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A turning point in the immigration debate?

Republicans who oppose Senate President Russell Pearce’s strict enforcement to confronting illegal immigration are quick to paint Jerry Lewis’s victory last Tuesday as a turning point in the debate in favor of a more nuanced solution to this complex problem. Eager to seize the momentum, they are creating a narrative for the whole nation. While they acknowledged that Pearce’s defeat to Lewis won’t necessarily roll back laws like Arizona’s SB1070, they believe it sends a signal to other Republicans that they can offer more pragmatic solutions without fearing a backlash.

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Three senators jockey for Senate presidency (access required)

The toppling of Senate President Russell Pearce will trigger a shakeup in Senate leadership that will see Republicans choosing a new president.

And depending on who replaces him, that shakeup could also mean changes in the makeup and chairmanships of committees.

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Some GOP senators expected to give Lewis cold shoulder (access required)

Jerry Lewis gained political enemies when he took on Senate President Russell Pearce in a historic recall election on Nov. 8.

Starting next year, the political neophyte will be sharing a parking lot with some of them.

Actually, some even suggested setting up Lewis’ office just several steps from the parking lot.

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