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Brewer warns activists: Back AHCCCS expansion or lose races (access required)

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Facing a grassroots Republican backlash over her proposal to expand AHCCCS to fully comply with Obamacare and collect billions of dollars from the federal government, Gov. Jan Brewer is taking her case directly to party activists and issuing a stern warning: Back my plan or prepare for Democrats to win Arizona races in 2014.

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Judge: Arizona campaign finance laws unconstitutional (access required)

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A Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled this month that the state’s most fundamental campaign finance laws dealing with the registration of political committees and reporting of contributions and expenditures are unconstitutional.

The ruling won’t affect campaigns this election cycle, but it threatens to upend the state’s campaign finance system for future elections.

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Attorney asks court to delay ballot printing in Mitchell residency case (access required)

The attorney for a Republican lawmaker is asking a judge to bar two counties from printing ballots until residency questions surrounding the man who beat him in last month’s election are settled.

But elections officials say the early deadline for printing fewer than 250 ballots for military and overseas voters makes that impossible, and could mean that Darin Mitchell’s name appears on the ballots for the district’s other 94,000 voters that will be printed later this month – even if a judge rules that he is ineligible to hold office.

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