Last night saw a big win for local democracy, as the Tempe City Council unanimously voted to expose secretive political money in local elections!Read more
Independent expenditures are usually associated with "mud-slinging" tactics such as attack ads, according to Joel Edman, executive director of the Arizona Advocacy Network.Read more
If you’ve driven just about anywhere in Arizona over the last few weeks, you’ve probably noticed streets adorned with campaign signage. You may be among the many drivers left scratching their heads and wondering, “An election? In an odd-numbered year?”Read more
Following a months-long deliberative process, on May 31st the city of Peoria unveiled its new district map to be used in the August/November 2018 city council elections.Read more
Arizona’s Clean Elections system provides candidates for state office a way to raise campaign funds without relying on wealthy donors or lobbyists. Overseeing this system is the Citizens Clean Elections Commission, a bipartisan body of non-politicians created by the original Clean Elections initiative in 1998. The Commission’s enforcement process is one befitting a body responsible for public funds, as is illustrated by the case of former state Representative Jesus Rubalcava, who recently resigned his office amidst an enforcement action against him.Read more
As next year’s statewide elections get closer, several Arizona agencies are locked in a bitter feud to determine who has the power to police so-called “dark money” groups that spend millions to influence races.Read more
Last week, President Trump decided to end the DACA program that has enabled 800,000 young people to grow and thrive. So much news has happened in the intervening days that the struggle of those brave young people and allies risks getting lost in the "news cycle."Read more
The Pence-Kobach commission is getting back together in New Hampshire this Tuesday.Read more
At least six Arizonans from the state’s two biggest counties have canceled their voter registration following a request by President Trump’s voter fraud com-mission for data.
In his capacity as vice chair of President Trump’s so-called “Election Integrity” Commission, Kansas Secretary of State and noted vote suppressor Kris Kobach sent a letter to all 50 states asking them to hand over a wealth of personal information about their state’s registered voters, including names and addresses, party affiliations, and the last four digits of social security numbers. The request inspired a rare moment of bipartisanship, with at least 44 states refusing to fully comply with Kobach’s request.
(UPDATE: The Commission has since sent revised requests to the states, and Secretary of State Michele Reagan has sought legal counsel on how to respond to this latest round of requests.)
Although it received less attention that the information requests, the letter also included a list of seven questions seeking states’ input on the Commission’s work. We decided to answer those questions.Read more
Our Executive Director Joel Edman appeared on Arizona Horizon to discuss the lawsuit against HB 2244.
The lawsuit challenging the legislature's unconstitutional attempt to open up citizen initiative efforts to easier legal attacks is moving into an important phase today, with trial beginning in Maricopa County Superior Court.Read more
The consultant who has helped with most of the recent initiative drives testified Wednesday a new state law will impair the ability of Arizonans to craft their own laws.Read more
In our first-ever Legislative Report Card, we rated each member of the legislature on their willingness to support measures that expanded access to the ballot, protected the right to vote, mitigated the effects of money in politics, and ensured courts remain fair and independent.
At what point does Congressional oversight aimed at holding states accountable for past discrimination cross a Constitutional line?Read more