Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute

Lingering drought and demand from growing cities have lowered water levels on Lake Mead behind Hoover Dam. The U.S. Interior Department could declare a shortage on the Colorado River as early as 2017. (U.S. Geological Survey Photo)
Apr 15, 2014

Arizona’s long-term water future: Is the state ready to make hard decisions?

Residents of the Sun Corridor stretching through the Valley and Tucson turn on faucets, water lawns and fill swimming pools without any doubt that the state’s most precious resource will always be there.

Feb 5, 2014

Arizona ranked among the worst for residents’ financial security

More than 40 percent of Arizona households are on the brink of “financial devastation,” according to a national report that again ranked the state among the worst in terms of its residents’ financial security.

Arizona campaign contribution limits
Apr 19, 2013

New contribution limits could be game-changer for campaigns

Campaign cash may come pouring into some of Arizona’s top races next year thanks to a new law allowing candidates to raise far more money.

Critics say the bill will flood campaigns with more money and influence-buying, and that it may be the final nail in the coffin of Arizona’s voter-approved Clean Elections system.

Mar 27, 2013

Lawmaker wants to divert Clean Elections funding to education

A state lawmaker wants voters to decide whether to strip the Citizens Clean Elections Commission of its funding and give that money to the Arizona Department of Education.

State Sen. Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix, said his bills address discrimination against members of Arizona’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community in terms of marriage, employment and adoption. (Cronkite News Service Photo by Cortney Bennett)
Feb 11, 2013

Lawmaker: Criminal penalties for illegal campaign coordination

When Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery accused Attorney General Tom Horne of illegally coordinating his campaign with a supposedly independent expenditure group, state law restricted him to seeking civil penalties.

National Democrats investing in Jeff Flake-Richard Carmona race
Nov 14, 2012

Carmona, Flake campaigns spent combined $228,000 on Spanish-language advertising in Phoenix

Democrat Richard Carmona bought $139,200 worth of ads on Spanish-language television stations against $89,200 by Republican Jeff Flake during their tightly contested U.S. Senate race, according to documents kept by the outlets.