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Did Brewer feel a little bit of Windy City politics?

Hey, Rahm, this ain't Chicago! The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee yesterday (Aug. 4) sent White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel a letter demanding to know his involvement in an effort to "threaten" Gov. Jan Brewer, after U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl said the president's economic stimulus program was a flop.

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Yarbrough: Reporter bias in ‘Trib’s’ STO series

Rep. Steve Yarbrough told our reporter the East Valley Tribune's exposé on STOs and private school tuition tax credits was slanted to fit the pre-determined story angle that the tax credits were ineffective and are being abused. "I'm waiting for a discussion of the positives of school choice," he said yesterday (Aug. 3).

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Horne responds to ABC-15 report (access required)

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne has submitted a statement to Sonoran Alliance explaining and defending an Arizona Department of Education teacher conference in Tucson last month that ABC-15 said was an expensive tax-paid vacation for teachers, their families and friends.

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AZ educators attend 4-star junket

For nearly a week this month, Arizona teachers partied a lot at a four-star resort in Tucson during a federally required conference, reports KNXV ABC-15 in a copyrighted story. And Huppenthal is mad has hell about it, saying those who took advantage of the system will be held accountable. "Teachers were there for training, but we spotted dozens of teachers working on their tans, lounging at the pool with family and friends," the Phoenix TV station said.

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Legislature, Guv making no friends with voters

Only 17% of voters said the Legislature is doing a good or excellent job, and 43% rated its performance as poor in a new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey. Brewer's handling of the budget crisis fared only slightly better in the poll - 25% of those survyed said she was doing a good or excellent job.

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YS: SCA donors face large fines

The big donors to SCA could all face stiff fines for exceeding Arizona's individual campaign contribution limit, which could lead to civil penalties of three times the amount they gave above the threshold, according to research conducted by our reporter. In the 2008 cycle, individuals were limited to an aggregate total of $5,610 in contributions per calendar year.

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‘Racino’ campaign – Betting on the come?

A large PR/advertising push to get the Legislature to permit slots and gambling tables at the state's six horse and dog tracks (YS first to report) began Monday (July 20) at the Capitol, where Rep. Andy Tobin found a small plastic "budget jockey" on his windshield, with a tag reading "Everyone's sacrificing except tribal casinos" and "The budget jockey is here to help."

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Arizona lobbying in D.C. worth millions

Many Arizona entities spent lots of bread in the first half of the year to protect their flanks in D.C. Washington and Arizona-based lobbying firms and individuals were paid approximately $4.3 million for the six-month period, according to OpenSecret.org and other lobbying resources.

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