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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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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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Goldwater Institute ‘lobbies’ against registering more lobbyists (access required)

The Goldwater Institute is among the most powerful public-policy groups in Arizona.

The organization’s employees draft legislation, regularly meet with lawmakers and testify before committee hearings at the state Capitol. The group even advocated for the call of a 2010 special session in which lawmakers sought to give workers the right to a secret ballot in union elections.

But the institute’s officials bristle at the suggestion that the organization has more than one lobbyist on its staff.

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