do more to fight for President Trump on January 6."
Cruz on camera brags that he "led the objections but the Senate voted it down."
"But you could have done more," she tells the Texas Republican. "I mean, we all know that Joe Biden didn't win this election. I know in my heart of hearts that Joe Biden did not win."
Cruz repeats himself, saying "I led the fight," but does not at any time say that President Joe Biden won the election or that he is legitimately the President. Instead he blames the other Senators for him not having "the votes."
Windsor moves on, asking Cruz what he's "going to do to stop Big Tech from silencing conservatives," a fake claim by the right that is proven false daily here. "Big Tech" sites like Facebook ignore their own rules and terms of service and give preferential treatment that "favors low-quality, far-right content" while strangling liberal news sites.
Cruz gets saved by his handler, who tries to move her along. He insists he's "gotta take pictures" but she's not ready to let him go.
"Are you going to stop Facebook and Twitter from canceling conservatives?" she asks.
"I'm leading the fight every day, OK?" Cruz, hand on his heart, replies.
NEW VIDEO: @TedCruz wants you to know that HE led the effort to overturn the election in the Senate... take that, Josh Hawley! pic.twitter.com/eadMdgbc1B
— Lauren Windsor (@lawindsor) May 7, 2021
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