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Voter vault lockout

AZ Republican Party spokesman Matt Roberts clarified last week's Republic article about Romley being denied Voter Vault access, telling our reporter this week that all non-incumbent candidates are denied access until they submit the nominating petition signatures necessary to qualify for the ballot. But in a separate discussion, Roberts said he doesn't believe Boyd Dunn will have to jump through the hoops that Romley will.

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Yarbrough starts angling for Senate prez

Yarbrough got an early start on his quest for senate presidency. Late last week, he wrote Senate Republicans to ask they hold off on making "early promises" regarding whom they would support for president. His likely competition at this point is Pierce and Pearce, while several insiders said Yarbrough's chances will be almost entirely dictated by the November elections.

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Clean Elections made S1070 possible?

Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus this week claimed Clean Elections is a partial culprit behind S1070. Marcus claimed that public financing, the result of a push from "good government types" on the left, "worked too well" at freeing candidates from the extremist-screening of the business community.

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Referendum on the rocks?

Ballot measure consultant Andrew Chavez told YS today that the One Arizona referendum campaign to thwart the state's new anti-illegal immigration bill is in danger of collapsing. Whether voters would undo the law remains unclear, although recent polling indicates the One Arizona measure would have an uphill fight.

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City attorney cancels Gordon’s plans

Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio broke the news that Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon won't be able to file a lawsuit challenging the state's new immigration law without the approval of the council. DiCiccio sent news to reporters that city attorney Gary Verburg quashed Gordon's claim that the city charter would allow a mayor to sue without council approval.

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Under the spotlight

The national outcry against S1070 has surprised both backers and opponents of the tough illegal-immigration measure. USA Today opined the bill as the "ugliest" bad solution to illegal immigration, while Jon Stewart of "The Daily Show" called the state the "meth lab of democracy."

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Pierce defends Mills

Sen. Steve Pierce defended Buz Mills over recently publicized news that a Florida judge ruled that Mills defrauded a business partner during the 1997 sale of his telecom company, OPM-USA, Inc. "I think everyone who's ever been in business has been in conflict with someone," said Pierce, who is backing Mills' run for governor.

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Kanefield: This lawsuit is legitimate…and cheap

Gov. Jan Brewer's chief counsel, Joe Kanefield, seems to be somewhat of an unusual choice to lead the state's charge against the federal health care legislation. Kanefield, a registered Democrat, told YS that the criticism of the lawsuit coming from detractors, including Terry Goddard, appears to be baseless political sniping.

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