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Recall threat tactic may prove difficult (access required)

Seeing one of Arizona’s most prolific and powerful political figures toppled in a recall election has some Republicans wondering who might be next.

Whereas previously, a recall petition being pulled could be dismissed as a joke, there was now a solid model for running a recall campaign and winning.

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Cardon uses polished message in claiming ‘outsider’ status

Mesa businessman Wil Cardon branded himself as the anti-politician, an outsider who lacks a “politician’s polish,” as he put it, during a Nov. 15 speech at his new campaign headquarters near Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

But the U.S. Senate candidate who is challenging Congressman Jeff Flake for the Republican nomination appears anything but politically naïve. In fact, he sounded very much like a politician.

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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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A Pearce defeat means shake up in Senate (access required)

If Senate President Russell Pearce loses his race tomorrow, it will trigger a shakeup in Senate leadership that will see Republicans choosing a new president.

By all accounts, three senators are interested in the position — Senate Majority Leader Andy Biggs, Senate Majority Whip Steve Pierce, and Sen. Steve Yarbrough, R-Chandler.

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Monuments to education funding

Reid Buckley, brother of the late political commentator William F. Buckley, Jr., used to ask audiences, “Do you know how high a pile one million bucks would make in thousand dollar bills?” After a pause, he would answer: “Seven inches.” Then he asked, “Now, do you know how high a pile one billion bucks would make in thousand dollar bills?” Again, after a pause: “Well, 28 feet higher than the Washington Monument.”

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