Candidates for office in Arizona have never had an easier time getting on the ballot, but lawmakers are looking to raise the bar for citizen initiatives, referendums and recalls.Read More »
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Races for the Arizona Corporation Commission typically get less attention than the body’s utility-regulating powers perhaps warrant, but many in the elections business say the details of the outcomes can be highly valuable.Read More »
The local chapter of Planned Parenthood is firing back through its political action arm after being on the defensive during the last few years.Read More »
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.
Rep. Carl Seel is getting the backing of Arizona’s most high-profile sheriff in pushing for a state law that would allow voters to file suit against any political candidate they believe is legally ineligible to run for office, in what appears to be another challenge to the citizenship of President Barack Obama.Read More »
Here’s a list of potential legislative candidates in 2010. At least 15 seats are expected to be vacant in the Senate because of term limits, retirement, or because senators are seeking other positions. Meanwhile, some 13 House members cannot seek re-election in 2010.Read More »
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.Read More »
The political rumor mill is churning out names at a record pace for next year's gubernatorial race. But Robert Graham is not generally among them. Graham, a political neophyte and businessman who is seeking the Republican nomination, is one of 11 people who have registered as candidates for the 2010 governor's race.Read More »