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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Request to Speak Trainings

Arizona Advocacy Network Foundation is conducting trainings across the state on how to engage with the legislative process and the "Request to Speak" system. 

Here are some photos from the trainings we've held so far:

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Here's What We Think

We know you're being asked for a lot of money right now, so we'll keep this short. Let us tell you why you should consider supporting Arizona Advocacy Network with a $10, $25, or $50 donation today

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Arizona Advocacy Network, Others File Suit Against 'Dark Money' Bill

Arizona’s Clean Elections system has been under attack since it was approved by voters in 1998. 

Interview of Joel Edman by Steve Goldstein, KJZZ

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Lawsuit challenges dark money growth

A voter advocacy group, a union and Democrat lawmakers are asking a judge to void a new Arizona law expanding the ability of some groups to make anonymous "dark money" contributions to political campaigns.

Story by Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services

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Groups Sue Over Arizona Law Expanding Dark Money in Campaigns

A group of Democratic lawmakers, a union and a voter advocacy group are challenging a 2016 Arizona law that expanded the ability of some groups to spend unlimited amounts of money on elections without disclosing their donors.

Story by Bob Christie, Associated Press

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We're Suing to Protect Clean Elections

Arizona's Clean Elections system is like the Grand Canyon or the smell of creosote after a monsoon rain - it's distinctly Arizonan and a source of pride. 

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Big Win in Tempe Last Night!

Last night saw a big win for local democracy, as the Tempe City Council unanimously voted to expose secretive political money in local elections! 

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