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Schweikert consultant: Boehner will cut us a check (access required)

The intraparty war between congressional Republican leadership and the conservative Club for Growth appears to have simmered down for now, even while the race between U.S. Reps. David Schweikert and Ben Quayle is growing fiercer.

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner this week agreed to give Schweikert a contribution from his PAC to compensate for a contribution he made earlier to his primary rival Quayle.

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Parker kicks off CD9 campaign

Vernon Parker kicked off his campaign for Arizona’s 9th Congressional District with the aura of a frontrunner. In a race for a competitive but Democratic-leaning district, Parker is the only big name in the GOP primary so far. Heavyweights who were expected to get into the race such as Hugh Hallman, Steve Moak, Gary Pierce and Don Stapley have all opted out.

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Conservatives scrambling to get bills through with supermajority (access required)

The unprecedented supermajorities the GOP won in both legislative chambers in the last election are likely nearing an end. Between the natural loss of seats most observers expect this November — following the 2010 Republican wave — and the lingering uncertainty from the redistricting process, 40 and 21 will almost certainly be a thing of the past.

With the window closing on the two-thirds majorities some conservative groups are acting with a greater sense of urgency.

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GOP congressmen bash feds at hearing (access required)

Republican members of Arizona’s congressional delegation gathered at the state Senate to excoriate the Obama administration and the federal government over policies on forest management, the environment and a host of other issues they say are hurting the economy and hampering job creation.

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IRC holding off on lawsuit (access required)

The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission’s threatened lawsuit for more funding was once again delayed after the commission decided not to sue the state today, as originally planned.

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