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Supreme Court’s 'InvestInEd' ruling breaks no new ground, stokes political feuds

Eight weeks after it ordered the #InvestInEd school-funding tax initiative pulled from this fall’s ballot, the Arizona Supreme Court explained its 5-2 ruling Friday in a 23-page opinion that critics blasted as “a very political decision.”... Read more»

Tucson city election system will stand, after Supreme Court rejects GOP appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court let stand an appeals court ruling that said Tucson’s hybrid election system – primaries by ward and general elections at-large – does not infringe on the right to vote by city residents. The denial ends two-year court battle by Republican critics.... Read more»

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GOP challenge to Tucson elections goes South, again

It didn't take Nostradamus to foresee an 11-judge federal court panel upholding Tucson's hybrid election system and cashiering Tucson Republicans' hopes for a court fix to their political woes. When it comes to equal protection, all Tucson voters are equally privileged or equally screwed, the judges ruled.... Read more»

Tucson’s hybrid city elections upheld by full 9th Circuit

A federal appeals court reaffirmed Tucson’s hybrid city election system, rejecting Republican claims that it violates the one-person, one-vote principle. The full 9th Circuit said Tucson's elections – in which Council members are nominated by ward and run at-large in the general election – is allowed under the federal system that “permits ‘innovation and experimentation.’”... Read more»1

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When judges attack: Future brightens for Tucson's hybrid elections

So I'm not a betting man. If I were, after a watching last week's re-hearing of a case about Tucson's elections, I would bet a week's pay that Tucson Republicans' jubilation about a federal appeals court's previous body slam of the city's hybrid system will be very short lived. Here's why.... Read more»1

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