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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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All signs are created equal, endowed by their creator…

J Allen is taking aim at Robson with H2002 (political signs; removal), which he introduced today. The bill removes the language in ARS 16-1019 that makes it a misdemeanor to remove, alter or deface a political sign “of any candidate for public office” and instead defines a political sign as “a sign that is intended to influence the outcome of an election.”

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Sources: Brno set to name solicitor general

Brnovich has picked a former colleague from the US Attorney’s Office to be his solicitor general. According to sources, Assistant US Attorney John R Lopez, who currently serves as executive assistant to US Attorney John Leonardo, will be named solicitor general later this week.

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