david berman

Aug 4, 2017

Lobbyists take leap of faith to open progressive firm in red state

No one is required to work for anyone, and lobbyists are no exception. But no firm in Arizona is as blunt about the process of vetting clients as Creosote Partners, launched this week by lobbyists Marilyn Rodriguez and Sam Richard.

Sen. Michele Reagan and Terry Goddard prepare for an Oct. 7 debate. (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)
Oct 24, 2014

Secretary of state candidates seek more dark money disclosure

With shadowy nonprofit groups expected to spend millions this year to influence Arizona voters without disclosing the sources of their money, both candidates for the state office overseeing elections are offering plans to address the practice.

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.

May 25, 2012

Arizona votes on seven ballot measures in 2012

The race is on to woo voters for a slate of ballot measures passed by the 50th Legislature on property taxes, government financing, trust land and states’ rights.

Some of the seven propositions on the November 2012 ballot have dry subjects that might be difficult to grasp, making it all the more important for backers to get organized and present a coherent message, said David Berman, [...]

Jan 20, 2012

State unveiling system for online petition gathering

Arizona is preparing to launch a new signature-gathering system that will fundamentally change the way political candidates go about qualifying for the 2012 ballot.

Beginning Feb. 1, voters will be able go online to sign nominating petitions for candidates who want to run for statewide office and the Legislature.

Nov 22, 2011

Poll: Voters sour on Brewer’s handling of IRC

Gov. Jan Brewer’s decision to remove the state’s redistricting chairwoman has left a bad impression on voters, according to a poll released Tuesday.

Brewer’s handling of the situation could have some long-term implications for both the governor and the Republican Party in Arizona, the pollster said.

Aug 30, 2011

Report: Arizona independents growing in voters but not unified

Arizona’s independent voters have eclipsed Democrats in number and are rapidly gaining on Republicans, but those expecting this group to wield political influence are likely to be disappointed, a nonpartisan research group contends.

Jun 10, 2011

Capitol Quotes: June 10, 2011

“Nothing will persuade me to adopt a failed Keynesian Obama stimulus that is dragging the economy down.” — Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, on the unemployment insurance extension.