Among the most politically contentious in recent years, 2013 inevitably produced its set of diminished stars and short-lived meteorites — individuals and groups that made a strong impression, all for the right or wrong reasons.Read More »
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Sen. Leah Landrum Taylor ended her exploratory campaign and announced an official run for secretary of state, becoming the first Democrat in the race for Arizona’s number two office.Read More »
Early voting in the 2014 primary begins in nine months, and candidates are already firing up their campaigns.Read More »
Al Melvin no longer has to pretend he’s considering, exploring or contemplating a run for governor. He’s running. It’s as simple as that.Read More »
Recent changes to Arizona's "resign-to-run" law mean current officeholders can now speak publicly about running for another office without having to use wiggle words, and Secretary of State Ken Bennett has taken advantage of the revisions that went into effect last week to say he will be a Republican candidate for governor next year.Read More »
Sen. Michele Reagan filled in the blank on her months-old exploratory committee with an announcement that she’s eying a long-expected run for secretary of state.
Reagan, R-Scottsdale, formed an exploratory committee in December but did not indicate which office she was seeking in order to avoid running afoul of Arizona’s resign-to-run law. But Reagan, who has been well-known for her work on election issues during her time in the Legislature, openly acknowledged that she was considering a campaign to be the state’s top election official.
When lawmakers rolled several controversial elections changes into one jam-packed omnibus bill and approved it in the final moments of the legislative session, a coalition of disparate political groups coalesced around a single goal: to stop the bill from becoming law.Read More »
The referendum effort against the state’s controversial new election law is now facing a two-pronged opposition, as a second political action committee filed paperwork this week to fight the referendum.Read More »
Supporters of a controversial elections bill formed a campaign committee to combat a referendum drive aimed at putting it on the 2014 ballot.
Protect Our Secret Ballot was filed with the Secretary of State’s Office on Monday to defend HB2305. Sen. Michele Reagan, who sponsored several bills that were later included in the omnibus elections, is the group’s chair.
One marked difference in 2013 was the lack of legislative mid-session resignations, particularly following lawmaker scandals.Read More »