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Early voter stats for Maricopa County

Maricopa County elections officials forecast that 30 percent of the county's 1.8 million registered voters will cast ballots for the sales tax special election. Karen Osborne, county elections director, attributed the high estimate to the large number of registered early voters and the degree of interest in the sales tax referendum. Roughly 700,000 Maricopa County voters receive early ballots in the mail. So far, 490,000 early ballots have been returned, said Osborne, who predicted the county will receive an additional 100,000 early ballots by tomorrow night.

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Martin vs. everyone

Martin had some choice words for just about everyone who stands between him and the Ninth Floor. Speaking with YS yesterday, he lashed out at Brewer, Mills, Coughlin, Goddard and the state Republican Party. Martin is the last Clean Elections candidate in the governor's race who hasn't collected all his $5 contributions, and he attributed that to his inability to scare the lobbying community with the power of his office. "I'm not the governor, so I can't extort people into giving money to the Yes on 100 campaign to get their bills signed so that they can do campaign ads featuring her," said Martin, who further alleged that Coughlin played a bad-cop role in corralling support for Brewer from lobbyists.

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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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