Anthony Kern


Seditionist and Arizona Representative Anthony Kern. Above photo taken at January 6 insurrection.

Virulent homophobe Anthony Kern is a far-right, MAGA Republican extremist, a January 6 insurrectionist and a member of the State Senate beginning January 9, 2023 representing District 27. Kern a founding member of the radical pro-insurrectionist "Freedom Caucus". He was a member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 20 in the State House of Representatives from January 5, 2015 to January 11, 2021 and in the  On January 6, 2021 he attended the Stop the Steal rally in Washington, D.C., and was present at the subsequent attack on the U.S. Capitol Building. Kern posted a video to his Twitter account which showed his attendance of the event, and in which he stated: "I will put politics aside if I never win another election. Trump, every time I heard him on TV, it was like he was my friend. Why? Because here's the President of the United States who was sticking up for little old me." Kern was among eleven Arizona Republicans who in December 2020 claimed to be "alternate electors" and signed a fraudulent certificate of ascertainment asserting Trump had won the 2020 presidential election. Republicans in six other states also signed false certificates. He later said that if vice president Mike Pence chose to certify the bogus certificates, which would exceed his constitutional authority, it would be "just a nice Constitutional lesson for all America to see." In April 2021 Kern was among the people helping to count and inspect ballots as part of the 2021 Maricopa County presidential ballot audit ordered by the state Senate, though the contract for the audit said that the ballot counters would be nonpartisan. Kern is running for election to the U.S. House to represent Arizona's 8th Congressional District. He is on the ballot in the Republican primary on July 30, 2024.
Anthony Kern Can No Longer Use Broadcast Facilities AAfter Using Them To Join A Pro-Hitler Talk Show
"A Glendale Republican lawmaker is no longer allowed to access legislative broadcast equipment after the Arizona Mirror reported on May 3 that he used the Senate’s broadcast studio to appear on a far-right talk show last week with a host who has declared Adolf Hitler a “hero.”" [ . . .] "In a statement to 12News reporter Brahm Resnik on Monday, a spokeswoman for Senate President Warren Petersen said that he disapproved of how Kern used taxpayer-funded legislative resources. “The Senate President does not approve of how the Senator chose to use the legislative broadcast resource last week, as a result, his privileges to use those resources for future interviews has been revoked,” the statement said. "
May 6, 2024
Kern Used The Senate’s Broadcast Facility To Bash Drag Performers With A Pro-Hitler Talk Show Host
"A Glendale Republican lawmaker who was present for the violence at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 and is facing criminal charges for being a fake elector used legislative video equipment to appear on a far-right talk show this week with a host who has declared Adolf Hitler a “hero.”

On May 1, Sen. Anthony Kern appeared on the Stew Peters show to discuss a Drag Story Hour that was hosted the day before in a basement meeting room in the Arizona House of Representatives. Kern joined the show live on video from the state Senate, which has a video broadcast studio.

The April 30 drag event in the House was hosted by Rep. Lorena Austin, D-Mesa, the nation’s first nonbinary Chicane legislator. When Republicans, who have spent the last several years crusading against drag and the LGBTQ community, learned about the event, it sparked an outcry."
May 3, 2024
Republicans Punish Dems For Staging A ‘Drag Story Hour’ For Adults In The AZ House Basement

Source: X


"Democratic members of the Arizona House of Representatives are having their privileges to use meeting rooms in the chamber revoked after they used a room in the basement to host a drag story hour alongside Planned Parenthood on Tuesday.

Rep. Lorena Austin, D-Mesa, the nation’s first nonbinary Chicane legislator, reserved the room so that Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona could hold a drag story hour on Tuesday morning. When Republicans, who have spent the last several years crusading against drag and the LGBTQ community, learned about the event, it sparked an outrcy."

[ . . . ]

"Kern and Sen. Justine Wadsack, a Republican from Tucson, have both called for ethics complaints to be filed. Wadsack has also said Austin should be expelled. Kern has attempted to pass legislation that would have criminalized drag performances. The measure was vetoed by Gov. Katie Hobbs. Other republicans are also calling for Toma to restrict Austin’s access in the House. "

May 1, 2024
Arizona Grand Jury Indicts 11 Fake Electors For Trump, Including Kelli Ward & 2 State Senators

Arizona’s 11 fake electors sign a document in Phoenix on Dec. 14 2020, falsely claiming that they were the state’s electors and that Donald Trump won the presidential election in Arizona. Screen capture by AZGOP

A grand jury has indicted 18 people, including two Arizona state senators and the former head of the Arizona Republican Party, in a fake elector scheme that aimed to install Donald Trump as the president after he lost the 2020 election to Joe Biden. The Arizona Attorney General’s Office has not released the names of everyone who was indicted, but all 11 fake electors were charged:
  • Kelli Ward, former AZGOP chairman
  • Arizona Sen. Jake Hoffman, leader of the Arizona Freedom Caucus
  • Arizona Sen. Anthony Kern, member of the Arizona Freedom Caucus
  • Tyler Bowyer, Turning Point USA CEO
  • Michael Ward, husband of Kelli Ward
  • Nancy Cottle, a Republican who’s been active in local politics for a decade
  • James Lamon, a failed 2022 U.S. Senate candidate
  • Robert Montgomery, former chairman of the Cochise County Republican Committee
  • Samuel Moorhead, former chairman of Gila County Republican Party
  • Lorraine Pellegrino, former president of the Ahwatukee Republican Women
  • Gregory Safsten, former executive director of the AZGOP
Apr. 24, 2024
Video: Why Two Lawmakers Are Under Investigation For Fake Elector Scheme
Apr. 12, 2024
Sen. Anthony Kern And Anti-Abortion Activists Speaking In Tongues
Apr. 9, 2024


"A clandestine gathering of pro-forced birth Christian nationalist activists on the Arizona state Senate floor—joined by Republican state Senator Anthony Kern—went mega viral online. First shared on TikTok by user Tony Cani (@ynotcani), it quickly spread to Instagram, Reddit, Facebook and X. On X, Cani stated the video was sent to him by someone who wants to remain anonymous out of fear of reprisals." [ . . . ] "At one point in the video, two people stop to look around seemingly to make certain they don't get caught."
Fake Elector Anthony Kern Could Soon Be Facing Charges. He's Using It To Run For Congress
"Republican state Sen. Anthony Kern, who is under investigation for falsely claiming he was a legitimate elector for Donald Trump in Arizona in the 2020 election, lambasted the case as a political prosecution Monday in what amounted to a brief campaign speech. "And just to let you know I will not be taking any questions," were his first words to reporters after calling a news conference on a plaza outside Maricopa County Superior Court in downtown Phoenix. Kern's prepared remarks spanned four minutes and wavered between criticism of Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs and Attorney General Kris Mayes — who is investigating the electors — and promoting his run for Congress. Kern declined to say what he was doing at the courthouse, or whether he had received a grand jury subpoena tied to Mayes' investigation."
Mar. 25, 2024
Arizona House To Vote On Ten Commandments In The Classroom
"Arizona’s House Education Committee advanced a bill Tuesday that would allow public school teachers and administrators to post and discuss the Ten Commandments in the classroom. State Senator Anthony Kern, the bill’s sponsor, says the Ten Commandments shaped the country's heritage. “Our history is the Ten Commandments,” the Republican from Glendale told the committee Tuesday afternoon. “Our history is Judeo-Christian values."
Mar. 20, 2024
Sen. Anthony Kern Has Rooted Out Yet Another Conspiracy: No Right Turn On Red
"When he’s not turning his back on Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs (during her State of the State address) or campaigning to move up the political food chain (in Congress) or awaiting word on whether he’s going to jail (as a fake elector), Kern is donning his armor to battle the forces of evil. From what I can tell, Kern is against clean air, state universities and democracy — at least when it comes to selecting the nation’s president. His Senate Bill 1195 would bar any government agency from promoting “Marxist” ideas. You know, “anti-freedom” stuff like biking or riding a bus to work or eating less meat or reducing greenhouse gas emissions or researching climate change."
Mar. 18, 2024
ALEC Legislator Proposes Law To Take Away Voters’ Ability To Choose Presidential Electors
"A legislator affiliated with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) who served as a fake elector from Arizona during the 2020 presidential election is proposing legislation that state lawmakers — not voters — should get the final say on choosing Arizona’s presidential electors. The bill’s sponsor, state Senator Anthony Kern (R-27), is currently under investigation by Arizona’s Attorney General for falsely certifying that then-President Trump had won the state’s Electoral College votes in 2020 instead of Joe Biden. Kern won his bid for state senator in 2022 with Trump’s endorsement and is now a member of Arizona’s state Freedom Caucus." [ . . . ] "While a former state representative, he was listed as a speaker at the Stop the Steal rally in Washington on January 6, participated in the insurrection, promoted it on social media, and subsequently lied about his level of involvement."
Mar. 14, 2024
Mr. QAnon Shaman Goes To The Arizona Capitol

Jacob Chansley, also known as the "QAnon Shaman" wears a feather headdress and face paint at Wesley Bolin Plaza in Phoenix on June 1, 2023. Chansley was more conservatively dressed, but still donned an American flag bandana, during his visit to the Arizona Capitol the week of Feb. 19. Photo by Caitlin Sievers | Arizona Mirror


"Jacob Chansley, more commonly known as the QAnon Shaman, was a guest of Glendale Republican Anthony Kern at the Arizona Capitol this week, allowing Chansley access to areas where the public is generally prohibited.


Chansley is known for being one of the most recognizable members of the crowd that breached the United States Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 while wearing a horned hat, face paint and no shirt. His actions that day led to a 41-month prison sentence, a portion of which he served at the Federal Correctional Institute in Safford. He was released early in March to a half-way house, and returned to his home in the Valley on probation in May 2023. Chansley sought to vacate the ruling, citing dubious reporting by former Fox anchor Tucker Carlson.


On Feb. 20, Kern introduced Chansley and others as his guests at the Arizona Senate. Kern himself is tied to the events of Jan. 6 as he was photographed in areas of the Capitol that rioters breached. Kern has stated on multiple occasions that he never entered the Capitol itself. Other senators, like Goodyear Republican Janae Shamp, were also present that day."

Feb. 26, 2024
VIDEO: Arizona Sen. Anthony Kern Falsely Claims Access To Abortion Leads To A Rise In Human Trafficking
Feb. 14, 2024
Arizonans Can Sue Governments For 'Marxist' Ideology, Senate Panel Says
"A Senate panel voted Wednesday to provide a legal basis in law for any Arizonan to file suit against any level of government they contend is "furthering Marxist ideologies.''" [ . . . ] "Peoria Republican Sen. Anthony Kern's measure, SB 1195, would also bar spending taxpayer dollars to promote, advocate or plan to, among other examples, reduce motor vehicle traffic through biking or public transit, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, limit increases in global temperatures, reduce consumption of meat or dairy products, or anything "furthering Marxist ideologies including stakeholder capitalism.'"
Feb. 7, 2024
Arizona Lawmakers Want To Ban Brass Knuckles After Gilbert Goons Attacks
"Some Arizona lawmakers want to make brass knuckles illegal after multiple crimes involving the weapons — some attributed to the now infamous Gilbert Goons — have been perpetrated in the Valley. Sen. John Kavanaugh, R-Fountain Hills, worked with a teen who was attacked by another teen who was wearing brass knuckles to craft Senate Bill 1183 — which would make the possession and transfer of brass knuckles a misdemeanor in Arizona." [ . . . ] "But Sen. Anthony Kern, a Republican from Glendale, applied the claim that Republicans often make about gun restrictions to brass knuckles: That banning them would leave law-abiding citizens who want to use them for self-defense vulnerable to criminals who would use them regardless of the law."
Feb. 3, 2024
Legislator Under Review As A ‘Fake Elector’ Opening An Investigation Of His Investigator, AG Mayes
"A state senator being investigated by Attorney General Kris Mayes for his role as a “fake elector’’ is now opening a legislative investigation into her Glendale Republican Anthony Kern said since Mayes, a Democrat, took office in January 2023 there has been “a flood of questionable activity’’ from her office. He said that includes a “witch hunt’’ against local elected officials for the votes they have taken,’’ an obvious reference to Mayes’ decision to prosecute two Cochise County supervisors for delaying the certification of the 2022 election results."
Feb. 3, 2024

Photo: Daily Kos

Fake Electors Everywhere Are Indicted With Chesebro's Help, Next Week He Visits Arizona
"Arizona actually had two fake elector plots—one a bunch of sovereign citizen goobers and the other organized by the Arizona Republican Party. The GOP was very proud of their crime, filming the whole thing and posting photos on their Twitter account. They smiled as they committed a felony, telling Republicans that theirs is the “only slate of 11 you need to worry about,” not the sovereign citizens and certainly not the duly elected and qualified electors. The happy faces in that photo are probably not smiling now. Attorney Kenneth Chesebro, who pled guilty in the Georgia racketeering case, was one of the movers behind the fake electors scheme nationwide, and as part of his plea deal he’s agreed to testify against other co-conspirators."
Dec. 7, 2023
GOPers Try To Slash Education Funding After Arizona Students Protest Charlie Kirk Speech
"Republicans upset over a "lack of control" on free speech at Arizona State University say they may look into the prospect of slashing funds to colleges, The Arizona Republic reported. State Sen. Anthony Kern (R) said that lawmakers are working on bills that will put "guardrails" around the Arizona Board of Regents. " [ . . . ] ""They protested the appearance of Charlie Kirk, a talk show host and founder of the conservative organization Turning Point USA, and conservative talk show host Dennis Prager.""
Nov. 28, 2023
GOP Candidates For Congress Continue To Argue Elections Were Stolen, Government Corrupt
"Some Republican candidates running for Congress in Arizona's 8th district continue to argue that the 2020 and 2022 elections in Arizona were stolen from their party and made those complaints a central theme of a Wednesday forum." [ . . . ] "The 8th Congressional District forum was hosted by conservative activist Merissa Hamilton, who lost a bid for Phoenix mayor in 2020 and now runs a political group called Jenna Rayne, an Arizona State University student and chair of the West Valley Young Republicans, moderated the forum with Hamilton. Abe Hamadeh, who lost a bid for Arizona attorney general last year and continues to file lawsuits challenging that outcome, Masters, and state Sen. Anthony Kern participated. Jacob Chansley, often known as the QAnon Shaman for his protest persona, attended the event but was not allowed to speak because he plans to run as a Libertarian and the event was for Republican candidates only, according to the hosts."
Nov. 16, 2023
CNN Reporter Tracks Down Arizona Fake Electors
Nov. 10, 2023

Photo: CNN

The Arizona attorney general's office tells CNN a scheme to overturn the 2020 election is under "serious" investigation. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.
Arizona Fake Electors Led Vocal Campaign To Overturn The 2020 Election – They’re Now Part Of A ‘Robust’ State Investigation
Nov. 10, 2023
"They called it “The Signing.” Eleven fake electors for President Donald Trump convened at the state Republican Party headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona, on December 14, 2020. They broadcast themselves preparing to sign the documents, allegedly provided by a Trump campaign attorney, claiming that they were the legitimate representatives of the state’s electoral votes." [ . . . ] "Now those fake electors find themselves under new legal scrutiny as the Arizona attorney general announced a broad investigation into their actions and their public campaign that could open the electors up to increased legal liability, according to experts who spoke with CNN." [ . . . ] "Of the 11 fake electors in Arizona, five were the most publicly vocal members advocating the scheme in the state: Kelli Ward, the chairperson of the state party and her spouse, Michael Ward; state Rep. Anthony Kern, then a sitting lawmaker; Jake Hoffman, a newly elected member of the Arizona House; and Tyler Bowyer, a top state official with the Republican National Committee."
Complaint Alleges GOP Lawmaker Illegally Used Campaign Cash To Attend J6
"An Arizona GOP legislator who was among the rioting crowds at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, is facing a campaign finance complaint alleging that he illegally used cash from a failed re-election bid to attend the insurrection. The complaint against Sen. Anthony Kern, R-Glendale claims that Kern improperly used campaign funds from his failed 2020 re-election to travel to Washington, D.C., to attend the events of Jan. 6, 2021, including airfare and a hotel stay. “These travel expenses occurred during the same time that Senator Kern traveled to Washington, D.C. for a rally at the United State Capitol on January 6, 2021 – a rally that ultimately turned violent and led to the death of seven people,” the complaint filed with the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office"
Oct. 31, 2023
Finchem, Kern, Gosar Must Pay Former Minority Leader’s Legal Fees
"Three current and former Republican lawmakers have been rebuffed by the state Court of Appeals in their bid to avoid paying the legal fees of a Democrat who a trial judge said was unfairly sued by them." [ . . . ] "In a unanimous ruling Thursday, the three-judge panel said that Yuma County Superior Court Judge Levi Gunderson was absolutely justified last year in requiring Mark Finchem, Sen. Anthony Kern, R-Glendale; and U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Bullhead City, to shell out $75,000 that Charlene Fernandez, then a state representative from Yuma, had to pay to her attorneys to successfully defend against a defamation suit they brought against her. He tossed their claim, ruling the lawsuit “was brought for an improper purpose, having been filed against a political opponent primarily for the purposes of harassment.”"
Aug. 10, 2023
Washington Post: Arizona Prosecutors Investigating “Fake Electors” Scheme
Jul. 13, 2023


"Eleven Arizona Republicans signed a document representing a nonexistent organization and declared, “We are the electors who represent the legal voters of Arizona.” It was part of a scheme by the Trump campaign to organize phony electors in seven states. Attorney General Kris Mayes vowed to look into the matter. According to the Post, prosecutors have contacted many people involved and their lawyers. Investigators are in the “fact-gathering” phase. The “fake electors” under investigation include two lawmakers, Arizona State Senators Anthony Kern of Glendale and Jake Hoffman of Queen Creek. Tyler Bowyer of the far-right activist group Turning Point USA and then-state GOP Chair Kelli Ward also signed their name to the document."
June is LGBT Pride Month so of course Serial Homophobe Anthony Kern had this to post on Twitter.
Bill To Protect ‘Big Lie’ Lawyers From Punishment Advances With GOP Support
"A bill that would punish the State Bar of Arizona and the Arizona Supreme Court if they discipline attorneys for bringing baseless election fraud complaints in Arizona courts has continued to make its way towards becoming law. The bill from Sen. Anthony Kern, R-Glendale, prohibits both the State Bar and the Arizona Supreme Court from “infringing” or “impeding” on the “political speech” of an attorney or an attorney’s clients by disciplining them or revoking their licenses for “bringing a good faith, non frivolous claim that is based in law and fact to court.” If they are found to be in violation of the proposed law, each would forfeit 10% of their revenue. For the Bar, that would come from the money it raises through attorney membership dues, while the Supreme Court would see its budget cut as punishment. The penalties would equate to about $1 million for the Bar and nearly $10 million for the Supreme Court. Kern’s Senate Bill 1092 comes as attorneys across the country and in Arizona have faced disciplinary action, including disbarment, for bringing challenges to the election based on frivolous claims of election fraud as well as lawsuits against political rivals. In testimony before the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday, Kern singled out the discipline of former New York City Mayor and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, who lost his law license in New York over bringing false election fraud claims. Kern himself is no stranger to punishments from the court for filing a baseless lawsuit. He joined with former state Rep. Mark Finchem and Congressman Paul Gosar in suing former lawmaker Charlene Fernandez for defamation after she and other Democratic members of the state House of Representatives sent a letter to the FBI in 2021 asking for an investigating into the trio’s role in the Jan. 6 insurrection. A judge called the lawsuit “groundless” and ordered the three Republicans to pay $75,000 in attorney fees to Fernandez."
Mar. 15, 2023

The anti-Drag Storey Time Bill. This bill would apply only to libraries and other government facilities.


This bill, had it become law, would be the same as laws covering a cabaret but with the words "drag show" instead of "cabaret". This is simply a sneaky attempt to outlaw drag shows.


Arizona Legislator And Insurrectionist Files Bill To Prohibit Penalties For Frivolous Lawsuits
"Arizona Republicans are batting .000 with their appeals and other filings, and where the courts have found the lawsuits frivolous, the plaintiffs and/or their attorneys have been penalized financially and/or professionally. Someone’s gotta put a stop to this! How will Republicans recruit attorneys to file their phony-baloney lawsuits if there’s a chance they might have to pay fines and court costs, or even lose their license? How will Republicans continue grifting off the Big Lie if lawyers can’t or won’t help? Enter Sen. Anthony Kern, who’s got a dog in this fight, since he, Gosar, and Finchem were ordered to reimburse Charlene Fernandez $75,000 after filing a sham defamation lawsuit. They lost because there was nothing defamatory about Fernandez’s request for the DOJ to investigate the three officials’ role in Jan. 6. Both Kern and Finchem attended the Capitol riot and have histories full of seditious statements and activities, while Rep. Gosar has often been named as a central player in planning the insurrection (Gosar ignored a Jan. 6 Committee subpoena). So this week Sen. Kern introduced a bill that, if passed, would cause the Arizona Bar Association and the Arizona Supreme Court to think twice about disciplining attorneys for filing frivolous lawsuits."
Feb. 16, 2023

Two GOP Lawmakers Are Attacking Pronouns, Drag Shows, And Arizona's LGBTQ Residents

Elias Weiss / Phoenix New Times

Jan. 18, 2023

This year, Republican Senators John Kavanagh, quite possibly the state's worst lawmaker, and Anthony Kern, who was fired from a police job for lying, sponsored five pieces of legislation targeting LGBTQ people in schools and public places.
The two lawmakers have a long history of sponsoring anti-LGBTQ bills based on whatever iteration of homophobia may be trending at the time: gay marriage, bathrooms, and reproductive health, to name a few. This year, it's pronouns and drag shows.
In 2013, Kavanagh’s so-called “bathroom bill,” which would have criminalized taking a leak if a person’s birth certificate didn’t match the stick-figure sign on the stall door, was flushed away following national outrage. Last year, another of Kavanagh’s failed bills aimed to limit teaching about sexuality, gender, and gender identity and restrict student groups focused on LGBTQ issues.


Here are the five anti-LGBTQ bills filed so far by Kavanagh and Kern.
Pronoun Problems
SB 1001, sponsored by Kavanagh, would make it a crime for teachers and school staff to refer to students by their preferred pronouns without written consent from their parents. Even with parental permission, school employees could still choose not to use the student’s preferred pronouns.


Teacher Trouble
Another bill from Kavanagh, SB 1005, would prohibit courts from ruling against schools and other governmental entities when sued for violating the parental bill of rights. The bill contains exceptions for harassment and frivolousness.


Targeting Drag Shows
Kavanagh has also sponsored SB 1026, which prohibits public money from being used to pay for “drag shows targeting minors.”
Kavanagh said there's no example of such a thing ever happening in Arizona. But, he explained, it’s a preventative measure after he once witnessed “two people, dressed up, engaging in drag behavior,” when “one of them bent over and humped the other one and simulated anal sex.”


‘Erasing Drag From Public Life’
Sponsored by Kern, SB 1028 is “the most draconian” of the five anti-LGBTQ bills on the table, according to Woodbury.


Adult Entertainment
Also sponsored by Kern, SB 1030 would require permits for drag shows and zone businesses that host them as an “adult-oriented business." The bill lumps drag performance in the same category as cabaret, adult entertainment, and even sex work.
“Drag as an art form is not adult-oriented,” Woodbury said. “A bill like this, trying to use zoning laws to punish businesses that feature drag performances, is just a ridiculous misuse of the law.””

As Hobbs Called For Collaboration, Some Republicans Literally Turned Their Backs
"As Democratic lawmakers applauded Hobbs’ education agenda, Republican Sens. Justine Wadsack and Anthony Kern stood and turned their backs to the governor. Earlier, GOP Reps. Rachel JonesAlexander Kolodin and Jacqueline Parker walked out of the speech. Midway through the speech, Rep. Jake Hoffman exited the House floor. “It’s unfortunate that some members chose an immature stunt instead, but we have really tough issues in front of us and we need to work together to stop them,” Hobbs said during a news conference after the speech."
Jan. 9 2023
Judge Rules 3 GOP Lawmakers Must Pay Dem's Legal Fees In Lawsuit
"Yuma County Superior Court Judge Levi Gunderson said it was obvious that Charlene Fernandez, then a Democratic state representative from Yuma, had an absolute constitutional right to send a letter to federal law enforcement officials asking them to investigate the activities of state Rep. Mark Finchem, R-Oro Valley, former state Rep. Anthony Kern, R-Glendale, and Republican Congressman Paul Gosar in connection with the events around the Jan. 6 riot and breach of the U.S. Capitol. The judge said the lawsuit “was brought for an improper purpose, having been filed against a political opponent primarily for the purposes of harassment.’’ In fact, Gunderson said, the initial legal papers the trio filed were less about legal grievances and more of a political screed."
Sep. 1, 2022

These Arizona Candidates Still Say Donald Trump Won In 2020, Or They're Not Sure What Happened

The Arizona Republic via The Rose Law Group Reporter

Jul. 15, 2022

"Elected officials and candidates for office in 2022 continue to challenge and question the results of the 2020 presidential election in Arizona.
The results have been examined and re-examined, challenged in court and in a monthslong ballot review. No evidence has been found of widespread fraud or error in the results.
Yet candidates deny the outcome. Others don't quite go as far. But they raise questions about potential irregularities they say could have influenced the vote and should be examined.
The Arizona Republic is listing candidates by category by the race that they are entered in. This list is not complete and will be updated throughout the 2022 election season.

Election deniers

These candidates in Arizona races deny that Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election, either in Arizona or nationwide."
US Senate

US House of Representatives


Secretary of state

Attorney general


  • Bob Lettieri, Republican

Arizona Corporation Commission

State Senate

State House of Representatives

Maricopa County Board of Supervisors

Read the complete article on The Arizona Republic


Freedom Voter Guide: Anthony Kern


Conscience Rights for Creative Professionals: Allowing creative professionals (photographer, baker, wedding vendor) to decline to participate in events or create messages that violate their moral or religious beliefs. (Religious Freedom Laws)



Conscience Rights for Faith-Based Organizations: Exempting faith-based organizations from regulations that cause them to violate their sincerely held religious beliefs. (Religious Freedom Laws)



Women's Sports: Preventing biological males who identify as female from competing in women's sports. (Transgender Discrimination)



Gender Identity Counseling: Allowing parents to obtain professional counseling for children struggling with gender identity issues to help them reach their desired outcome. (Dangerous Reparative Therapy)



Protected Class for Sexual Orientation: Adding “sexual orientation” as a protected class alongside race, religion, sex, age, and disability in nondiscrimination law. (Candidate supports LGBTQIA Discrimination)



Protected Class for Gender Identity: Adding “gender identity” as a protected class alongside race, religion, sex, age, and disability in nondiscrimination law. (Candidate supports LGBTQIA Discrimination)



Medical Rights of Conscience: Allowing health care workers and providers the freedom to practice medicine in accordance with their personal beliefs and conscience. (Religious Freedom Laws)



Parental Rights for Healthcare Disclosure: Requiring schools to disclose to parents if the school is providing counseling or medical services to a child who desires to undergo “gender transition.”


No, Mark Zuckerberg Did Not Personally Gift Millions To Sway Arizona's Elections

Katya Schwenk / Phoenix New Times

Feb. 8, 2022

"Former Arizona lawmaker and current state senate candidate Anthony Kern wants you to think Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg gave millions to Katie Hobbs during the 2020 election.
Except, Zuckerberg did not.
"Maricopa County Supervisors and Katie Hobbs took $3 million each from Zuckerberg during the 2020 election," Kern tweeted on Monday. "Why?"
The misleading tweet had racked up nearly 6,000 likes and hundreds of outraged comments by the afternoon.
But Kern — a staunch believer in November 2020 presidential election conspiracies who used campaign funds to travel to the January 6 riots — did not offer any more information.
Kern did not return a phone call or email from Phoenix New Times seeking comment.
But it's clear that Kern's insinuations of misconduct about the November 2020 election are unfounded.
"Unequivocally, no," said Murphy Hebert, communications director at the Arizona Secretary of State. "We did not receive $3 million dollars from Mark Zuckerberg.""
It Sure Looks Like This Arizona Republican Used Campaign Cash To Attend Jan. 6 Riot
"It’s no secret that Anthony Kern, who is running for state Senate in Arizona, went to Washington for the infamous “Stop the Steal” rally on Jan. 6, 2021. He even posted an image of his flight on Facebook. But according to new campaign finance data, it appears that he also used campaign money to fund the trip. Last week, Kern — a former GOP state representative who lost reelection in 2020 — submitted campaign finance data to the Arizona Board of Elections that raises additional questions about his conduct leading up to the U.S. Capitol riot."
Jan. 25, 2022

Trump-Supporting Arizona Politicians Push Election Lies At Florence Rally

"Kari Lake, a former TV anchor who's running for governor, began her speech with the theme of some of the other speakers, praising America under Trump and listing its problems under Biden. As did others, she called Trump “president” and slammed the 2020 election as “rotten to the core.""
[ . . . ]
"Like-minded Trump supporters in the Legislature included speakers at Saturday's rally such as Rogers, Sen. Kelly Townsend, R-Mesa, Rep. Mark Finchem, R-Oro Valley, Sen. Sonny Borrelli, R-Lake Havasu City, and former representative Anthony Kern, who's running for the state Senate."

Jan. 16, 2022

4 Arizona Politicians At Heart Of Jan. 6 Events Continue On Same Path
"The four Republicans who ... circulated baseless conspiracy theories about a 2020 Donald Trump presidential victory in Arizona and pushed for the Senate's partisan audit of Maricopa County's election results are continuing on the same path more than a year later. [...] U.S. Reps. Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar, state Rep. Mark Finchem, R-Oro Valley, and former Representative Anthony Kern, R-Glendale, were at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, encouraging the overturn of election results."
Dec. 8, 2021
A Day After Audit Announcements, Small Group Rallies In Support Of Jan. 6 Insurrection At U.S. Capitol
"Though the crowd at Arizona's Capitol on Saturday was small, a number of politicians spoke, including congressional candidate Jeff Zink, state Rep. Walter Blackman and former state Rep. Anthony Kern."
Sep. 25, 2021


Ex-Lawmaker Who Rallied For 'Stop The Steal' Removed From Arizona Audit
May 14, 2021
Where Was Anthony Kern On Jan. 6?
May 5, 2021

Photo: CNN                                     

Apr. 30, 2021
Arizona State Republicans In Washington During Capitol Invasion Refuse To Turn Over Phone Records
"Arizona courts have ruled that records on a public official's private device can be considered a public record if those records relate to public business and the phone was used for a public purpose."
Jan. 26, 2021

Trump Insurrection - January 6, 2021 - U.S. Capitol Building, Washington D.C.


Seditionist and past Arizona Representative Anthony Kern

Arizona Republicans Back Texas AG’s Attempt To Overturn Election
"Arizona state Reps. Nancy BartoFrank CarrollJohn FillmoreMark FinchemTravis GranthamAnthony KernSteve PierceBret Roberts and Kelly Townsend, and Sens. Sylvia AllenSonny BorrelliDavid Gowan and David Livingston signed onto the amicus brief."
Dec. 10, 2020
What Ever Happened To Them: Arizona Election Edition
Nov. 9, 2020
AZ GOP State Rep. Anthony Kern Killed Legislation To Protect Arizona Workers
Aug. 12, 2020
GOP Lawmaker Stands By Deleted Tweet Mocking Order To Close Bars And Restaurants

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"Minutes after the 8 p.m. deadline took effect on Tuesday, Rep. Anthony Kern posted a picture on Twitter asking, "do you know where Phoenix Mayor (Kate Gallego) is."Sens. Sonny BorrelliDavid Gowan, and Rep. Mark Finchem stood with Kern as the four smiled and pointed at a clock inside a restaurant. Kern later deleted the tweet because he said another member of the legislature asked him to, but he would not say who."
Mar. 19, 2020
As Coronavirus Spreads In Arizona, Some Members Of Legislature Show Less Concern Than Others
Mar. 18, 2020
GOP Lawmaker Says God — Not Gun Laws — Will End School Shootings
"Arizona state Rep. Anthony Kern also said he thinks 'red flag' laws will let anyone disarm their rivals."
Dec. 19, 2019
State Rep. Anthony Kern: 'Do You Want LGBTQ Rights To Take Over?'
Dec. 12, 2019
Arizona Republican Lawmaker Compares The Needy To Parasitic Birds
Jun. 4, 2016
Kern Spurns Sex Abuse Victims In House Committee Hearing
May 20, 2019
Brownies’ Project Provokes GOP Leader Attack
"An Ahwatukee Girl Scout Brownie Troop of third graders may one day learn the lesson in Arizona hardball politics that their environmental project triggered."
Apr. 24, 2019
Ethics Complaint Alleges Arizona Rep. Anthony Kern Violated State Constitution
"Rep. Anthony Kern violated the Arizona Constitution when he simultaneously worked as a lawmaker and a Tombstone marshal for about two years."
Apr. 11, 2019
Arizona Rep. Anthony Kern Accused Of Making Offensive Comments To Female Subordinates In 2010
Mar. 29, 2019
Fired From Police Job For Lying, Arizona Lawmaker Tried To Help Cops Who Lie
Mar. 5, 2019
Crazy/Stupid Republican Of The Day: Anthony Kern
Apr. 25, 2018
The State Bar's Mission Is Clear
Jan. 18, 2018
Representative Anthony Kern Applauds President Trump Executive Order To Reverse Obama Climate Change Policies
Mar. 29, 2017
The Passengers Curse Under New Arizona Bill
Feb. 8, 2017
Arizona Bills Would Ban Coverage For Gender-Reassignment Surgeries Already Denied By State
Jan. 24, 2017
Arizona Senate Committee Passes Bill To Reject Any New Federal Gun Control Over Heavy Opposition
Mar. 15, 2016
New "Andrew Thomas Revenge Bill" Aims To Gut State Bar Of Arizona
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Mar. 4, 2016
Arizona Lawmaker Incorrectly Claims Status As Peace Officer
Mar. 14, 2015
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