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If things were better, it would be worse

Some lawmakers are kicking around the possibility of delaying the implementation of the phased-in tax cuts that were part of the 2011 Arizona Competitiveness Package. But thanks to the sluggish economy, the fiscal impact of those cuts is smaller than JLBC anticipated when the bill was passed.

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From law-breaker to lawmaker

Democratic Rep-elect Ceci Velasquez may need to use her legislative privilege to stay out of jail, if the cops don’t find her before session begins. Florence Municipal Court records show that Velasquez has a warrant out for her arrest due to her failure to appear in court or pay fines associated with a string of traffic violations in 2010.

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But wouldn’t it be fun?

Douglas’ top campaign aide squashed a rumor that is gaining steam at the Capitol that Murphy is a shoo-in to land a spot on her staff since they served on the Peoria School Board together and are friends. Murphy gave our reporter a non-answer when asked if he aspired to work at the Dept of Education or if he’d been asked, saying it wouldn’t be appropriate to comment on a request that hasn’t been made of him.

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Dem chair: 2014 not a total loss

Arizona Democratic Party Chairman Bill Roe said he hasn’t made up his mind yet on whether to seek a second term. Roe told our reporter he will make his decision after talking to more people, and he wants to wait until the election results are finalized and the party has more data so it can make a deeper analysis of how it fared.

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Test deal a death blow to Common Core opposition?

As noted yesterday, education officials have selected American Institutes for Research to provide the achievement test that will be aligned with Common Core at a cost of $19 million. This means Arizona has now fully embraced the controversial education standards, and their chances of getting dismantled have now plummeted to near zero.

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AZGOP backs down after Corbet threatens lawsuit

Former Senate President and current DuVal supporter Leo Corbet last week sent a cease-and-desist letter to Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham and Ducey spokeswoman Melissa Delaney, demanding that the party and Ducey’s campaign retract a statement that called the former Senate President a member of DuVal’s “rogue’s gallery.”

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Her position has evolved… since Sunday

Reagan appears to have done an about-face on her opposition to political organizations “harvesting ballots.” Reagan, who sponsored S1003 (early ballot voting; revisions) in 2013, which would have banned political groups from picking up ballots from voters and delivering them to elections officials and which was later incorporated in H2305 (election revisions; violations), said that she is willing to compromise with groups that use the technique and allow them to continue collecting ballots – with some additional oversight.

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