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Miranda upset that Gallardo will be unopposed in Senate race (access required)

Rather than face a potential challenge to her nominating petitions, Rep. Martha Garcia, a Phoenix Democrat, withdrew from her Senate race after finding discrepancies in her signatures. Her departure left Steve Gallardo, a former House member, as the lone candidate in District 13, almost certainly assuring him a seat in the 30-member chamber next year. But not everyone is happy about that.

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Clergy v. S1070 (access required)

When religious groups speak out on public policy, many Arizona lawmakers listen closely - except when it comes to immigration issues.

Collaboration during the past few years between faith-based lobbyists and lawmakers who say religious doctrine is the core of their political ideology has led to new state laws restricting abortion, boosting enrollment in private schools and banning gay marriage.

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Pearce seeks to deny citizenship to children of illegals

Pearce’s proposal, which has yet to be drafted as legislation, may target the right of citizenship now granted to children born here under a wide set of circumstances. His goal, he said, was to stop wasting taxpayer money on people who shouldn’t be classified as citizens and, therefore, don’t deserve the services of the government.

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Born illegal

Arizona’s new immigration law has yet to take effect, but Sen. Russell Pearce has already moved on to the next step in his quest to rid Arizona of illegal immigrants: deny birth certificates to children born in the U.S. to non-citizen parents and require students who are here illegally to pay tuition to attend public schools.

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