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Poll shows majority GOP support for Medicaid expansion (access required)

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A poll showing majority support for Medicaid expansion among GOP primary voters may be a ray of hope for Republican lawmakers who voted for the proposal at the request of Gov. Jan Brewer.

In a live-caller poll of 500 likely GOP primary voters conducted in late May by Public Opinion Strategies, a Virginia-based Republican polling firm, 53 percent of respondents said they supported Gov. Jan Brewer’s plan to expand Medicaid coverage in Arizona. Only 40 percent of respondents said they opposed the plan. The poll had a +/- 4.38 percent margin of error.

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Dire warnings of Prop. 100 foes didn’t come to pass (access required)

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Three years after voters approved Proposition 100, the naysayers’ doom-and-gloom predictions about the consequences of the temporary sales tax hike haven’t panned out.

Arguments against Gov. Jan Brewer’s proposal for a temporary 1-cent sales tax increase often veered into predictions of catastrophe. Many said it would severely hamper the state’s economic recovery efforts, that the tax hike would herald a future of tax-and-spend policies in support of an expanding and bloated government that would scare off businesses, and push Arizona toward bankruptcy and turn the state into another California.

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