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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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Bizarro world

The Dems, in their turn, acknowledged the pressure that their Republican colleagues faced. Landrum Taylor thanked the Republicans for supporting expansion, despite the “extraordinary pressures” that members of their own party exerted, as well as her Democratic colleagues who reached across the aisle, and the governor for her leadership. “Her leadership in crafting and passing this historic legislation was certainly challenged.

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A coup was on the table

Brewer also candidly admitted that she and her allies explored the option of ousting legislative leaders in order to pass her Medicaid expansion plan. At the impromptu media briefing, Brewer confirmed she and her allies in the Legislature crafted a plan to remove Biggs and Tobin as leaders.

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