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What ever became of the old boss over there?

On Friday, a source close to Ducey was dismissive of DeWit’s opposition to the governor’s plan, describing it as something stemming from his “disappointment that the treasurer’s role isn’t in the spotlight that often.” But a source close to DeWit said the claim couldn’t be further from the truth.

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As promised, no gym in the basement

Gowan is spending another $642,000 on carpet in the House, according to records provided by the chamber. The speaker is putting in new carpet on the first, second and third levels. The new carpet will also be installed on the House floor and members’ lounge, replacing the almost-new carpet Gowan installed in those areas after being elected speaker late last year.

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DeWit hammered by Ducey ally on Breitbart

Lisa De Pasquale, the director of strategic communications for Sean Noble’s DC London, skewered DeWit today in a column on Breitbart. De Pasquale, who has written for Breitbart since 2010, rose to the defense of Ducey, whom she compared to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, dubbing him the “Walker of the West.”

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Making AHCCCS a hand up, not a hand out

Ducey today unveiled his new plan for AHCCCS, which includes co-pays, premiums, work requirements and wellness incentives. The proposal revolves around AHCCCS CARE, a sort of health savings account for some Medicaid patients. (The new acronym stands for Choice, Accountability, Responsibility and Engagement.)

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Tax or no tax?

Attorneys squared off in Maricopa County Superior Court today for the long-awaited oral arguments in Biggs v. Betlach, the Medicaid expansion case. Perhaps the most pressing issue in the oral arguments was whether the hospital assessment, used to fund the state’s share of the cost of the 2013 expansion program, should be considered a tax.

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Slow your roll

Ducey spokesman Daniel Scarpinato said it’s too early for Farley or anyone else to sound the alarm about whether state agencies will be denied the restoration of previous cuts in FY17, despite a projected $266 million surplus. For that matter, Scarpinato said it would be premature to start making decisions about the surplus funds at all.

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Memo to House pages: Be prepared

Shooter yesterday (July 27) told our reporter that he and Montenegro have agreed to swap seats, at least for the 53rd Legislature. The move will let Montenegro, who is termed out of the House, run for the Senate without an incumbent-on-incumbent primary battle. Shooter quipped that the “House will be damn lucky to get me.”

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