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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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Scorched Earth: How the opposition to SB1062 caught fire

Scorched Earth: How the opposition to SB1062 caught fire

Anyone who thought rushing SB1062 through the Legislature would leave opponents little time to organize was sorely mistaken. Less than 24 hours after the Arizona House of Representatives approved the bill, massive protests sprang up at the Capitol, business organizations lobbied Gov. Jan Brewer for a veto, and Arizona took center stage in a national media frenzy. By the time Brewer struck down SB1062, a veto was considered a near certainty.

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Dark Money (access required)

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Specter of anonymous campaign spending looms over 2014

Next year’s elections are shaping up like 2012 — organizations with generic names, big checkbooks and secret contributors spending millions to influence Arizona’s elections.

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Republican candidates could benefit from their support of Medicaid (access required)

When asked how his vote for Medicaid expansion could threaten his chances at another term in the Arizona Legislature, Senate Majority Leader John McComish points to an Arizona Capitol Times newspaper hanging in a frame behind his desk “The risk of defiance,” the headline reads. “What will GOP senators’ ‘no’ votes on immigration bills cost them?”

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