Lobbyists can break Phoenix rules without any penalty -- and the City Council has done nothing to stop it

More than three months after Phoenix realized it could not enforce its regulations for lobbyists seeking to influence decisions at City Hall, city leaders have yet to fix the problem.

Story by Dustin Gardiner and Rob O'Dell

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My Turn: Stop the lies about Clean Elections

Voters approved the Arizona Clean Elections Act in 1998 because they were tired of the pay-to-play culture that permeated the Legislature and wanted politicians to be more accountable to them.

Op-ed by Joel Edman, AZAN Executive Director

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GOP Chair Celebrates Politicians Weakening Your Voice

Governor Doug Ducey signed HB 2244 into law yesterday afternoon, meaning courts will now be required courts to impose a “strict compliance” standard for all initiative measures.

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Kwok: Will someone sue over ballot initiative reform?

Republican lawmakers continue taking swings at the citizen-initiative process to solve problems that largely do not exist — or at the very least, that they have not amply demonstrated.

The question is, will someone sue them over it?

Editorial by Abe Kwok, Arizona Republic

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Battle Over Citizen Initiatives Continues At State Capitol

The battle over citizen initiatives is continuing at the state Capitol today. Ever since voters approved a minimum-wage increase in November, Republican lawmakers have been pushing changes to the initiative process.

Story by Lauren Gilger, KJZZ

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Late-arriving bill aims to tighten Arizona ballot-initiative rules even more

When Gov. Doug Ducey last week signed a bill that will make citizen initiatives more difficult, opponents said they weren't done fighting.

Story by Mary Jo Pitzl, Arizona Republic

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AZ Chamber Wants to Take ANOTHER Bite Out of Our Rights

As you may have seen, Governor Doug Ducey wasted no time in signing into law HB 2404, the Arizona Chamber’s effort to make ballot measures costlier. This was a defeat for democracy, and there’s no pretending otherwise.

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Statement from the Arizona Commission for Election Accountability on Bennett Scheme to Swipe Elections Authority from Recorder Adrian Fontes

The Arizona Commission for Election Accountability, chaired by Arizona Advocacy Network Foundation, issued a statement today regarding the news that former Secretary of State Ken Bennett would like to be in charge of elections for Maricopa County. 

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Arizona Republicans' bills take aim at voter rights

Our Executive Director Joel Edman appeared on "Sunday Square-Off" to discuss legislative attacks on ballot initiatives.

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Arizona House passes bills to restrict citizen initiatives

In an attempt to gain control over laws proposed by citizens, the House on Thursday night approved a package of bills designed to rein in the century-old initiative process enshrined in the Arizona Constitution at statehood.

Story by Mary Jo Pitzl, Arizona Republic

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My Turn: The continued undermining of Arizona voters' rights

Since statehood, Arizonans have prized our right to propose and enact our own laws at the ballot without politicians interfering.

Op-ed by Joel Edman, AZAN Executive Director

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Capitol Update - Direct Democracy is Under Attack

This President’s Day, your constitutional right to direct democracy is under attack at the Arizona legislature. The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and the legislature have partnered up to push several bills that place extreme burdens on voters’ ability to put initiatives on the ballot and undermine voters by allowing the legislature to change or repeal initiatives after they have been approved at the ballot box.  

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Capitol Update - Special Interests vs. the People Part II

This week is the last week at the legislature for bills to be heard in committee in their house of origin and our last chance to kill some of the nasty bills that we have seen come up so far this session. We're hoping to have a long list of dead bills to report next week! 

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Politics Unplugged

Our Executive Director Joel Edman appeared on "Politics Unplugged" to discuss legislative attacks on ballot initiatives.

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Bills to Reform Voter Initiatives Heard at Capitol Today

Groups advocating for clean elections are criticizing a package of bills to allegedly "reform" the state's voter initiative and referendum processes, four of which are slated for a hearing at the Statehouse this morning.

Story by Suzanne Potter, Public News Service

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