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Herrera resigns from IRC

Jose Herrera resigned today (May 21) from the IRC, saying he has “been increasingly disturbed by the tone of the meetings and the effect of the pending lawsuits on the Commissioners and the Commission.” The Dem commissioner wrote in his letter of resignation to IRC Chair Colleen Mathis that after approving maps in January 2012, the commission’s meetings “have been unproductive and, at times, toxic.”

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The gang of six

The Senate yesterday (May 16) approved a budget that was notable for two things: It included Brewer’s Medicaid expansion language and it only won the needed votes because six Republicans crossed Biggs, and the rest of the GOP caucus, and joined the Dems in voting for nearly every budget bill.

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A coalition straight out of 2008

In a scene reminiscent of what happened in 2008 – when Napolitano was governor and a handful of Republicans sent her a budget with the help of Dems – three GOP members banded together with the Dem caucus today to add spending to the Biggs-initiated $8.8 billion budget plan.

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More than one way to skin a cat

The recent court ruling directing Bennett to forward the campaign finance complaint about Horne to the AG’s office has exposed what many view as a fault in the law, but there may be a plan to give the secretary of state the ability to choose his own investigator for matters involving the AG.

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The tao of Andy

As soon as rumors of Biggs’ plan began to circulate, so did speculation about the president’s real intentions. One Republican source questioned Biggs’ action, since moving a budget could facilitate the passage of the governor’s AHCCCS expansion plan through his chamber.

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The tip of the spear?

Outside groups are beginning to weigh in against Brewer’s Medicaid plan. American Commitment, a 501(c)(4) that spent millions in the 2012 elections, including about $1.4 million in the Flake-Carmona race, is running a series of web ads against Medicaid expansion.

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Swinging a big stick or a Whiffle bat?

The prevailing sentiment at the Capitol is that the governor’s bill moratorium is a direct consequence of not getting her wish for the Legislature to approve her Medicaid proposal. “The only reason I can think of is she wants to see her Medicaid expansion dealt with,” Kavanagh told our reporter, adding the governor’s move is unfortunate.

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It’s someone else’s problem now

Lang’s decision to leave the commission, and Collins’ impending departure, created a vacuum at a crucial time. Lawmakers, some of whom have been feuding with the commission and with the idea of publicly-financing politicians’ campaigns, recently approved H2593 (Laws 2013, Chapter 98) to dramatically increase contribution limits for individuals and remove the aggregate caps.

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