- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 15, 2010

ARIZONA

Arizona won’t ask for funds clarification

PHOENIX | A state commission says it will not ask a federal judge to clarify her ruling invalidating a key portion of Arizona’s public campaign finance system - a setback for Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, who is being outspent by a wealthy opponent.

The decision Monday follows a U.S. Supreme Court order last week preventing the state from distributing so-called matching funds until the court decides whether the payments are constitutional.

Matching funds go to publicly funded candidates who are outspent by their privately funded opponents or targeted by independent expenditures.

Mrs. Brewer had hoped for $1.4 million in matching funds to offset spending by Republican rival Buz Mills, a businessman who already has spent more than three times the $707,000 Mrs. Brewer gets as a publicly funded candidate. Arizona’s GOP primary is Aug. 24.

The Citizens Clean Elections Commission had considered asking a federal judge in Arizona to clarify her January ruling that matching funds are unconstitutional. It remains unclear whether U.S. District Judge Roslyn Silver’s ruling allows the use of an emergency provision that would permit publicly funded candidates to raise private money if they are outspent.

NEW YORK

Black councilman to challenge Cuomo

NEW YORK | A black New York City councilman complains there’s not enough diversity on the state’s Democratic ticket and he’ll run for governor to protest.

Charles Barron said he is angry over Democrat Andrew Cuomo’s selection of a white, male running mate, Rochester Mayor Robert Duffy. All the Democrats running statewide this year are white.

Mr. Barron said Monday he is tired of Democrats taking black voters for granted. He is going to try to create a new line on the ballot, called the New York Freedom Democratic Party, and run on that line to challenge Mr. Cuomo.

Mr. Barron would have to get 50,000 signatures to create the new line.

Mr. Cuomo’s campaign declined to comment on Mr. Barron’s plans.

A Siena College Poll released Monday found Mr. Cuomo running far ahead of his Republican rival, Rick Lazio.

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