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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Capitol Update - Clean Elections is Under Attack!

In addition to the attacks on Clean Elections, a clash between the legislature and the will of the voters has broken out by way several bills that would make Arizona’s initiative process and signature gathering rules more restrictive. The initiative process, which dates back to 1912 and Arizona’s first days of statehood, is a way for voters to have independence from the legislature and the power to create their own laws. This clash and the legislature’s distrust of voters is highlighted in this week’s cover story from the Arizona Capitol Times (featuring our very own Joel Edman!) and is incredibly evident in some of the bills that are coming up in committee this week.

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The Legislature vs. The People: A raft of bills would make Arizona's initiative process more difficult

More than a century after Arizona’s voters gave themselves a Constitution and the right to write laws, legislators still can’t quite accept the fact that they have competition.

Story by Rachel Leingang and Hank Stephenson, Arizona Capitol Times

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How the wrong letterhead exposed Phoenix's toothless lobbying rules

A high-profile Phoenix law firm did not properly register as a lobbyist with the city for two years, and recently filed falsely dated documents that made it appear the firm had followed the law, according to the Phoenix city attorney.

Story by Rob O'Dell and Dustin Gardiner

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