2018 Legislative Report Card

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AZ Supreme Court Strikes Down Campus Medical Marijuana Ban

What is Arizona’s Law on Medical Marijuana?

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Why did Republican bills die in the Arizona Legislature? GOP goals shelved amid #RedForEd

Hundreds and hundreds of bills die at the Arizona Legislature every year, but 2018 was unique. Top-tier items that faltered during the final stretch were priorities for Republicans who have a firm majority at the Capitol.

Story by Dustin Gardiner, Arizona Republic

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Ducey controls future of ‘dark money’ elections

Gov. Doug Ducey could upend elections in two major Arizona cities by effectively doing nothing.

Story by Paulina Pineda, Arizona Capitol Times

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Democratic blitz, GOP votes doomed redistricting measure

The threat of a massive infusion of political spending by a liberal advocacy group during campaign season helped thwart a legislative effort to overhaul Arizona’s redistricting process.

Story by Ben Giles, Arizona Capitol Times

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Judge Rules Against Democrats In Election Lawsuit; Upholding Ban On Ballot Collection

Arizona's election laws may be bad public policy, but they're not racist, a federal judge has concluded.

Story by Antonia Noori Farzan, Phoenix New Times

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5 ways Tempe voters could win clash over secretive election, 'dark money' spending

Tempe's ballot measure to curb "dark money" in elections may not be dead yet, despite the governor signing a bill into law that would appear to quash the will of 91 percent of Tempe voters

Story by Jerod MacDonald-Evoy, Arizona Republic

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Arizona Republicans fight to protect dark-money donors from voters

American cities have become increasingly liberal, while the Republican Party controls most state governments.

Story by Amanda Marcotte, Salon

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The New Fight Over 'Dark Money' Campaign Donations

Voters in Tempe, Ariz., don't like undisclosed campaign funds sloshing into local politics. Last month, 91 percent of them approved an amendment to the city's charter that requires independent groups spending more than $1,000 on local elections to disclose their donors.

Story by Alan Greenblatt, Governing

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How a Small City Is Taking on the Big Power of Dark Money

Late in January, a small army of right-wing oligarchs and political operatives gathered in Southern California for the Koch Network’s annual winter seminar.

Story by Jimmy Tobias, The Nation

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Montini: Another dirty attempt to gut Clean Elections

They’re going after the Citizens Clean Elections Commission … again.

Column by E.J. Montini, Arizona Republic

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House panel OKs changes to redistricting commission

Republican state representatives advanced a resolution to overhaul the membership of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission in ways that some worry will disenfranchise minority voting blocs.

Story by Ben Giles, Arizona Capitol Times

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Misleading House resolution would gut Clean Elections

Amid all of the anti-voter legislation being considered by the Legislature this session, one measure – a full-scale assault on Clean Elections and accountable government – has garnered surprisingly little attention. 

Commentary by Joel Edman, published in Arizona Capitol times

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CAPITOL UPDATE: The #AZPowerGrab Gets Even More Partisan

The fight continues to protect Arizona's voter-approved independent redistricting process from being taken over by politicians. The state Senate advanced SCR 1034, the measure that would put more power to manipulate voting maps into the hands of partisan leaders at the State Capitol, by a party-line vote of 17-13 last week. 

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Republicans tinkering with future elections

Executive Director Joel Edman appeared on "Sunday Square Off" over the weekend to discuss attempts to radically alter our voter-approved independent redistricting system. 

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