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GOP: Not like it matters

Despite Democratic enthusiasm, Republicans are still confident that McCain will prevail. “She might be the only real opponent he’s had in a really long time. But I still think she has zero chance,” said GOP consultant Brian Murray, who predicted a 15-point win for McCain.

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Does this mean the #classroomsfirst hashtag is back?

Ducey today (May 22) announced the membership of his Classrooms First Initiative Council, which he created by executive order in early January, a week after taking office. The council, which includes a mix of district and charter school officials, is charged with “simplifying and modernizing” Arizona’s school funding system.

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Burning a hole in their pockets

With the latest JLBC monthly fiscal highlights showing revenues exceeding projections to the tune of $233 million, talk of budget revisions has increased among Republicans in the Legislature. Several Republicans said if the Legislature has to go into a special session for redistricting, or any of the other looming issues that could lead to a special session, they want the governor to include budget revisions in his call.

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Lege hires mapping firm

The US Supreme Court hasn’t yet ruled in the redistricting case brought by the Legislature, but Republican leaders are already hiring consultants to work on redrawing the congressional map.

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Biggs to universities: Believe me, you’re fine

While other legislators worry about the cuts to higher ed and are exploring ways to restore the funding, Biggs said the universities have not indicated that they expect enrollment to go down. A statement Biggs emailed to our reporter via Senate spokesman Mike Philipsen shows no indication he is willing to consider adding back funding to the universities, and indicates that he believes the universities will thrive, despite the cuts.

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Ducey: Planned Uber sting left director Über-fired

During his speech to the RNC’s spring meeting at The Phoenician today, Ducey dropped a previously undisclosed bombshell: that he fired the interim Weights and Measures director Shawn Marquez because he was planning a pre-Super Bowl sting on Uber and Lyft with the aim of shutting the ride-sharing companies down.

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