Tag: Elections

Understanding Arizona's Propositions: 2016

Presentations
May 2016
Dan Hunting, Thom Reilly

Brief Analysis of Proposition 123

The decision about how to vote on Proposition 123 hinges on complex issues of education and state trust land finances. Morrison Institute has assembled a guide to some of the most important points to consider before you complete your ballot.

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Prop 124 – Changes to the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSRS)

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Reports and Publications
April 2016
Thom Reilly

Understanding Arizona's Propositions: 2016

Prop 124 – Changes to the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSRS)

Proposition 124 would amend the Arizona Constitution to create an exception to the current prohibition against diminishing or impairing public retirement systems benefits by allowing adjustments to the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS).

Building and Rebuilding An Election System in Arizona: Where We've Been, Where We're Going

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Reports and Publications
March 2016
David Berman

In the wake of the 2016 Presidential Preference Election primary, where voters in Maricopa County stood in line for hours in many cases to cast a ballot in already-decided races and for independents provencial ballots that wouldn't count anyway, Arizonans continue to seek to have a larger and direct voice in government.

Arizona's Pilot Citizen Initiative Review

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Reports and Publications
December 2015
Erica S. McFadden Ph.D., David Daugherty Ph.D., John Gastil Ph.D., Katherine Knobloch Ph.D., Daniel Schugurensky Ph.D., Joseph Garcia, Avanti Haque

In September 2014 ASU’s Morison Institute (MI) for Public Policy conducted the state’s first Citizens Initiative Review (CIR). MI invited twenty participants to deliberate for 3½ days over a pension reform measure on the city ballot to develop a factually vetted, one-page Citizens’ Statement with the pros and cons of the initiative.

Who is Arizona's Independent Voter?

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Reports and Publications
November 2015
Erica S. McFadden, Ph.D., David Daugherty, Ph.D., Eric Hedberg, Ph.D., Joseph Garcia

The Citizens Clean Elections Commission and Morrison Institute for Public Policy look at the Independant Voter.

Understanding Arizona's Propositions (2014)

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Reports and Publications
October 2014
David R. Berman

Morrison Institute Senior Research Fellow David R. Berman looks at the pros and cons of three propositions (Prop 304, Prop 303, Prop 122) that will be on the November statewide ballot.


Dark Money in Arizona: The Right to Know, Free Speech and Playing Whack-a-Mole

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Reports and Publications
March 2014
Dr. David Berman

Dark money. The name itself carries ominous undertones, undertones that critics of this relatively new campaign-finance phenomenon claim reflect a genuine threat to democracy.  Its defenders, on the other hand, argue that the dark money approach to funding political campaigns is merely an extension of Americans’ basic right to free speech. In other words, the issues at hand could hardly be more profound.

 

Initiative Reform in Arizona: Exploring Some Ideas

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Reports and Publications
May 2013
David Berman

Since statehood in 1912, Arizona has been among the nation’s leaders in using the initiative process to either adopt a statute or amend the state constitution by placing a measure on the ballot. But such efforts are anything but easy. In fact, organizers have found it to be an expensive, time-consuming and exhausting process – and one that is unlikely to end successfully. This briefing looks at the initiative process in Arizona since statehood in 1912, including its success/failure rate and proposals for reform.


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