by Jim Nintzel
RT @azfrag @exjon They are not RINO's they are slime and out of the slime emerges the new Socialist Caucus in Arizona. #azright #azgop
— Frank Antenori (@FrankAntenori) June 12, 2013
Update from the special session at the Arizona Legislature: Lawmakers from both parties are putting together amendments on the state budget plan and Medicaid expansion and are expected to emerge from their recess later this afternoon. Expect a late night at the Capitol: The current plan calls for the legislation to get final approval sometime after midnight tonight.
UPDATE: Sen. Steve Farley tells The Range that the House will likely wrap the legislation up shortly after midnight but the Senate is expected to take a final vote sometime around mid-morning tomorrow.
Former state lawmaker Frank Antenori tells The Range today that he's delighted by Brewer's decision to call a special session because it has sparked outrage among conservative activists.
"The base is furious. Furious!" Anentori said today. "This is awesome. Awesome! She so overplayed her hand."
Antenori expects the budget and Medicaid-expansion package will be passed shortly in the wee hours of Thursday and he hopes to get his referendum to repeal the Medicaid expansion filed by Friday, depending on how the events of the next few days play out.
Antenori says that after the call for the special session went out yesterday, his group got almost 250 new volunteers.
"People were calling and emailing and asking me what they could do to help," Antenori said.