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Congressmen: Our colleagues are letting special interests control the agenda. A tax credit can help rebalance the power.

Five years after the Supreme Court's landmark Citizens United ruling, big-money campaign donors and wealthy special interests have amassed unprecedented political power.

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Original Editorial published on Sierra Vista Herald

 

Next in the targeting scope for the state Legislature is the Clean Elections Commission and voting laws in general.

 

We’ve watched the conservative majority move to restrict open government laws, so adding legislation that would change Arizona elections shouldn’t be a surprise.

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Deriding the Citizens Clean Elections Commission as ineffective, two Republican state lawmakers have put forward bills that would have voters decide whether to scrap public financing for campaigns and divert the money to education.

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Whenever a new year begins, I'm always optimistic that good things will happen in government, our elected officials will do their best to represent us and that the sun will come up tomorrow. One out of three isn't very good.Meet the new Republican regime, same as the old Republican regime.

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Clean Elections chief: Proposals from Terry Goddard and lawmakers fly in the face of voter-approved reforms. With another session of the Arizona Legislature underway, politicians soon will commence tinkering with our state's election laws. No doubt their proposals will be touted as "reform," but voters should beware.

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Members of Congress Mark Citizens United Anniversary With Reintroduction of Pro-Democracy Legislation

 
Today, on the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC decision, which paved the way for unlimited corporate political spending, U.S. Senators and Representatives came together in the U.S. Capitol to celebrate the reintroduction of legislation covering a host of solutions to the problem of big money domination of our elections.

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Some see it as a victory for voters' rights, others as an opportunity for undocumented immigrants to cast a vote. An appeals court judge ruled you do not need proof of citizenship to vote for federal candidates, though Arizona argues otherwise.

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You’ve seen the commercials on TV. You’ve heard the mudslinging and attack ads. That must mean it’s election season. In fact, in case some of you were unaware, the general election is just a few weeks away, on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Now, it isn’t a presidential election this year, but that doesn’t mean your voice shouldn’t be heard.

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Enjoy an evening of free food and drinks at theArizona Advocacy Network's Fourth Annual Arizona Advocates Taking Charge Mixer, Wednesday, October 22 at 5:30pm.

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The guest speaker at a Wednesday Tempe event will be a retired jurist who is expected to offer frank commentary about the corrosive role of campaign money in judicial elections.

Former Montana Supreme Court Justice James Nelson will offer remarks about theCitizens United ruling—and especially the impact of money on the election of judges—at a mixer hosted by the Arizona Advocacy Network.

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Sam Wercinski: When politicians cheat, it's important to know that there are consequences. That's what this act does.

Another election is upon us and with it, attacks on the Citizens' Clean Elections Act. Constantin Querard's Oct. 2 op-ed, "Why Clean Elections' days are numbered" makes several claims to mislead readers and distract them from the viability and effectiveness of Arizona's strongest anti-corruption law.

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Tuesday's primary election is a busy one for voters, with a six-way Republican contest for governor, a two-way race for the GOP nomination for attorney general and a bevy of other statewide, legislative and local races. But for up to 1,500 Arizona voters, the ballot will look surprisingly short: They will have just one race on which to vote. 

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PHOENIX — A decades-old effort by Congress to make voter registration simple and uniform across the country has run up against a new era’s anti-immigration politics. So on Tuesday, when Arizona’s polls open for primaries for governor, attorney general and a host of other state and local positions as well as for Congress, some voters will be permitted to vote only in the race for Congress.

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Now that SB1344 has taken effect, I write to announce that the Clean Elections Commission will continue its mission without change. Popular wisdom among election-law commentators asserts that the bill cut back on the commission’s duties. That view is wrong.

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Clean Elections chief: It's our job to remove candidates who violate the law. Which requires a thorough investigation

The Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission recently drew the ire of The Republic editorial board and columnist Doug MacEachern for its vote to authorize an inquiry into whether Tom Horne, a candidate for attorney general, has violated campaign laws.

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Several people have had the wrong photo and signature printed on their driver's licenses after a glitch occurred in the Arizona Department of Transportation's computer system, according to the agency. Eight people have come forward in the last 10 days to report that they received driver's licenses with an incorrect photo and signature printed on the credential, said Timothy Tait, a department spokesman. More than 45,000 credentials have been issued by the agency since it implemented a new central issuance process on June 16, Tait said.

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On Friday, June 27th a community conversation discusses the role of fair and impartial courts in this fight in Flagstaff.Arizona Advocacy Network, a progressive, non-partisan civic engagement organization is hosting the happy hour event—The Fight for Marriage Equality in Arizona: Taking it to the Courts. Donna Red Wing, Executive Director of One Iowa and Meagan and Natalie Metz, Flagstaff residents and plaintiffs in Arizona’s marriage equality case, Connolly v Roche, will speak along with their attorney, Shawn Aiken.

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An organization that works for fairness and diversity in the court system will host a community conversation on lawsuits that challenge Arizona's definition of marriage.The Fight for Marriage Equality in Arizona: Taking it to the Courts will be June 27 at The Inn at 410 in Flagstaff. The event will give folks who aren't attorneys an idea of the importance of a fair and impartial court system as it relates to the marriage equality cases, according to Sam Wercinski, executive director of Arizona Advocacy Network.

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Sedona AZ (June 12, 2014) – On Friday, June 27, 2014, a community conversation discusses the role of a fair and impartial judiciary as a Flagstaff couple takes their fight for marriage equality to court. Arizona Advocacy Network, a progressive, non-partisan civic engagement organization is hosting the happy hour event, The Fight for Marriage Equality in Arizona: Taking it to the Courts.

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A new controversy is brewing over a voter education drive that Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett wants to launch, leading up to the November election. Bennett told CBS5 that there were a lot of problems during the 2012 election with voter registration, provisional ballots and early ballot lists, so he decided to educate voters with some TV ads to help things run smoother this year.

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A federal appeals court breathed new life this week into the long-running fight over voter registration in Kansas and Arizona. At stake is whether or not the U.S. Election Assistance Commission will have to add state-specific instructions about Kansas and Arizona's proof-of-citizenship requirements to the federal voter registration form. A federal district judge ruled in favor of the states in March, saying that the commission had unlawfully denied the states' requests. On Thursday, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals granted a temporary stay to the lower judge's ruling, which was sought by the commission and a collection of voting rights groups.

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Arizona may be stuck in a drought, but our political system is submerged under a mudslide of dark money, layered with political corruption. U.S. Supreme Court decisions, most recently McCutcheon and Citizens United, have overturned 100 years of anti-corruption laws, made corporations into people and mysteriously turned money into "free speech."

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On behalf of Gov. Jan Brewer, Attorney General Tom Horne and Secretary of State Ken Bennett (none of whom actually asked for my help) I called Sam Wercinski, Executive Director of Arizona Advocacy Network, and demanded that he stop trying prevent these three fine elected officials from wasting ungodly amounts of taxpayer money on a problem that does not exist.

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