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Ariz. mortgage settlement money on hold for now

The state won't immediately implement a budget provision to spend $50 million from Arizona's share of a foreclosure settlement while the provision is being challenged in court. The provision requires the money be transferred to the state general fund to help balance the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

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New front expected in fight over Arizona law

A forthcoming U.S. Supreme Court decision on Arizona's controversial immigration law — which some experts believe could uphold the most controversial aspects of the measure — won't end legal disputes on the matter and instead is likely to ignite renewed assaults by the law's opponents.

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Stripped of matching funds, Clean Elections loses appeal to candidates (access required)

With the linchpin of Clean Elections gone, participation in Arizona’s once-vigorous campaign financing system has nosedived to levels not seen since the program’s infancy.

Only 72 candidates have signed up for public financing this election cycle, compared to 121 in 2010.

The reason: Clean Elections suffered a devastating blow in the middle of the 2010 campaign season, when the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the state from distributing matching funds.

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