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Did Burns have a 16th with Miranda?

Perhaps not. All Dems present voted no as did three Republicans: Pamela Gorman, Ron Gould and Jim Waring. Some in the gallery thought that Waring was playing safety for the team, voting no to give Burns someone on the prevailing side to ask for reconsideration.

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Crump v. Gorman

Political pundits have been bloviating about Rep. Sam Crump and Sen. Pamela Gorman going head to head to succeed U.S. Rep. John Shadegg (whenever that opportunity arises) and pointing to votes on the budget that the other might use in a campaign hit piece. No issue is more central to their candidacies than taxes.

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Election Deadline

How late can a special election be ordered and still keep the November 3 election date? Election officials told our reporter today (Aug. 10), that deadlines may be statutorily dictated, but that doesn't mean they are etched in stone.

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‘They call him Flipper, Flipper, Flipper . . .’

" . . . faster than lightning, No-one you see, is smarter than he . . ." ~ from "Flipper" TV series Leadership was able to get Sen. Jack Harper, a signatory to the Americans for Tax Reforms' (ATR) "No New Taxes Pledge," to flip on the budget in a quid pro quo for what many viewed as minor concessions.

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Did Brewer feel a little bit of Windy City politics?

Hey, Rahm, this ain't Chicago! The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee yesterday (Aug. 4) sent White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel a letter demanding to know his involvement in an effort to "threaten" Gov. Jan Brewer, after U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl said the president's economic stimulus program was a flop.

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Yarbrough: Reporter bias in ‘Trib’s’ STO series

Rep. Steve Yarbrough told our reporter the East Valley Tribune's exposé on STOs and private school tuition tax credits was slanted to fit the pre-determined story angle that the tax credits were ineffective and are being abused. "I'm waiting for a discussion of the positives of school choice," he said yesterday (Aug. 3).

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Horne responds to ABC-15 report (access required)

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne has submitted a statement to Sonoran Alliance explaining and defending an Arizona Department of Education teacher conference in Tucson last month that ABC-15 said was an expensive tax-paid vacation for teachers, their families and friends.

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AZ educators attend 4-star junket

For nearly a week this month, Arizona teachers partied a lot at a four-star resort in Tucson during a federally required conference, reports KNXV ABC-15 in a copyrighted story. And Huppenthal is mad has hell about it, saying those who took advantage of the system will be held accountable. "Teachers were there for training, but we spotted dozens of teachers working on their tans, lounging at the pool with family and friends," the Phoenix TV station said.

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