Viral Video of "Ballot Stuffing" in Phoenix Shows a Perfectly Legal Practice

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A YouTube video with more than 400,000 views purporting to show "ballot box stuffing" in Arizona actually shows a completely legal practice.

A.J. LaFaro, the chairman of the Maricopa County GOP, has been drumming up controversy by implying he witnessed voter fraud when an activist for the group Citizens for a Better Arizona dropped off some voters' completed ballots at the Maricopa County elections headquarters, which has some right-wing blogs going nuts.

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James Woods, Blind Congressional Candidate, Buys a Gun to Exploit "Gun Show Loophole"

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Evan Clark, James Woods for Congress
Democratic Congressional candidate James Woods with his new gun.
Did you hear the one about the blind man who went to the gun show?

No, it's not a joke -- Democratic Congressional Candidate James Woods, who's blind, actually went to a recent gun show in Mesa and purchased a revolver as a bit of a campaign stunt to denounce the so-called "gun show loophole."

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Fred DuVal Down to Doug Ducey in Latest Polls, but Remains Within Striking Distance

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Fred DuVal (left) and Doug Ducey.
Two polls released this week but Democrat Fred DuVal down, but not out, against Republican Doug Ducey in the race for Arizona governor.

One poll puts DuVal down 1 percentage point, and the other puts him down 5 percentage points, which, in current times, qualifies as good news for a Democrat running for governor in Arizona. Remember that just four years ago, Terry Goddard lost the election to Governor Jan Brewer by 12 percentage points.

"I believe what this [poll] tells us is that folks believe Arizona is headed in the wrong direction and they're looking for change," DuVal tells New Times.

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Andy Tobin: Obamacare Caused SB 1062

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Obamacare has been blamed for a lot of things, but blaming the health care law on the passage of a supposedly anti-gay law is one we haven't heard before.

Yet, that's what Republican Congressional Candidate Andy Tobin declared in a debate this week with Democratic Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick, as the candidates were given the opportunity to question each other, and Kirkpatrick went after Tobin's support of Arizona's Senate Bill 1062.

"That bill wouldn't have been necessary if it wasn't for Obamacare, because it looked for protections of the First Amendment, and that was the reason, because you hadn't seen it before," Tobin said of the bill.

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Geoffrey Jacobs, Fired From DPS After Scandal With Director's Daughter, Running for JP

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Geoffrey Jacobs is running as a Democrat for Maricopa County Justice of the Peace in the Hassayampa district.
An ex-state trooper who was fired in 2009 after a rocky affair with the state Department of Public Safety director's daughter is running for Maricopa County Justice of the Peace.

Candidate Geoffrey Jacobs is seeking the position in the northwest Valley's Hassayampa district court, one of 26 county Justice Courts. But he has some serious obstacles to overcome: He's a Democrat running in a Republican-leaning district. He's running against two competitors for the November 4 election, a Republican and a Libertarian.

And he's got baggage -- lots of it.

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Does Doug Ducey Want to Eliminate the Income Tax or Not?

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In the fifth and final gubernatorial debate yesterday between Republican Doug Ducey and Democrat Fred DuVal, Ducey apparently walked back on his commitment to eliminating the state's income tax.

After DuVal attacked Ducey's plan to get rid of the income tax, Ducey replied that, "No one's talked about eliminating the income tax" -- as if it's something he has not actually proposed.

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Special Report: Arizona Gubernatorial Candidate Doug Ducey Hails From an Infamous Ohio Organized-Crime Family

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Andrew J. Nilsen
Most of Doug Ducey's professional life has been spent in sales of one kind or another.

So when the 50-year-old entrepreneur turned politician was given a chance to sell himself at an exclusive June retreat sponsored by billionaire siblings Charles and David Koch, naturally he emphasized the positive.

According to secret recordings of the event recently made public as part of a special report by The Nation magazine and the YouTube channel The Undercurrent, Arizona's state treasurer had attended these Koch brothers summits before and knew the audience consisted of potential big-money contributors.

Ducey spoke their language. He talked up the success of Cold Stone Creamery, which he and his partner sold in 2007, boasting that the company grew from a few stores to "1,440 in all 50 states" without any assistance from the public sector.

"We did it without government," he told the summit's attendees. "We did it without subsidies. We did it without tax incentives for chocolate-dipped waffle cones."

Ducey's audience chortled. Delivered with a touch of humor, this evocation of independent, can-do capitalism was the perfect pitch to the crowd of plutocrats, facts to the contrary notwithstanding.

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David Garcia, Superintendent Candidate, Endorsed by Scott Smith and Other Republicans

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Matthew Hendley
Former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith
Former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, the runner-up in this year's Republican primary for governor, announced his support of Democrat David Garcia for the state's schools superintendent.

"David Garcia isn't only the most qualified candidate -- he's the only qualified candidate, and that's why I'm supporting him," Smith said at a press conference today, joining several other Republicans in endorsing Garcia.

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Doug Ducey Up 10 Percentage Points on Fred DuVal in Latest Poll

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Fred DuVal (left) and Doug Ducey.
Despite three previous polls showing a virtual tie between gubernatorial candidates Fred DuVal and Doug Ducey, the latest poll puts Ducey up 10 percentage points on DuVal.

This latest poll from the New York Times, CBS News, and YouGov shows 47 percent of the voters picking the Republican Ducey, and 37 percent opting for the Democrat DuVal. The same polling outfit's results released just a month ago had Ducey up just 1 percentage point on DuVal.

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David Garcia, State Superintendent Candidate, Releases Two Television Campaign Ads

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David Garcia campaign ad
At a Valley Interfaith Project's fall gathering in east Phoenix on Tuesday night, more than 300 voters had a chance to hear from David Garcia, who is running to become the state's new school chief.

As usual, his opponent, Diane Douglas, was a no-show despite organizers placing half a dozen calls to her office asking for her participation. New Times has also been unsuccessful in reaching Douglas.

In one of his two television ads, Garcia -- using a description of Douglas in an editorial by the Arizona Republic -- says that Douglas has as much knowledge about education as a cardboard cutout.

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