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Supreme Court skeptical of Clean Elections law (access required)

The United States Supreme Court will soon decide just how far a government can wade into electoral politics with the use of public campaign financing, as members of the court on Monday heard arguments from opponents and defenders of Arizona’s public campaign finance system.

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To kill Clean Elections, lawmakers who used it must pull trigger (access required)

Opponents of Arizona’s Clean Elections system are optimistic about the latest measure to effectively kill public campaign financing in Arizona. The House, where similar measures have died in the past, has a Republican supermajority of legislators elected on promises of fiscal responsibility. Now is the perfect time, they say, to pass a measure they call the “No Taxpayer Subsidies for Political Campaigns Act.” But there is a catch: Nine of the chamber’s 15 new Republicans were elected using publicly paid-for campaigns, and not all of them are enlisting in the stop-Clean-Elections crusade.

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Supreme Court confronts victims’ rights impasse (access required)

A capital defendant accused in a 2006 mass murder and several organizations representing defense attorneys from around the nation will argue before the Arizona Supreme Court on March 22 to keep crime victims out of private hearings with the trial judge to discuss mitigation efforts of the defense.

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Budget and immigration, an inseparable diptych? (access required)

Senate President Russell Pearce, Arizona’s most prominent anti-illegal immigration firebrand, has always argued that illegal immigration and the state’s budget woes are inseparable. But the two issues may have formed a diptych in ways that many, including Pearce, probably did not anticipate.

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