The Veridus Weekly 10-19-18


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In Focus

$36 million.

That’s how much money has poured into Arizona statewide races during the 2018 election cycle, according to new campaign-finance reports released this week. That figure -- which will only continue to grow through election day -- has already made this year’s statewide election the 2nd-costliest in Arizona history.  

With the election three weeks away and early ballots distributed, remaining campaign funds (or lack thereof) could make all the difference. Which candidates for statewide office are sitting on warchests? And which are flat broke? Here’s how they stack up:

  • Gov. Doug Ducey (R) has raised just over $5.6 million; spent $2.4 million; and has just under $3.5 million in cash-on-hand.
  • Opponent David Garcia (D) has raised $1.8 million; spent $1.3 million; and has  $480,000 in cash-on-hand.
Secretary of State:
  • Businessman Steve Gaynor (R) has raised $2 million; spent nearly $1.8 million; and has over $230k in cash-on-hand.
  • State Sen. Katie Hobbs (D) has raised approximately $780k; spent $370,000; and has about $410,000 in cash-on-hand.
Attorney General:
  • Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R) has raised just under $930,000; spent $670,000; and has $290,000 in cash-on-hand.
  • Attorney January Contreras (D) has raised just under $730,000; spent almost $310,000; and has $420,000 in cash-on-hand.
State Treasurer:
  • State Sen. Kimberly Yee (R) has raised just under $490,000; spent $225,000; and has $260,000 in cash-on-hand.
  • Small business owner Mark Manoil (D) has raised $290,000; spent $160,000; and has nearly $130,000 in cash-on-hand.
Superintendent of Public Instruction:
  • Former Congressman Frank Riggs (R) has raised roughly $134,000; spent $117,000; and has $17,000 in cash-on-hand.
  • Former teacher and speech pathologist Kathy Hoffman (D) has raised nearly $300,000; spent $210,000; and has just under $90,000 in cash-on-hand.

More people moving to Maricopa County than anywhere in the U.S.
Phoenix Business Journal

Maricopa County saw more people move to the area than any other county in the U.S. during the past five years.

The county saw 221,000 immigrants between 2012 and 2017, according to a new report from RentCafe. That volume was by far the highest in the country, the report shows. Nearly 150,000 people separated Maricopa County from the 10th-highest site of immigration, Wake County in North Carolina.

Among the appealing attributes for migrants looking for a new city to live in was Maricopa County's relatively low cost of living, especially home prices. Out of the top 10 counties for net internal migration, Maricopa had the fourth-lowest average home price.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Los Angeles County saw 381,000 people leave during the same five-year span. Santa Clara County in Northern California was in the top 10 for people leaving as well.

It's overly simple to say people are leaving California and coming to Arizona, but people are attracted to Maricopa County, said Mark Stapp, director of the center for real estate theory and practice at Arizona State University.

[...] Read more HERE.

Huge increase in number of voters registered in Arizona as midterm election nears
Arizona Republic

The number of people newly registered to vote in Arizona this year is more than double that of the last midterm election year, which could signal a higher turnout to come in November, new figures from the Secretary of State's Office show.

And the youngest voting demographic, those aged 18 to 24, has more new voters registered than all other age groups since Jan. 1 — and possibly more than their cohort in 2016, a presidential election year.

But, one expert said, the big increase in registrations likely won't move the needle massively in November.

[...] And, while more new Democrats registered this year than Republicans, GOP voters still make up the largest bloc in Arizona, followed closely behind by independent voters.

More of these new voters registered as independents rather than declaring themselves as Democrats or Republicans.

[...] Databases of voter-registration numbers from the Arizona Secretary of State's Office show nearly 314,000 new registrations in 2018 by the Oct. 9 deadline for November's election. A couple thousand more people registered in the days since the deadline.

[...] Read more HERE.

Recap of McSally, Sinema debate

Our very own Jason Barraza joined Arizona Horizon this week with reaction to one of the year’s most bruising debates. Click image below to watch:

Watch HERE.

Veridus clients in the news

Legacy P.E. teacher named Teacher of the Year
Queen Creek Independent

A physical education teacher at Legacy Traditional School — Queen Creek has been named a 2018 Teacher of the Year by the Arizona Health and Physical Education association.

This award is presented annually to a small, select group of educators recognized for their service and contributions to their students, school and profession. This year, Legacy teacher Jerry Osborne is being honored in the “Middle School Physical Education” category, a press release states.

“There are many deserving candidates for this award, but none more deserving than Mr. Jerry Osborne,” Adam McCoy, principal of Legacy Traditional School — Queen Creek, said in a prepared statement.

“Mr. Osborne is more than a teacher to his students; he is their friend, he is their advocate, and he is their inspiration to overcome all challenges and achieve greatness.”

In addition to, and because of his outstanding role as a PE teacher, Mr. Osborne last year was asked to serve as Legacy’s junior high Academic Intervention Group leader — tasked with positively impacting the lives of 12 at-risk students on campus, according to a release.

Mr. McCoy said Mr. Osborne’s passion, hard work and ability to inspire and motivate “changed the trajectory of their lives forever.”

Of the 12 students in the program, “10 sustained grades higher than a 70 percent average, and one made such a remarkable turnaround, that he was honored at graduation as the Comeback Student of the Year,” said McCoy. “Even after 37 years of teaching, he is still in tune with the needs our youth.”

Mr. Osborne and a fellow Teacher of the Year recipients will be recognized at a special celebration Tuesday, Oct. 23.

Read more HERE.

Letter: Medicaid a lifeline for countless southern AZ families
Arizona Daily Star

Nurses take care of people — it’s what we do. Thankfully, Arizona’s Medicaid program is helping us get more people the regular care they need — helping prevent minor and chronic illnesses from progressing into life-threatening conditions.

Our state’s Medicaid program — formally known as AHCCCS — provides healthcare to more than 1 in 4 Arizonans, including over 817,000 children. Statewide, 1.7 million Arizonans depend on Medicaid for the healthcare they need.

Medicaid enrollees include many people you may not expect, including veterans and their spouses, 3 in 5 seniors living in nursing homes, and half of all Arizonans with a disability.

The bottom line: Medicaid is a lifeline to critical care for countless Arizona families, loved ones, businesses, and community members. As we look for models of success in health care, let’s build on the success Arizona’s Medicaid program is having.

Robin Schaeffer
Executive director of the Arizona Nurses Association

Read more HERE.

Vote ‘no’ on clean-energy initiative
West Valley View

By John Safin, President and CEO Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce

This is to bring attention to a serious issue facing everyone. A California-based political group wants to propose a ballot measure that would be harmful to Arizona households and businesses. The Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce opposes this so-called “clean energy” initiative. Please vote no on Proposition 127.

This California group wants to make changes to the Arizona Constitution that would require Arizona Public Service (APS) to produce at least half of electricity from renewable sources by 2030. While it sounds good, this will significantly increase electricity costs for every family, business and ratepayer.

Additionally, their proposed ballot initiative would prohibit the use of nuclear energy as a renewable source. The Palo Verde Generating Station, the most cost-effective, renewable electrical production source for Arizona and several surrounding states, would be forced to close by 2025. This would have a detrimental impact to our economy through a 50 percent increase in electrical costs, and loss of thousands of jobs.

The Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce supports clean, renewable energy that would be beneficial to businesses and the community. This proposed ballot measure would do too much harm to the Southwest Valley community and the entire state of Arizona.

The mission of the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce is to support business leaders, advance economic growth, and be community-minded for the benefit of regional prosperity. We ask everyone to join us in voting “no” on Prop 127, the “Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona” measure.

Read more HERE.

Clean-energy ballot measure Prop. 127 now the most expensive in Arizona history
Arizona Republic

Arizona political consultants and attorneys are getting rich off the epic battle over a clean-energy ballot measure, which has become the most expensive in state history with about $40 million in spending, according to the latest finance reports.

The money on each side has come from essentially two sources.

A group funded by billionaire San Francisco activist Tom Steyer has spent $17.6 million trying to pass Proposition 127, which would require electric companies to get half their power from renewable sources like solar and wind by 2030.

But the parent company of Arizona Public Service Co. has topped that, with $21.8 million spent fighting the measure, according to its latest report.

Campaign finance reports were due to the Arizona Secretary of State's Office by the end of the day Monday and covered spending by political action committees through Sept. 30. Both campaigns still have money left and have continued to spend ahead of the election.

The spending easily tops the 2002 tribal gaming issue that drew three competing ballot measures, according to one longtime political consultant. About $39 million was spent on those campaigns combined.

[...] Most campaigns for ballot initiatives in Arizona budget between $3 million and $5 million, he said.

[...] Read more HERE.
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