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Lujan responds to Arpaio article

The July 20 New Yorker had a feature article on Sheriff Joe Arpaio ("Sheriff Joe" by William Finnegan). The piece, mostly critical, tried to give the magazine's readers a flavor of his policies regarding illegals and the controversies that he engenders.

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From the cheap seats

Lobbyists and other interested observers are all speculating on what Gov. Jan Brewer might do. One onlooker, who asked not to be identified, said the Governor's Office, in particular, is keeping mum: "Even the [staffers] who will say, ‘Hello,' to you are choosing not to say anything.

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As simple as ABC

The Arizona Budget Commission was formed today through Senate President Bob Burns' fiat. The commission will look at how agencies spend tax dollars and identify "cutting-edge technologies that will assist in balancing state budgets," a statement from Burns' office said.

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Who’s behind the Gorman attack ad?

A video attacking Sen. Pamela Gorman that was posted Sunday (Aug. 16) on YouTube was making the rounds at the Capitol yesterday among lawmakers. The professionally produced, minute-long ad was also reportedly e-mailed to some Republicans in LD-6 by the district's GOP leadership.

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Impugning or just inappropriate?

Sen. Ken Cheuvront responded to Sen Jack Harper's comment yesterday comparing the Senate Dems to the Sunni minority in Saddam Hussein's Iraq - if they were to get their way in terms of policy, it would be a case of tyranny of the few over the interests of the many. Cheuvront said today that neither he nor any member of the minority has ever been a Sunni...

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For want of a vote, will a budget be lost?

The debate in Capitol hallways and offices today (Aug. 17) revolves around what will happen with the budget bills that have been approved by both chambers, having not secured the needed votes in the Senate for the tax referral. "We've tried it every which way. The votes just aren't there and they never will be," said one Republican source involved in the wrangling for votes.

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Miranda unplugged

Sen. Richard Miranda said on the Senate floor today (Aug. 13) that he had always been supportive of the idea of a one-cent sales tax. He said the alternative plan to broaden the tax base - part of the Democrat's comprehensive budget proposal - was too complicated, unmanageable and unrealistic...

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Did Burns have a 16th with Miranda?

Perhaps not. All Dems present voted no as did three Republicans: Pamela Gorman, Ron Gould and Jim Waring. Some in the gallery thought that Waring was playing safety for the team, voting no to give Burns someone on the prevailing side to ask for reconsideration.

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Crump v. Gorman

Political pundits have been bloviating about Rep. Sam Crump and Sen. Pamela Gorman going head to head to succeed U.S. Rep. John Shadegg (whenever that opportunity arises) and pointing to votes on the budget that the other might use in a campaign hit piece. No issue is more central to their candidacies than taxes.

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Election Deadline

How late can a special election be ordered and still keep the November 3 election date? Election officials told our reporter today (Aug. 10), that deadlines may be statutorily dictated, but that doesn't mean they are etched in stone.

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