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Don’t let K-12 education get caught in budget crossfire (access required)

Our governor and our Legislature seem to be headed to a showdown at the O.K. Corral next Tuesday (June 30) over the budget. Hopefully, Arizona's K-12 students won't get caught in the crossfire. Continued cuts to education will only dim prospects for Arizona's future leaders and all of today's children who will contribute to our state's economy.

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Clean Elections needs to be strengthened, improved (access required)

On June 5, the Arizona Capitol Times published a letter entitled “Why Clean Elections needs to end now.” The League of Women Voters of Arizona, which was instrumental in writing and achieving the passage of the Clean Elections law and which remains a major supporter of the system, takes issue with opposition to that law. Clean Elections is neither un-American nor unconstitutional.

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Critic of Clean Elections benefitted from program (access required)

In his Arizona Capitol Times commentary (“Why Clean Elections needs to end now,” June 5), Rep. Rick Murphy calls for the end of Clean Elections in Arizona. Rep. Murphy calls Clean Elections “un-American” and notes that he has been opposed to Clean Elections since it was first proposed. His major complaint is that his participating opponents receive matching funds when he outspends them.

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Why Clean Elections needs to end now (access required)

I have been opposed to the idea of taxpayer-funded campaigns ever since Arizona’s so-called “Clean Elections” plan was first proposed. It is simply un-American that the government decides who gets money for political speech and that the funds come from hardworking taxpayers who may or may not support the views expressed.

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Why Clean Elections needs to end now (access required)

I have been opposed to the idea of taxpayer-funded campaigns ever since Arizona’s so-called “Clean Elections” plan was first proposed. It is simply un-American that the government decides who gets money for political speech and that the funds come from ...

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