When Democratic U.S. Rep. Ron Barber won a slam-dunk special election in June against the same opponent who almost defeated his predecessor and boss, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, many political consultants chalked it up to the “Gabby Effect.”Read More »
A Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled this month that the state’s most fundamental campaign finance laws dealing with the registration of political committees and reporting of contributions and expenditures are unconstitutional.
The ruling won’t affect campaigns this election cycle, but it threatens to upend the state’s campaign finance system for future elections.
Maricopa County elections officials say two school board candidates withdrew from their races and should not have been on early ballots sent to voters last week.Read More »
A closer examination of Sen. John McComish’s voting record this year showed him opposing bills authored by colleagues with “Tea Party” leanings while also backing measures that infuriated Democrats.Read More »
Last year, Sen. John McComish, a Republican from Phoenix, embraced the political risks that came with voting against measures that were aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration.Read More »
Rep. Chester Crandell said he was surprised when the first question of the Oct. 2 Clean Elections debate of Legislative District 6 candidates was on Proposition 120, the ballot measure he sponsored and is advocating.Read More »
Republican Rep. Carl Seel started making waves during his few first months in office in 2009 when he walked off the House floor during a speech by Gov. Jan Brewer because she was pushing a one-cent sales tax increase.Read More »
Not since the AzScam scandal in 1991 have so many Arizona lawmakers left office amid criminal allegations in a single year.
The current scandals could cast a cloud over the state’s general election. Lawmakers who leave in disgrace tend to discourage cynical voters from going to the polls, pollsters and players from the AzScam bribery scandal said.
Supporters of an initiative to create a “top-two” primary election system in Arizona are hitting the airwaves with the first television ad in the Proposition 121 campaign.Read More »
After a handful of strange snags and unprecedented situations, Sen. Michele Reagan is eying a raft of changes to Arizona’s election laws.Read More »