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One House, 19 fiefdoms

Gowan announced committee chairmanships late Friday, creating a total of 19 committees, including six committees that are either new or hybrids of past committees. Not counting those who are in leadership, only two returning Republican representatives did not land committee chairmanships of their own.

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A rooftop ‘brawl’ over solar energy’s soul

The Corp Comm’s hearing yesterday (Nov. 13) into APS’s proposal to install solar rooftop panels brought about passionate defenses of the company’s pitch and the existing rooftop-solar industry, but also attacks and snide remarks. “This is a brawl,” one industry insider told our reporter yesterday (Nov. 13).

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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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