Briefs

Corp Comm candidate Sears being investigated by AG for disclosure violation

BY: - October 29, 2018

The Attorney General’s Office is investigating Kiana Sears, one of the Democratic candidates for Corporation Commission, for violating state campaign finance law. The investigation comes after Harry Young, a voter in Mayer, filed a complaint with the Secretary of State’s Office in September detailing several LLCs owned in part by Sears that were not included […]

Puerto Rico not sending its inmates to Arizona as planned

BY: - October 24, 2018

Plans made public in August that would have seen Puerto Rico transfer inmates to Arizona have been scrapped, but the island’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (DCR) is still looking to transfer over a thousand people from its prison population to the mainland.

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AZ GOP lawmakers targeted by Dem group for ‘extremist ties’

BY: - October 23, 2018

The Huffington Post yesterday reported on how D.C.-based groups that help elect Republicans to state legislatures across the country are silent when GOP lawmakers voice racist views and embrace extremist groups. Among them are two Arizona legislators. HuffPo singled out Rep. Bob Thorpe, R-Flagstaff, and Rep. Mark Finchem, R-Oro Valley, for their ties to radical […]

How other countries may use our campaign finance laws against us

BY: - October 23, 2018

As Robert Mueller and others continue to investigate if there is a connection between President Donald J. Trump and Russia during the 2016 election, money continues to flow into our elections, some of which may be illegally coming from people or entities outside of the United States and is being shielded by holes in regulations that allow for anonymous spending on campaigns, according to a recent report.

Dem challengers fight 50-year trend in general elections

BY: - October 22, 2018

The Democratic challengers to Gov. Doug Ducey and Attorney General Mark Brnovich must compete not only with voter registration numbers that favor the GOP, but with a 50-year trend that favors incumbents in statewide races.

AZ a case-study in billionaire ballot spending

BY: - October 18, 2018

The Arizona efforts of California billionaire Tom Steyer to bankroll an Arizona ballot measure to increase the renewable energy requirements on utilities was highlighted today in a report by the Center for Public Integrity on out-of-state billionaires influencing ballot measure elections across the country.

How is Arizona’s constitution amended?

BY: - October 18, 2018

Arizona’s Constitution has been amended over 150 times since Arizona moved from territory to statehood in 1912 but what exactly goes into creating an amendment?

‘Privacy’ for political spenders as important as government transparency, say ‘dark money’ advocates

BY: - October 17, 2018

In a wide-ranging 90-minute talk about the importance of anonymous spending in American politics, Goldwater Institute attorney Matt Miller and National Review Senior Writer David French discussed a recent wave of campaign finance disclosure laws and ordinances across the country. “Privacy for the citizen is as vital as transparency from the government,” French said during […]

Arizona ACT scores dip, state ranks near bottom

BY: - October 17, 2018

Arizona high school students graduating in 2018 placed 45th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia in performance on the ACT college-entrance exam.

2016 campaign finance rewrite effectively doubles contribution limits for statewide officeholders

BY: - October 16, 2018

Ducey, a prodigious fundraiser, has been the primary beneficiary of that provision. According an Arizona Mirror analysis of the governor’s campaign finance reports dating back to 2016, the double-dipping provision has allowed Ducey to raise at least $200,000 more than he would have been able to under the old laws.

Goldwater Institute hosting discussion on the virtues of anonymous money in politics

BY: - October 15, 2018

Tuesday evening at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law, the Goldwater Institute will be discussing what some see as an attack on free speech: full campaign finance disclosure.

No, Homie isn’t running for the Senate

BY: - October 15, 2018

Homie wants your business, not your vote. Teal signs featuring a dollar sign flanked by stars have sprouted up at Phoenix intersections promising “significant change” if people “Vote for Homie” for a Senate seat. Whether that seat is in the Arizona or U.S. Senate, the signs don’t say, since Homie is not, in fact, a candidate for anything.