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Facing pressure from governor, Arizona lawmakers pass Medicaid expansion

By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) – A divided Arizona Senate passed a key piece of President Barack Obama’s Medicaid expansion agenda on Thursday, handing Republican Governor Jan Brewer a policy victory over fierce opposition from conservatives in her party. By an 18-11 vote, the Senate approved the bill with the…

Arizona Senate Close to Passing a Bill that Would Defund Planned Parenthood

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Arizona’s attempt to defund Planned Parenthood: The Arizona Senate Committee on Healthcare and Medical Liability Reform approved HB 2800 which strips state funding from any group (like Planned Parenthood) that performs abortion even though existing state law and the fucking Hyde Amendment already…

Arizona House Passes Bill Permitting Doctors to Withhold Prenatal Information From Women

Last month, when the Arizona Senate passed SB1359, the “wrongful birth” bill, I wrote this: The Arizona Senate passed a bill (SB1359) this week that allows doctors to withhold from pregnant women information regarding prenatal problems because disclosing that information might lead to an abortion. Seriously. From Addicting Info: It’s…

Arizona House approves carrying concealed guns in school zones

Republicans in the Arizona House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday evening to repeal a law that bans the concealed carrying of guns within 1,000 feet of schools. Senate Bill 1474 would allow anyone over the age of 21 to carry a properly licensed firearm inside any educational institution. It…

Arizona Senate approves lying to women to prevent abortions

The Arizona Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would allow doctors withhold information about prenatal problems if it could make the decision to have an abortion more likely. Republican state Sen. Nancy Barto introduced the measure to protect doctors from so-called “wrongful birth” lawsuits. Such lawsuits are sometimes filed…

Republicans in Arizona plan to nearly wipe out public unions

Republicans in the Arizona Senate introduced legislation on Tuesday that could eliminate public employee unions, according to Talking Points Memo. The bills go even further than those proposed in Wisconsin last year, which lead to massive pro-union protests at the state Capitol. “At first glance, it looks like an all…

Journalist: Elections show people more progressive than their politicians

John Nichols, the Washington correspondent for The Nation magazine, on Wednesday described the 2011 elections as “very significant” victory for progressives. Liberals and progressives came out on top in elections across the country, including repealing an Ohio law to limit collective bargaining rights, recalling ultra-conservative Arizona Senate president Russell Pearce,…

Voters oust Arizona Senate president Russell Pearce

Republican candidate Jerry Lewis defeated Republican state Sen. Russell Pearce in an unprecedented recall election on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press. Lewis, a charter school executive, will now represent the state’s 18th District. The group Citizens for a Better Arizona forced the election in July after collecting 10,365 signatures.…

Arizona Senate passes measure to put marriage amendment on ballot – again

(UPDATE: I have added a ton of information on the vote over at my pad.) This shows you the consistency and tireless bigotry of the far right — they simply will not stop trying to prevent LGBTs from obtaining full civil equality. They scraped up enough bigots to do the…

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