Nearly 40 years after he helped break the Phoenix political machine, former Mayor Terry Goddard is hoping to bookend his political career with a “dark money” ballot initiative that he says will make Arizona’s government more representative.
The conservative-controlled US Supreme Court upheld Arizona’s laws restricting third-party ballot collection and out-of-precinct voting.
Senate Republicans filibustered the For the People Act recently, at least temporarily ensuring its demise. Changing Hands Bookstore co-owner Cindy Dach says she expected more.
Faith leaders across Arizona have spoken out in recent months about protecting voting rights and expanding access to the ballot box as a Christian issue, not a partisan one.
Activists said they were protesting the filibuster because it was holding up immigration reform, universal healthcare, and voting rights protections.
Republicans blocked a bill on Tuesday that would have extensively expanded voting rights, despite support from Democratic and Independent senators.