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An expensive bone to pick

The IRC met last night (March 14) to revisit what has become routine: mounting legal costs and dwindling funds. The commission is just about out of money, and the bills for March haven’t even arrived yet. Executive Director Ray Bladine has opened negotiations with top Legislative staff, and has formally submitted a request for a $551,000 FY13 supplemental.

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Let’s get this party started

Now that the long-awaited draft of Brewer’s Medicaid plan is out, the governor is hoping to win some hearts and minds in the Legislature. And she made clear that she’s putting a lot of faith in Carter, a “true leader” whom the governor praised for her “courageous leadership.”

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The big reveal

Tomorrow, everyone at the Capitol will finally lay eyes on the policy that many have already taken sides on: Brewer’s proposed AHCCCS expansion. The governor will unveil the draft language of her plan at a press conference tomorrow afternoon on the House lawn.

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High expectations

One source close to Brewer told our reporter that the core sentiment of Brewer’s letter this week to PCs was emblematic of the way she approaches public service – and though it was sent to the PCs, its message is aimed in many ways at GOP legislators.

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Pick me! Pick me!

Daniel Patterson piped up on Twitter today, saying that if Saldate is appointed to the federal Dept of the Interior and resigns from the House, he wants to return to the Legislature. Patterson told our reporter he plans to run for the appointment if the seat opens up in LD3.

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Lawmakers brush off ‘bully tactics’

Americans for Prosperity yesterday sent an email to supporters calling on them to contact the four GOP senators who “failed to do the right thing” when they voted against anti-union legislation last week and urge them to support such legislation in the future.

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Using good for ill… twice

A federal prosecutor is trying to convince US District Court Judge Frank Martone that Arredondo’s history of charitable deeds and community service is not worthy of leniency during his Jan. 23 sentencing for his guilty pleas to counts of honest services mail fraud and mail fraud.

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We want some more

Executive Director Ray Bladine submitted a letter to Biggs and Tobin on Friday asking for a $2.27 million supplemental to prevent the IRC from running out of money by the end of February, as the commission is still under the cloud of three pending lawsuits.

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Team LaFaro sweeps county party elections

AJ LaFaro and his team won all seats up for grabs on Saturdays’ Maricopa County GOP election. The election wasn’t close, but it also wasn’t a complete blowout. In a way, the team’s election reflects a continuity of the leadership – and politics – of outgoing Maricopa GOP chairman Rob Haney.

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A taste of what’s to come

Brewer didn’t offer a lot of specifics, but she was clear-eyed about two policy items she will pursue this session: money for K-12 education and simplifying the state’s sales tax system. Brewer was the main speaker at today’s annual legislative forecast luncheon organized by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce.

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