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By CRISTINA SILVA
Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona's far-right Republicans suffered a series of major losses during the 2013 legislative session that have raised questions about their future in state politics.

Conservatives have controlled the Legislature for decades and this year seemed no different at first.

But toward the end of the session, a handful of Republicans joined with Democrats to shoot down several GOP priorities, including bills that would have limited funding for abortion clinics and made it easier for religious groups to avoid having to follow laws they don't like.

The moderate coalition also joined together to pass Gov. Jan Brewer's Medicaid expansion plan that will provide 300,000 more Arizonans with health coverage.

Conservatives opposed the plan because it is a signature component of President Barack Obama's health care law.

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