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As promised, no gym in the basement

Gowan is spending another $642,000 on carpet in the House, according to records provided by the chamber. The speaker is putting in new carpet on the first, second and third levels. The new carpet will also be installed on the House floor and members’ lounge, replacing the almost-new carpet Gowan installed in those areas after being elected speaker late last year.

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With any luck, we’ll know on Monday

With the US Supreme Court’s redistricting ruling looming in Arizona’s political foreground, one railbird with knowledge of the situation said Biggs and Gowan plan to call a bipartisan joint legislative committee to start drafting maps and collecting public comment, should the court rule in the Legislature’s favor.

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Rep. Doubting Thomas remains skeptical

Several Republicans have told our reporter they’re not buying everything Gowan says about scaling back planned renovations in the House basement. “I don’t believe it. I think they’re waiting for the kerfuffle to die down,” one House Republican said.

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Apparently, the Speaker’s the last to know

Gowan has been hosting meetings with the Republicans who signed the letter decrying his “excessive spending” and said the outrage they have expressed anonymously in this publication and in Republic columns isn’t reflected in those meetings, which haven’t been “heavy.” Asked if the plan for construction in the House is still on, Gowan at first backtracked, saying he didn’t even know that there was construction being planned until he heard it from the media.

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