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Analysts: AZ could get cash infusion by lifting Medicaid freeze (access required)

A year ago, Republicans boasted that they made the tough decisions on state spending needed to close a massive budget deficit. The decision to freeze enrollment in state-funded health care for the poor was held up most often by Republicans as a shining example of how they addressed the festering fiscal imbalance.

But one incentive might persuade Arizona’s policymakers to let the uninsured back into the Medicaid fold: cash — lots of it.

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Lawmakers preparing for special session on ‘top-2’ primary (UPDATED) (access required)

Gov. Jan Brewer wants lawmakers to refer a measure to the ballot to correct what she views as the most glaring problem with a proposal to create a “top-two” primary election system in Arizona.

But while many lawmakers have talked for months about referring a competing ballot measure that could potentially sink the Open Elections/Open Government Act in November, Brewer wants to keep the focus of a planned special session narrow.

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Arizona Legislative campaign finance round-up (access required)

Mesa businessman Bob Worsley has far outraised his primary opponent, former Senate President Russell Pearce, taking in about $67,000 in contributions during the first five months of the year. Pearce, meanwhile, collected a mere $2,800 during the same period, according to the latest campaign finance reports. The deadline to file the reports was July 2, and they reflect campaign finances through May 31.

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