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Judge: Arizona campaign finance laws unconstitutional (access required)

Judge: Arizona campaign finance laws unconstitutional <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/12/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled this month that the state’s most fundamental campaign finance laws dealing with the registration of political committees and reporting of contributions and expenditures are unconstitutional.

The ruling won’t affect campaigns this election cycle, but it threatens to upend the state’s campaign finance system for future elections.

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Attorney asks court to delay ballot printing in Mitchell residency case (access required)

The attorney for a Republican lawmaker is asking a judge to bar two counties from printing ballots until residency questions surrounding the man who beat him in last month’s election are settled.

But elections officials say the early deadline for printing fewer than 250 ballots for military and overseas voters makes that impossible, and could mean that Darin Mitchell’s name appears on the ballots for the district’s other 94,000 voters that will be printed later this month – even if a judge rules that he is ineligible to hold office.

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Herman Cain gives money to oust Speaker Tobin

Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain and two wealthy contributors to conservative causes are funding an independent expenditure campaign aimed at ousting House Speaker Andy Tobin and replacing him with a first-term Republican lawmaker who made waves in 2011 for pointing a loaded gun at a reporter during an interview.

According to a campaign finance report filed Monday, Arizonans for an Honest Government raised $40,000 through the middle of August. Cain gave the committee $5,000 on Aug. 2.

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Crandall apologizes for angry voicemail (access required)

Facing an ethics complaint that calls for his removal from the Arizona Senate for allegations that he behaved unprofessionally, Sen. Rich Crandall has apologized for threatening to kill the bills of a fellow Republican who he believed harassed his daughter.

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Adams, Salmon spar over veracity of ‘Obamacare’ ad (access required)

If Republicans are united in anything, it’s an overwhelming hatred of Obamacare. And it’s that raw emotion that former Arizona House Speaker Kirk Adams hopes to tap into with an accusation that his opponent, former Congressman Matt Salmon, lobbied to pass the landmark health care overhaul legislation.

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Crandall threatens lawmaker’s bills in sign feud (access required)

In a voicemail message left on the cell phone of a legislator he says harassed his daughter last week, Sen. Rich Crandall suggested that he would work to kill her bills next year.

“I’m furious at you right now,” Crandall said in the July 12 message for Rep. Brenda Barton, R-Payson. “You better not try to run any education legislation next year.”

(Plus, listen to the voicemail)

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