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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»

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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»

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»

Report: Az lags most states in election administration

Most states had better overall election administration procedures than Arizona in 2008 and 2010, according to a study released this week by the Pew Charitable Trusts.... Read more»1

Lawmaker: Require notarized signatures for early voters

Requiring Arizonans to have their signatures notarized to get on the permanent early ballot list or to receive early ballots would help prevent voter fraud, a state lawmaker contends. Election officials around the state oppose the measure, citing the burden on voters as well as a financial burden on counties.... Read more»1

Arizona still waiting for Fiesta Bowl fixes

The Fiesta Bowl game and its many related events have become a football extravaganza that kicks off the new year for the Phoenix area with national publicity and a hefty economic boost. But over the past three years, the Fiesta Bowl has also become the source of continuous embarrassment in the Valley of the Sun, for bowl officials, civic boosters and state legislators, as well. And it isn’t over.... Read more»

Despite advocates’ concerns, no reports of problems with Arizona poll watchers

Democrats and left-leaning voter-rights groups had raised concerns that poll watchers mobilized by conservative groups would lead to voter intimidation and vote-suppression, however there have been no reports of problems with poll watchers.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Lawsuit seeks to block open primary

Tuesday on Buckmaster - Sam Wercinski, head of the Arizona Advocacy Network. Plus, a Republican candidate for Pima County sheriff, Vinson Holck.... Read more»

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