Paul Johnson

Sep 5, 2018

Former Republican AG Grant Woods considers run for U.S. Senate in 2020 as Democrat

John McCain's first congressional chief of staff and the former Republican state attorney general is weighing a bid to win his seat when it becomes available again in 2020 -- as a Democrat.

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May 18, 2017

Arizona lawmakers lack trust, respect for the people

107 years ago, Arizona’s founders feared that legislatures could land in the pockets of special interests. They believed that ultimately, the people in power had to be accountable to the citizens. They gave us the power of referendum, recall and initiative. Today’s state Legislature wants to eliminate your access to that power.

Jan 21, 2016

Coalition files initiatives on dark money, top-two primary

A coalition looking to dramatically overhaul Arizona’s election system filed initiatives Thursday.

Oct 15, 2015

Arizona GOP lodges complaint against top-two primary group

The Arizona Republican Party filed a complaint against a group that wants to create a “top-two” primary in the state, claiming the organization failed to report large contributions to election officials, though the largest donation it referenced is not subject to the state’s campaign finance laws.

Sep 8, 2015

Top-two primary advocates eye January launch

Former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson is hoping to have final language for his revamped top-two primary measure in November, with plans to launch the campaign and signature-gathering effort in January. “They key to the language, obviously, is keeping it simple enough that the voters will vote for it but still has enough meat on it that it’s enforceable.

Aug 18, 2015

Disrupt the status quo in health care!

Most businesses are unaware of the real financial impact of the Affordable Healthcare Act... but they soon will.

Jul 22, 2013

Six figure debts: Legal dispute highlights problems in collecting campaign money

It’s common to see failed presidential candidates continue their fundraising pleas so they can pay down their campaign debt.

Unfortunately for signature gatherers, attorneys and vendors, ballot measure campaigns don’t generally do the same thing.

Feb 18, 2013

Grand Canyon Institute: Tax cuts haven’t worked in Arizona

A centrist research group has concluded that tax cuts, in the long term, haven’t boosted Arizona’s economy and have instead led to fewer government resources.

Jan 30, 2013

Lawmaker wants commission on election, ethics complaints

A state lawmaker wants to create an independent, nonpartisan commission that would investigate alleged violations of election laws as well as ethics complaints lodged against elected state officials.

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.

Nov 6, 2012

Voters overwhelmingly reject Prop. 121, ‘top-two’ primary initiative

Arizonans decided that 2012 would not be their last election cycle with a partisan primary. Proposition 121 failed by a whopping two-to-one margin. With more than 50 percent of precincts reporting, the initiative was down 67 percent to 33 percent

Aug 24, 2012

Open Government Committee sues to put top-two initiative on ballot

Supporters of a proposed initiative to create a “top-two” primary elections system allege that Maricopa County election officials improperly invalidated hundreds of petition signatures and are going to court in a bid to get the Open Elections/Open Government Act on the November ballot.