About 35 percent of the nearly 200 state and legislative candidates in this year's election decided to run using Arizona's publicly funded Clean Elections system. The Arizona Republic reports that 72 people are running with Clean Elections funding.Read More »
By upholding the federal health care law, the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for states to establish their own health insurance exchanges — web portals where individuals and small businesses can purchase health plans.Read More »
If the feds can’t force Arizona to move forward with the massive Medicaid expansion, it’s a near certainty the Republican-led Legislature won’t do it for them. Though the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the core of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, it ruled that the federal government couldn’t force states to expand health care for the poor by threatening to take away other Medicaid funding.Read More »
Gov. Jan Brewer wants lawmakers to refer a measure to the ballot to correct what she views as the most glaring problem with a proposal to create a “top-two” primary election system in Arizona.
But while many lawmakers have talked for months about referring a competing ballot measure that could potentially sink the Open Elections/Open Government Act in November, Brewer wants to keep the focus of a planned special session narrow.
A Scottsdale businessman has already spent $1.2 million and even mortgaged his house to put a measure on the ballot that he says would allow Arizona to nullify any federal law it deems unconstitutional. And he’s vowed to spend whatever it takes on the campaign to make sure it passes in November.Read More »
Sen. John Nelson, a veteran politician and longtime legislator, abruptly announced today that he is retiring from public service and is dropping his bid for re-election. Nelson’s decision paves the way for Sen. Don Shooter, R-Yuma, to secure the Senate seat in Legislative District 13.Read More »
A campaign seeking to create a “top-two” primary election system submitted 365,486 signatures to the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office on Thursday, a campaign that has thus far cost nearly $1 million.Read More »
Rep. Ben Arredondo spent $15,000 of his legislative campaign money on a criminal defense attorney about six weeks before a grand jury indicted him on accusations he took bribes, according to recently filed finance reports.Read More »
Voters routinely reject proposed pay raises for legislators, but for the second election in a row, they won’t have the chance to decide.Read More »
Supporters of a proposed state constitutional amendment to change how Arizona conducts its primary elections plan Tuesday to file petitions to qualify the measure for the November ballot.Read More »