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Hallman invokes resign-to-run against opponents

Resign-to-run will lose much of its luster when a bill from the 2013 session goes into effect, but GOP gubernatorial hopeful Hugh Hallman issued a reminder today that it is still the law of the land. The former Tempe mayor sent out a press release accusing several potential Republican primary opponents of ducking the spirit of the law.

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Pulling out the race card

The GOP primary race for secretary of state is heating up early with Montenegro and campaign consultant Constantin Querard demanding that a consultant working for Kyle Moyer, who represents Reagan, retract a tweet they said was racially insensitive.

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‘Arizona’s Legacy’ to the rescue

Arizona’s Legacy, an IE committee formed today (May 1), will be Brewer’s political arm and will function to support the governor’s efforts over the next few years, consultant and longtime Brewer ally Chuck Coughlin told our reporter. “The cavalry’s coming over the hill,” he said, explaining that the committee will be active “on efforts that are strategically important to her.”

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Time to call the collection agency

The 2012 campaign is long over, but the Open Government Committee’s campaign debt lives on. According to campaign finance reports, the committee, which led the charge for Prop 121, ended the cycle with $502,000 in outstanding debt, about $405,000 of which is owed to the consulting firm Riester – none of which has been paid back.

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You must be joking

One GOP consultant said he was completely baffled by Thomas’ decision to run for governor. “Has this guy gone completely insane?” the source asked. While Thomas believes he was wronged and unfairly targeted for disbarment for politically motivated reasons, the source said he’s got no chance of convincing other people of that.

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Sifert: It’s natural

Arizona Republican Party spokesman Tim Sifert today downplayed the party’s March fundraising, saying that the low numbers are just “part of the natural fundraising cycle.” He said the party made a big fundraising push in January, which also increased February revenues, before trailing off in March.

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You’re running for what?

The instant analysis from GOP politicos is that Melvin has little or no chance of winning. One Republican consultant said Melvin won’t have the money to build up his name ID much, noting that the fundraising disparity will probably be especially high if the state’s new contribution limits hold up in court.

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There’re still a few things to take care of

Brewer aide Lorna Romero gave the Arizona Commerce Authority board a quick legislative update at today’s quarterly meeting, telling the board members that the Ninth Floor is pushing for resolutions on the three major outstanding issues of the session – TPT reform, Medicaid expansion and the budget.

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Lawsuit? We’re not worried

Supporters of H2593 (campaign finance; contribution limit) are confident they will prevail in any potential lawsuit alleging that the increase in campaign contribution limits runs afoul of Prop 105 and the Clean Elections Act. Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, a leading advocate of the bill, said he doesn’t buy the argument that ARS 16-941, the provision in the Clean Elections Act that cuts contributions by 20 percent, precludes the Legislature from raising the limits.

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Open those wallets, folks

Hell week might be getting a lot more hellish. And perhaps the biggest losers in Arizona’s new campaign finance limits, signed into law yesterday, are lobbyists. “I burned a candle in sadness at the limits that protected my bank account that are now gone. We’re going to have to create a new term. Hell week is going to have to have a new amped-up label,” joked lobbyist Stan Barnes, a prolific contributor to candidate campaigns.

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