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Clean Elections case: The stakes are high for democracy

As part of an emerging pattern, another legal battle in Arizona soon will have the country buzzing again. This time, the attention won’t come from immigration policy, border security or John McCain. Instead, Arizona is about to affect the election law universe in a way that will ignite political pundits’ debates for some time.

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Vogt looking to raise campaign cash limits, but Clean Elections may be an obstacle (access required)

Arizona’s Clean Elections system may rise from the dead just long enough to slap the people who are dancing on its grave.

Rep. Ted Vogt, a Tucson Republican, plans to introduce a bill that would drastically raise the campaign contribution limits for privately funded candidates. But the voter-approved law that created the Clean Elections system may require a three-fourths vote in the Legislature to change the contribution limits, which could slam the door on a proposal that’s certain to face stiff opposition.

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Williams wants spotlight on state debt, says legislation is needed (access required)

An alcoholic’s first step toward recovery is to admit being powerless to stop drinking even though it’s making life unmanageable.

Now a Tucson lawmaker wants to use the same approach to the state’s addiction to borrowing.

Rep. Vic Williams, a Republican from Tucson, said he plans to introduce a bill that would require the state to report annually all borrowing, as well as effect it will have on the state’s general fund.

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