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Brewer asks Arizona Supreme Court to throw out Medicaid expansion challenge
Thu, May 15, 2014
Gov. Jan Brewer is making one more attempt to kill a lawsuit that challenges the expansion of the state's Medicaid program.Brewer and Tom Betlach, who oversees the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, have asked the Arizona Supreme Court to review a state appeals court ruling from earlier this year Read More

Tags: Arizona, Arizona, Governor Jan Brewer, Medicaid expansion

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Game-playing at legislative carnival
Fri, May 2, 2014AZ Legislature
They call the end of the Arizona legislative session the "Sine Die," a fancy Latin word for "without day" or indefinitely.A more accurate description would be that the carnival has packed up and left town. On the last day the legislators are like a gaggle of giddy fifth-graders who've had Read More

Tags: Arizona, Election 2014, Arizona, Arizona Legislature, Governor Jan Brewer

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The power behind SB1062: Center for Arizona Policy wields substantial influence at the Capitol
Fri, Feb 28, 2014
Behind the legislation that engulfed Arizona in a firestorm over the treatment of gays is an influential Evangelical-Christian lobby that is deep in the trenches of America’s culture wars.Founded in 1995, many see the Center for Arizona Policy as the vanguard in the fight to preserve traditional values, which supporters Read More

Tags: Arizona, Governor Jan Brewer, SB1062, Center for Arizona Policy

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Gov. Brewer signs elections-overhaul repeal
Thu, Feb 27, 2014AZ Legislature
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has signed a bill repealing a 2013 elections overhaul championed by Republicans that left voter-rights groups incensed.Brewer signed House Bill 2196 Thursday. The action cancels a November election where voters would have had the final say.Republicans passed the elections overhaul in the final hours of the Read More

Tags: Arizona, Governor Jan Brewer, HB 2196, 2013 Elections overhaul

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Election law targets Democrats, favors Republican votes
Tue, Jul 2, 2013AZ Legislature
By Luis Heredia My TurnRespect.Arizona Democrats have earned it. However, Gov. Jan Brewer and her political operatives have once again abused their power to marginalize Democrats. Signing House Bill 2305, which is designed to bolster the Republican Party’s advantage in the 2014 election, is the latest example.The victories of the Read More

Tags: Arizona, Arizona legislature, Democrats, Republicans, Jan Brewer

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Pinal Legislators split on Medicaid: Pinal’s Shope, Pratt two of nine R's to back Brewer
Sat, Jun 15, 2013AZ Legislature
As two of nine House Republicans to vote in favor of the $8.8 billion state budget that passed early Thursday morning, District 8 Reps. T.J. Shope and Frank Pratt were not too popular with fellow GOP lawmakers later that day.“It’s not easy going against the majority in the caucus,” Shope Read More

Tags: Arizona, Governor Jan Brewer, Arizona Legislature, Budget, T.J. Shope, Frank Pratt

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$8.8B budget passes
Sat, Jun 15, 2013AZ Legislature
PHOENIX — The Arizona Legislature embraced a signature component of President Barack Obama’s health care law Thursday after a drawn out battle that divided the state’s Republican leadership and saw GOP Gov. Jan Brewer work closely with Democratic lawmakers to expand Medicaid access.The Legislature passed Brewer’s $8.8 billion state budget Read More

Tags: Arizona, Governor Jan Brewer, Arizona Legislature, Budget

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Arizona Democrats decry GOP bills, say they target jobless
Wed, Apr 3, 2013AZ Legislature
State Senate Democratic leaders assailed Republican legislators on Monday for pushing bills they say hurt unemployed Arizonans when the Legislature should be helping them.One of the bills they blasted, which will make it harder for jobless residents to get unemployment benefits, was signed last week by Republican Gov. Jan Brewer.House Read More

Tags: Arizona, Unemployed, HB 2147, Jan Brewer

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Two Reports Question Brewer's Plan: Sales tax overhaul could hurt general fund
Mon, Mar 18, 2013AZ Legislature
PHOENIX — Two new reports have raised more questions about Gov. Jan Brewer’s contentious effort to overhaul the state’s complex sales tax collection system, both raising the prospect the state’s general fund could take a big hit to revenues if it is enacted.

Tags: Arizona, Arizona Legislature, Tax overhaul, Jan Brewer

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Editorial: Expanding AHCCCS
Sun, Jan 27, 2013Healthcare
A major part of President Barack Obama’s controversial health care plan, one that gets relatively little notice, is the expansion of Medicaid. Yet that part of the Affordable Care Act is to provide health care coverage to about half of the 30 million people expected to eventually gain it through Read More

Tags: Arizona, Affordable Care Act, Jan Brewer, Medicaid

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