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Racino rumors abound, but nothing filed

Rumors are swirling over the possible introduction of a ballot initiative to bring casino-style gambling to Arizona’s racetrack industry. Officials with Bennett’s office late last week had heard tales of the initiative, as had other political observers.

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Perception can be as important as reality

Regardless of whether Horne and Kathleen Winn committed a crime, some political observers say Winn’s switch from Horne’s campaign to the IE she formed earlier in 2010 created a perception of coordination, even if there was none. One attorney said Winn’s knowledge from her time on the primary campaign that would have been useful to her pro-Horne IE, Business Leaders for Arizona.

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Babeu ads set to air until Election Day

Babeu today became the first CD4 candidate to hit the airwaves, launching what his campaign says is the first in a series of television ads that will run through the Aug. 28 primary. The first ad, titled “Hear it from me,” attempts to push back against the stream of negative press the sheriff has received since being outed by the New Times in a February story that alleged he abused his power and threatened to deport an ex-lover if he spoke publicly about their relationship.

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Horne: Dybus was about to be fired

At about 6:30 last night, Horne's office fired back against Don Dybus' allegations, saying the prosecutor only filed the complaint with Bennett's office to give himself whistleblower protection because he knew he was about to be fired.

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Complaint alleges Sproul played a role

The complaint also alleged illegal coordination by GOP consultant Nathan Sproul, who worked for BLA during the campaign. Dybus accused Sproul of providing regular campaign advice to both BLA and Horne himself, and credited him with securing the $350,000 contribution from RSLC, which was co-founded by Republican operative Karl Rove.

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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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