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Let’s go to the videotape

Politicos had mixed opinions on the Ninth Floor’s handling of the Terri Proud-Joey Strickland situation at the Department of Veterans Services. One lobbyist believed Strickland genuinely didn’t believe he was disobeying an order and said the governor shouldn’t have fired him, noting that if he were still a state employee, he wouldn’t have spoken to the media about the situation and much of the ado over Proud’s hiring and controversial statements wouldn’t have occurred, or at least would’ve died down more quickly.

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Local governments vs. local parties

Battle lines are calcifying between grassroots Republican activists who oppose the governor’s expansion plan and several local governments that are backing it, pointing to the increasing cost of providing mental health services and arguing that the expansion would result in safer communities.

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Former ASU QB Walter to run in CD9 (access required)

Former Arizona State University quarterback Andrew Walter formed a campaign committee for a run in Arizona’s 9th Congressional District, giving first-term Democratic Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema a potential Republican challenger with a built-in base of support among the Sun Devil faithful.

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Standing on principle can be costly

Standing on principle can be costly

In the debate over Medicaid expansion, the ace up the sleeve of expansion advocates is federal largesse. The federal health care law requires states to eventually cover 10 percent of the cost of expanding Medicaid eligibility; but for the next three years 100 percent of the cost is covered by the federal treasury.

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