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Welcome to my nightmare

Republicans are still reeling from the IRC's selection Wednesday of Strategic Telemetry as its mapping consultant and are starting to talk about the gloom-and-doom scenarios that could result when the panel draws its maps.

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War for territory

Congressional and legislative Republican staffers are rounding up allies and cash in the event they decide to sue the Independent Redistricting Commission to protect the party's redistricting interests. Longtime Republican operative Steve Twist is spearheading the latest effort, which has been dubbed the FAIR Trust.

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Change to Prop. 105 assault on accountability, education

Something’s gotten into the water at the state Capitol.

Republicans — specifically one out of southern Arizona — want more government control by taking power away from the people of Arizona. In the Arizona Capitol Times May 27 article “Fit to be tied: Republican lawmakers say Prop. 105 too restrictive,” Rep. David Stevens, R-Sierra Vista (District 25), said he is vying to put legislation back on the agenda next year to limit voters’ decision-making power.

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Debt reduction is next fiscal hurdle (access required)

After policymakers borrowed heavily to keep government afloat amid a festering fiscal crisis that blew holes in the state’s budget for four years, a former Senate president tried to put into place a mechanism to rein in politicians’ appetite for debt-financing.

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Brewer health insurance bill veto was a mistake

Rather than respond to Henry Grosjean’s commentary (Brewer was right to veto health insurance bill, 5/27) in-kind with an ad hominem attack on his intelligence, I will respond to his claims and why the governor’s veto of SB1593 was a mistake that will have adverse consequences for the 1.3 million Arizonans with no insurance today, and for the thousands of small businesses being crushed under the weight of ever-increasing premiums.  

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