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Apparently, the Speaker’s the last to know

Gowan has been hosting meetings with the Republicans who signed the letter decrying his “excessive spending” and said the outrage they have expressed anonymously in this publication and in Republic columns isn’t reflected in those meetings, which haven’t been “heavy.” Asked if the plan for construction in the House is still on, Gowan at first backtracked, saying he didn’t even know that there was construction being planned until he heard it from the media.

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We’ve got your best interests at heart

The Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest wants to intervene as a defendant in the lawsuit against Medicaid expansion, arguing that AHCCCS Director Tom Betlach does not necessarily represent the interests of its clients, four childless adults that are receiving Medicaid coverage as a result of the 2013 law.

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Boiling over

One of the Republicans who signed a letter rebuking Gowan over proposed House renovations affirmed that it reflects deeper issues that many in the caucus have had with how the speaker has run the chamber.

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Ex-DOA chief claims he was fired for blowing whistle

Former DOA Director Brian McNeil took the first step toward a lawsuit against the state over his October 2014 firing by filing a notice of claim on Tuesday. It alleges that the governor’s office illegally released confidential information and intentionally painted him in a false light when it released an EEOC complaint from an unnamed female employee who alleged that McNeil had made discriminatory remarks about her race and gender.

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Maybe he’s hoping Congress will ride to the rescue

If the US Supreme Court strikes down subsidies for those who purchase insurance on Obamacare’s federally run insurance exchanges, it will force Arizona (and dozens of other states) to make a tough decision whether to create its own exchange or let more than 200,000 people lose their health insurance.

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Well done, sir

Arizona’s political world is in mourning today (April 10) after former Gov. Raúl Castro, the only Latino elected to the state’s highest office, passed away at the age of 98.

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Remember, he’s our guest, so be nice

Higher education suffered the most under the spending plan the governor signed into law last month, and today (April 9), Ducey faced its leaders. But if there was any animosity between the governor and the regents, it didn’t show in today’s ABOR meeting.

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