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Lawyer seeks to take political wraps off judges (access required)

Most judges in Arizona are elected, but they are muzzled and hand-cuffed when it comes to campaigning.

They can’t put out their hands for money and they can’t endorse or associate with candidates in other partisan elections or political causes, but an attorney in Mohave County is among a handful of judicial candidates and judges around the nation who are challenging the constitutionality of those restrictions in court.

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Court: Land Dept. funding illegal (access required)

The Arizona Court of Appeals struck another blow Thursday to the Land Department’s effort to fund its budget by using proceeds from the sale of state trust land. The court unanimously upheld a lower-court ruling that found the Trust Land Management Fund, established in 2009, to be unconstitutional.

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AZ Supreme Court won’t block Mathis’ removal (access required)

The Arizona Supreme Court has rejected Colleen Mathis’ request to block her removal as Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission chair while the appeal of her ouster works its way through the court system.

Mathis can continue to appeal her decision, but will do so as the former IRC chairwoman, the court ruled on Tuesday.

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