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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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What, me lobby?

Horne spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham disputed Republic columnist Laurie Roberts’ assertion that the AG’s lobbyists swung into action to lobby against H2305 (initiatives; filings; circulators) over its retroactivity clause, which would allow the secretary of state’s office to send Horne’s campaign finance case directly to the Maricopa County attorney.

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Anti-referendum tactics

One political consultant aligned with the Medicaid expansion effort said there may be a way for expansion proponents to throw up some roadblocks to the referendum effort by marginalizing the groups that organize signature-gathering efforts. There are only a handful of firms in Arizona that specialize in gathering signatures, and the source said it is theoretically possible to sideline them on the referendum if expansion proponents bring them on to the payroll.

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LaFaro to Tobin: At least you tried

Maricopa County GOP chairman AJ LaFaro told our reporter today he’s disappointed that Tobin has given up the fight on Medicaid expansion. He said there’s still some time to press on, since neither the budget package nor Medicaid expansion has ...

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Budget bills are on the move

The end of the expansion debate at the Capitol – and therefore of the 2013 session – might have finally arrived. Multiple sources told our reporter today that Tobin has given up on his efforts to amend the Medicaid expansion language by inserting transparency and accountability provisions and instead, will let it go to the floor and vote no. “He told the governor: ‘You win’,” a source said, adding that the speaker is “not happy about it.”

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Watch out for demon sheep

Montenegro today (June 3) announced a secretary of state exploratory campaign committee team replete with big names that will resonate in national GOP circles. The team includes media consultant Fred Davis, who is well-known for TV ads, such as McCain’s “dang fence” ad, Quayle’s commercial declaring Obama as the worst president in US history, and 2010 Delaware US Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell’s “I’m not a witch” commercial.

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Get your clipboards ready

Antenori and Gould spent the long weekend working on plans for a citizen referendum on Brewer’s Medicaid expansion. The two Brewer foes would need to collect 86,405 valid signatures in the first 90 days after sine die to put an expansion referendum on the ballot for 2014, which they believe can be done without paid volunteers.

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