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Putting the 5Cs out to pasture

Jones today (June 4) unveiled her economic development plan, which proposes five pillars – she calls them the 5 Ts: technology, training, transportation, tourism and taxation – that will supplement the traditional drivers of Arizona’s economy over the past century.

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Take your litmus tests and shove ‘em

The big question facing the Arizona Chamber of Commerce as it hunkered down to pick candidates to support this year has been answered, and the answer is pretty definitive: The group did not hold opposition to two of the chamber’s biggest policy positions against many incumbent legislators.

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Let the challenges begin

As of the end of business yesterday (May 29), the secretary of state has received requests to inspect 81 candidates’ qualifying signatures. Depending on what they find, those requests can become the precursor to candidate challenges.

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Bing, bang, boom

The second special session of the 51st Legislature officially ended today at 12:56 pm. Only a single vote was cast against the CPS reform package, with Ward voting no on S1002 (appropriations; Dept of Child Safety)

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The reason for the rubbernecking

There was a reason why yesterday’s first day of special session got off to a slow start – Biggs and other conservative lawmakers wanted to hold back some of the funding for more staffers until certain benchmarks were met, our reporter was told.

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If the ducks aren’t in a row, suspend the rules

The House suspended rules in order to make up for lost time waiting on the legislation. The lower chamber suspended Rule 9(C)(7) requiring notice to lawmakers and the general public by 4 pm the day before a special meeting can be called, as well as Rule 33(B), which prohibits committees from taking action on a measure unless the measure is posted on a committee agenda by 4 pm the previous day.

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Signed, sealed and delivered

Brewer issued a call today (May 22) for lawmakers to return to the Capitol May 27 for a special session to overhaul the state’s child-welfare agency and close out an ever-growing backlog of 14,777 abuse and neglect cases.

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Brewer eyeing Ducey, Smith for endorsement

Brewer, who has expressed her desire to endorse a candidate in the gubernatorial primary, has narrowed down her choices to two. She conceded in an interview yesterday that one of them is Smith, the lone Republican in the race who supports her controversial proposal to expand Medicaid and to maintain the Common Core standards, but wouldn’t say who the other candidate is.

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