Arizona Clean Elections Law Struck Down

In this update: 1. Supreme Court strikes down key feature of Arizona public financing law 2. Defaming Wisconsin and desecrating democracy 3. Redistricting plans drawn . . . why can’t public have a look? Arizona Clean Elections Law Struck Down

Email date: 6/27/11

In this update:
1. Supreme Court strikes down key feature of Arizona public financing law
2. Defaming Wisconsin and desecrating democracy
3. Redistricting plans drawn . . . why can’t public have a look?

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Supreme Court strikes down key feature of Arizona public financing law
A split U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision this morning striking down a central provision of Arizona’s public financing system for its state elections that has been in place since voters there approved it back in 1998. Five justices supported overturning a federal appeals court that had upheld the law, while four justices dissented.

The Democracy Campaign issued a statement on the ruling moments ago.

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Defaming Wisconsin and desecrating democracy
In a commentary published on FightingBob.com over the weekend, the Democracy Campaign’s director weighs in on the state budget bill that was signed into law on Sunday as well as a new legislative scheme to make special interest election spending in Wisconsin more difficult to track than ever.

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Redistricting plans drawn . . . why can’t public have a look?
The majority leader of the state Assembly let the cat out of the bag. There is a finished redistricting plan that is being surreptitiously circulated among lawmakers. Why so secret? Ashamed of their artwork, are they?

Tomorrow at noon there will be a Capitol press conference to unveil a legislative proposal to reform the redistricting process.