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Arizona lawmakers to pull budget all-nighter

The Arizona Legislature is on track to pull an all-nighter and work into Thursday to finish a state budget and approve Medicaid expansion.

Republican Gov. Jan Brewer called lawmakers into special session Tuesday evening and ordered them to focus just on those two issues.

The Senate and House met Tuesday night to introduce a new package of budget bills worked out in a deal with Brewer and a new majority coalition of moderate Republicans and all Democrats. The majority suspended normal rules and can limit debate.

Conservatives are furious but have been cut out of the process now controlled by the coalition. They plan more than 50 amendments Wednesday but don’t appear to have the votes to stop Medicaid expansion or the budget deal.

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