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Goddard: Dark money tries to deceive seniors

The 60 Plus Association describes itself as a “non-partisan seniors advocacy group,” but like anything involving dark money, what they say is far from true. 60 Plus is a major player in the fight for Social Security privatization. That proposal was the brainchild of hedge fund managers who would profit from privatization and who write big checks to political organizations, not seniors who rely on Social Security.... Read more»

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Secretary of state candidates seek more dark money disclosure

Democrat Terry Goddard and Republican Michele Reagan say they want Arizona to have laws taking a harder line with so-called dark money groups, shadowy nonprofits that for now can spend money on behalf of campaigns without disclosing sources of their funding.... Read more»

Independents - Az's largest voting bloc - far from a force in primary

The state’s largest bloc of voters may be forfeiting their ability to make a difference in Arizona elections. About 12 percent of independents voted in the Aug. 26 primary, compared to 27 percent turnout among all voters, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.... Read more»

Candidate commentary

Goddard: Independent voter suppression — the rest of the story

Independent voters in Arizona are our state’s largest voting block at 35 percent of registered voters; 1.1 million good people. In theory, they hold an enormous amount of power to determine how Arizona elections turn out. But they don’t vote – at least not in the numbers or in the elections that could change who is getting elected.... Read more»5

Landrum Taylor dropping Secretary of State bid

Legislator Leah Landrum Taylor is dropping her bid to become the number-two politician in Arizona, and will announce she’s ending her exploratory campaign to be the Democratic nominee for secretary of state. That will leave Terry Goddard as the sole Democrat seeking the office.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Az Supreme Court OKs higher campaign contributions

Interviews with Rep. Ethan Orr, Community Food Bank’s Melissa Wieters, former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard, and Arizona Capitol Times Editor Jim Small, along with Habistore manager Terry Dee and Culligan Man Al Zaragoza.... Read more»

A third term for Brewer? Despite law, some say it’s possible

With attention turning toward the 2014 gubernatorial race, much of the discussion revolves around Gov. Jan Brewer’s intentions – and whether she’s even eligible to run.... Read more»1

Voting Rights Act

Horne: Outdated law requires feds review Az election changes

With the U.S. Supreme Court set to review a law that requires federal approval of any changes to Arizona’s election laws and procedures, Attorney General Tom Horne said Tuesday the measure has outlived its usefulness.... Read more»4

Analysis

How to fix a broken border: Follow the money

For all the political rhetoric and chest pounding about border security in recent years, the United States has done very little, and politicians have said almost nothing about cutting off massive amounts of funds flowing illegally across the Southwest border and feeding the drug cartels.... Read more»

Analysis

How to fix a broken border: Disrupting smuggling at its source

The challenge is by no means simple and the solution will take far more determination than has been applied so far. What will definitely not work are the simplistic one-dimensional answers that sound good on the evening news, but do little or nothing to stop the threat.... Read more»1

Supreme Court begins term with another Az case on docket

The U.S. Supreme Court begins its 2012 term Monday right where it left off last term – hearing a case from Arizona. After hearing Arizona’s immigration law as one of its last acts in the 2011 term, the court has scheduled one case from the state and has at least two more possible.... Read more»

John C. Scott Show

J.C. Scott: Goddard on 'How to fix a broken border'

Terry Goddard, former Attorney General, on his prescription for securing the border, plus Fred Taylor of the Southwest Prostate Cancer Foundation, and GOP congressional candidate Martha McSally.... Read more»

Analysis

How to fix a broken border: Hit cartels where it hurts

Much of the “secure the border” debate is nonsense. If the United States wants effective border security and not just a political punching bag where symbolism trumps common sense, then more effective law‐enforcement measures must be taken.... Read more»3

Az’s feud with feds the real McCoy

Many states feud with the federal government. But Arizona has become something of a poster child of late.... Read more»

Villaseñor, Dupnik join flood filing anti-SB 1070 briefs

Tucson-area law enforcement officials added to the pile of briefs filed with the Supreme Court this week opposing Arizona’s SB 1070. Villaseñor and Dupnik joined ex-state Attorneys General Woods and Goddard, along with Grijalva and dozens of others in asking the court to strike down the law.... Read more»1

State Integrity Investigation

Arizona gets D+ on corruption risk report card

Arizona, like most states, tends to initiate reforms after scandals. The state may need more good government laws: Arizona landed 27th with a grade of D+ and a numerical score of 68 in rankings by the State Integrity Investigation.... Read more»

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