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Politicos analyze losing Arizona GOP gubernatorial campaigns (access required)

Politicos analyze losing Arizona GOP gubernatorial campaigns <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/12/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Now that Doug Ducey has secured the Republican nomination for governor, many politicos speak of his primary win as a forgone conclusion.<br.
The state treasurer and former Cold Stone Creamery CEO locked up support from a broad coalition of GOP supporters early, out-fundraised his opponents, put millions of dollars of his money into his campaign when it mattered most and was able to withstand a massive negative advertising campaign against him.

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Brewer modest but successful in last session (access required)

Brewer modest but successful in last session <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/12/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Gov. Jan Brewer’s agenda in her final regular legislative session lacked the blockbuster policies, drag-out fights and frayed nerves of 2013. Instead, the governor proposed a far more modest agenda in 2014. Relatively small spending increases in a few key areas, two low-profile economic development bills and legislation strengthening the state’s human trafficking laws were among the biggest policies she pursued.

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Open those wallets, folks

Hell week might be getting a lot more hellish. And perhaps the biggest losers in Arizona’s new campaign finance limits, signed into law yesterday, are lobbyists. “I burned a candle in sadness at the limits that protected my bank account that are now gone. We’re going to have to create a new term. Hell week is going to have to have a new amped-up label,” joked lobbyist Stan Barnes, a prolific contributor to candidate campaigns.

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