The state’s political world lost a former governor and a host of others in 2016 who had served the state as lawmakers, an expert on polling, and agency and industry leaders.Read More »
Bruce Merrill was a professor at Arizona State University for nearly four decades who regularly conducted opinion surveys of Arizona voters and was a frequent commentator on public affairs.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
The former director of the Arizona State University Survey Research Center and the Cronkite/Eight Poll is again doing statewide polls.Read More »
The year in memorable quotes from Arizona's political players.Read More »
During her first 13 months on the Ninth Floor, Gov. Jan Brewer said repeatedly that it would be devastating to balance the budget by shortchanging the public school system, and she has opposed - and even vetoed - legislation that would have led to massive reductions in education funding.Read More »
In a gubernatorial campaign season that has been almost exclusively defined by Arizona's crippling budget crisis, Attorney General Terry Goddard has been the silent candidate. Goddard has had the Democratic nomination locked up for nearly a year. But because he waited until Jan. 22 to become an official candidate, he has been able to avoid issues that don't directly affect his office. As attorney general, it wasn't his duty to provide budget solutions - and he hasn't been eager to offer any.Read More »