The Philippines is a country of more than 100 million people. Its history and its proximity to China have made it an important U.S. ally, but it's had its share of challenges.
Clean Elections Program's Future Uncertain
Some Arizona legislators said they will try again to negate public campaign financing. The voter-approved Clean Elections program provides funding for participating candidates for state offices.
Republican Rep. Paul Boyer of Phoenix plans to reintroduce a proposal to gut that program. According to the Arizona Capitol Times, Boyer said he will ask voters to sweep all of its money into K-12 schools.
Rep. J.D. Mesnard said he wants to introduce a resolution for a ballot measure on repealing the program outright. However, the Chandler Republican said he will only proceed if program opponents promise support for a campaign aimed at persuading voters to go along. The Arizona Supreme Court recently upheld higher limits for campaign contributions to privately funded candidates.