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It ain’t over till I say so

Mesnard said he has declined Gowan’s offer to appoint him as Commerce chair in exchange for giving up his bid for speaker. “This is still competitive and the caucus members deserve a choice,” he told our reporter.

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Well, that changes nothing

In his resignation letter, Pearce sought to disavow the offensive remarks on his radio show by saying he “shared comments written by someone else and failed to attribute them to the author.” But many at the Capitol immediately dismissed that claim as a meek attempt to walk back his comments, and noted there was no indication that he was reading the remark or that it had come from somebody else.

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Avoiding Arizona’s Akin

Politico observers awoke this morning (Sept. 15) to some surprising news: Russell Pearce had resigned his post as first vice-chairman of the Arizona Republican Party following a mini-furor surrounding comments he made recently on his weekly political talk radio show.

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House chairmanship scuttlebutt

One source close to Gowan told our reporter this morning (Sept. 12) that, although Ugenti made a strong pitch for approps chair, Gowan has no intention of giving her the reins of the committee. “I can guarantee with 110 percent certainty that Ugenti will not be approps chair,” the source said.

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Fire up the rumor mill

Following yesterday’s (Sept. 10) report that House moderates have struck a deal to support Gowan as House speaker next year, the rumor mill began churning. One, in particular, piqued the interest of a legislative insider: Ugenti will supposedly be tapped to lead approps.

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Party unity, kind of

The endorsement waiting game ended today (Sept. 4) as Jones and Smith officially backed Ducey, one day after Bennett endorsed the nominee. In a joint statement, Jones and Smith said: “As proud conservatives, we respect the election process, we support the will of the voters, and we endorse Doug Ducey as the Republican nominee for governor.

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