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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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Burns vacates office, reflects on career (access required)

Few sights say more about the end of a political career than a politician vacating his office. On Dec. 8, one of Arizona's longest-serving lawmakers packed his belongings in cardboard boxes, descended the stairs of the Senate and loaded them onto his car. But Senate President Bob Burns' departure reveals something more.

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