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Nonprofits spent money on Az campaigns despite donor warnings

Two of the tightest races for U.S. Senate in 2012 were in Nevada and Arizona. Republican candidates eked out wins in both states with help from four so-called “dark money” nonprofits, whose funding can be traced back to the network of organizations backed by the Koch brothers.... Read more»

Farley targets dark money in campaigns

A state lawmaker wants to force shadowy political groups to disclose the sources of dark money they pump into campaigns. “Most Arizonans are tired of having dark money rule their politics,” said Sen. Steve Farley, D-Tucson.... Read more»1

Proposition 121

Voters shut door on open primary proposition

Voters on Tuesday rejected a ballot measure to do away with Arizona’s partisan primary system in favor of open primaries advancing top vote-getters regardless of party.... Read more»1

Guest opinion

Redistricting: Ouster of Mathis not what it appears

Many of us weren’t following the run-up to the firing of IRC chair Colleen Mathis. The current legislative leadership can’t stand that something, somewhere goes on without their control. Charges and counter-charges aside, that’s what this really comes down to.... Read more»

Brewer vetoes birther, campus gun bills

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill Monday that would have required presidential candidates to provide their birth certificates to appear on the ballot, one that would have allowed guns to be carried on school grounds, and another that would have set up a health care compact with other states. (with documents)... Read more»8

Bill would allow legislative leaders to join SB 1070 legal fight

A House committee on Tuesday endorsed legislation that would allow Arizona’s House speaker and Senate president to initiate legal proceedings and appear on behalf of their chambers in support of SB 1070.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Patterson: SB 1070 is 'flawed solution to a very serious problem'

Gov. Jan Brewer and her Republican friends have been running around Arizona dismissing concerns about Arizona’s new immigration law, SB 1070.... Read more»2

Arizona legislature

For many lawmakers, disclosures don’t estimate holdings’ total value

Estimating the total value of a lawmaker’s holdings is impossible in many cases. Disclosure forms have an uppermost range of “more than $100,000,” and 49 of 90 Arizona lawmakers listed one or more assets in the highest range.... Read more»1

Arizona politics

Tucson Rep. Patterson bounced from committee

Tucson Rep. Daniel Patterson was removed from a House committee because of remarks he made to another legislator.... Read more»2

Enterprise zones defended by House speaker

House Speaker Kirk Adams wants to expand tax incentives in enterprise zones. Rep. Tom Chabin says they’re “lipstick on a pig.”... Read more»

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