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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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Small groups don’t cut it

In an interview yesterday afternoon, Dial laid out his ideas for bringing back approps subcommittees. The likeliest path is legislation, with intent language describing how the subcommittees would operate as a part of the budget process, that would require leadership in each chamber to re-establish the subcommittees via the Senate president’s and speaker’s rule-making process.

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Rah-rah for subcommittees

Brophy McGee gave a resounding endorsement of Dial’s plan to restore the subcommittee process in crafting a budget, saying her colleague is “right on the money” with the idea. “The budget process has become much more the purview of leadership, and members are left out in a sense and given a package to vote on.

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Why would they need a company to tow elephants?

When Robert Graham was running for Arizona Republican Party chairman two years ago, he made financial transparency a cornerstone of his campaign as a way to rebuild trust with the would-be wealthy contributors who had become disillusioned with the party ...

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