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Campbell today became the highest-ranking elected Dem to call for Arpaio’s resignation following a federal court ruling showing that his office engaged in racial profiling while conducting illegal immigration sweeps. “The judge ruled that a top law enforcement official in the county violated the law. This decision left no room for ambiguity."

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Get your clipboards ready

Antenori and Gould spent the long weekend working on plans for a citizen referendum on Brewer’s Medicaid expansion. The two Brewer foes would need to collect 86,405 valid signatures in the first 90 days after sine die to put an expansion referendum on the ballot for 2014, which they believe can be done without paid volunteers.

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LaFaro rhetoric goes from Judas to Pearl Harbor

Maricopa GOP chairman AJ LaFaro once again has earned public scorn for writing a letter to GOP lawmakers in which he compares May 16, the day the Senate passed a budget that includes Medicaid expansion, to Dec. 7, 1941. “May 16, 2013, will be remembered as a ‘day of infamy’ in Arizona’s history.

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Out of the frying pan and into the fire?

Pro-Medicaid expansion supporters are trying to avoid a ballot fight in large part because of a desire to prevent the campaign from becoming a national referendum on Obamacare, with well-financed out-of-state groups pouring in millions of dollars against it.

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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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