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It ain’t over till I say so

Mesnard said he has declined Gowan’s offer to appoint him as Commerce chair in exchange for giving up his bid for speaker. “This is still competitive and the caucus members deserve a choice,” he told our reporter.

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Brewer modest but successful in last session (access required)

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Gov. Jan Brewer’s agenda in her final regular legislative session lacked the blockbuster policies, drag-out fights and frayed nerves of 2013. Instead, the governor proposed a far more modest agenda in 2014. Relatively small spending increases in a few key areas, two low-profile economic development bills and legislation strengthening the state’s human trafficking laws were among the biggest policies she pursued.

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Biggs confident in Senate budget, others not so sure (access required)

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The Senate is poised to pass a $9.13 billion fiscal 2015 budget on Thursday, and the House may follow suit next week when it begins its own debate on a plan expected to mirror the one proposed by Senate President Andy Biggs. Yet a question remains, one that Sen. Steve Pierce asked in the Senate’s GOP caucus meeting on Wednesday afternoon: “Do we really expect this to be signed by the governor?”

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