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California commission also goes after recipients of “dark money” (access required)

While the Arizona-based Center to Protect Patient Rights and the Americans for Responsible Leadership successfully settled to pay only a combined $1 million for failing to adhere to California’s campaign disclosure laws, the political committees that received millions of dollars from the Koch-associated groups still could face heftier enforcement actions.

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Contribution limits vs. free speech (access required)

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Supreme Court campaign finance case could change Arizona elections

While Arizona’s higher campaign contribution limits hang in the balance, a case before the U.S. Supreme Court might achieve what the state law’s supporters seek – give people the ability to contribute more to their favorite politicians and allow candidates to raise bigger amounts from backers.

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Into the core (access required)

After being submerged in water for several years, spent nuclear fuels are loaded onto dry casks for storage.

Palo Verde is one place where no one can afford to make mistakes. “Put these on,” the security officer, whose bullet magazines protruded and glistened against his black uniform, told me.

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Debt Dilemma (access required)

House sets committee rosters, Dems stronger on Appropriations

2010 decision to mortgage state’s assets threatens cash reserves

Borrowing billions of dollars allowed Arizona to limp through the worst financial crisis in its history. But the decision to mortgage state assets that include the House and Senate buildings has an unwanted underside: It precludes the state from having significant cash reserves.

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Electricity deregulation is dead (access required)

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In a sudden turn of events, the Arizona Corporation Commission today voted to end the discussion to open the state’s electricity market to competition.

But the commissioners left open looking into related issues, such as discussing technological innovations in delivering electricity.

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