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Aug 26, 2014

Fann pulls ahead as Yavapai County reports election results

A new face will be replacing longtime legislator Andy Tobin in the state House in January, as three-time legislative candidate Noel Campbell took the lead over former lawmaker Linda Gray for the second seat in Legislative District 1.

Arizona Treasurer and Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Ducey formally announces the beginning of his campaign (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)
Aug 18, 2014

Ducey self-funds another $150,000

Doug Ducey doesn’t appear to be taking anything for granted as the Republican primary for governor enters its final phase, contributing another $150,000 to his campaign.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer endorses former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith in his bid to replace her. (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)
Aug 7, 2014

Brewer: Smith is the candidate who would carry on her legacy

Gov. Jan Brewer endorsed former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith at an event at Mesa’s Cubs Park on Thursday, touting him as the candidate who will build on the work she’s done in the past five-plus years.

Aug 4, 2014

As more AZ independents vote in primaries, GOP eyes closing them

The number of independents voting in the partisan primary election on Aug. 26 is expected to surge this year. And with nearly all the primary election action concentrated on the Republican side, independents are overwhelmingly choosing to vote in the GOP primary.

Former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith (left, Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times) and State Treasurer Doug Ducey (photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)
Jun 3, 2014

Ducey, Smith, DuVal announce big fundraising hauls

The first fundraising period of 2014 was a good one for GOP gubernatorial hopefuls Doug Ducey and Scott Smith, who pulled in about $1 million apiece since the start of January.

May 7, 2014

Judge skeptical of Green Party pleas

A federal judge said that efforts by the Green Party to qualify for a place on the Arizona ballot this year may be legally insufficient.

Sep 25, 2013

Donor fatigue

Higher contribution limits don’t translate into avalanche of cash

Legislators who approved a controversial election law this year and are hoping to get a serious bump in their fundraising efforts should not expect to see an avalanche of hefty checks coming their way.

Arizona campaign contribution limits
Apr 19, 2013

New contribution limits could be game-changer for campaigns

Campaign cash may come pouring into some of Arizona’s top races next year thanks to a new law allowing candidates to raise far more money.

Critics say the bill will flood campaigns with more money and influence-buying, and that it may be the final nail in the coffin of Arizona’s voter-approved Clean Elections system.

Campaign finance limit
Apr 12, 2013

Brewer increases Arizona campaign finance limits

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law Thursday a Republican-backed measure that wildly increases campaign finance limits and undermines the state's public campaign funding program enacted by voters to limit money in politics.

Feb 18, 2013

No contenders yet for 4 Prescott council posts

No candidates have officially signed up to run for four open City Council seats in Prescott even though nominating packets have been available to prospective candidates for about four weeks.

Campaign finance limit
Feb 12, 2013

Clean Elections funding limits raised for 2014

Arizona's Secretary of State is adjusting funding limits for candidates using Clean Elections money to run their campaigns.

In Maricopa County precincts with higher minority populations, greater chance of casting provisional ballots
Feb 5, 2013

Committee takes first step in changing voting laws

Hoping to lessen the crush of provisional ballots that delayed the final tally after the November election, the new Senate Elections Committee took its first step in changing the laws governing Arizona’s Permanent Early Voter List.