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Many Republicans view Obama’s new policy as a politically calculated maneuver to solidify his support among Hispanic voters. While that almost certainly was a consideration for the president, the announcement hews closely to the administration’s previous decisions about immigration enforcement and shouldn’t come as a much of a surprise.

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Pearce’s gypsy fundraiser

Two different Mexican restaurants told Pearce to scram after an anti-Pearce group organized a protest and threatened boycotts over a fundraiser scheduled for this afternoon. The event, the location of which was not initially disclosed, was initially booked at the Macayo’s on Central Avenue.

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Kelly’s future uncertain (access required)

Perhaps the biggest Republican victor last night was Martha McSally, considering that Kelly has now lost twice in CD8 and expressed uncertainty last night about whether he will stay on the ballot for the new Dem-leaning CD2. He told supporters last night that “only God knows” what his future holds and that, while he “most likely” will run in the new district, he would take a few days to consider his options.

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Three’s a crowd, but what’s four?

If Martin withdraws, he will join the three other people who so far have withdrawn their candidacies after opponents began preparing to challenge their nominating petitions. LD25 House candidate Chris Montijo became the first to withdraw (YS, 6/6), and he has since been followed by Dem US Senate candidate David Ruben and LD24 GOP Senate candidate Scott Fistler.

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Of polling samples and turnout models

Republicans cried foul this morning when Public Policy Polling released the results of a poll done over the weekend that shows Barber up by 12 points over Kelly in tomorrow’s special CD8 election. Republican operatives and Kelly supporters were quick to pan the poll’s results because it significantly oversampled Dem voters.

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Vote of no confidence on two ballot measures

Multiple sources say that the Arizona Chamber of Commerce’s public policy committee yesterday voted to recommend that the full chamber board oppose both the Open Government and Quality Jobs & Education initiatives when it meets next week to decide what stance to take on the slate of 2012 ballot measures.

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Rio Nuevo shakeup fosters conspiracy theories

Word broke Tuesday that Pierce ousted two members of the Rio Nuevo board, including its chairwoman. Letters dated May 31 were sent to Chairwoman Jodi Bain and fellow board member Rick Grinnell. The three-sentence letters merely thank them for their service and say that Pierce intends to appoint new members to the panel, but do not give a reason.

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Club for growth rides to Flake’s rescue (access required)

Cardon has gained a lot of ground on Flake in the past several months with $2.5 million in TV and radio ads, but his advertising hegemony came to an end today when the Club for Growth announced a $500,000 media buy to air a series of attack ads against him for the next couple of weeks.

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