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Managing Editor Matt Bunk explains a recent Clean Elections lawsuit on ABC 15 Daybreak

Matt Bunk, managing editor of the Arizona Capitol Times, discusses the Clean Elections system in Arizona on ABC 15 Daybreak and explains how a pending Ninth Circuit Court decision regarding the matching funds portion of the publicly financed elections system could provide one candidate in the GOP primary a significant advantage in the Arizona gubernatorial race.

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Media outlets duped by bogus polls

Regardless of what you may have read elsewhere, no one has a decisive lead in the GOP primary race to replace Congressman John Shadegg, who is retiring at the end of the year. There have been three "polls" released by candidates in the race so far, and none of them are worth a lick.

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Ballot measure would ban ‘taxpayer money’ for political campaigns (access required)

The system that allows Arizona residents to use government money to campaign for political office is teetering after a federal judge ruled earlier this year that a major component of the scheme is unconstitutional. Many powerful special interest groups, nonetheless, are hoping to deliver the knockout blow at the ballot box this fall, rather than wait for it to collapse on its own.

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Lobbyist, lawmaker to resume Clean Elections clash (access required)

The Citizens Clean Elections Commission has renewed a $6,500-per-month contract with lobbyist Mike Williams, setting up another battle over the fate of the public campaign-funding system. Todd Lang, director of the Clean Elections Commission, said hiring a lobbyist was necessary to protect a system he credits with increasing political participation of the public and encouraging people to run for office.

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Crump v. Gorman

Political pundits have been bloviating about Rep. Sam Crump and Sen. Pamela Gorman going head to head to succeed U.S. Rep. John Shadegg (whenever that opportunity arises) and pointing to votes on the budget that the other might use in a campaign hit piece. No issue is more central to their candidacies than taxes.

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