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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Rash of GOP bills seek to empower lawmakers, disempower voters

Arizona Republican legislators have a habit of pushing ideas that make their own lives easier, but harder for voters to have their voices heard.

Story by Ben Giles, Arizona Capitol Times

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GOP Power Play Would Move This State Backward On Gerrymandering

Arizona has long been held up as a model of how to create fair, representative electoral maps largely free from partisan bias.

Story by Allegra Kirkland, Talking Points Memo

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Let My People Vote: Adrian Fontes' Fight to Fix Maricopa County’s Broken Election System

After he’d been in office for just a little over a month, Adrian Fontes learned about the boxes.

Story by Antonia Noori Farzan, Phoenix New Times

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Group launches AZ Watergate campaign over water problems in Pinal County

SAN TAN VALLEY, AZ - It's a company riddled with scandal, the owner now under a federal indictment for bribery and fraud. Now the management of Johnson Utilities is asking the community that's fed up with them for another 23 percent water rate hike.

Story by Sonu Wasu, ABC15

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Special Elections Explainer

With the resignation of Representative Trent Franks, constituents of Arizona have found themselves entering the exciting and unorthodox realm of special elections. Given the irregularity with which such elections take place, general confusion about the process for filling sudden legislative vacancies seems to abound. Though relatively similar, Arizona’s procedures governing legislative vacancies (along with the texts from which these procedures arise ) are different depending on the office that has to be filled.

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Republican bill could allow Arizona Legislature to draw map of voters

Republican state lawmakers are pushing a November ballot proposition that would ask voters to overhaul the panel that draws Arizona's political boundaries — a move that could affect which party holds power at the state Capitol.

Story by Dustin Gardiner, Arizona Republic

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Legislative Leaders Push Redistricting Commission Changes

Republican leaders in the Arizona Legislature are pushing a proposal to dramatically overhaul the independent commission that draws congressional and legislative maps every decade.

Story by Bob Christie, Associated Press

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