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Connecticut ruling looms over AZ Clean Elections (access required)

Opponents of Arizona's system of publicly funded campaigns were further encouraged by a federal judge's Aug. 27 decision to eliminate Connecticut's campaign finance reform method in entirety. The ruling by District of Connecticut Judge Stefan Underhill blasted the state's Citizens' Election Program, a voluntary program enacted in 2005 to provide legislative and statewide candidates with public campaign funding.

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Far from over: Next steps in Quelland saga (access required)

A struggle that began weeks after the November elections moved into the courtroom on Aug. 6 when Rep. Doug Quelland petitioned an administrative law judge to undo a state agency’s order that could force him from office. Quelland has appealed to the Office of Administrative Hearings in hopes of keeping his seat as a District 10 representative.

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Judge to hear Quelland’s case this week

The Citizens Clean Elections Commission’s decision to remove Rep. Doug Quelland from office will be contested this week before an administrative law judge. On Aug. 3, attorneys representing the commission and Quelland filed a list of witnesses and exhibits they ...

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Teeing up the topic of state government (access required)

For their annual meeting, Arizona Town Hall officials asked me to answer the question “Is state government responsive to Arizona’s needs?” Considering my position as the leader of a non-partisan news organization, I thought it better to offer five topics that ...

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CCEC clears Munsil, moves forward against Napolitano (access required)

Len Munsil (File photo by Bill Coates) The Citizens Clean Elections Commission dismissed a complaint filed against Republican gubernatorial candidate Len Munsil, but opted to move forward with an inquiry into a complaint against Governor Napolitano’s reelection campaign. By 3-2 ...

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Meet the Clean Elections Institute (access required)

Eric Ehst A former congressional and state Senate candidate is the executive director for the Clean Elections Institute, a privately funded nonprofit that supports the idea of publicly funded elections. Eric Ehst was named to head the institute after Barbara ...

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Clean Elections Timeline (access required)

June 29, 1998: Arizonans for Clean Elections files 187,206 signatures to put the Clean Elections Act on the November 1998 ballot. Oct. 22, 1998: A lawsuit filed with the Arizona Supreme Court that threatens to keep Clean Elections Act (Prop. ...

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