Bizarre voting trends emerge again in Colorado City

PHOENIX – Hundreds of voters in Colorado City made nearly identical choices when casting ballots in the November 2014 election, continuing a bizarre trend where a block of voters didn’t choose any candidate in some races, but voted almost 100 percent for an individual candidate in others.

Republican Secretary of State Michele Reagan, the Republican slate for Corporation Commission and Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar each earned 97 percent of the vote in Colorado City. Gov. Doug Ducey and Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas, also Republicans, each earned 95 percent of the vote.

When it came to picking a state senator or retaining Arizona Supreme Court justices, Colorado City voters – by the hundreds – didn’t cast a vote. And in the races for attorney general and the Arizona House, about 200 people who otherwise voted Republican up and down the ticket cast ballots for particular Democrats.

Past due: Lobbyists who missed the annual report deadline

Every year, organizations registered with the state as lobbying entities are required to file an annual lobbying activity report. Here’s a list of all the organizations that are registered as lobbying entities with the Secretary of State’s website, but which have not filed their report or asked for an exemption to the reporting requirements.

ASU Foundation | APS Foundation | Save Our Future Now

Public tax filings from the ASU Foundation and APS Foundation, as reported this week by the Sunlight Foundation and the Arizona Republic, highlight a string of contributions culminating in a $100,000 grant to a “dark money” political group.

AZCIR downloaded these documents so our readers can search through and explore the filings.

Ducey’s primer: Arizona agency transition documents

In the weeks following Doug Ducey’s 2014 gubernatorial win, state agencies, departments and commissions prepared a report to provide a snapshot of the organization, from the perspective of its top staff, intended to inform an incoming governor.

The reports detail the agencies’ three most pressing challenges, greatest accomplishments and opportunities for reform, along with vital statistics about agency size, budget and organizational structure.

AZCIR awarded $100,000 grant from Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation

The Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting, a statewide nonprofit investigative journalism organization, has received a $100,000 grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. The grant will help fund AZCIR’s daily operations and further develop its data analysis service for partner newsrooms and produce data-driven accountability journalism projects on important public policy issues.

Data show suicides using guns double the number of murders

Americans are twice as likely to die from turning guns on themselves as they are to be murdered with one. Now, gun shops and ranges are joining up with prevention specialists to try to prevent suicides. A national News21 analysis of 2012 data found 18,602 firearm suicides in 44 states compared with about 9,655 firearm homicides in 49 states.

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