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Pearce still stinging from loss; says he’s working to ‘forgive’ Lewis (access required)

Former Senate President Russell Pearce says he is disappointed with the man who ousted him from office, but that he is working on forgiveness.

“I’m not a hateful guy. It’s difficult with the dishonesty that took place in that campaign. It’s disappointing, a lot of things that happened in the campaign. I tend to get over things, so we’ll work on that. I should forgive him, so we’ll work on that,” Pearce told the Arizona Capitol Times this week.

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Carmona announces U.S. Senate run (access required)

Former Surgeon General Richard Carmona announced that he will seek the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate.

“Like most Americans, it’s clear to me that Washington is broken and it is time for honest people with real world experience to step forward to solve the problems we are facing and get our economy going again,” Carmona said in a press statement.

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Parraz’s group parties to recall results (access required)

Most of the taco buffet was gone when Randy Parraz finally arrived at the Citizens for a Better Arizona party at 8:11 p.m., but he came with news that brought a cheer from the 100 or so guests.

“It’s 53 to 45, we’re up by 1,000,” Parraz announced as he reached out a hand to Sen. Steve Gallardo and embraced him.

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Pearce ousted in historic recall election (access required)

On top of the world a year ago when his landmark immigration bill became law, Senate President Russell Pearce saw his political career turn to dust tonight when he lost his legislative seat to a political neophyte, despite significantly outspending his opponent.

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Lawsuit filed against Cortes; claims she’s a ‘fraudulent” candidate (access required)

An East Valley resident today accused Republican Olivia Cortes of being part of a “cynical ploy” to dilute the vote against Senate President Russell Pearce, who is facing a Nov. 8 recall election. In her complaint filed in Maricopa County Superior Court, Mary Lou Boettcher alleges that Cortes is a Pearce supporter and called her a “fraudulent and diversionary candidate.”

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