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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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Sotomayor a flashpoint for Hispanic vote (access required)

Stores have not reported stocking Sonia Sotomayor action figures. But as the first Hispanic and only the third woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, she has become one of America's top role models. Her confirmation also led to lot of political guesswork - namely if the state's Hispanic community will exact a political toll on the two Arizona senators who voted against seating her.

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Judge needs more time in Quelland case (access required)

The appeal of an order to remove Rep. Doug Quelland from office has moved more slowly than anticipated, and an administrative law judge has scheduled additional hearings in late September. Judge Robert Shedden originally set aside two days to hear Quelland's appeal of a May decision by the Citizens Clean Elections Commission that called for fining the lawmaker $45,000 and removing him from office.

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