Bert Coleman

Feb 4, 2015

Phoenix councilwoman Williams loses campaign checks

Phoenix City Councilwoman Thelda Williams is scrambling for campaign cash after losing about $40,000 in contributions, effectively wiping out her entire fundraising haul from 2014.

Sep 5, 2014

Politicos analyze losing Arizona GOP gubernatorial campaigns

Now that Doug Ducey has secured the Republican nomination for governor, many politicos speak of his primary win as a forgone conclusion.<br.
The state treasurer and former Cold Stone Creamery CEO locked up support from a broad coalition of GOP supporters early, out-fundraised his opponents, put millions of dollars of his money into his campaign when it mattered most and was able to withstand[...]

Aug 22, 2014

Skepticism abounds over governor’s race polling

The dearth of reliable, independent polling in Arizona elections is nothing new. A long-term decline in independent polling by universities and media organizations has left IEs and other biased groups as the main source of publicly available polling for the state’s elections.

Mar 7, 2014

Center for Arizona Policy faces more scrutiny in the wake of SB1062

The international furor over SB1062 has led to a reassessment of the Evangelical Christian lobby behind the bill and whose power at the Capitol was considered to be unparalleled. Some said the Center for Arizona Policy and its president, Cathi Herrod, overreached and gave the state a black eye. Others say that even if its influence is undiminished.

Feb 25, 2014

Poll: GOP voters want Brewer to veto SB1062

A poll commissioned yesterday by a Phoenix political consulting firm finds that more than twice as many Republican voters in Arizona want Gov. Jan Brewer to veto SB1062 than want her to sign it.

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.

Feb 11, 2013

Tax-reform pledge takers becoming a dwindling breed

The pledge that for years has been a holy grail of anti-tax conservatism is dwindling in popularity at the Copper Dome.

Only 11 lawmakers, including just one of 17 Republicans in the Senate, have signed the Americans for Tax Reform’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Only two of the 14 new Republican lawmakers this session have signed.

Dems pin hopes on Carmona as an omen of things to come
Nov 12, 2012

Dems pin hopes on Carmona as an omen of things to come

For the first time since the 1980s, Arizona Democrats had a fighting chance for a U.S. Senate seat.

And even though their candidate lost, Democrats are hoping Richard Carmona’s candidacy is a sign of a better future for them in Arizona, where Republicans have dominated for decades.

Mar 20, 2011

Census strengthens GOP’s grip: As power shifts, Phoenix and Dems look like losers in Legislature

If Arizona Democrats thought nothing could be worse than the 2010 election results, they might want to hold their collective breath as the Independent Redistricting Commission gets to work.