Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting

May 21, 2018

Emails reveal ties between construction firms, school officials

Emails obtained by the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting from four school districts show the depth of the relationships construction company executives have cultivated with school district administrators.

Arizona State University Foundation
Jul 5, 2017

ASU Foundation tax filings reveal little on personal ties, lobbying expenses

While the foundation receives high marks from charity watchdog organizations for directing above-average portions of revenue to program services, experts in nonprofits say there are some oddities contained in ASU Foundation’s tax filings.

May 8, 2014

Poor oversight cited in Texas ammonium nitrate blast mirrored in Arizona

One year after a fertilizer plant explosion killed 15 people, injured hundreds and devastated the town of West, Texas, significant questions remain about the safety and security of hazardous chemical storage facilities across the U.S. and in Arizona.

Some Arizona voters find ‘convenience voting’ adds to their confusion
Apr 15, 2013

Arizona ranks low in election performance

Arizona’s rate of rejected ballots and high numbers of provisional and early voting and absentee ballots submitted has landed the state in the bottom third of all U.S. states for election performance in previous elections.

Feb 18, 2013

Analysis shows Lewis fell short in appealing to Hispanics

Jerry Lewis, the Republican who rose to fame by defeating Russell Pearce two years ago, lost his Senate seat in 2012 partly because his crossover appeal to Latinos did not translate into votes for him, an analysis of the results of the November elections showed.

Jan 22, 2013

Failed top-two primary measure had most support among independent voters

Had voters passed the Open Elections/Open Government measure, proponents argued that the result would have been less-radical ideologues being elected and a looser grip by political parties on elected offices.

Jan 22, 2013

Sales tax hike was squashed by enthusiastic opposition among GOP

Proposition 204 promised to put increased funding into schools across the state by permanently extending a temporary 1-cent sales tax that dedicated the revenue to education.

But strong support for the tax when voters approved it in 2010 fractured in 2012, revealing a partisan divide.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, left, holds a ceremonial swearing in for Rep. Ron Barber, D-Ariz., joined by his wife Nancy Barber, center, who will serve out the term of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 19, 2012. Barber is a former Giffords staffer who also was wounded in the mass shooting that critically wounded Giffords last year. He was officially sworn-in on the House Floor just before joining his family for photos. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Jan 11, 2013

Barber held seat by winning competitive precincts, making up ground in GOP areas

Though U.S. Rep. Ron Barber won the election for Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District, Republican operatives have reasons to be hopeful in 2014 because of his narrow margin of victory and his loss in key precincts won by former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-AZ09 (Photo by Ryan Cook, RJ Cook Photography)
Jan 11, 2013

Analysis reveals Sinema’s secrets to success in CD9

When Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission finished redrawing the state’s political districts, it quickly became clear that none would be as watched as the new 9th Congressional District.

Its partisan breakdown and performance models foreshadowed practically even odds for Republican or Democratic candidates.

And yet, while Democratic candidates were able to captu[...]