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Pierce’s Victory Fund spends against Fillmore (access required)

A committee whose goal is to return a robust GOP majority to the state Senate has taken sides in a Republican primary, spending money to help Sen. Rich Crandall, R-Mesa, beat Rep. John Fillmore, R-Apache Junction.

The Republican Victory Fund recently sent out a mailer touting Crandall’s record, including his vote to pass SB1070.

As expected, Fillmore is dismayed by the committee’s action.

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Worsley bruising Pearce on in-district LD25 fundraising

While the first round of campaign finance reports paints a limited picture of the closely watched primary race between former Sen. Russell Pearce and his Republican challenger, one thing is clear: Newcomer Bob Worsley is getting the hometown support, while the former Senate president is left wanting.

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Meza accuses opponent of illegal campaign coordination (access required)

Sen. Robert Meza today filed a third complaint with the Arizona Secretary of State against his Legislative District 30 Democratic primary opponent, Raquel Téran.

This time, Meza claims Téran’s campaign illegally coordinated with an independent expenditure committee that produced campaign mailers promoting Téran.

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Gray dismisses ethics complaint against Crandall (access required)

Newly appointed Senate Ethics Committee Chairwoman Linda Gray dismissed a fellow lawmaker’s complaint against Sen. Rich Crandall, saying the Mesa Republican hadn’t violated any laws or ethical rules.

Gray said Crandall’s threat to kill Rep. Brenda Barton’s legislation in the Senate Education Committee was fully in line with a Senate rule stating that chairmen have the authority to determine which bills are heard in their committees.

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Crandall apologizes for angry voicemail (access required)

Facing an ethics complaint that calls for his removal from the Arizona Senate for allegations that he behaved unprofessionally, Sen. Rich Crandall has apologized for threatening to kill the bills of a fellow Republican who he believed harassed his daughter.

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