A week to "stay tuned" because if anything breaks at the Capitol, it will happen on short notice -
We've reached the point where almost nothing is on the schedule at the legislature as all the activity is taking place in the background - they're (meaning the Governor's office and the House Republican leadership) still wrangling over Medicaid restoration in the House and the Governor is still refusing to sign any bills into law until Medicaid restoration and the budget is passed.
On KPNX's (Phoenix Channel 12) Sunday Square Off this week, Rep. John Kavanagh (R-Fountain Hills), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, stated that the Medicaid restoration language that passed the Senate as part of their budget package will be stripped out by his committee, possibly as soon as this week.
That would leave supporters of Medicaid restoration with the task of restoring Medicaid restoration via floor action. Not actually a problem, because if there is enough support to pass the Medicaid package, there is enough support to add the language (again!) via a floor amendment.
In other words, if Kavanagh has the Medicaid language removed from the bill, it will be less about policy and more about posturing for the extremist part of the base.
Speaking of posturing, a press conference has been scheduled for Tuesday. On the lege's events calendar, it is named "Republican Party Campaign Response".
Regardless of the rhetoric surrounding it, and the path it takes, the extreme wing of the Arizona Republican Party already believes that Medicaid restoration will happen. From the Twitter entries of former legislator Ron "the South Will Rise Again" Gould -
Things look like they ?may? break open this week. In the House last week, one of the common themes in the floor speeches given by members was an expression of frustration with the lack of progress at the lege. Members are becoming irritated of showing up to work only to have nothing to work on (vote on). Pressure is mounting on the leadership, from both within and without the House, to "get it done". Pretty near everybody wants to "get the hell out of Dodge".
Which points out one of the major downsides of the sort of "top-down" mindset that defines the operation of the Arizona legislature -
When there is a failure, all fingers are pointed in one direction, and that direction is *not* away from the leadership.