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McComish becomes key player in Medicaid expansion drama (access required)

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Senators are prepped for a lengthy floor debate on the GOP-led budget plan and a wildly anticipated fight to add Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion proposal to the mix against the objection of most Senate Republicans.

Ten budget bills cleared the Senate Appropriations Committee, many by 6-3 party line votes, and the Rules Committee on Wednesday afternoon. That paves the way for lawmakers to take a final round of votes on the $8.89 billion spending plan Thursday.

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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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