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Effort To Recall Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey Fails

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey
(Photo via azgovernor.gov)
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey

An effort to recall Gov. Doug Ducey, before he runs again in 2018, has failed.

Leonard Clark said he knew it was a long shot when he began organizing a recall drive against Ducey.

"If you look at it from that perspective," he told Capitol Media Services, "Were the odds against it ... greatly against it? Yes."

But, the longtime activist said he launched the campaign with the hope citizens were fed up after Ducey signed measures making it harder for Arizonans to propose and enact their own legislation.

"I can put up with a lot of things. But when you pretty much make it impossible to have initiatives by regular citizens who don't have a lot of money," he said. "That's just like killing a state tradition."

He wouldn't say how many signatures he collected, but he did not have the 376,604 valid signatures needed to force a special election.

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Holliday Moore is a native Arizonan and veteran journalist who joined KJZZ’s news team in January 2017.Moore graduated from Arizona State University after double majoring in mass communications and marketing/management. She spent her first two decades reporting for television news, beginning in small markets and working up to congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C., for a political news service.Family commitments in Arizona brought her back to the Southwest, where she covered legislative and court beats for Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV and the infamous Four Corner Manhunt as KREZ-TV’s managing editor.Back home in Phoenix, she developed ABC15’s “Democracy Project,” now instituted at all Scripps’ news stations nationwide. Her work garnered “Best Practices” recognition by the Poynter Institute and the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.Her television reports, from sports to cultural issues, earned her multiple Emmy and Associated Press nominations, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her Hopi Partition Land Act coverage.As she started a family, Moore started her own media production agency, producing magazine-style travel stories for the Emmy-winning Arizona Highways Television show while working part time for a Valley radio station. She is convinced radio is where visual, sound, and print are merging through deeper storytelling. In her relatively short time with radio network affiliates, she has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple nominations from other professional news societies.Moore now teaches advanced broadcast writing to the next generation of reporters at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where a high percentage have gone on to receive national awards for their work in her class. She enjoys being back home near childhood friends and sharing the beautiful Arizona desert with her husband and young son.