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Technicality May Stop Opposition To Expanded School Vouchers In Arizona

Despite having turned in more than 111,000 signatures, opponents of expanding school vouchers for private and parochial school use may see their efforts ultimately quashed on a technicality.

Tim La Sota, one of the attorneys representing supporters of voucher expansion, has claimed all petition signatures are likely invalid because some of the people collecting names may not have registered correctly.

If State Elections Director Eric Spencer disagrees, La Sota's team plans to fight on the grounds that their opponents, Save Our Schools, used the wrong language where it referred to the "53rd legislature" in its documents.

La Sota has argued that reference is invalid, because the 53rd session is not completed until the spring of 2018.

Therefore, he told Capitol Media Services, "It just doesn't exist. I mean, it's no more a reality than is a unicorn."

In a preliminary review, Spencer, said he will not kill the referendum, but expects La Sota will raise the same argument with a trial judge.

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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.