After winning a three-way Republican primary for two House seats in the heavily Republican Legislative District 13 on Aug. 28, the road to the Arizona House of Representatives was wide open for political newcomer Darin Mitchell.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.
The author of a measure that seeks to prohibit people from running for office if they have outstanding elections-related fines will be asking the U.S. Department of Justice for an expedited review of the bill.
The measure, if enacted before the deadline to file candidate paperwork in this year’s elections, would impact former Rep. Doug Quelland, who has refused to pay a $31,000 Clean Elections fine.
Since the passage of the Citizens Clean Election Act in 1998, a significant number of people have run for office with public funding — and many have won. Clean Elections changed the face of Arizona politics, but with fewer people deciding to run with public money, we may be poised for another big shift.Read More »
An Arizona judge is dismissing a lawsuit accusing a state agency of illegally spending public money to promote the state's public campaign finance system.Read More »
With fewer legislative candidates taking advantage of the state’s public campaign finance system, the CCEC is putting its stamp of approval on legislation to greatly alter the scope and intentions of Clean Elections.Read More »
A bill that would prevent candidates from filing to run for office if they owe excessive fines and fees for campaign law violations sailed through a Senate committee, but can’t go into effect in time to stop the one person who fits the description.Read More »
Distrust of the federal government in far-away Washington and a desire to rein in officeholders closer to home — those widely held views were just as prominent at statehood 100 years ago as they are today, according to a prominent Phoenix attorney who is co-authoring a book on Arizona's formation as a state.Read More »
This week's most outstanding quips, jibes and utterances.Read More »
Arizona election law is outdated and needs reform. A few issues in the current system receive perennial attention in the media. For example, liberal groups commonly cite anonymous funding of political speech as a major defect in our system, while conservative activists frequently question the constitutionality of the state’s extraordinarily low contribution limits. Many other gaps in Arizona election law are just as real, but not as well-known.Read More »