/ Last Modified June 21, 2013

AZ Illustrated Politics: Wrap up of Medicaid and Election Laws

Host Jim Nintzel and Arizona Capitol Times reporter Hank Stephenson discuss the recently wrapped legislative session with state Reps. Ethan Orr and Bruce Wheeler.

Play the video above to see these stories on AZ Illustrated Politics for June 21, 2013

Medicaid expansion State Rep. Ethan Orr said he voted for Gov. Jan Brewer’s proposed expansion of AHCCCS coverage for anyone below 138 percent of the federal poverty level because it brought billions of federal dollars to Arizona to help improve the state’s economy while providing health insurance to low-income Arizonans. State Rep. Wheeler called the expansion the biggest legislative accomplishments of his career.

Election Overhaul Orr said he supported changes in election law that would criminalize some collection of early ballots by political operatives, clear names from the Permanent Early Voter List if enrollees failed to cast early ballots, and raised the bar for Libertarian, Green and other third-party candidates. Orr said he strongly supported the right to vote, but not the right to vote conveniently. Wheeler said the moves were a Republican effort to suppress voter turnout. Stephenson discussed how Republican National Congressional Committee spokesman Daniel Scarpinato called Republican lawmakers to persuade them to support the legislation.

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