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Former attorney general launches Election Reform Initiatives

Posted by Kellie Ryan on January 22, 2016 at 5:24 PM

This article was written by Bob Christie for the Associated Press.

PHOENIX (AP) - A former Arizona attorney general and a former Phoenix mayor are launching a campaign to bring elections reform to voters through a pair of ballot measures.

The Open and Honest Elections Coalition is sponsoring a measure to increase disclosure requirements for groups contributing more than $10,000 to a political campaign and a second measure to put all Arizona candidates on a single primary ballot.

Former Attorney General Terry Goddard and former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson are sponsoring the bi-partisan initiatives in conjunction with HighGround Inc., a political consulting and lobbying firm. The coalition’s goals are to limit the influence of dark money in Arizona elections and make it easier for Independents to get on the ballot.

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Coalition files initiatives on dark money, top-two primary

Posted by Kellie Ryan on January 22, 2016 at 5:16 PM

This article was written by Jeremy Duda for the Arizona Capitol Times.


A coalition looking to dramatically overhaul Arizona’s election system filed initiatives that replace the state’s partisan primary elections with a “top-two” primary system and impose stringent election spending disclosure requirements to combat the phenomenon of anonymous spending known as “dark money.”


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Group launches effort to ID 'dark money,' change primary

Posted by Kellie Ryan on January 22, 2016 at 3:02 PM

This article was written by Howard Fischer for the Arizona Daily Star.


PHOENIX — Saying the current system is broken, a group has launched a two-pronged campaign to convince voters to make major changes in the state’s political system.

One measure would revamp the election system for everything from statewide to local offices to operate closer to how most cities do. All candidates would run against each other in the primary, with the top two vote-getters facing off in the general election, regardless of party affiliation.

Proponents note there are more Arizonans registered as independents than with either major party.

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Proposals seek to upend Arizona election system

Posted by Kellie Ryan on January 22, 2016 at 2:47 PM

This article was written by Mary Jo Pitzl for The Arizona Republic.


Unlikely allies want to shake up Arizona elections with proposals outlawing anonymous corporate political donations and replacing a primary system they say favors the extremes of both major political parties.

The proposed ballot measures are being spearheaded by two former Phoenix mayors who ran as Democrats for governor and the Republican political consultant who most recently backed Gov. Jan Brewer.

But Terry Goddard, Paul Johnson and Chuck Coughlin say they've found common ground in a quest that Coughlin describes as an effort "to reinvent the architecture of Arizona politics."

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Team of Arizona Rivals Introduce Open Primaries & Dark Money Disclosure Constitutional Amendments

Posted by Kellie Ryan on January 22, 2016 at 2:46 PM

This article was written by Mitch M. for Arizona's Politics.

Former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson, now an independent. Former Phoenix Mayor and Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard, a Democrat. Republican consultant Chuck Coughlin. The three of them have done political battle against each other many times over the years.  Throw in at least $1M from a Texas philanthropist/election reform advocate, and an independent voters' group, and you have quite a coalition.

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What's not the matter with Nebraska?

Posted by Kellie Ryan on January 19, 2016 at 12:54 PM


This article was written by Sean Braswell for OZY.

Gridlock, partisanship, corruption, favors for moneyed interests. Presidential debates, like the Democrats’ latest effort last night, often touch on how fed up U.S. voters are with politics as usual. Well, what if when Americans had had enough of their elective representatives, they threw out the bums — all of them, or at least an entire chamber of them, abolishing a state’s entire House of Representatives? Turns out Nebraskans did exactly that decades ago, by voting to amend their state’s constitution. Since then, Nebraska’s legislature has worked differently from any other state’s — with, some say, the emphasis on “worked.”

Now, in a hyperpartisan nation in which almost 70 percent of Americans express anger at their political system, a state best known for corn and college football is attracting renewed interest for something else: its civil political culture. Nebraska’s long-running top two “open” primary format, in which the top two candidates from any party advance from a single primary, has been adopted by Washington and, more recently, by California. And it’s become the model example for a new “open primaries” movement that is starting to gain some traction with frustrated citizens in other states, from New York to Arizona to South Dakota.

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Opinión invitada: Porque latinos no pueden votar en las elecciones

Posted by Kellie Ryan on January 15, 2016 at 4:01 PM

This Op-Ed was written by Open Primaries Arizona Director of Latino Outreach Armida Lopez and Open Primaries Arizona Co-Chair Danny Ortega for La Estrella de Tucson.

ArmidaDanny.jpgHistóricamente en Arizona, nuestra comunidad Latina se conocía como la comunidad que se afiliaba con el partido Demócrata. Hay muchos que piensan que todavía es así.

Pero la verdad es que nuestra comunidad Latina electoralmente está cambiando.

Actualmente, solo el 44 por ciento de los Latinos están registrados para votar como Demócratas, siendo que antes éramos el 80 por ciento.


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Coalition launches campaign for dark money, top-two ballot measures

Posted by Kellie Ryan on January 13, 2016 at 10:38 AM

This article was written by Jeremy Duda for the Arizona Capitol Times.

dark-money-light.jpgAdvocates of two proposed amendments to the Arizona Constitution that would dramatically change the face of elections in Arizona have officially joined forces and are preparing to launch their campaign for 2016.

The Open and Honest Coalition, as the group is called, filed campaign committees for two proposed ballot measures with the Secretary of State’s Office and expect to unveil their proposed ballot language within the next two weeks.

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Valdez: How to improve elections

Posted by Kellie Ryan on January 12, 2016 at 6:03 PM

This article was written by Linda Valdez for the Arizona Republic.

Can we make it through this legislative session without any major embarrassment? No right-to-refuse service bills. No official state sanction of racial profiling. No easy punch lines for the national media.

That’s a lot to expect from a Republican-ruled Legislature where extremism in defense of the ridiculous is considered a virtue.

We'll have to grit our teeth through another session. But we don’t have to keep it this way.

There are two ideas that could shake up an unsatisfactory status quo.

Step 1: Nix the two-party primary


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