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Az Congress fundraising shows incumbents' advantage

There’s nothing new to the idea that congressional incumbents have a huge advantage in fundraising, but recent campaign totals show just how difficult it can be to out-maneuver a sitting representative on the money front. Just one challenger, CD 2’s Martha McSally, raked in big bucks, with CD 3’s Gabby Mercer faring so badly that her campaign account is running in the red.... Read more»

Ex-Phx mayor again pushing top-two primaries

With independents now Arizona’s largest voting bloc, former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson says he’ll push again to establish primary elections that have the top two vote-getters advancing regardless of party. He says the change would boost participation.... Read more»

Casinos & offshore companies battle for billions in online gambling push

Lindsey Graham, Sheldon Adelson and a colorful cast of characters jockey over regulation.... Read more»

Obamacare ad onslaught

It has been a campaign tradition: Election cycles filled with ads about the Affordable Care Act — and overwhelmingly ads attacking the law and those who support it. The 2014 midterm election could be even more intense.... Read more»

12-plus states could throw out donation caps after McCutcheon ruling

A Supreme Court ruling eliminating aggregate limits on campaign contributions invalidates similar rules in states.... Read more»

Dems tout 7 million Obamacare enrollees as GOP strategizes for fall election

News outlets report that the parties are wrestling with how to build on - or tear down - the success of the recent enrollment numbers.... Read more»

McCutcheon ruling leaves room for legislative action

Court suggests regulatory moves in campaign finance decision that could mitigate potential corruption, but gridlock makes intervention unlikely.... Read more»

What the proposed NSA reforms wouldn't do

All the NSA reform plans purport to end the bulk phone records collection program, but there are big differences.... Read more»

McCutcheon ruling ignores disclosure reality

The Supreme Court decisions in both McCutcheon and Citizens United placed great faith in ‘robust’ campaign-finance disclosure as an antidote to the corrupting influence of political donations. The problem is, this relies on a faulty view of today’s reality in the 50 states.... Read more»

Supreme Court opens door to flood of political cash — again

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday issued an opinion that is likely to further increase the flow of big money into politics. In a 5-4 decision, the high court’s conservative-leaning justices struck down aggregate contribution limits to candidates and parties but kept base limits intact.... Read more»

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Understanding immigration federalism in the U.S.

Over the past few years, the pendulum of state action on immigration has swung from punitive laws to positive laws that seek to integrate immigrants and mitigate the harsh effects of enforcement.... Read more»

What happens next on the health law?

As the first open enrollment period draws to a close, here are seven things to watch for clues about what the health law’s future might hold.... Read more»

Pollster: Arizona’s switch from red to blue state ‘inevitable’

Arizona has a national reputation for hard-core conservatism, but it’s inevitable that Democrats will hold sway in the state as the Latino population grows and independent voters surge, a pollster said Saturday.... Read more»

How independents are changing Az politics

Cronkite News, in collaboration with the Public Insight Network, examines the rise of independent voters in Arizona. Does the rise of independents signal a change toward more moderate candidates? Probably not, two political experts say. In fact, they say having more independents could lead to more elected officials with viewpoints at the extremes.... Read more»2

Who controls the Kochs' political network? ASMI, SLAH and TOHE

Obscure limited liability companies have ultimate say over the Koch network’s nonprofits, which spend hundreds of millions of dollars to advance conservative causes.... Read more»

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