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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Protecting Dr. King's Legacy

For many of us, the indelible image of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is of him standing on those marble steps in 1963, Lincoln looming in the background, describing his magnificent dream. Just as relevant today is another speech Dr. King gave from that same spot six years earlier.

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Advocate says bill would prevent students from voting in Arizona

Saying the large population of college students waters down the vote from Flagstaff locals, Republican Rep. Bob Thorpe of Flagstaff has introduced a bill that would declare students could not register to vote from their dormitories.

Story by Kelsey Mo, Arizona Capitol Times

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Arizona State University Students Unite For Democracy

With all the vitriol in this election season, there is some interesting news! Millennials, both Democrats and Republicans, are coming together to uphold democracy, but there is still work to do.

 

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Arizona Corporation Commission - Arizona Public Service Corruption Timeline

Since 2013, there has been a series of events that have raised serious questions concerning the relationship between the Corporation Commission and APS.

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Maps

Next week, the Maricopa County Recorder's Office will be presenting the polling locations for the August 30th election to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. We have included maps and data here on the Election Day polling sites and on Early Voting for the August 30th election. There are a number of districts in which thousands of voters have to travel over 10 miles to reach an Early Voting location.

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SB 1516 - State House of Representatives Voting Report Card

Learn how your representative voted on this bill.

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HB 2297 - State Senate Voting Report Card

Learn how your senator voted on this bill. 

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HB 2297 - State House of Representatives Voting Report Card

Learn how your representative voted on this bill.

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HB 2296 - State House of Representatives Voting Report Card

Learn how your representative voted on this bill.

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HB 2023 - State Senate Voting Report Card

Learn how your senator voted on this bill.

 

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The State of Arizona's Supreme Court

 On July 1 the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments (which provides a bi- partisan list of recommendations from which the governor chooses) opened the application process for candidates aiming to fill the two newly created justice seats. This past spring, Rep. J.D. Mesnard (LD 17 - Chandler-Gilbert) sponsored HB 2537 which proposed expanding the Arizona Supreme Court from 5 sitting justices to 7. In supporting this bill, Mesnard reassured Arizonans that this is simply an attempt to further distribute the concentration of power in Arizona’s highest court, as well as a way to alleviate the caseload of the current 5 justices.

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Concessions for Clean Elections Candidates

Arizona Advocacy Network, with support from the Secretary of State, called upon the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission to exercise an emergency clause and reduce the number of $5 contributions required to receive funds for this election cycle. This proposal comes in light of an unanticipated FBI investigation that shut down the website that allows candidates to receive $5 qualifying contributions online (E-Qual) for 10 days beginning on June 28th. 

 

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