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AZGOP bungles convention

By all accounts, Saturday’s Arizona Republican Party convention was an organizational disaster that resulted in Ron Paul supporters repeatedly disrupting the proceedings, mass confusion during voting of delegates to the RNC convention and a loss of quorum after more than 12 hours that necessitates a mail-in run-off election for national committeewoman.

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Commerce refuses to disclose CEO finalists

The Arizona Commerce Authority thus far has not released its list of finalists for outgoing CEO Don Cardon’s job, but one source who’s familiar with the search said Arizona Chamber of Commerce President Glenn Hamer is in contention and has been interviewed for the position.

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Of course there’s already talk of a special session

The work of the 50th Legislature is officially completed, but rumors were circulating last week that some Republicans are – or will be – working on a referral to compete with the Open Government initiative, which seeks to overhaul the state’s elections system by allowing everybody to vote in an open primary with the top two winners, regardless of party, competing in a runoff.

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Flipping over the race card

Gallardo yesterday led the Latino charge against the two recent FAIR Trust lawsuits against the IRC’s maps. With an eye directed primarily at the legislative map, he, Lopez and Quezada teamed up with Mary Rose Wilcox and attorney Danny Ortega to denounce the lawsuits as a dishonest and racist Republican attempt to maintain control of the Legislature.

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Things looking up for Gould’s race on the river

Gould yesterday picked up the endorsement of the fiscally conservative Club for Growth, whose endorsement could provide an influx of needed cash into his race against Gosar and Babeu. Chris Chocola, the group’s president today gave Gould the ringing endorsement of “taxpayer superhero,” and Chocola didn’t mince words about Gould’s incumbent opponent: “Ron has stood up to the big spenders in Arizona time and time again and we believe he will do the same in Congress.

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…Every decision of any consequence

In their latest legal episode, the IRC will be defending itself from allegations that its legislative district plan is the result of a careful and deliberate conspiracy to fix the game for Democrats. On Friday, FAIR Trust attorney Michael Liburdi filed a federal lawsuit charging that the commission went through great lengths to pack GOP legislative districts to maximize Dem chances.

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It’s on: IRC faces two-front war over districts

The IRC is now facing two lawsuits aimed at obliterating the commission’s legislative and congressional lines. FAIR Trust attorney Mike Liburdi and Lisa Hauser were expected to file lawsuits in state and federal court today challenging the commission’s procedures, its results and raising the possibility of open meeting law violations.

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