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In early interview, Cortes planned to court Hispanic voters (access required)

Critics of Senate President Russell Pearce have labeled Olivia Cortes a "stealth" candidate who is aiming to divide his opposition. This month, media reports quoted a circulator Cortes supposedly hired as admitting that she is running to dilute the vote against Pearce, the state's foremost immigration hawk.

And even though she has denied that the Pearce camp had asked her to run, an early interview with the candidate reveals she planned to court Hispanic voters in the upcoming Mesa recall election.

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Key absence could quash Bundgaard ethics hearing (access required)

A full-blown investigation of Sen. Scott Bundgaard’s infamous freeway fight seemed certain to take place when an ethics complaint was filed against him last month.

But one member of the ethics panel won’t be around when the committee meets today to decide whether to proceed with an inquiry. And that missing vote could neutralize efforts to investigate Bundgaard.

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Former surgeon general still weighing Senate run

With Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' political future still uncertain, Democratic officials eyeing next year's Senate race in Arizona have turned their attention to former U. S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona, a Bush administration official who broke ranks and complained about politics driving his job.

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Thomas accused of retaliating against enemies

Lawyers pressing a discipline case against former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas say officials who crossed Thomas and chief ally Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in political disputes were often targeted for investigations and, in some cases, were criminally charged.

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