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A more promising outlook for Medicaid

A poll conducted by HighGround on behalf of St. Luke’s Initiatives concurred with one of the two surveys featured in yesterday’s report that voters support expanding AHCCCS. The poll was conducted Feb. 4-5, has a +/- 3.5 percent margin of error and surveyed 500 voters who had voted in at least the last two elections.

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Mental health is next Medicaid talking point

Brewer’s Thursday press conference on Medicaid will emphasize the impact that the governor’s plan will have on mental health services, according to gubernatorial spokesman Matthew Benson. The presser will be the third that Brewer will hold on the House lawn in a little more than a month, and will feature mental health professionals, advocates and patients, Benson said.

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Let’s go to the videotape

Politicos had mixed opinions on the Ninth Floor’s handling of the Terri Proud-Joey Strickland situation at the Department of Veterans Services. One lobbyist believed Strickland genuinely didn’t believe he was disobeying an order and said the governor shouldn’t have fired him, noting that if he were still a state employee, he wouldn’t have spoken to the media about the situation and much of the ado over Proud’s hiring and controversial statements wouldn’t have occurred, or at least would’ve died down more quickly.

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Two can play that game

The Arizona chapter of Americans for Prosperity has responded in kind to the Arizona Business Coalition’s mailer supporting Carter. AFP this week sent out a mailer criticizing Carter for her support of Brewer’s Medicaid plan. The front of the mailer is nearly identical to the coalition’s mailer, but instead of thanking Carter for “standing up for Arizona families,” it thanks her for “standing up for Obamacare.”

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Scottsdale Healthcare ‘reserving judgement’

While the Mayo Clinic is officially on board with Brewer’s Medicaid plan, Scottsdale Heathcare has serious concerns over the proposed provider tax and is still weighing its options. Scottsdale Healthcare lobbyist Michelle Pabis told our reporter that the hospital system is still not a supporter of the expansion plan, specifically because of the provider tax.

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Mathis: I followed SPO’s advice

For the first time since Republican redistricting commissioners accused their chairwoman, Colleen Mathis, of destroying mapping firm procurement documents and attempting to privately corral commissioner’s votes, Mathis offered her explanation for what happened in yesterday’s (March 28) IRC trial.

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No, you’re the RINO!

A war of words erupted between Tobin and the Arizona Conservative Coalition (formerly the Pachyderm Coalition) early this week, and it is showing no signs of abating. At the center of the escalating tension is the group’s ranking system, which is based on a set of criteria that aims to show how conservative a Republican is.

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The familiar conspiracy

Before this morning’s (March 25) federal court trial, the Republican story has been that Dem commissioners and the IRC’s independent chairwoman worked together to thwart the desires of GOP commissioners, all the while advancing map proposals pushed by Dems. But Miranda’s name was not connected to that theory.

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More of a blessing than a curse

Few politicos believe the Campbell recall has a snowball’s chance of succeeding, and an increasingly prevalent school of thought is that the recall effort is actually a boon to the minority leader’s 2014 gubernatorial aspirations, since it gives him a platform to raise his public profile. And thanks to the vagaries of the state campaign finance laws governing recalls, it may be more of a boon than people realize.

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A less than positive reception

The reaction to LaFaro’s remarks yesterday (March 20) about Brewer triggered a tsunami of backlash, and by this morning, several politicos and lawmakers were calling for LaFaro’s resignation. So far, no one has stepped forward to defend his remarks, although some said they believe the governor has abandoned the party’s conservative principles. Tobin took to Twitter to denounce LaFaro.

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