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Quick, while no one’s watching!

Rather than wait for a new law to go into effect in September that would allow the secretary of state to send the Horne campaign finance investigation back to Maricopa County prosecutors, Bennett’s office last week quietly complied with a Superior Court ruling in May that said the proper procedure was for Bennett to send the case to the AG’s office.

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It was a promise, not a threat

During the session, opponents warned lawmakers that Laws 2013, Chapter 62 (H2600: judicial nominees; minimum reqs; records) was going to wind up in court, and now it’s looking like it might be one of the first pieces of legislation from the session to be the subject of a lawsuit.

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A multi-front referendum war

A prevailing sentiment among supporters of Medicaid expansion is that efforts to gather the signatures and challenge the expansion law via a referendum are bound to fail, a pro-expansion source told our reporter this morning (July 1).

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Time to wake the Ethics Committee?

The news today (June 28) about Murphy and Shooter has prompted some observers to wonder when the two senators will face ethics charges. After word of Shooter’s transgression broke in March, Dem senators said they weren’t ready to file an ethics complaint because the police hadn’t investigated the incident and charges hadn’t been filed, but there will be renewed pressure for them to file a complaint.

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Once a rebel…

After hinting at the possibility over the last few weeks, Salmon warned yesterday that US House Speaker Boehner will lose his leadership position if he allows an immigration bill to come to the floor without support from the majority of the majority.

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My big, fat, gay wedding

As Arizona Dems celebrate the Supreme Court’s ruling on both the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Prop 8, conservatives have largely refrained from sending out press statements. The exceptions appear to be Franks and the Center for Arizona Policy.

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An eye for an eye

While some Republicans say that ousting McComish as majority leader remains a possibility, others are hoping he will choose the less confrontational path and resign his post.

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Maybe we’ll have two 2013 laws on the 2014 ballot!

Gallardo and a prominent Dem activist who represents several voter advocacy groups met with a petition gathering firm this morning as they explore the possibility of challenging Laws 2013, Chapter 209 (H2305). Gallardo wouldn’t disclose the company and said no contract has been signed, but he said the firm was confident it could meet the requirements to put the law on the 2014 ballot.

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