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Arizona Supreme Court agrees to hear contribution limits case (access required)

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The Arizona Supreme Court today agreed to hear arguments in the case over Arizona’s new campaign contribution limits.

The court agreed to accept the case and scheduled oral arguments for Dec. 17. Senate President Andy Biggs and House Speaker Andy Tobin want the Supreme Court to overturn the Court of Appeals’ injunction against HB2593, which dramatically raised contribution limits for state-level races.

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Dark Money (access required)

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Specter of anonymous campaign spending looms over 2014

Next year’s elections are shaping up like 2012 — organizations with generic names, big checkbooks and secret contributors spending millions to influence Arizona’s elections.

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Splitting the House (access required)

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Shope eyes smaller districts for state representatives

Rep. T.J. Shope wants to cut Arizona’s massive House of Representatives districts in half.

The first-term lawmaker hasn’t completed his plans yet, but is strongly leaning toward a proposal that would split the House districts in half. Rather than have each legislative district elect two House members at large, Shope’s plan would create two separate House districts that would be contained within each Senate district.

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Bennett ends long exploration, kicks off gubernatorial campaign (access required)

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Secretary of State Ken Bennett hasn’t exactly been shy about his gubernatorial ambitions. Bennett, a former Senate president, formed an exploratory committee in May 2011, just four months after being sworn in for his full term as secretary of state, and was open about his desire to run for the state’s top office well before that. But on Tuesday, about one year before the 2014 general election, Bennett officially kicked off his campaign for the Ninth Floor.

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