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Breakaway senator mulls whether to seek another term (access required)

LD25 Senate candidate Bob Worsley smiles big after election returns Tuesday, Aug. 28 show him running away with the race against former Sen. Russell Pearce.

A member of the coalition of Senate Republicans who broke away from the majority party and voted for Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion proposal is contemplating whether to run for office in 2014.

Sen. Bob Worsley, R-Mesa, said that while he intends to run at this point, the decision is one he must still mull over in the coming year – and any reservations he has to running have nothing to do with his vote on Medicaid.

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Bipartisan Senate passes budget, AHCCCS expansion (access required)

Senate Majority Leader John McComish, R-Phoenix, speaks on the floor during debate of the budget. McComish offered an amendment to the budget to include Gov. Jan Brewer's Medicaid expansion plan, which was adopted after he and a coalition of other Republicans banded with Democrats, over the objections of Senate President Andy Biggs and the majority of the caucus. (Photo by Evan Wyloge)

A debate that lasted nearly 12 hours ended late Thursday night, when the Arizona state Senate approved a budget proposal that includes a plan to expand Medicaid coverage as desired by Gov. Jan Brewer.

Six Republican senators joined forces with Senate Democrats to wrest control of the chamber from Sen. President Andy Biggs and provided momentum to Brewer’s proposal by giving preliminary approval to the bills during floor debate.

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

Sen. John McComish (File photo)

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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