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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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[...]