Prop 121

May 1, 2013

Time to call the collection agency

The 2012 campaign is long over, but the Open Government Committee’s campaign debt lives on. According to campaign finance reports, the committee, which led the charge for Prop 121, ended the cycle with $502,000 in outstanding debt, about $405,000 of which is owed to the consulting firm Riester – none of which has been paid back.

Nov 5, 2012

CA unveils AZ group’s financing, says it committed money laundering

California’s Fair Political Practices Commission disclosed the source of an $11 million contribution that an Arizona-based group injected into battles over two ballot measures, and declared that the organization was responsible for campaign money laundering.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, a leader of the effort to defeat Proposition 121, said a primary system in California similar to that proposed for Arizona has resulted in fewer independent candidates on that state’s general election ballot. (Cronkite News Service Photo by Lindsey Smith)
Oct 25, 2012

Supporters: Prop 121 would level playing field for independents

Brent Fine took time off work and spent three months gathering 1,768 signatures in order to run as an independent candidate for state House in a Phoenix-area district.

U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl, Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Barry Hess, Libertarian County Attorney candidate Michael Kielsky, Green Party co-chair Angel Torres, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, Democratic Sen. Steve Gallardo and Democratic Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox. (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)
Oct 15, 2012

Politically diverse coalition rallies against Prop. 121

Rarely, if ever, will you see straight-arrow conservative Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery and fiery Democratic Sen. Steve Gallardo sharing a stage with Libertarians and Greens, with all taking the same viewpoint on an issue.

Oct 11, 2012

Prop. 121 supporters launch first ad

Supporters of an initiative to create a “top-two” primary election system in Arizona are hitting the airwaves with the first television ad in the Proposition 121 campaign.

Oct 1, 2012

Political parties united in dislike of top-two primaries

They don’t agree on much, but a plan to create “top two” primaries has Arizona’s major and minor political parties on the same page – or at least close to it.

Sep 24, 2012

Other states with top-2 primaries show mixed results

Some critics worry that California’s 31st Congressional District reflects what will happen in Arizona if voters pass the top-two initiative to change the state’s primary election system.

Although the district leans Democratic, four Democrats split up the vote in the June primary, allowing two Republicans to advance to the general election.

Others predict that Arizona woul[...]