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Dylan Scott

Dylan Scott is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. He previously reported for Governing magazine in Washington, D.C., and the Las Vegas Sun. His work has been recognized with a 2013 American Society of Business Publication Editors award for Best Feature Series and a 2010 Associated Press Society of Ohio award for Best Investigative Reporting. He can be reached at dylan@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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A Democratic Arizona state senator doesn't want Gov. Jan Brewer to wait one more moment before vetoing the anti-gay discrimination bill sitting on her desk, saying every second she does is a "black mark" on the state.

"Well, we are very optimistic she will veto the bill, but again, every second she doesn't veto the bill is a black mark on the state of Arizona," Sen. Anna Tovar said Wednesday on MSNBC. "We've asked the governor as of yesterday to swiftly veto this bill when she arrived yesterday, the second she got off the plane."

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With almost every big conservative entity -- Republican senators, big business groups, even lawmakers who voted for it -- abandoning Arizona's anti-gay bill, the Heritage Foundation is holding out in support of the bill.

Ryan T. Anderson, the William E. Simon Fellow in Religion and a Free Society at Heritage, penned a blog post this week blasting a New York Times editorial that criticized the bill and praising the legislation's virtues as a vehicle for liberty.

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Delta Airlines said Wednesday that it opposed anti-gay discrimination bills, as has passed the legislature in Arizona, and warned that if put into law, they would "result in job losses."

Delta is headquartered in Atlanta. Georgia lawmakers have introduced a bill similar to Arizona's.

Saying it was "deeply concerned" about the proposed laws, Delta urged their defeat. "Delta strongly opposes these measures and we join the business community in urging state officials to reject these proposals," the airline said in a statement.

As TPM has reported, the business community -- both in and out of state -- has been putting pressure on Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) to veto her state's bill.

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Correction: The original version of this post was based on an inaccurate transcript of Sen. Hagan's remarks. As a result, Hagan was misquoted and the premise of the original piece was in error. The post has been revised to reflect what Hagan actually said in the clip aired on Fox. We regret the error.

Dogged by reporters about Obamacare's canceled insurance plans, Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) said again that it had not been clear that insurance companies would continue offering non-compliant policies after the law went into effect.

In a clip that aired Wednesday on Fox News, Hagan was confronted about the canceled policies, which didn't comply with the law's coverage requirements.

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About 4 million Americans have now enrolled in health coverage through Obamacare, according to the Huffington Post.

The news outlet cited "a senior administration official" in reporting the new figure. Enrollment at the end of January was 3.3 million, meaning about 700,000 people have enrolled in February.

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With Arizona scheduled to host the Super Bowl next year, the National Football League has warned state officials that it is monitoring what happens with the bill on Gov. Jan Brewer's desk that would allow anti-LGBT discrimination.

According to the Arizona Capitol Times, an NFL spokesperson said that league policies "emphasize tolerance and inclusiveness, and prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper standard."

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If the Arizona Senate voted again on the anti-gay discrimination bill that has aroused a national backlash, the bill would likely fail.

That's because three Republican senators have said in the last few days that they regret their vote. The legislation originally passed 17 to 13 -- flip those three votes, and the bill would be defeated, 14 to 16.

“While our sincere intent in voting for this bill was to create a shield for all citizens’ religious liberties, the bill has instead been mischaracterized by its opponents as a sword for religious intolerance,” the three senators -- Adam Driggs, Steve Pierce and Bob Worsley -- wrote in a letter urging Republican Gov. Jan Brewer to veto it, according to the Arizona Republic. “These allegations are causing our state immeasurable harm.”

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A Republican lobbyist in Washington wants to introduce legislation in Congress that would prohibit gay people from playing in the National Football League -- and he says he's already lining up congressional sponsors.

In an interview with the Huffington Post, Jack Burkman, the CEO of Burkman LLC, said he had five members in the House and one senator who would put their weight behind the bill. He predicted up to 36 House members and up to five senators would join the effort in the next three weeks.

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