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Little-known Pearce foe drops out, backs Lewis in recall (access required)

Unable to raise money or endorsements, independent candidate Tommey Cattey today decided to drop out of the recall race and throw his support behind Mesa Republican Jerry Lewis.

Lewis is considered to be the frontrunner among those who are challenging Senate President Russell Pearce, the first sitting legislator in Arizona history to face a recall election.

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Lewis camp considering legal action against fake Twitter account

For almost three weeks, a Twitter account posing as Jerry Lewis, the Mesa Republican running against Senate President Russell Pearce in an upcoming recall election, has posted tweets promoting gay pornography and illegal immigration, aligning Lewis with extreme liberal causes and calling out politicians who are backing Lewis.

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Judge upholds state Medicaid cuts (access required)

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge upheld a partial enrollment freeze for the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, rejecting a liberal advocacy group’s claims that the cuts violated a voter mandate.

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ALEC’s influence looms large at Capitol (access required)

The American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative organization whose corporate largesse and influence over policy have become a flashpoint for liberal criticism, has a deep reach into the Arizona Legislature.

When the group kicked off its 2011 summer conference in New Orleans on Aug. 3, 29 of Arizona’s 61 Republican lawmakers were in attendance.

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IRC split on cooperating with AG investigation (access required)

The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission could stumble into another partisan divide, but this time it involves whether members will cooperate with Attorney General Tom Horne’s investigation into whether the commission violated open meeting and procurement laws when it hired a mapping consultant in June.

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