Ducey campaign double reports $1.1 million in contributions

Campaign finance reports summarizing the money raised and spent by Arizona political committees during 2017 show more than $1 million in contributions that have been double reported because of how money raised by Gov. Doug Ducey's joint fundraising committee has been documented.

Story by Evan Wyloge, Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting

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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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Bill to force voters to keep addresses with state agencies up-to-date dies

A House bill that would require voters to have the same address on file with the Secretary of State and the Department of Transportation or face a civil penalty failed in committee.

Story by Paulina Pineda, Arizona Capitol Times

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'Register To Vote, Get Your Driver's License Suspended' Bill Fails

Representative Bob Thorpe, a leading contender for the most useless and reactionary member of the Arizona Legislature, has once again failed in his quest to stop college students from voting.

Story by Antonia Noori Farzan, Phoenix New Times

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Arizona Bill Would Require Voters To Update Address Or Risk Losing Driver's License

Voting rights activists are expressing concerns over HB2397, which will be heard in committee Tuesday.

Story by Claire Caulfield, KJZZ

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Arizona lawmakers may prevent Tempe voters from shining a light on 'dark money'

Update: The Arizona House of Representatives voted 33 to 25 on Feb. 13 to advance House Bill 2153 to the Arizona Senate. 

Tempe voters will get ballots in the mail this week, but a bill in the Arizona Legislature could pre-empt one city measure up for a vote — a proposal to curb "dark money."

Story by Jerod MacDonald-Evoy, Arizona Republic

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