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Clean Elections opens the door for you (access required)

In 1998 Arizona voters decided that they should hold the power in the political process and enacted Clean Elections. The success of the Clean Elections program has been undeniable, with 70 percent of today's legislative and statewide officeholders participating in the Clean Elections system at least once.

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Kingman’s version of the Springerville Madonna

Thank you for the article on the Springerville Madonna of the Trail statue, located along the National Old Trails Highway, a precursor of Historic Route 66 (Harry Truman and the Springerville Madonna, Sept. 4, "Times Past"). However, the people of Kingman have a different view of the decision regarding where the statue was to be located in Arizona.

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‘Hum Dinger’ is no Willcox historical treasure

I am writing to complain about the article/photograph of the motorized railcar shown in the "Times Past" column in the Feb. 13, 2009, issue of the Arizona Capitol Times. The article states the "Hum Dinger" was used by the Mascot and Western Railroad that ran between Willcox and Dos Cabezas, Ariz., in the 1920s. The photograph included with the article is incorrect.

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Redistricting involves competitive districts and Voting Rights Act

Arizona's legislative districts map received its final OK from the Arizona Supreme Court in May 2009 - eight years after the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission started the mapping process. The Supreme Court decided primarily in the commission's favor, citing some procedural errors, but declining to order a new map. Recent news articles, including an analysis in the Arizona Capitol Times, have speculated about the ruling's effect on the work of the next redistricting commission.

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No surprise that poll shows McCain out of touch

It comes as no surprise to me that a Rasmussen poll just released shows that 61 percent of Arizona Republicans think John McCain is out of touch with the Republican Party. As I campaign across Arizona, I'm finding a lot of discontent with McCain among the party base.

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Time to re-examine open-space goals

During the boom times, there was great concern that development would overrun valuable natural areas. Just as the housing market became exaggerated by speculation, so did our plans to preserve open space. Our preservation goals disproportionately targeted state trust land for preservation. Supporters assumed trust land laws would be changed to allow preservation of trust land at little cost.

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Budgeting in the public interest

The old adage: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," certainly isn't applicable to Arizona's budget. The state's budget and budget process is broken and needs some serious fixing. While elected officials and political pundits will no doubt continue to debate and disagree on whether to cut expenses and/or raise revenues, a more transparent budget and budget process is in the public's interest and should be embraced by all decision makers.

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