Mar 3, 2022

Legislature, Ducey, fast-track 2022 petition signature bill

A bill clarifying the signature thresholds for candidates’ nominating petitions has become law after being rushed through the Legislature Thursday.  The House suspended its rules this morning to pass House Bill 2839 on a 58-0 vote. The Senate took action this afternoon, also suspending their rules and passing the bill unanimously 27-0 without discussion. Gov. […]

Mar 2, 2022

House panel OKs read-out loud change to initiative petitions

A House panel approved legislation Wednesday that could give foes of voter-proposed initiatives a new legal tool to keep them from ever getting to the ballot.  Senate Bill 1094 would spell out that petition circulators have to read, out loud, the 300-word description that accompanies all initiatives.  Alternately, they could allow would-be signers the time […]

Jan 13, 2022

E-Qual updates flummoxing 2022 candidates

Problems in the system for candidates to qualify for the ballot with online signatures may leave some of them out of the 2022 race. And the people most at risk of failing to qualify could be those who don’t have the big donations from special interests to find away around it, with Democrats potentially more […]

Dec 1, 2017

Attorneys argue to judge whether voucher law goes on ballot

Foes of universal school vouchers told a judge Friday she cannot consider a challenge brought by those who want to keep voters from getting the last word on the plan.

Aug 7, 2017

School group says it has enough signatures to put voucher law on hold

Save Our Schools Arizona claims to have collected enough signatures to temporarily halt the expansion of the state’s Empowerment Scholarship Account program.

Aug 11, 2016

Minimum wage initiative at risk as judge rules many petitioners not qualified

A judge on Thursday ruled that dozens of people who circulated petitions to boost the minimum wage were not legally qualified to do so.

Nov 5, 2013

Arizona Democrats tout Obamacare benefits, despite problems with rollout

Despite the troubled rollout of the Affordable Care Act, Arizona Democrats touted the law’s “many, many positive aspects” and showcased one woman Monday who successfully got health insurance through healthcare.gov.

Oct 28, 2013

Targeted Democrats continue stockpiling funds for congressional re-election bids

WASHINGTON – With a year until the next election, Democratic freshmen in three competitive Arizona congressional districts are continuing to stockpile cash for their re-election bids, according to the latest campaign finance reports.

Oct 14, 2013

Dual lists, dueling officials

Conflicting policies likely to produce headaches as elections approach

Attorney General Tom Horne says he suspects the few voters who didn’t prove their citizenship when they registered with federal forms are in the U.S. illegally.

Jul 31, 2013

Medicaid referendum faces uncertain future

Organizers of a grassroots conservative effort to refer Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion plan to the ballot are keeping quiet about their progress as they prepare for the final month of their signature-gathering efforts.

Jun 19, 2012

Ex-Sen. Cheuvront’s mom thrown off the ballot

Jean Cheuvront-McDermott won’t be the spoiler in an intraparty fight over House seats in Legislative District 24.

Jun 19, 2012

Ballot language troubles could sink sales-tax initiative

A mistake in the ballot language for the Quality Education and Jobs initiative could keep the proposed one-cent sales tax increase off of November’s ballot.