Arizona: Red Victory

In the twelve years since City Council Candidate Barry Goldwater led it into office against a scandal-spotted Democratic administration, Phoenix's staunchly conservative, nonpartisan Charter Government has cleaned up the city's fabled old gambling and vice rings and won at least 50 civic awards for its efficient ways. With that kind of record, Charter Government should have waltzed to re-election this year. Instead, Phoenix's Mayor Samuel Mardian Jr. and his incumbent city councilmen found themselves in a bitter fight over an improbable, implausible issue. The charge: that Charter Government's candidates—as well as...

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