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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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Let’s not go there

The Arizona Business and Education Coalition has some questions about Ducey’s land trust reform plan, and has some suggestions about how to improve it. ABEC CEO and President Dick Foreman said the organization is glad Ducey is addressing school funding, but hopes to work with lawmakers and Ducey to come up with a way to ensure the new funding is a steady, ongoing stream, and won’t drop off after the 10 years that Ducey’s plan outlines.

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Pension reform coming, but how remains unsettled

Firefighters have been working with Biggs and Lesko on a plan to reform PSPRS, and hope to push a constitutional amendment in 2016 – the only question is whether lawmakers will send the amendment to the ballot or whether the firefighters will have to dip into their own funds to launch an initiative campaign.

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Supreme Court: Power to the people

In her opinion on Arizona Legislature v. AIRC, Justice Ginsburg wrote that, contrary to the Legislature’s argument, the Elections Clause of the US Constitution is designed to allow states to have autonomy, not restrict them.

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