The perils of voting yes to Medicaid expansion
Long before casting their votes for Medicaid expansion and a bipartisan budget proposal, Republican lawmakers who chose to support Gov. Jan Brewer had been issued a warning: Vote yes at your own risk.
Crossing the Andys: The twisting path to Medicaid expansion
The special session on the budget and Medicaid expansion was the product of a five-month battle that took more twists and turns than a rattlesnake on a blistering sidewalk.
Livingston scores a perfect legislative batting average
The award for best legislative batting average for the session — the calculation of bills introduced versus bills signed into law — goes to Rep. David Livingston, a freshman Republican lawmaker from Peoria who has been vocally critical of the governor.
Top Quotes of the 2013 Session
The most outstanding quips, gibes and utterances from the 2013 Legislative Session.
Moratorium leads to near-record number of Brewer vetoes
The bill moratorium that rankled lawmakers as Gov. Jan Brewer started applying pressure to pass her Medicaid expansion plan helped push her to a near-record number of vetoes in 2013.
Brewer vetoed 26 bills this year, the second highest total of her career, behind the 29 she rejected in 2011.
Up Close with House Speaker Andy Tobin
I didn’t talk to a single person who thought a special session was on the table in the days before it actually happened. Did you see the special session coming at all?
You’re always aware that there’s a possibility of a special session. The question is, what triggers a special?
Up Close with Gov. Jan Brewer
When the Republican-dominated Legislature stood firm against Gov. Jan Brewer this year, she pushed back like never before.
UpClose with House Minority Leader Chad Campbell
How did you pull off that coup (on Medicaid expansion)?
(Laughs) I don’t think there was a coup, although that’s a funny term. At the end of the day I think that the leadership on the Republican side tried to overplay the hand they had.
UpClose with Senate Minority Leader Leah Landrum Taylor
How shocked were you that the governor pushed for Medicaid expansion at the State of the State? And are you surprised that she accomplished that?
I’m going to admit I’m not shocked at all. The reason being is, when I first came in as leader, we set out to meet with [Brewer] to go over and have a chance to talk with her, and in our discussions, of course naturally the conversation of Medicaid came out…
Up Close with Senate President Andy Biggs
On a scale of one to 10, 10 being the most effective, how do you rank your effectiveness as Senate president?
I won’t give myself a numerical grade. I will say there are things I thought we did well, that I did well as the leader.
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