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Clean Elections: A fair shake? (access required)

Arizona’s Clean Elections system has had a polarizing effect on Arizona politics since becoming law in 1998. Supporters claim it eliminates the influence of special-interest money in elections, while opponents say the system is unfair and dampens free speech.

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Ousted lawmakers seek return to office (access required)

After the Citizens Clean Elections Commission and two judges found Doug Quelland guilty of misusing the state’s public campaign financing system, he fought for months to stay in the Legislature, maintained that he was innocent even after being removed from office and is now using government money, once again, to pay for his comeback campaign.

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Far from over: Next steps in Quelland saga (access required)

A struggle that began weeks after the November elections moved into the courtroom on Aug. 6 when Rep. Doug Quelland petitioned an administrative law judge to undo a state agency’s order that could force him from office. Quelland has appealed to the Office of Administrative Hearings in hopes of keeping his seat as a District 10 representative.

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Quelland Quandry: Who’s telling the truth? (access required)

Last fall, Carol Vandercook and other Democrats in District 10 received a copy of a contract between Valley political consultant Larry Davis and House candidate Doug Quelland that raised suspicions that Quelland had failed to report critical campaign finance information to state election officials.

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