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OSPB chief insists Ducey’s land trust plan is sound

The Ninth Floor today issued a memo to lawmakers in response to DeWit’s criticism of his plan to boost K-12 funding through increased payouts from the state land trust. The memo, written by OSPB Director Lorenzo Romero, didn’t directly refer to DeWit or his email to lawmakers, but it did address several of the issues the treasurer raised.

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Yes, you paid $250,000 for that

Biggs expressed some buyer’s remorse after reading an audit of Dept of Child Safety conducted by the Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago, which the Auditor General had picked for the job.

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The doc versus the maverick (access required)

Ward made it official today, announcing her primary challenge to McCain on her campaign website. “In Washington, I’ll fight for low taxes, smaller government, a strong defense and policies that empower families and reward personal responsibility.

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Tongues wagging over House staff departures (access required)

The Capitol rumor mill has been working overtime this week (July 6 - July 10) after news of the departures of House policy advisers Pele Peacock and Brooke White began trickling out. The official word from the Gowan administration is that both women resigned, but railbirds aren’t buying it.

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Like it or not, here comes Donald!

Some Republican strategists are worried that the swirling controversy over Donald Trump’s incendiary comments against Mexican immigrants is only serving to distract from the GOP’s efforts to broaden its outreach to minorities, particularly Hispanics.

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Breaking up the band?

The conventional wisdom is that the outcome of next year’s Corp Comm race is likely to hinge on who teams up with Bitter Smith and Burns, the two incumbents seeking re-election.

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The future is all that matters

Burns doesn’t sound keen on taking up the Republic’s suggestion that he compel APS to disclose whether it spent money on the Corp Comm race last year. But while Burns might not want to revisit last year’s campaigns, he told our reporter he is interested in what utilities do in next year’s Corp Comm races.

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The other side of brave is crazy (access required)

Lesko has been leading work groups with Arizona Free Enterprise Club, law enforcement and firefighters’ unions, cities, Ducey’s office and others to discuss PSPRS reforms. Last week, she had a meeting with the Reason Foundation, a libertarian think tank that advocates for public pension reform.

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