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Test deal a death blow to Common Core opposition?

As noted yesterday, education officials have selected American Institutes for Research to provide the achievement test that will be aligned with Common Core at a cost of $19 million. This means Arizona has now fully embraced the controversial education standards, and their chances of getting dismantled have now plummeted to near zero.

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AZGOP backs down after Corbet threatens lawsuit

Former Senate President and current DuVal supporter Leo Corbet last week sent a cease-and-desist letter to Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham and Ducey spokeswoman Melissa Delaney, demanding that the party and Ducey’s campaign retract a statement that called the former Senate President a member of DuVal’s “rogue’s gallery.”

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Her position has evolved… since Sunday

Reagan appears to have done an about-face on her opposition to political organizations “harvesting ballots.” Reagan, who sponsored S1003 (early ballot voting; revisions) in 2013, which would have banned political groups from picking up ballots from voters and delivering them to elections officials and which was later incorporated in H2305 (election revisions; violations), said that she is willing to compromise with groups that use the technique and allow them to continue collecting ballots – with some additional oversight.

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From statewide office to…

Having lost their bids for statewide office in the primary, both Bennett and Vernon Parker are setting their sights a bit lower: Each will be running for the Republican Party chairman post in his legislative district.

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A longer queue than when the last iPhone debuted

One election lawyer who looked over Reagan’s ideas for regulating “dark money” groups, as noted in yesterday’s report, found them lacking. Reagan yesterday suggested that, instead of forcing dark money entities to disclose their contributors, the latter should instead be required to report their contributions to the secretary of state.

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Reagan takes a spin in the hot seat

Channel 12’s Brahm Resnik grilled Reagan yesterday on “Sunday Square Off,” and the Republican candidate struggled to counter the host’s pointed questions. After lobbing a softball question about Reagan’s big ideas for changing the way the state runs elections, Resnik quickly moved on to the subject of voter fraud and seized on Reagan’s position...

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Who cares about what actually happened?

60 Plus Association, a dark money group active in Arizona, is wading into the secretary of state’s race with less than two weeks left before Election Day. The group bought $300,000 worth of airtime in cable and broadcast for an ad targeting Goddard, the group’s spokesman, Gerry Scimeca, told our reporter this morning (Oct. 24).

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