Attorney General Mark Brnovich is charging a firm that circulated petitions for the successful Invest in Ed ballot measure with violating state laws in how it paid some of its circulators.Read More »
Proposed ballot measure seeks stricter conflict-of-interest laws for legislators
A new initiative proposal seeks to block state lawmakers from proposing and voting on measures that could benefit themselves and family members.Read More »
High voter turnout makes direct democracy more difficult
That record number of Arizonans who turned out to vote this year has a dark side for direct democracy: It's going to be harder for voters to propose their own laws or get rid of ones they don't like.Read More »
Goose and gander: Firm charges lawmakers hourly rate to gather signatures
A handful of incumbent Arizona legislators aren’t happy that the most prolific signature gathering firm in the state is treating them the way they treat citizens who propose or challenge laws via the ballot.Read More »
Trial on citizen initiative restrictions gets underway
The consultant who has helped with most of the recent initiative drives testified Wednesday a new state law will impair the ability of Arizonans to craft their own laws.Read More »
Andrew Chavez: Commanding an army of petition gatherers
If you need signatures collected for a citizen initiative in Arizona, there’s a good chance you’re paying Andrew Chavez to get them.Read More »
GOP Corp Comm candidates’ campaign finance problems linger
The formal response to accusations that Republican Corporation Commission candidates Rep. Tom Forese and Doug Little violated the rules of Arizona's public financing system attempted to explain how they paid for campaign signs and nominating signatures. But it raised more questions about their overall campaign spending and compliance with the law.Read More »
Group renews push for tax limits in Arizona
After three failed attempts, a group that is seeking California-style property tax limits in Arizona is preparing for another push to get the question on the 2014 ballot.Read More »
Six figure debts: Legal dispute highlights problems in collecting campaign money
It’s common to see failed presidential candidates continue their fundraising pleas so they can pay down their campaign debt.
Unfortunately for signature gatherers, attorneys and vendors, ballot measure campaigns don’t generally do the same thing.
Lawmakers push election overhaul — target early voting, contributions, signature gathering
Maricopa County elections officials don’t want to see a repeat of 2012.
After Election Day, the county had a record number of provisional ballots. For two weeks afterward, they counted votes, including thousands of provisional ballots caused by people who had received early ballots in the mail but chose to vote in person on Election Day instead.