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Mum on Immigration

In the extraordinary battle to keep his legislative seat, Arizona’s most hawkish proponent of strict enforcement of illegal immigration laws is, incredibly, mostly muted on the subject.

Since a recall election against him was certified last month, Senate President Russell Pearce has passed on the opportunity to weigh in on major developments in the immigration front.

And for a man who is often quick to label his enemies as part of the “open border” and “cheap labor” crowd, Pearce has yet to tar his most serious challenger, Mesa Republican Jerry Lewis.

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Lawyers say Parraz has uphill climb to prove defamation

Lawyers familiar with First Amendment issues and campaign laws said Randy Parraz, one of the organizers of the recall drive targeting Senate President Russell Pearce, would have a tough time proving he was defamed by signs that say he supported the boycott against Arizona and he pines for open borders.

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Gallardo to file ethics complaint against Bundgaard (access required)

Sen. Steve Gallardo, a Phoenix Democrat, is preparing an ethics complaint against Republican Sen. Scott Bundgaard, who avoided a criminal trial last week involving his roadside scuffle with his ex-girlfriend.

Gallardo told the Arizona Capitol Times last week he was seriously considering filing the complaint, but said he now anticipates he will have it finished by the end of the week.

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Limited financial disclosure in Pearce recall may spur law changes

The recall election targeting Senate President Russell Pearce is among the highest-profile legislative races in the state’s modern history.

But the public won’t have a clue how much cash is being raised or spent — or who’s doing the raising and spending  to influence the race’s outcome — until a few days before the election itself.

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