PHOENIX – Maria Harper-Marinick and Sharon Megdal were named Morrison Institute Distinguished Fellows. “We are so pleased both leaders accepted our invitation to join the Distinguished Fellows Circle,” said Thom Reilly, director of the Morrison Institute for Public Policy.
The Kyl Center for Water Policy at Morrison Institute, made possible by a $1 million gift from the Morrison family, was officially launched Nov. 14 with a mission to seek consensus for wise water policy and lasting solutions for Arizona.
Named after retired U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl, who will lend both his expertise as a water attorney and leadership as a statesman, the Kyl Center will convene a diversity of stakeholders to collaboratively address many of the state’s water challenges – just as Arizona leaders successfully did in decades past.
Cronkite News Service reports that regardless of political parties, gender, race or other demographic indicators, many rate education and the economy as the most important factors in deciding how to vote.
Joe Garcia, director of communications for Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy, told Cronkite News in September that the rise of independent voters has less to do with ideology than with voters being tired of the current political system.
The Arizona Republic is reporting that $26 million is being spent by out-of-state groups on trying to influence Arizona elections:
High-dollar spending by outside groups is "the new status quo," said David Berman, a senior research fellow at Arizona State University's Morrison Institute for Public Policy. Recent court decisions allowing unlimited and, in some cases, anonymous political spending have set off the nationwide flood.
Cronkite News reported that both Democrat Terry Goddard and Republican Michele Reagan say they want laws taking a harder line with so-called dark money groups by requiring them to register with the Secretary of State’s Office. But in Arizona, is that even possible?
David Berman, a senior research fellow with Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy who wrote a report on the subject, said dark money groups look to Arizona as a state that hasn’t regulated campaign finance or nonprofit corporations very well.