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Another day, another AZ law goes before SCOTUS

News this morning that the U.S. Supreme Court would hear an appeal of Arizona's employer sanctions law (Laws 2007, Chapter 279) was hailed as a minor victory by both proponents and critics of the law. Pearce told our reporter he believes the high court, by a 6-3 or 5-4 vote, will uphold the law as constitutional. "We've won at every level," he said, adding that upholding the law will allow for employer sanctions to "become the law of the land."

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Ripple effect (access required)

Arizona’s matching funds system for publicly financed campaigns may be going down, but it probably won’t go alone.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to block Arizona’s Clean Elections system from distributing matching funds is a bad omen for similar systems in other states, and could portend their end if the court rules that matching funds are unconstitutional, according to legal experts and campaign finance reform advocates.

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You keep saying that, but…

Questions about what is and is not fair for candidates were of primary importance to CCEC staff and commissioners yesterday, but in court, their attorneys appear to have made a conscious effort recently to dodge those terms. Before yesterday's emergency meeting, Commissioner Gary Scaramazzo told our reporter he was upset by the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to stop matching funds from being distributed during the 2010 election cycle.

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