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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

An obscure Arizona nonprofit that has contributed $1.5 million to campaigns opposing two Arizona ballot measures revealed Monday under court order that $11 million it contributed to California ballot measure campaigns passed through two other nonprofits. A California official said that this qualifies as money laundering and violates state law. Read more»

Americans for Responsible Leadership, a Phoenix-based nonprofit, continues to pour money into the opposition against Proposition 121 and Proposition 204 and added to its activities by funding a mailing this week opposing a Democrat for state House. Read more»

Former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson, a leader of the group that put forward Proposition 121, said eliminating partisan primaries in Arizona would level the playing field for independent candidates.

Proposition 121, dubbed the Open Elections/Open Government Act, would replace the current partisan primary system with a single primary that advances the top vote-getters regardless of party. It would also require that all candidates collect the same number of signatures. Read more»

A website attributed to Americans for Responsible Leadership, which has given nearly $1 million to groups opposing Propositions 121 and 204 in Arizona, carries information about those measures. Little is known about the Phoenix-based group, which also has donated $11 million to a political action committee in California.

An obscure political group based in the Valley - Americans for Responsible Leadership - has spent nearly a million dollars against Propositions 121, which would replace Arizona's party primary elections, and 204, that would continue a one-cent sales tax for education. Read more» 1

Warren Severin, chairman of Arizona’s Libertarian Party, says Proposition 121′s plan to eliminate partisan primaries in favor of a single primary for all candidates would hurt third parties.

It’s already an uphill battle for Libertarian and Green party candidates in Arizona, but no matter what they have a place on the ballot. However, leaders of both parties say Proposition 121 threatens to butt them out of elections for good. Read more» 4

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, a Republican, is a leader of Save Our Vote AZ, the main group opposing Proposition 121.

They don’t agree on much, but a plan to create “top two” primaries has Arizona’s major and minor political parties on the same page – or at least close to it. Their responses range from outright opposition from Republican, Libertarian and Green leaders to noncommittal dislike from Democrats. Read more»

A statewide discussion of three ballot initiatives Thursday will include a session at Pima Community College. Covered will be Prop. 115, on judicial selection; Prop. 204, on renewing a sales tax for education; and Prop. 121, on restructuring Arizona's primary elections. Read more»

Inteviews with Mark Stegeman, an incumbent candidate for TUSD Governing Board, plus Richard Studwell, developer and City Hall commentator, and Jim Small of the Arizona Capitol Times. Read more»

Former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson is a leader of the Open Government Committee, which is promoting a ballot proposition that would establish open primaries in Arizona.

With relatively few voters currently taking part in primaries, especially independents, former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson said open primaries would lead to a more inclusive government. Read more» 2

While most voters are focused on the national election, Arizona voters need to pay careful attention to a ballot measure that could imperil freedom in our state. It’s Proposition 121, the so-called “Open Elections/Open Primary” initiative, and it’s the ultimate Trojan Horse. Read more» 8