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Gowan backs down (access required)

In a surprising twist, Gowan today reversed his decision to impose a background check before reporters could gain access to the House floor. To read more on this item plus all the stories in the April 12 Yellow Sheet Report, go ...

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A hello that lasted for an inning

Gowan was spotted sitting in the front at last night’s Diamondbacks Opening Day game. The speaker’s appearance (somebody had taken a photo of the game’s live coverage on TV) raised some eyebrows, since lawmakers aren’t allowed to accept tickets to sporting events from lobbyists, and front row tickets don’t come cheap.

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It’s not so far off the mark after all

Last week, Arizona Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Glenn Hamer bitterly complained about the claim that, under S1516 (campaign finance amendments), the state is ceding its authority to regulate campaign spending to the feds. “This claim is so far off the mark as to make me wonder whether the media doesn’t understand campaign laws or whether it’s choosing just to ignore the facts,” Hamer wrote.

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Glennian logic

Arizona Chamber CEO and President Glenn Hamer vigorously defended S1516 (campaign finance amendments) against “wildly inaccurate” claims that he said are being perpetuated by the media. “We’re all entitled to our own opinions, but not to our own facts,” he wrote in a blog.

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And then there’s Gowan

To prohibit lobbyists from gaining undue influence over lawmakers’ actions, Arizona law prohibits them from contributing to sitting legislators’ campaigns while a legislative session is ongoing. But for some of the most powerful lawmakers heading into hotly contested races this ...

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The anatomy of an error

Data provided by the county confirms how badly the officials miscalculated preparations for this year’s presidential preference election. To read more on this item plus all the stories in the March 30 Yellow Sheet Report, go to www.yellowsheetreport.com (Yellow Sheet Subscription Required). To subscribe ...

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