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Ballot harvest: Video sparks new debate over banning bulk voting technique (access required)

Canvassers from the Latino get-out-the-vote group Citizens for a Better Arizona deliver early ballots to the Maricopa County Elections Department on Oct. 28 and show solidarity by holding up pictures of a member attacked in a video for “ballot stuffing." (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

A video which shows a Citizens for a Better Arizona canvasser dropping hundreds of ballots into a box at the Maricopa County Elections Department has re-ignited the debate over “ballot harvesting” by voter outreach groups. The practice is perfectly legal. But that hasn’t stopped critics from claiming voter fraud and even posting death threats against the canvasser in the comments section of the video on YouTube.

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Jeans, boots and country music: Republican candidates in CD1 vying to run against Ann Kirkpatrick (access required)

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Country music plays in the background as state House Speaker Andy Tobin tells Graham County Republican Party leaders at a Safford restaurant he has spent seven years fighting for them at the Legislature, and he’s ready to take the fight to Congress.

Farther north, freshman state Rep. Adam Kwasman rallies a rowdy crowd at a Show Low Tea Party event, telling them to stay focused on the project at hand: nominating him to take on the Democratic incumbent in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District.

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Dark Money (access required)

Dark Money

Specter of anonymous campaign spending looms over 2014

Next year’s elections are shaping up like 2012 — organizations with generic names, big checkbooks and secret contributors spending millions to influence Arizona’s elections.

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