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Drawing battle lines

As expected, First Things First is opposing Republican leaders’ proposal to divert its funding and put the money into K-12 education. “Taken together, the ideas in the [GOP leadership] plan represent the elimination of everything Arizona voters achieved when they created the organization in the first place – local control, a focus on early childhood, and fiscal responsibility,” Janice Decker, chairwoman of the First Things First board, said in a written statement.

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The true patriots have offices at 1700 W Washington

Gowan said his time in the Legislature gives him a proven record that his fellow CD1 GOP hopefuls lack. In addition to major budget reductions the Legislature has implemented since his arrival at the Capitol in 2009, Gowan pointed to his record on illegal immigration issues. “There’s no bigger border hawk than I am," he said.

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Jones eyeing CD9 race

Former GoDaddy executive and gubernatorial hopeful Christine Jones is considering a run for CD9. Jones confirmed to our reporter that she’s meeting with NRCC officials next week, and Brian Seitchik, her 2014 campaign consultant, said she is actively considering a run against Sinema. “She’s been approached by folks both in Arizona and across the country to run for CD9. And she is thinking about it,” Seitchik said.

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Once every super blood moon…

It might ultimately not go anywhere, but the Dems’ K-12 funding proposal unveiled yesterday reaffirmed a shift in thinking at the Capitol: There is an emerging consensus, accepted begrudgingly even by conservative leaders, that the state needs to put more money into K-12 schools.

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Until we meet again… Maybe in a special session

The Associated Press reported this morning that House Republicans were being summoned to small-group meetings to discuss education funding options in advance of a possible special session. The initial report was that meetings were scheduled for today, tomorrow and Wednesday, though House sources said this morning that today’s meetings were being rescheduled because of a scheduling conflict.

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APS waves white flag on solar fight

APS Friday dropped its bid to quadruple its solar fee and called out “political gamesmanship” by solar groups that muddied the request to increase the fee. “Unfortunately, what should have been a relatively simple decision-making process has been turned into political theater by attacks and distortions from rooftop solar leasing companies that seek to paralyze Arizona regulators,” APS said in a statement.

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