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Miller, the Jackalope Award, and Jenney.

Supervisor Ally Miller was named a Local Hero by the Koch brothers-connected Americans for Prosperity this week, receiving a taxidermied specimen of the mythical creature of the Southwest deserts, the jackalope. Read more»

About that libertarian-oriented TUSD economics class that's being linked to the Koch brothers: Ideas aren't as dangerous as a society trying to throttle ideas. Challenge them the old-fashioned way: With other ideas. Read more»

Shortly after the November election, with the nation’s political attention focused on the Trump transition, an influential advocacy group — ALEC — met outside Washington to discuss how to leverage the extraordinary shift of power to Republicans in the rest of the country. Read more»

Solar panels on top of ASU's Wells Fargo Arena, 2011.

Liberal media has been awash with talk about how solar is under attack by utilities. I have no doubt installers like Solar City will lose in the near-term. But I have tremendous doubt that the Corporation Commission can derail the solar-paneled freight train rolling down sustainable tracks. Read more» 1

A flyer distributed to members of the State Policy Network, which helps conservative think tanks in 50 states supply legislators with research friendly to their causes.

In internal memos, groups opposing tighter state campaign finance rules coach their local supporters on how to battle disclosure of political donors. Since 2008, dark money groups have spent more than $690 million in federal races. The same story is playing out on the state level, including in Arizona. Read more»

Political consultant Sean Noble helped steer millions of dollars to conservative groups as president of the Center to Protect Patient Rights, which is now called American Encore.

Three years ago, the Arizona-based Center to Protect Patient Rights — a nonprofit fueled by the political fundraising network of conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch — said it made a seven-figure contribution to another nonprofit. But where did the money go? Read more»

Baker Mitchell is a politically connected North Carolina businessman who celebrates the power of the free market. Every year, millions of public education dollars flow through Mitchell’s chain of four nonprofit charter schools to for-profit companies he controls. Read more»

Republican candidates wagered that big bucks from outside political groups could overcome their own fundraising shortfalls ahead of the 2014 midterm elections. They were right. Last Tuesday night, Republicans won control of the U.S. Senate for the first time in eight years. Read more»

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»

The 60 Plus Association — a nonprofit senior citizen advocacy group funded largely by billionaire businessmen Charles and David Koch’s conservative political network — appears to have vastly understated its level of election spending on federal tax filings, a Center for Public Integrity review of documents indicates. Read more» 1

Good ole Martha McSally is at it again. With a makeover and a snazzy new advertising campaign, she's setting her eyes on Ron Barber once more. Read more» 1

The conservative billionaire's massive grant to the United Negro College Fund is nothing new. Read more»

Greg Speed, president of America Votes.

Even as top Democrats denounce Charles and David Koch's political "dark money" organizations, party operatives have built a secretive nonprofit network of their own — albeit a much smaller one. A dozen donors account for 60 percent of a Democratic nonprofit’s receipts — most of the $12.7 million the group raised during its last fiscal year. Read more» 3

Canadian prime minister pushing free market principles for single-payer system. Read more»

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»

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