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Prop 204 fails (access required)

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Backers of an initiative to permanently keep a 1-cent tax increase spent more than $2 million but failed to convince the public to support the proposal. The measure, officially known as Proposition 204, received only about 35 percent of the votes, the Secretary of State’s Office count showed.

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Judge: Arizona campaign finance laws unconstitutional (access required)

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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.

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Herman Cain gives money to oust Speaker Tobin

Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain and two wealthy contributors to conservative causes are funding an independent expenditure campaign aimed at ousting House Speaker Andy Tobin and replacing him with a first-term Republican lawmaker who made waves in 2011 for pointing a loaded gun at a reporter during an interview.

According to a campaign finance report filed Monday, Arizonans for an Honest Government raised $40,000 through the middle of August. Cain gave the committee $5,000 on Aug. 2.

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