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Pre-planning is everything

The speed with which supporters of the governor’s Medicaid expansion plan quickly recalibrated and shifted their focus to defending the newly signed law demonstrates a strategy that has been in the works for months.

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Legislative attorney: Referendum valid

A legal opinion Legislative Council issued late last month to Ugenti concluded that the portion of the health care BRB (Laws 2013, First Special Session, Chapter 10) that authorizes the AHCCCS director to administer and collect a hospital assessment is subject to the Constitution’s referendum powers “because it provides monies to meet the costs of functions the agency does not currently have.”

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She’s been called so much worse

The Arizona Conservative Coalition has declared that Brewer has earned the “RINO” label for her vetoes and signings in the recently concluded regular and special sessions. According to the group’s grading system, Brewer only scored 37.9 out of a possible 100.

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GOP facing shifting cultural sands

The US Supreme Court’s decision to strike DOMA but allow states to carve their own path when it comes to same-sex marriage is reverberating in Arizona, but it remains to be seen what kind of an impact the decision will have on the Arizona Republican Party, where social conservatives dominate.

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Quick, while no one’s watching!

Rather than wait for a new law to go into effect in September that would allow the secretary of state to send the Horne campaign finance investigation back to Maricopa County prosecutors, Bennett’s office last week quietly complied with a Superior Court ruling in May that said the proper procedure was for Bennett to send the case to the AG’s office.

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It was a promise, not a threat

During the session, opponents warned lawmakers that Laws 2013, Chapter 62 (H2600: judicial nominees; minimum reqs; records) was going to wind up in court, and now it’s looking like it might be one of the first pieces of legislation from the session to be the subject of a lawsuit.

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A multi-front referendum war

A prevailing sentiment among supporters of Medicaid expansion is that efforts to gather the signatures and challenge the expansion law via a referendum are bound to fail, a pro-expansion source told our reporter this morning (July 1).

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Time to wake the Ethics Committee?

The news today (June 28) about Murphy and Shooter has prompted some observers to wonder when the two senators will face ethics charges. After word of Shooter’s transgression broke in March, Dem senators said they weren’t ready to file an ethics complaint because the police hadn’t investigated the incident and charges hadn’t been filed, but there will be renewed pressure for them to file a complaint.

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Once a rebel…

After hinting at the possibility over the last few weeks, Salmon warned yesterday that US House Speaker Boehner will lose his leadership position if he allows an immigration bill to come to the floor without support from the majority of the majority.

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My big, fat, gay wedding

As Arizona Dems celebrate the Supreme Court’s ruling on both the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Prop 8, conservatives have largely refrained from sending out press statements. The exceptions appear to be Franks and the Center for Arizona Policy.

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