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Az legislator: 'Can we virtually shoot the head of Clean Elections?'

A pair of Republican legislators traded cracks about shooting the head of Arizona's Clean Elections Commission, drawing a quick response — "shameful and disgusting" — and demand for an apology from Mark Kimble, chair of the agency.... Read more»

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Despite record turnout, millions of eligible Arizonans don't vote

More than 64 percent of Arizona’s registered voters cast ballots in the midterm election, but millions of eligible adults did not register or vote.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Gov debate quick take: None of them should win

I may seem like a broken record dissing our choices on the ballot but across the country I see candidates who know what's what. Can we get a plan here in Arizona? Something more than slogans? In Monday's debate, Ducey promised more of boom-bust, Garcia was a man without a plan, and Torres wouldn't look up... Read more»3

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Allow me to retort: Latinos, money & local Dems

Latinos can cross over, no matter what the party sachems say and yes, money matters. Let me show you how to buy a revolution for the price of a latte per month.... Read more»

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Register to vote now, to help Make America Boring Again

People who don't vote tend to be younger, and have lower incomes than those who do. Voters tend to be less Latino than non-voters. That's why elected officials feel free to ignore them. Change that: the voter registration deadline is July 30.... Read more»

Glendale candidate claims support of dead voters in attempt to get public campaign funding

In early March, Phoenix-area Democratic legislative candidate Larry Herrera filed 255 signatures to qualify for public campaign funding. Among them was a form signed on Feb. 3, 2018, by Bernadine Barbara Misiak. Except Misiak died in November 2016.... Read more»

Tucsonan Fryer makes 3rd Dem running for Az governor

Another Democrat has jumped into the gubernatorial primary: Local YWCA head Kelly Fryer is joining Tucson legislator Steve Farley and ASU professor David Garcia, who lost a 2014 race for state schools superintendent.... Read more»

State election chief seeks new funds for hobbled campaign finance website overhaul

Secretary of State Michele Reagan campaigned on making it easier for people to see how money flows into political campaigns. But after spending $494,000 on a new website that never saw the light of day, her office is now asking the Clean Election Commission to pay $200,000 of an estimated $462,000 cost to develop a new website, plus $50,000 per year in maintenance.... Read more»

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Figuring out how time works proving hard for Arizona politicos

Civic-minded folks on both sides of the political divide suddenly seem shocked that April can turn into July in just three months and get whipsawed by the year 2016 preceding 2017. The technology isn't Tinder. It's Stonehenge. And that's why a couple of initiatives won't be on this year's ballot.... Read more»2

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Full disclosure: Clean Elections measure needs work to push transparency

A citizen's initiative to change state law to — get this — require disclosure and clean up the state's elections faces a big hurdle: getting on the ballot. The idea of disclosure is pretty frickin' simple and would seem to be the bare minimum in an advanced democracy. However, in Arizona even criminal scandal-gates surrounding buying favors aren't enough to rouse action. ... Read more»

Mark Kimble appointed to Clean Elections Commission

A longtime journalist and former spokesman for Reps. Giffords and Barber has been named to the Clean Elections Commission, which oversees Arizona's voter education and campaign finance programs. Mark Kimble was a harsh critic of the program as an opinion writer for the Tucson Citizen.... Read more»

Clean Elections looking into Corp Comm texts

Arizona election regulators have taken note of records showing that Corporation Commissioner Bob Stump was in regular contact with the campaigns of candidates he supported and a “dark money” group that helped get them elected, and they want to inspect those records themselves.... Read more»2

Capitol roundup: Ducey signs budget, Regents head blasts education cuts

This week at state Capitol: Gov. Doug Ducey signed a controversial $9.1 billion budget into law Thursday. Meanwhile, Mark Killian, chairman of the Arizona Board of Regents, amplified his call for ABOR to consider suing the state over a lack of funding to universities. Plus, abortion debate, VA testimony, and more.... Read more»

LD2 debate rescheduled

The Legislative District 2 debate, originally scheduled for Monday night, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 16, officials from the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission said.... Read more»

Voting-rights groups slam bills on Clean Elections

A bill that would prohibit the Citizens Clean Elections Commission from investigating allegations of campaign contribution limit violations is part of a “war on voters” by Republican lawmakers, leaders of voter-rights groups said last week.... Read more»

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J.C. Scott: Focusing on Southern Az's film industry

Thomas Collins of the Arizona Clean Elections Commission, Tucson Film Office Director Shelli Hall, actor and producer Jeffery Patterson, director Matthew Gratzner, assistant to the Pima County Administrator Nicole Fyffe, and developer Richard Studwell.... Read more»

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