Bipartisan coalition aims to decriminalize marijuana possession
State lawmakers are planning a bipartisan push to loosen Arizona’s marijuana possession laws, which are considered by many as among the harshest in the United States.
Trump urges Arizonans to vote for McSally at Mesa rally
President Donald Trump urged Arizonans to send Martha McSally to the U.S. Senate, calling her an American hero who led airstrikes against the Taliban while describing Democratic nominee Kyrsten Sinema as an extremist who is soft on terrorism and border security.
National group touts independent candidate for AZ Senate
A national group that aims to elect political independents to public office has dived into the race for a state Senate seat in the West Valley.
AZ a case-study in billionaire ballot spending
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?
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
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
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.
Most expensive legislative races in LD28, LD18
Sen. Kate Brophy McGee’s reelection bid is on pace to be one of the most expensive legislative campaigns in Arizona history. As of Sept. 30, the Phoenix Republican had raised nearly $370,000 and spent more than $245,000 to retain her seat in the state Senate.
2016 campaign finance rewrite effectively doubles contribution limits for statewide officeholders
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.
Garcia posts best fundraising report yet, still lags behind Ducey
Democratic gubernatorial nominee David Garcia brought in $779,000 during the last campaign finance reporting period, by far the strongest showing yet by a campaign that has been plagued by poor fundraising since its beginning. But Garcia still trailed Gov. Doug Ducey for the reporting period, which ran from Aug. 12 to Sept. 30. Ducey reported […]
Goldwater Institute hosting discussion on the virtues of anonymous money in politics
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
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.