Briefs

Charter school association head stepping down after election

BY: - October 31, 2018

Arizona Charter Schools Association President and CEO Eileen Sigmund is leaving the organization after more than 11 years at its helm, amid a series of controversies in recent months.

National spotlight shines on Christine Marsh

BY: - October 31, 2018

The race for the state Senate in Legislative District 28 got some national press today, courtesy of a piece in Teen Vogue on Christine Marsh’s transformation from high school teacher to Democratic candidate for elected office.

Top of the ticket may not be much help for Democrats

BY: - October 29, 2018

If the reputed blue wave of 2018 is coming to Arizona, it isn’t apparent from early ballot returns -- and the top of the ticket could be a factor in why Democrats aren’t seeing a surge of excitement.

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.