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Arizona House votes to repeal Presidential Preference Elections

Posted by Kellie Ryan on February 12, 2016 at 11:32 AM

This article was written by Sydney Glenn for Cronkite News.

The Arizona House of Representatives voted Wednesday to repeal the state-funded version of the presidential primary. 

House Speaker David Gowan of Sierra Vista sponsored the HB2567 bill that, if approved by the Senate and signed into law, would repeal Presidential Preference Elections.

For future Presidential Preference Elections, political parties would have to raise their own funds to cover the election costs. The bill would not go into effect until after the March election. 

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Posted by Kellie Ryan on February 08, 2016 at 6:44 PM

This piece ran on New Mexico PBS.

A look at legislation that could give voters the chance to vote to change the state’s primary elections. Debate and discussion on Open Primaries, both in the legislature and at the LINE Roundtable. Plus, diving in to campaign finance reform proposals also making the legislative rounds this year. THE LINE panelists also talk possible behavioral health cuts, & new wage rate proposals.

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Open Primaries Launches Campaign to Rally Support for New Mexico Open Primary Elections Amendment

Posted by Kellie Ryan on February 03, 2016 at 10:21 AM

This article appeared on KRWG, Public Media for Southern New Mexico and Far West Texas.

Open Primaries, a national leader on election reform, today announced the launch of a campaign to build support in the state House Judiciary Committee to approve HJR 12, the Open Primary Elections Constitutional Amendment. This bill will give all voters in New Mexico equal participation and say in their elections, bring competition back to electoral races and offer New Mexico’s citizens the functioning government they so desperately want. The group has established an educational web portal that includes a petition tool to encourage New Mexicans to take action by expressing their support for the bill to their legislator.

"As a registered independent and as a spokesperson for the 250,000 New Mexico independents excluded from our most important election, the primary, I would ask members of both parties in the legislature to look carefully at this bill and listen to the expert testimony in the coming days,” said Bob Perls, founder of New Mexico Open Primaries.

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Latinos disputan efecto de primarias no partidistas en Arizona

Posted by Kellie Ryan on February 02, 2016 at 6:04 PM


El grupo comunitario Lucha Arizona dijo que la propuesta para abrir las elecciones primaries a votantes latinos disminuiría la influencia del voto y de candidatos latinos.

La iniciativa que busca consolidar las elecciones primarias de cada partido en una sola y permitir la participación de votantes independientes tendría efectos negativos en el voto y la postulación de candidatos latinos en Arizona, de acuerdo a grupos comunitarios que trabajan para registrar latinos.

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Open primary proposal moves forward

Posted by Kellie Ryan on February 01, 2016 at 10:10 AM

This article was written by Matthew Reichbach for


A proposal that would allow voters to decide whether or not those outside the two major political parties can participate in primary elections passed its first committee on Saturday.

Right now, only Democrats can participate in Democratic primaries and only Republicans can participate in Republican primaries. The proposal brought forward by Reps. Antonio “Moe” Maestas, D-Albuquerque, and Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-Los Alamos, would change that.

The bill passed on a narrow 5-3 vote, with all four Democrats on the panel being joined by committee chair James Smith, R-Sandia Park. The other three Republicans present voted against the proposal.

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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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