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.
As part of USA Today's "Changing Face of America Project," The Arizona Republic examined the Valley's census tract and found an increase in diversity in most areas:
"When you talk about diversity, there's just so many levels," said Joseph Garcia, director of the Morrison Institute's Latino Public Policy Center. "You have to look at the broader scope, where it isn't just (race and) ethnicity. Obviously there's an economic factor that has to play into this as well."
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.
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.
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?
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.