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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Former Gov. Raul Castro, the last Latino statewide officeholder elected in Arizona 40 years ago, has endorsed David Garcia for Superintendent of Public Instruction, citing the need to close the Latino educational achievement gap.

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Arizona successfully completed its inaugural Citizens’ Initiative Review, a citizen-participant project to help voters better understand complex ballot issues.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Cronkite News reported on efforts to get out more Latinos registered to vote and to the ballot box so they have a greater role in electing Arizona leaders.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Arizona Republic reported on "dark money" playing a key role in Scottsdale's election, after a undisclosed corporation gave nearly $100,000 to support and oppose primary candidates.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Cronkite News Service reported on the potential for the state's largest voting bloc – independents – flexing its muscle at the ballot box, but falling far short of that mark because of low voter turnout in elections, especially in the primaries.

Joe Garcia, director of communications for Arizona State University's Morrison Institute for Public Policy, said he believes the biggest problem is a lack of voter education, especially among independent voters.



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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Arizona Community Foundation, Republic Media and Morrison Institute for Public Policy put our heads together to come up with the next big idea for Arizona water, and here's what we came up with: How about we open it up to the great minds out there instead?

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Associated Press reported that Arizonans were bombarded by more than 19,000 campaign TV ads in the 18 months leading up to the primary election. Candidates and independent groups trying to win over Arizona voters spent $12.4 million – a 422 percent change in spending from the last midterm election cycle in 2010.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Downtown Devil reported:

Twenty strangers who represent different demographic backgrounds gave up their weekend plans to dissect Proposition 487 for the Citizens’ Initiative Review, a project that helps registered voters better understand ballot issues, at the Phoenix Convention Center.

READ: CIR allows for better understanding of complex ballot issues

 

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Monday, September 22, 2014

The Arizona Republic's Phoenix City Hall reporter Dustin Gardiner was among the news media covering the final day of the Citizens' Initiative Review, which was hosted and organized by Morrison Institute for Public Policy. An excerpt from his news blog reads:

An independent group of Phoenix residents tasked with evaluating Proposition 487 — a ballot initiative seeking to end the city's employee-pension system for new hires — has outlined what it sees as its most pressing potential consequences, both positive and negative.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

“(The Citizens' Initiative Review) restored my faith in the democratic system and the voice that citizens can have. I think this is an effective process, and a good means of having citizens come together and get information out there that’s more neutral, to help other citizens in the process.”

Those were the words of Toni Spears, 45, a real estate agent and independent contractor who participated as a CIR panelist.

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