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Brewer signs election overhaul bill (access required)

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Gov. Jan Brewer signed a far-reaching elections bill that will help weed inactive voters from the Permanent Early Voter List, prohibit political organizations from collecting early ballots en masse and impose stricter legal standards on citizen initiatives.

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Medicaid foes launch effort to repeal expansion

Medicaid foes launch effort to repeal expansion

The citizen referendum against Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion has begun.

The United Republican Alliance of Principled Conservatives, which is headed up by former Sens. Frank Antenori and Ron Gould, took out petitions for a citizen referendum this morning at the Secretary of State’s Office in Tucson. The group has until Sept. 11 to collect 86,405 valid signatures to refer Brewer’s expansion plan to the November 2014 ballot.

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Brewer’s signing of election bill creates major hurdle for third parties (access required)

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Third-party candidates may become a rare breed in Arizona.

HB2305, an omnibus elections bill, dramatically raises the number of signatures that Green Party, Libertarian and other third-party candidates will need to qualify for the ballot. Whereas signature requirements have historically been based on the number of registered votes a party has, the bill equalizes the requirements for all parties.

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Legislature finishes annual session (access required)

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Bleary eyed Arizona lawmakers took final votes on a slew of bills late Thursday evening and early Friday morning as they wrapped up the Legislature’s annual regular session.

The often contentious session that lasted nearly six months ended as most do, with some laughs and somewhat delirious attempts to continue following procedure and to sine die, which came at 12:59 a.m. June 14, the 151st day of the session.

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