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Special Session: Get ready for Thursday

Gov. Jan Brewer and GOP leaders are expected to meet this week to discuss a special session, which is still being penciled in for Nov. 17-19. House Speaker Kirk Adams and Senate President Bob Burns both told our reporter that they were speaking with members about the budget changes that would be voted on and both were upbeat about the possibility of the session happening.

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A different kind of effort

Sen. Russell Pearce told our reporter yesterday he is advocating lawmakers "simply ignore" the maintenance of effort requirements for K-12, universities and healthcare funding that the state agreed to when it accepted the federal stimulus aid earlier this year.

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Quelland not packing up office yet

Democrats were quick to rejoice in administrative law Judge Thomas Shedden's ruling to back the commissions' May decision to throw Rep. Doug Quelland out of office. But the Phoenix lawmaker won't be boxing up his office supplies and biker shorts just yet...

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Will Jan get to be Jan?

Feisty. Straight. Tough. Over the last 24 hours state pollsters and Gov. Jan Brewer supporters have underlined the governor's advantages as a no-nonsense fighter ready to jump into a campaign and defend her positions.

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Pollsters say Brewer isn’t toast

Gov. Jan Brewer's poll numbers are among the lowest of any governor in the country. But the wild card, pollsters here say, is that many Arizona voters don't know enough about the governor to have an opinion. "The hardcore anti-Jan Brewer constituency is relatively small, especially among the voting population," said NAU pollster and political science professor Fred Solop...

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Come on down…

Rep Andy Tobin told our reporter today that leaders are targeting Nov. 17-19 for a special session on a deal leadership reached earlier this week with Gov. Jan Brewer. The deal, which is currently being shopped to members, includes $540 million in total General Fund savings...

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Thrasher distancing herself from ad

Former state Rep. Jackie Thrasher is distancing herself from an ad campaign that seeks to tie her with Rep. Jim Weiers in her District 10 quest to be returned to the House. Apparently someone named "Bill Smith" sent out an email blast with a graphic reading: "Keep the winning team: Vote Weiers, Johnson, Thrasher. Paid for by Bill Smith."

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Brewer, leadership still working on terms of special session

The window is closing for Gov. Jan Brewer to bring lawmakers back to the Capitol for a special session before Thanksgiving, but the two sides still haven't agreed on exactly what issues they will deal with. Speaking to reporters today, Brewer said she has been ready for a special session since September and said she is waiting on leadership to get her a head count.

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Seel: Anti-fraud measures can be implemented

Rep. Carl Seel tells our reporter that, while JLBC is technically correct that the Health and Welfare BRB (Laws 2009, 3rd Special Session, Chapters 3 and 10) did not have the statutory changes necessary to implement the anti-fraud mechanisms at AHCCCS under the federal false claims act, there was a provision he said he quietly slipped into the General Government BRB (Laws 2009, 3rd Special Session, Chapter 7) that will still allow anti-fraud computer programs to be installed.

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