Supreme Court upholds lower-court ruling on ‘strict compliance’

A new law making it harder for voters to put their own measures on the ballot will remain on the books, at least for now.

Story by Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services

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Update: Phoenix City Council to Delay Vote on $230 Million Suns Arena Renovations

The Phoenix City Council's upcoming vote on whether to shell out $150 million to renovate Talking Stick Resort Arena is a big deal, even if you don't give a hoot about sports.

Story by Steven Hsieh, Phoenix New Times

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Supreme Court won’t hear appeal of ‘strict compliance’ law for initiatives

The Arizona Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear a challenge to a 2017 lawrequiring citizen initiative campaigns to strictly comply with statutory requirements. Previously, the courts had imposed a lesser standard of substantial compliance, meaning initiatives wouldn’t be barred from the ballot over minor defects on issues such as the format of petitions or the information that voters must provide when they sign them.

Story by Jeremy Duda, Arizona Mirror

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AZ Court Tosses Bill to Dilute Clean Elections Commission

A state judge has overturned an effort by the Republican-controlled Arizona Legislature to dilute the powers of the state's Clean Elections Commission. 

Story by Mark Richardson, Public News Service

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Judge voids key pieces of Arizona law gutting campaign finance rules

A judge has ruled that Arizona lawmakers violated the state Constitution on multiple fronts when they passed a sweeping overhaul of campaign-finance laws in 2016.

Story by Dustin Gardiner, Arizona Republic

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‘Contagion’: After Midterms, GOP Steps Up National Effort To Limit Voting Rights

The 2018 midterm elections were heralded as a triumph for democracy itself, with record numbers of voters turning out to the polls and, in multiple states, passing measures to expand voting access.

Story by Allegra Kirkland, Talking Points Memo

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Big Victory for Clean Elections vs. Corruption

Back in 2016, the Legislature passed S.B. 1516, a new campaign finance law designed to handcuff the Clean Elections Commission and to open up huge new loopholes for unlimited corporate contributions to candidates. 

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Judge strikes down campaign finance provisions

A Maricopa County judge has struck down several provisions of a 2016 top-to-bottom rewrite of Arizona’s campaign finance laws, including one that allowed the Arizona Democratic Party to spend millions of dollars helping Katie Hobbs win the race for secretary of state.

Story by Jeremy Duda, Arizona Mirror

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It shouldn't take weeks to figure out who won Arizona elections. Here's a better way

As this year’s routine ballot-counting process went on, some politicians began spinning wild conspiracy theories or trying to turn the process into yet another partisan issue. This is all dangerous to our democracy, especially if it becomes yet another excuse to chip away at our fundamental right to vote.

Op-Ed by Joel Edman, Arizona Republic

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Hobbs rebukes Howard Dean over unfounded election ‘cheating’ allegation

Incoming Secretary of State Katie Hobbs took former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean to task on Twitter after he made a baseless suggestion that GOP “cheating” kept Maricopa County a Republican stronghold until a Democrat became county recorder in 2016.

Story by Jeremy Duda, Arizona Mirror

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Deal gives AZ votes better chance to be counted

Residents in all of the state's 15 counties are going to get another few days to fix problems with their early ballots to ensure their votes are counted.

Story by Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services

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Arizona voters turn off the 'dark money' lights, while Phoenix voters light a match

Opinion: The statewide powers of darkness did well in the recent election. But there was a glimmer of hope in the city.

Column by E.J. Montini, Arizona Republic

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Arizona Advocacy Network Recruits Poll Observers

Arizona Advocacy Network is trying to recruit volunteers to serve as poll observers on Tuesday. So far, they’ve gotten more than 150 people to sign up.

Story by Mark Brodie, KJZZ

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National right-wing media outlets bash renewable energy ballot initiative in Arizona

National right-wing media outlets The Daily Caller and Washington Free Beacon have together published two dozen articles criticizing Proposition 127, a clean energy ballot initiative in Arizona. Most of the pieces condemn the chief funder of the "yes" campaign, Tom Steyer, while failing to even mention the chief funder of the "no" campaign, the electric utility company Pinnacle West. Key figures in the opposition campaign have promoted the Daily Caller and Free Beacon articles on social media.

Story by Ted MacDonald, Media Matters (appeared at Salon.com)

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Gaynor, Hobbs have vastly different views on access to ballot, dark money in elections

When it comes to the ease of voting and transparency of money in politics, the candidates vying to become Arizona's top elections official are fundamentally different.

Story by Dustin Gardiner, Arizona Republic

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