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It’s a trap!

Though it is being praised by the business and health care communities, Brewer’s decision to push for a full expansion of AHCCCS to comply with the Affordable Care Act continues to be derided in conservative media circles.

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Greetings from the welfare state

The editors of National Review yesterday took Brewer to task for her AHCCCS expansion proposal, saying she exemplifies “that unfortunately common strain of Republican leadership that is uncompromising in rhetoric but opportunistic in reality.”

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Using good for ill… twice

A federal prosecutor is trying to convince US District Court Judge Frank Martone that Arredondo’s history of charitable deeds and community service is not worthy of leniency during his Jan. 23 sentencing for his guilty pleas to counts of honest services mail fraud and mail fraud.

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We want some more

Executive Director Ray Bladine submitted a letter to Biggs and Tobin on Friday asking for a $2.27 million supplemental to prevent the IRC from running out of money by the end of February, as the commission is still under the cloud of three pending lawsuits.

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Team LaFaro sweeps county party elections

AJ LaFaro and his team won all seats up for grabs on Saturdays’ Maricopa County GOP election. The election wasn’t close, but it also wasn’t a complete blowout. In a way, the team’s election reflects a continuity of the leadership – and politics – of outgoing Maricopa GOP chairman Rob Haney.

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A taste of what’s to come

Brewer didn’t offer a lot of specifics, but she was clear-eyed about two policy items she will pursue this session: money for K-12 education and simplifying the state’s sales tax system. Brewer was the main speaker at today’s annual legislative forecast luncheon organized by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce.

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Shooting for the stars

Campbell’s press conference yesterday at which he unveiled his proposals for curbing school violence is being viewed nearly universally as less about public policy and more about his gubernatorial aspirations.

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Abstaining on principle

One of Salmon’s allies told our reporter that his abstention last week during the election of John Boehner to a second term as speaker of the US House, followed by his appearance on “Face the Nation” over the weekend, is a sign of things to come.

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Only 2 years until election day

The Republic released the results of the poll conducted over the weekend on the 2014 AG’s race that was mentioned in yesterday’s report, and the early numbers look good for Goddard. The poll of 601 voters, conducted by Public Policy Polling from Jan. 4-6, shows Goddard beating Horne 50-38 with 12 percent undecided.

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