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GOP excited, Dems deflated by speech

Ducey’s speech was well-received by GOP lawmakers. There weren’t any surprises, but Republicans were optimistic about the tone and direction he set for his administration. “Obviously, he’s outlining a vision, and next week we’ll hear more specifics.

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Sit tight, the end is nigh

Some of Brewer’s agency heads and others have been fidgeting over whether they’ll still have jobs under Ducey’s new administration. Last Wednesday, Ducey’s transition team told them to wait a little bit more, although it also looks like they – and those who are seeking jobs in the new administration – will have their answers soon.

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Don’t forget your checkbook

The end of any year is always met with a mix of emotions – gratitude for the things that went well in the previous 12 months, excitement about the upcoming challenges and regret for the things that didn’t go as hoped. For those who make a living in the government affairs arena, there’s an additional emotion: stress stemming from the flurry of legislative fundraisers that take place the first week of January.

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TPT reform fixes taking shape

As noted yesterday (Dec. 29), a big push is underway to clean up the TPT reform law enacted in 2013. Some members of the contracting industry are working with Lesko, who is expected to run the legislation, our reporter has learned.

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Ward: legislative counter to DACA order likely

Ward wrote a letter to Brewer on Tuesday expressing support for the governor’s continued attempts to block Dreamers from obtaining driver licenses. To read more on this item plus all the stories in the December 24 Yellow Sheet Report, go to www.yellowsheetreport.com (Yellow ...

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It worked so well we’re not doing it again

A report commissioned by the Dept of Corrections on the execution of Joseph Wood found no fault in the agency’s two-drug protocol. Still, consultants who prepared the report, which was released today (Dec. 22), recommended that DOC ditch the protocol. Subsequently, DOC Director Charles Ryan has decided not to use the two-drug combination of midazolam and hydromorphone in executions.

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The Ducey hiring train keeps on chugging

Ducey’s transition team today (Dec. 19) announced another batch of senior staffers. Three of the hires were expected – Mike Liburdi as general counsel, Daniel Scarpinato as deputy chief of staff for communications and JP Twist as a senior advisor – but one caught some observers off guard: Victor Riches, who will be the deputy chief of staff for policy and budget.

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They need the space for these guys (access required)

Ducey made some long-awaited staffing announcements today, including the hotly anticipated decision on what role Danny Seiden will have in the new administration. Seiden will serve as Ducey’s deputy chief of staff for external affairs and policy development.

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