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Swing state 2020: With the election a year off, Arizona could become a key player

For the first time since Bill Clinton won re-election in 1996, pundits aren’t sure whether Arizona will vote red or blue.... Read more»

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Ducey campaign double reports $1.1 million in contributions

Campaign finance reports summarizing the money raised and spent by Arizona political committees during 2017 show more than $1 million in contributions that have been double reported because of how money raised by Gov. Doug Ducey’s joint fundraising committee has been documented.... Read more»

Study: Number of Az polling places cut sharply since 2012

When Arizona voters go to the polls Tuesday, it will be at 212 fewer polling places than in 2012, with 13 of the state’s 15 counties cutting sites in that time, a new report shows.... Read more»

Latino activists aim to register 75k new voters in Arizona

Community advocacy groups like Arizona Advocacy Network, Mi Familia Vota and Puente decided to work together to make sure eligible minorities were registering to vote — and actually making it to the polls. They called the new coalition One Arizona. ... Read more»1

Scandals spur little change: Arizona graded D in integrity exam

Gaps in government transparency and accountability in Arizona over the past few years are not hard to find. The Copper State received an overall score of 64 – a D grade — in a new State Integrity Investigation, a data-driven assessment of government accountability and transparency in all 50 states.... Read more»

Advocates vow appeal in fight over Az voter ID law

A federal judge’s order backing Arizona and Kansas laws that require proof of citizenship for voter registration is “not the American way” and must be challenged, opponents said Thursday. The comments came after a U.S. district judge in Kansas ordered the Election Assistance Commission to include the two states’ proof-of-citizenship requirement on federal voter registration forms.... Read more»1

Voting Rights Act changes would free Arizona from federal ‘pre-clearance’

The rewrite of the Voting Rights Act currently being debated in Congress would free Arizona from nearly 50 years of strict federal oversight to changes in its voting laws. While Arizona and other states will be out from under the federal microscope for now, the proposed change to the law would let them be drawn back in.... 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»

Report: Voting system flawed in Yuma, Coconino, Pinal counties

Yuma, Pinal and Coconino counties had Arizona’s worst overall election performances in 2012, according to a report released Thursday by a progressive advocacy group.... Read more»1

Opponents of new election law say they have sigs to force statewide vote

Voter-advocacy groups seeking a referendum to overturn a sweeping new state election law delivered more than 146,000 petition signatures Wednesday to the Secretary of State’s Office. Needing 86,405 valid signatures to qualify for the ballot, leaders said they had more than enough to put the issue to voters in November 2014.... Read more»1

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: The future of Clean Elections in Arizona

An interview with Sam Wercinski, executive director of Arizona Advocacy Network. Then, the Reporters' Roundtable featured Linda Valdez, Tucson-based editorial writer and columnist for the Arizona Republic, and Mark B. Evans, administrator of TucsonCitizen.com. Plus, Inside Tucson Business columnist Matt Russell with Weekend Watch.... Read more»

Bennett vows push for voter ID

Voting-rights advocates hailed the Supreme Court ruling that struck down Arizona’s proof-of-citizenship requirement for voter registration, but Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett vowed to reinstate the requirement. ... Read more»1

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Predicting California's next 'big one'

The Monday Political Face-Off featured Bruce Ash and Paul Eckerstrom. Also, Sam Wercinski of the Arizona Advocacy Network breaks down HB 2593 and how it increases campaign contribution limits for privately funded candidates. Plus, Daniel Nabhan, author of "Earthquake Prediction: Answers in Plain Sight."... Read more»

Az lawmaker: Raising contribution limits would boost transparency

Increasing the amount of money Arizonans can contribute to political candidates would deter those who want to give more from working through political action committees and improve transparency, a state lawmaker contends.... Read more»

Arizona’s voter registration law heads for Supreme Court review

To Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, the state law requiring proof of citizenship for voter registration is “common sense,” not a burden. To opponents, Arizona’s Proposition 200 is just another obstacle that would restrict access to the polls for the young, elderly and minorities.... Read more»1

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Preview of this weekend's Gem & Mineral Show

An interview with Sam Wercinski, head of Arizona Advocacy Network, about the push to overhaul Arizona's Clean Elections. Also, financial planner Shelly Fishman has the Tuesday Money Maker Report. Then, the monthly Tech Report with Troy Ward, regional sales manager for INVOLTA, and Paul Harter, 2013 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show chairman.... Read more»

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