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‘Racino’ campaign – Betting on the come?

A large PR/advertising push to get the Legislature to permit slots and gambling tables at the state's six horse and dog tracks (YS first to report) began Monday (July 20) at the Capitol, where Rep. Andy Tobin found a small plastic "budget jockey" on his windshield, with a tag reading "Everyone's sacrificing except tribal casinos" and "The budget jockey is here to help."

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Arizona lobbying in D.C. worth millions

Many Arizona entities spent lots of bread in the first half of the year to protect their flanks in D.C. Washington and Arizona-based lobbying firms and individuals were paid approximately $4.3 million for the six-month period, according to OpenSecret.org and other lobbying resources.

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Gould: Brewer finished

Sen. Ron Gould says Gov. Jan Brewer will not see a full term because she can't get along with her own party. She "will not make it through the next Republican primary," he said, as reported by the Kingman Daily Miner. Legislators, he told a civic group, had been trying to engage Brewer in budget talks since February...

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Fife and friends part ways on Brewer

Former Gov. Fife Symington says he was stunned by Governor Brewer's call for an increase in the sales tax, and that has hurt her politically. So has her veto of the Republican budget last month, which didn't include a temporary sales tax increase of 1-cent.

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Employee donations to GOP were automatic

Maricopa County officials were caught off-guard by the revelation sheriff's employees provided thousands of dollars to an unregistered political committee with the use of direct deposit from their paychecks. "We didn't know this existed," said Richard De Uriarte, a spokesman for the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors,

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Petersen worried about ‘asterisk’ legacy

Former Republican Treasurer David Petersen told the Yellow Sheet today (July 10) he was not surprised his former aides Tony Malaj and Blaine Vance did not receive damage settlements as whistle blowers in a case that ended Petersen's state career, just short of a full term as treasurer.

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Election law stymied at the end

Amendments yesterday (July 1) to state election law (H2603, substituted on floor with S1087) crashed and burned in the Senate as a negotiated fix-up for Clean Elections missed its necessary three-quarter majority. Now, lawmakers would have to get approval from Brewer to resurrect the idea in a special session...

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Former Congressman Jim McNulty dead at 83

Jim McNulty, 83, a former state senator (1969-74) and one-term congressman died yesterday from Parkinson's disease complications, the Arizona Daily Star reports. Mr. McNulty also served on the Arizona Board of Regents and the Board of Education. He was defeated for a second term in Congress in 1984 by Jim Kolbe.

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