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Medicaid expansion appears unlikely after Supreme Court ruling (access required)

If the feds can’t force Arizona to move forward with the massive Medicaid expansion, it’s a near certainty the Republican-led Legislature won’t do it for them. Though the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the core of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, it ruled that the federal government couldn’t force states to expand health care for the poor by threatening to take away other Medicaid funding.

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Lawmakers preparing for special session on ‘top-2’ primary (UPDATED) (access required)

Gov. Jan Brewer wants lawmakers to refer a measure to the ballot to correct what she views as the most glaring problem with a proposal to create a “top-two” primary election system in Arizona.

But while many lawmakers have talked for months about referring a competing ballot measure that could potentially sink the Open Elections/Open Government Act in November, Brewer wants to keep the focus of a planned special session narrow.

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Supreme Court, feds gut SB1070 enforcement (access required)

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the heart of SB1070, but it pulled out the teeth. And the U.S. Department of Homeland Security cut off the arms and legs. The victory declared by Gov. Jan Brewer and other supporters of Arizona’s landmark illegal immigration law will almost certainly ring hollow, at least as long as President Barack Obama is in office.

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Future illegal immigration legislation murky after Supreme Court ruling (access required)

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has weighed in on SB1070, lawmakers appear to be in no hurry to take on the sequel. While some lawmakers say Arizona should keep building on what they see as a victory in the high court and keep pushing for new legislation — including a handful of bills that failed in 2011 — many others, even some staunch illegal immigration hawks, are reluctant to go further.

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Giffords gives big money to Arizona Democratic Party (access required)

Gabrielle Giffords may not be running for Congress, but she’s putting the money from her campaign to use. Her campaign contributed $202,500 to the state Democratic Party’s federal campaign committee.

The contributions through the end of May came during the hotly contested special election for her vacated seat in the 8th Congressional District, a race that saw Democrat Ron Barber, Giffords’ former district office director, defeat Republican Jesse Kelly.

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