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Talking points memo

It appears that GOP lawmakers were at least considering some kind of competing proposal in recent days. In a July 3 email that a source provided to our reporter, Senate Chief of Staff Wendy Baldo told GOP senators that an alternative proposal was in the works.

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No easy answers if you lose

If the courts ultimately keep the Quality Education and Jobs initiative off the ballot, the organizers are going to have to answer a lot of uncomfortable questions from the various businesses who have so far contributed more than three-quarters of a million dollars to the effort. The committee’s campaign finance report shows $499,000 raised through May 31, of which $422,000 came from businesses.

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Business community digs deep for Pierce’s PAC

As noted last month, Pierce’s Senate Republican PAC is flush with cash heading into the summer. The committee has nearly $157,000 on hand and raised almost $168,000, thanks largely to the president’s outreach to the business community – and, presumably, his commitment to focusing his chamber’s efforts on pro-business legislation, not immigration.

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It’s only missing the Illuminati & Trilateral Commission

In the $10 million notice of claim he filed against the City of Phoenix June 29, Bundgaard is asserting that the city, the police and his political enemies colluded to ensure his downfall. He claimed that a police detective, Bryn Ray, not only aided Gould’s ethics committee as a “consultant,” but the police also deliberately withheld information from him.

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That’s such an impolitic word

Although the US Supreme Court upheld the individual mandate in the federal health care reform law on the grounds that it is a tax – and referred to it as such more than 400 times in today’s ruling – Dems who showed up for a press conference this morning (June 28) steered clear from referencing it as such.

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Smith ‘emboldened’ by minority opinions

Kavanagh may not have been bullish on the prospects for a revival of the 2011 immigration bills that failed, but Smith said he not only plans to bring his bills back, he is hopeful that Monday’s ruling will reignite anti-illegal-immigration fervor at the Capitol. “I would certainly like to think that people would be emboldened by the decision, especially when you read what Scalia and Thomas wrote.

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Analyzed to death

After a three-hour hearing that stretched into the early evening, the Republican-led Legislative Council yesterday approved an analysis for each of the 11 ballot measures that are expected to be voted on by the public in November. Most of the proposed analyses received bipartisan support, but two ballot language descriptions were particularly contentious.

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S1070 ruling: Everyone wins?

While some critics rejoiced, supporters of S1070 also claimed victory, pointing out that what they see as the law’s “heart and soul” has been upheld: the provision that requires law enforcers to inquire about people’s legal status if there is a suspicion that they are not in the country legally.

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Club For Growth takes shot at Franks (access required)

The Club for Growth had a short but strong rebuke for Franks today after he appeared in an ad for Cardon in which he “sets the record straight” on the “absolutely false” attack ads paid for by the Club. In the 30-second ad posted today on YouTube by Cardon’s campaign, Franks, who endorsed Cardon earlier this month, says he can personally vouch for Cardon as a “job creator,” “conservative Reagan Republican” and someone with the “business skills we need in the Senate to fix this economy.”

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