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A multi-front referendum war

A prevailing sentiment among supporters of Medicaid expansion is that efforts to gather the signatures and challenge the expansion law via a referendum are bound to fail, a pro-expansion source told our reporter this morning (July 1).

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Time to wake the Ethics Committee?

The news today (June 28) about Murphy and Shooter has prompted some observers to wonder when the two senators will face ethics charges. After word of Shooter’s transgression broke in March, Dem senators said they weren’t ready to file an ethics complaint because the police hadn’t investigated the incident and charges hadn’t been filed, but there will be renewed pressure for them to file a complaint.

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Once a rebel…

After hinting at the possibility over the last few weeks, Salmon warned yesterday that US House Speaker Boehner will lose his leadership position if he allows an immigration bill to come to the floor without support from the majority of the majority.

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My big, fat, gay wedding

As Arizona Dems celebrate the Supreme Court’s ruling on both the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Prop 8, conservatives have largely refrained from sending out press statements. The exceptions appear to be Franks and the Center for Arizona Policy.

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An eye for an eye

While some Republicans say that ousting McComish as majority leader remains a possibility, others are hoping he will choose the less confrontational path and resign his post.

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Maybe we’ll have two 2013 laws on the 2014 ballot!

Gallardo and a prominent Dem activist who represents several voter advocacy groups met with a petition gathering firm this morning as they explore the possibility of challenging Laws 2013, Chapter 209 (H2305). Gallardo wouldn’t disclose the company and said no contract has been signed, but he said the firm was confident it could meet the requirements to put the law on the 2014 ballot.

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Let the referendum games begin

Antenori and Gould’s United Republican Alliance of Principled Conservatives filed its citizen referendum against Medicaid expansion this morning (June 19). The referendum, which needs 86,405 valid signatures by Sept. 11, would refer the hospital tax and the expansion of eligibility to 133 percent of the federal poverty level to the November 2014 ballot.

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Libertarians, Greens up in arms

A group of Democrats, Greens and Libertarians gathered in the Senate Democrats’ caucus room today (June 18) to denounce the new signature requirements in H2305 (election revisions; violations), which the Greens and Libertarians say will make it nearly impossible for them to get on the ballot.

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