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First Things First flush with cash — for now (access required)

When lawmakers voted in March to put the referendum on the ballot — a measure that would sweep and dismantle the Early Childhood Development and Health Board Fund — they expected it to put about $325 million into the state’s cash-starved coffers. But as of Sept. 1, the agency had about $100 million more than that on hand.

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Early voter stats for Maricopa County

Maricopa County elections officials forecast that 30 percent of the county's 1.8 million registered voters will cast ballots for the sales tax special election. Karen Osborne, county elections director, attributed the high estimate to the large number of registered early voters and the degree of interest in the sales tax referendum. Roughly 700,000 Maricopa County voters receive early ballots in the mail. So far, 490,000 early ballots have been returned, said Osborne, who predicted the county will receive an additional 100,000 early ballots by tomorrow night.

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S1070 referendum called off

A referendum that would've put S1070 on the ballot has been called over concerns that organizers would not have had enough time to mount an effective campaign against the popular new illegal immigration law.

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Clean Elections made S1070 possible?

Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus this week claimed Clean Elections is a partial culprit behind S1070. Marcus claimed that public financing, the result of a push from "good government types" on the left, "worked too well" at freeing candidates from the extremist-screening of the business community.

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