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Federal money for health exchange puts Brewer in bind (access required)

The $30 million that Arizona received this week from the Obama administration will help the state develop and design a health insurance exchange website that can seamlessly interact with Medicaid.

But the pot of money, particularly given its size, potentially poses legal and political complications for Gov. Jan Brewer, who is against the federal health care overhaul and led Arizona in suing over its constitutionality.

Some view Brewer’s decision to seek the grant as tantamount to surrendering Arizona’s case.

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Lewis raises $85K (access required)

Sen. Jerry Lewis raised almost $85,000 in his successful campaign to defeat former Senate President Russell Pearce earlier this month. Lewis spent all of it, based on his latest campaign report to the Arizona Secretary of State.

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Brewer: No special session without “clear path to victory” at the ballot

Gov. Jan Brewer today said she won’t call a special legislative session to either repeal or reform the independent redistricting process, despite calls from some lawmakers that she do so this week.

The governor’s emphatic statement, which was released after she met with House Speaker Andy Tobin and Senate President Steve Pierce, means the chances of lawmakers convening by tomorrow to meet a deadline for placing items on the Feb. 28 ballot have all but evaporated.

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Arizona gets $30M from feds for state-based exchange

Arizona today received $30 million in grant money from the Obama administration to help the state establish a health insurance exchange.

This is on top of the $1 million in planning grant the state earlier got.

The exchange, which is aimed at making it easier for individuals and small businesses to purchase health insurance, is a key component of the federal health care overhaul.

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