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Skepticism abounds over governor’s race polling (access required)

Skepticism abounds over governor’s race polling <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/12/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

The dearth of reliable, independent polling in Arizona elections is nothing new. A long-term decline in independent polling by universities and media organizations has left IEs and other biased groups as the main source of publicly available polling for the state’s elections.

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New contribution limits could be game-changer for campaigns (access required)

New contribution limits could be game-changer for campaigns <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/12/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Campaign cash may come pouring into some of Arizona’s top races next year thanks to a new law allowing candidates to raise far more money.

Critics say the bill will flood campaigns with more money and influence-buying, and that it may be the final nail in the coffin of Arizona’s voter-approved Clean Elections system.

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Going all-in: Brewer’s big gamble (access required)

During her first 13 months on the Ninth Floor, Gov. Jan Brewer said repeatedly that it would be devastating to balance the budget by shortchanging the public school system, and she has opposed - and even vetoed - legislation that would have led to massive reductions in education funding.

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The quiet candidate: No budget solutions from Goddard so far   (access required)

In a gubernatorial campaign season that has been almost exclusively defined by Arizona's crippling budget crisis, Attorney General Terry Goddard has been the silent candidate. Goddard has had the Democratic nomination locked up for nearly a year. But because he waited until Jan. 22 to become an official candidate, he has been able to avoid issues that don't directly affect his office. As attorney general, it wasn't his duty to provide budget solutions - and he hasn't been eager to offer any.

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Goddard can draw on experience from 2 gubernatorial campaigns (access required)

No matter which Republican he faces in the 2010 general election, Attorney General Terry Goddard will have something they don't - two previous gubernatorial campaigns to learn from. Goddard's second run in 1994, when he lost the Democratic primary to grocery magnate Eddie Basha, may not provide too many lessons, since the attorney general appears to have no challengers for his party's nomination.

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