Jun 19 2012

Big Arizona Newspapers Carry Three Pro-Top-Two Items, but so far None on the Other Side

Source: Ballot Access News

The Arizona Republic (Phoenix), and the Arizona Daily Star (Tucson), the state’s largest two newspapers, have together run three opinion pieces in favor of the top-two open primary initiative, but so far none on the other side.

The Star ran an op-ed in favor of the idea on November 24, 2011. It is by Paul Johnson, former Mayor of Phoenix, and Si Schorr. The title is “Open Elections would Improve Representation, Reduce Hyperpartisanship.”

The Arizona Republic ran a piece on December 4, 2011. It is by Linda Valdez, and is titled “Arizona 2012: Making Government Work.”

The Republic ran a second boost on June 13, 2012. It is by columnist Laurie Roberts. The title is “An open primary is best hope.”

Both newspapers have been asked to carry an opinion piece on the other side, but so far they have not done so. The only media in Arizona so far that has attacked the top-two initiative is the BlogforArizona, which generally seems to support Democrats and oppose Republicans. That blog has an anonymous blogger named “Arizona Blue Meanie”, who has run five blog posts making the case against the top-two idea. Thanks to Thane Eichenauer for the link to BlogforArizona.

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