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Clear the way

Dem blogger, former lawmaker and DuVal supporter Tom Prezelski wants Campbell to bow out of the governor’s race. In an “open letter” to Campbell posted on Rum, Romanism and Rebellion yesterday (April 18), Prezelski laid out his arguments for why it would be best for the House Dem leader, who has yet to officially file his candidacy for governor, to stay out.

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There’re still a few things to take care of

Brewer aide Lorna Romero gave the Arizona Commerce Authority board a quick legislative update at today’s quarterly meeting, telling the board members that the Ninth Floor is pushing for resolutions on the three major outstanding issues of the session – TPT reform, Medicaid expansion and the budget.

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Lawsuit? We’re not worried

Supporters of H2593 (campaign finance; contribution limit) are confident they will prevail in any potential lawsuit alleging that the increase in campaign contribution limits runs afoul of Prop 105 and the Clean Elections Act. Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, a leading advocate of the bill, said he doesn’t buy the argument that ARS 16-941, the provision in the Clean Elections Act that cuts contributions by 20 percent, precludes the Legislature from raising the limits.

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Open those wallets, folks

Hell week might be getting a lot more hellish. And perhaps the biggest losers in Arizona’s new campaign finance limits, signed into law yesterday, are lobbyists. “I burned a candle in sadness at the limits that protected my bank account that are now gone. We’re going to have to create a new term. Hell week is going to have to have a new amped-up label,” joked lobbyist Stan Barnes, a prolific contributor to candidate campaigns.

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Portrait of a spokeswoman

Roll Call yesterday featured Kirkpatrick spokeswoman Jennifer Johnson in its “Hill Climber” series on Capitol Hill staffers, describing her as being born and raised in Arizona and in the political world.

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A more promising outlook for Medicaid

A poll conducted by HighGround on behalf of St. Luke’s Initiatives concurred with one of the two surveys featured in yesterday’s report that voters support expanding AHCCCS. The poll was conducted Feb. 4-5, has a +/- 3.5 percent margin of error and surveyed 500 voters who had voted in at least the last two elections.

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Mental health is next Medicaid talking point

Brewer’s Thursday press conference on Medicaid will emphasize the impact that the governor’s plan will have on mental health services, according to gubernatorial spokesman Matthew Benson. The presser will be the third that Brewer will hold on the House lawn in a little more than a month, and will feature mental health professionals, advocates and patients, Benson said.

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