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Well, that was easy

L Gray was quietly appointed to the Senate Ethics Committee on Monday to replace Gould, who had recused himself from considering Barton’s complaint against Crandall because Fillmore has endorsed him, and her first act as chair of the committee today was to dismiss it.

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Making up for lost time?

While some politicians and political figures are quick to lend their support – and their names – to candidates, others are more circumspect about publicly backing others. Throughout his congressional career, Kyl has tended to fall in the latter category, which has led to his endorsements carrying a certain significance within some Republican circles.

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It’s only money

Cardon spent more than $4.3 million in the second quarter, as he began his full-frontal assault on Flake in his bid to both introduce himself to Republican voters and take advantage of the chinks in Flake’s political armor.

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You can’t fool us

The Quality Education and Jobs campaign is alleging that an ATRA employee signed a fake name on one of its petitions while she was inspecting the proposed ballot measure’s language. In a July 9 letter to Horne, initiative chair Ann-Eve Pedersen said a man and woman, who were later identified as ATRA’s Maria Travers and another ATRA employee, went to the office of Petition Partners on June 14.

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Montgomery, Romley on opposite sides again

The Save Our Vote committee has enlisted Bill Montgomery to help promote the defeat of the top-two primary initiative, but he won’t be the only person in the fight over the measure with “Maricopa County Attorney” listed on his résumé. Former Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley, whom Montgomery defeated in 2010 to fill out the remainder of Andrew Thomas’ term, signed on last week as a co-chair of the Open Government Committee.

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Will history repeat itself?

Montgomery said his role with the Save Our Vote committee will be as its public face, and he said he has already begun meeting with people and groups who have backed the top-two initiative and given presentations about why he believes it is bad public policy.

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The special session that wasn’t

The special session on the top-two primary fizzled out Friday evening after the Senate couldn’t muster the votes for a proposed ballot measure that would force candidates in a “top-two” primary to list their party affiliations. Less than three hours after emailing reporters to say that a special session call was still expected, Brewer spokesman Matthew Benson spread the word Friday evening that the special session was dead.

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Talking points memo

It appears that GOP lawmakers were at least considering some kind of competing proposal in recent days. In a July 3 email that a source provided to our reporter, Senate Chief of Staff Wendy Baldo told GOP senators that an alternative proposal was in the works.

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No easy answers if you lose

If the courts ultimately keep the Quality Education and Jobs initiative off the ballot, the organizers are going to have to answer a lot of uncomfortable questions from the various businesses who have so far contributed more than three-quarters of a million dollars to the effort. The committee’s campaign finance report shows $499,000 raised through May 31, of which $422,000 came from businesses.

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