Local governments vs. local parties
Battle lines are calcifying between grassroots Republican activists who oppose the governor’s expansion plan and several local governments that are backing it, pointing to the increasing cost of providing mental health services and arguing that the expansion would result in safer communities.
Remember the would-be fence?
Smith told Stateline.org this week that he’s ready to unveil a plan to build a fence along the US-Mexico border.
Two can play that game
The Arizona chapter of Americans for Prosperity has responded in kind to the Arizona Business Coalition’s mailer supporting Carter. AFP this week sent out a mailer criticizing Carter for her support of Brewer’s Medicaid plan. The front of the mailer is nearly identical to the coalition’s mailer, but instead of thanking Carter for “standing up for Arizona families,” it thanks her for “standing up for Obamacare.”
Scottsdale Healthcare ‘reserving judgement’
While the Mayo Clinic is officially on board with Brewer’s Medicaid plan, Scottsdale Heathcare has serious concerns over the proposed provider tax and is still weighing its options. Scottsdale Healthcare lobbyist Michelle Pabis told our reporter that the hospital system is still not a supporter of the expansion plan, specifically because of the provider tax.
Mathis: I followed SPO’s advice
For the first time since Republican redistricting commissioners accused their chairwoman, Colleen Mathis, of destroying mapping firm procurement documents and attempting to privately corral commissioner’s votes, Mathis offered her explanation for what happened in yesterday’s (March 28) IRC trial.
No, you’re the RINO!
A war of words erupted between Tobin and the Arizona Conservative Coalition (formerly the Pachyderm Coalition) early this week, and it is showing no signs of abating. At the center of the escalating tension is the group’s ranking system, which is based on a set of criteria that aims to show how conservative a Republican is.
In defense of marriage
As the country’s attention shifts to two cases on same-sex marriage that are before the US Supreme Court this week, Center for Arizona Policy President Cathi Herrod made a vigorous argument in defense of marriage between a man and a woman, telling supporters in an email that it is the “engine that drives the country.”
The familiar conspiracy
Before this morning’s (March 25) federal court trial, the Republican story has been that Dem commissioners and the IRC’s independent chairwoman worked together to thwart the desires of GOP commissioners, all the while advancing map proposals pushed by Dems. But Miranda’s name was not connected to that theory.
More of a blessing than a curse
Few politicos believe the Campbell recall has a snowball’s chance of succeeding, and an increasingly prevalent school of thought is that the recall effort is actually a boon to the minority leader’s 2014 gubernatorial aspirations, since it gives him a platform to raise his public profile. And thanks to the vagaries of the state campaign finance laws governing recalls, it may be more of a boon than people realize.
A less than positive reception
The reaction to LaFaro’s remarks yesterday (March 20) about Brewer triggered a tsunami of backlash, and by this morning, several politicos and lawmakers were calling for LaFaro’s resignation. So far, no one has stepped forward to defend his remarks, although some said they believe the governor has abandoned the party’s conservative principles. Tobin took to Twitter to denounce LaFaro.
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