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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.