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You must be joking

One GOP consultant said he was completely baffled by Thomas’ decision to run for governor. “Has this guy gone completely insane?” the source asked. While Thomas believes he was wronged and unfairly targeted for disbarment for politically motivated reasons, the source said he’s got no chance of convincing other people of that.

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Preemptive strike

Barber’s campaign this morning jumped on comments made by Martha McSally about being approached to run for several offices, calling it “politics at its worst.”

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Sifert: It’s natural

Arizona Republican Party spokesman Tim Sifert today downplayed the party’s March fundraising, saying that the low numbers are just “part of the natural fundraising cycle.” He said the party made a big fundraising push in January, which also increased February revenues, before trailing off in March.

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You’re running for what?

The instant analysis from GOP politicos is that Melvin has little or no chance of winning. One Republican consultant said Melvin won’t have the money to build up his name ID much, noting that the fundraising disparity will probably be especially high if the state’s new contribution limits hold up in court.

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Clear the way

Dem blogger, former lawmaker and DuVal supporter Tom Prezelski wants Campbell to bow out of the governor’s race. In an “open letter” to Campbell posted on Rum, Romanism and Rebellion yesterday (April 18), Prezelski laid out his arguments for why it would be best for the House Dem leader, who has yet to officially file his candidacy for governor, to stay out.

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There’re still a few things to take care of

Brewer aide Lorna Romero gave the Arizona Commerce Authority board a quick legislative update at today’s quarterly meeting, telling the board members that the Ninth Floor is pushing for resolutions on the three major outstanding issues of the session – TPT reform, Medicaid expansion and the budget.

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Lawsuit? We’re not worried

Supporters of H2593 (campaign finance; contribution limit) are confident they will prevail in any potential lawsuit alleging that the increase in campaign contribution limits runs afoul of Prop 105 and the Clean Elections Act. Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, a leading advocate of the bill, said he doesn’t buy the argument that ARS 16-941, the provision in the Clean Elections Act that cuts contributions by 20 percent, precludes the Legislature from raising the limits.

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