Chris Herstam, former member of the Arizona Board of Regents and former Republican legislative leader, talks about the changing face of Arizona's political scene.
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.