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Conservative Republicans feared losing voters if economy didn’t reopen in May (access required)

Letter offers window into internal strife within ruling party

In a letter sent to their colleagues in May, a group of conservative legislators fretted over the political cost if Gov. Doug Ducey didn’t reopen the state’s economy, lamented a lack of credit for their efforts to end the shutdown and justified their public criticism of the governor by pointing to a per diem increase that he vetoed.

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