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Medicaid, election law referendum deadlines loom

COpponents of a new law expanding Medicaid in Arizona and another overhauling the state’s election rules face deadlines this week as they seek to block the laws through citizens’ referendums.

Opponents of the Medicaid expansion bill must turn in more than 86,000 valid signatures by Wednesday to block the law pushed by Republican Gov. Jan Brewer. Conservative Republicans opposed to President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law were unable to block it in the Legislature. About 300,000 poor Arizonans would gain coverage under the bill.

Democrats opposing a GOP-backed bill changing election laws face a Thursday deadline to turn in the same number of valid signatures. They argue the law was designed to aid Republicans.

The laws would be blocked until the November 2014 election if backers get enough signatures.

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