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Brewer consultant pitches his own Prop. 100 extension

Brewer has sidestepped taking a position on the pending ballot initiative that seeks to make the Prop 100 sales tax increase permanent, but the same can’t be said for those close to her. Multiple sources confirm that consultant Chuck Coughlin has been attempting to persuade lawmakers to introduce a referendum to compete against the Quality Education and Jobs Act, a tax increase proposed by the AEA-affiliated Arizona Education Network and the Associated General Contractors.

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East Valley bigwigs rally around Worsley

Worsley’s campaign against Pearce has picked up some prominent East Valley support, according to a source close to the campaign. Wealthy Mesa developer Ross Farnsworth Sr. will be Worsley’s honorary campaign chairman, while developer Stacy Brimhall and activist Beth Coons will head up his finance committee.

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Team-building under way in LD25

Campaign teams in the Pearce/Worsley race are already taking shape. Though Pearce opted to have Arpaio consultant Chad Willems run his campaign during the recall last year, he will go with Constantin Querard this year. Querard ran Pearce’s 2010 campaign and was expected to handle the recall, but instead he formed an independent expenditure committee that took shots at Lewis.

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Operation: Population Deviation

As noted in yesterday’s report, Tobin’s basis for a constitutional challenge to the IRC’s legislative map will be that the panel impermissibly deviated from the ideal population for each district to pack Republicans in fewer districts and spread Dems into more districts.

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All that was missing was a blood oath

The unusual display of loyalty isn’t surprising, said Pearce backer Constantin Querard. “He’s the real deal. We always talk about these people who are willing to step up no matter what the consequences are, but we speak of them as if they are hypothetical or historical figures. Russell is that guy. I don’t know if he’d be so popular with the base if he wasn’t so hated by the opposition,” he said.

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Quayle responds to criticism

Quayle said accusations that he stole a Dem congressman’s jobs bill are “absurd” and “ridiculous.” He said U.S. Rep. Jim Himes’ (D-CT) HR1965 and his own HRHR4088, also known as the Capital Expansion Act, which passed two weeks ago as part of the JOBS Act, are substantially different.

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