At the Capitol

WATERCOOLER: #STARTYOUROWN RUMOR

Lawmakers, reporters and lobbyists took to Twitter in the final hours of the legislative session, quipping about each other and starting false rumors. A few of the funniest fake rumors under the hashtag #startyourownrumor:

“.@GovBrewer has announced endorsement of @FredDuVal, citing her support of a true Progressive for 9th floor. #startyourownrumor” — Political consultant Scott Andrew Berlin (@Scott_Berlin)

“Legislator @AdamKwasman invokes rare “triple dog dare” in attempt to get moderate GOP votes for Medicaid amendment. #startyourownrumor” — Political consultant David Leibowitz (@leiboaz)

“Rep Seel offers last ditch effort to save AHCCCS $ by requiring recipients to ride #mexicangraywolves to doc appts. #startyourownrumor” — Tracy Keller, AZ News Service’s Capitol Re- ports Coordinator for @LOLAArizona, (@tracykeller)

“Despite stiff competition, Biggs wins coveted Ultimate Friend of Sarah Palin award. #startyourownrumor” — Arizona Capitol Times Reporter Luige del Puerto (@ldelpuerto)

THE SAUSAGE: CAMPAIGN LAW

In the kind of last-minute twists and turns that typify the slouch toward sine die, the Senate killed, then reversed course and passed a bill dealing with elections violations.

Senate Bill 1344 removes the authority of the Clean Elections Commission to enforce campaign violations against candidates who run using private financing.

Lawmakers amended the bill to accommodate a request from the Arizona Chamber of Commerce to loosen a requirement that blocked anyone connected with an independent-expenditure committee from participating in a candidate’s campaign. The exemption would apply if the staffer had no involvement with decisions made by the IE.

Opponents argued the bill reduced oversight of campaign activities and could allow more influence from big-money interests.

The bill is on its way to Gov. Jan Brewer’s desk for her consideration.

WATERCOOLER: GOVERNOR’S RACE

Mike Aloisi, a Republican, has filed paperwork to run for governor. The Scottsdale resident said he wants to lead the state to help veterans.

“The disabled veterans of our state and country and the disabled senior citizens of our state and country are getting the short shrift and need to be protected, and that’s what I will do,” Aloisi, 70, said. “They are getting ripped off, they’re getting pushed aside and they are people that have earned the right for the government to take care of them.”

TWEET OF THE DAY

“Clarence Carter still has a job. Disgusting.” — Rep. Chad Campbell, D- Phoenix, (@repcampbell) reacting to news that six state employees were dismissed in the wake of a report on state child-welfare practices but that the director of CPS’ parent agency wasn’t among them.

Article source: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/2014/04/23/capitol/8081871/