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A coalition straight out of 2008

In a scene reminiscent of what happened in 2008 – when Napolitano was governor and a handful of Republicans sent her a budget with the help of Dems – three GOP members banded together with the Dem caucus today to add spending to the Biggs-initiated $8.8 billion budget plan.

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More than one way to skin a cat

The recent court ruling directing Bennett to forward the campaign finance complaint about Horne to the AG’s office has exposed what many view as a fault in the law, but there may be a plan to give the secretary of state the ability to choose his own investigator for matters involving the AG.

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The tao of Andy

As soon as rumors of Biggs’ plan began to circulate, so did speculation about the president’s real intentions. One Republican source questioned Biggs’ action, since moving a budget could facilitate the passage of the governor’s AHCCCS expansion plan through his chamber.

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The tip of the spear?

Outside groups are beginning to weigh in against Brewer’s Medicaid plan. American Commitment, a 501(c)(4) that spent millions in the 2012 elections, including about $1.4 million in the Flake-Carmona race, is running a series of web ads against Medicaid expansion.

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Swinging a big stick or a Whiffle bat?

The prevailing sentiment at the Capitol is that the governor’s bill moratorium is a direct consequence of not getting her wish for the Legislature to approve her Medicaid proposal. “The only reason I can think of is she wants to see her Medicaid expansion dealt with,” Kavanagh told our reporter, adding the governor’s move is unfortunate.

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It’s someone else’s problem now

Lang’s decision to leave the commission, and Collins’ impending departure, created a vacuum at a crucial time. Lawmakers, some of whom have been feuding with the commission and with the idea of publicly-financing politicians’ campaigns, recently approved H2593 (Laws 2013, Chapter 98) to dramatically increase contribution limits for individuals and remove the aggregate caps.

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Sore losers

Shortly after the Dept of Health Services awarded Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care a contract at the end of March that is worth up to $3 billion dollar to provide behavioral health services, Magellan, the state’s provider since 2007, and United Health Services officially protested the dept’s decision.

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Raking in the dough

Political consultant Chuck Coughlin said last week that he expects the Brewer-backed Arizona’s Legacy independent expenditure committee to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to back candidates in next year’s election, and the invitation for the IE’s fundraiser tomorrow shows it is well on track to do so.

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Hallman invokes resign-to-run against opponents

Resign-to-run will lose much of its luster when a bill from the 2013 session goes into effect, but GOP gubernatorial hopeful Hugh Hallman issued a reminder today that it is still the law of the land. The former Tempe mayor sent out a press release accusing several potential Republican primary opponents of ducking the spirit of the law.

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Pulling out the race card

The GOP primary race for secretary of state is heating up early with Montenegro and campaign consultant Constantin Querard demanding that a consultant working for Kyle Moyer, who represents Reagan, retract a tweet they said was racially insensitive.

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