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Picking up ballots

Mysterious visits to south Phoenix home became catalyst for new elections law

Rey Valenzuela was at his home in south Phoenix during election season last year when a young man, clipboard in hand, knocked on his door and asked for his wife.

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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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Parker: State must move beyond ‘political clones’ (access required)

Standing before a backdrop of Paradise Valley's majestic mountains, Mayor Vernon Parker publicly announced his candidacy for governor. "And as we stand and look at this brilliant sunset ... some would say that the sun is setting on Arizona. I see it differently. I see the sun rising, and a bright future for this great, proud state," he said.

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