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Voters get final choice on dismantling Clean Elections (access required)

After years of having nothing to show for their legislative efforts to dismantle Arizona’s public campaign financing system, state business leaders and other opponents of Clean Elections enlisted the help of an unlikely ally.

On April 18, the Senate refered SCR1025 to the 2012 ballot. The success of the measure, which would ask voters to effectively gut Arizona’s embattled 13-year-old public finance system for legislative and statewide office candidates, can largely be attributed to one of Clean Election’s most ardent supporters.

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Giffords-Kelly race heats up (access required)

Political hostilities in southern Arizona ceased for a brief moment just before midnight on Aug. 24, when it became clear that Jesse Kelly trounced Jonathan Paton in the Republican contest in Arizona's 8th Congressional District.

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Kelly pulls off upset over Paton

Marine veteran Jesse Kelly has pulled off an upset in Arizona's 8th Congressional District, thwarting off a known name and the Republican candidate who was presumed to be in the best position to defeat U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

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CD8 primary battleground pits former Marine vs. Army Reservist (access required)

When Jonathan Paton decided to resign from the Arizona Senate and run for Congress, the prevailing view in political circles was that he represents the Republican Party’s best chance to defeat U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

But the former state lawmaker faces a more immediate challenge from fellow Republican Jesse Kelly. Political insiders now say Paton has yet to wrap up the primary race in Arizona’s 8th Congressional District.

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