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Lewis proposes ‘real time’ gift reporting for lobbyists, lawmakers (access required)

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Sen. Jerry Lewis, the Mesa Republican who ran on a platform of transparency and lobbying reform during the recall election last year, today unveiled a proposal to tighten the reporting requirements for legislators and lobbyists and make it easier for the public to find out how the two groups interact.

Lewis said the proposal has the backing of Senate President Steve Pierce and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, who has investigated the Fiesta Bowl scandal, where public officials received free tickets and took free trips without properly disclosing them.

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GOP Sen. Lewis competes against Rep. Ableser in Democrat-friendly Tempe (access required)

After several tries, Sen. Jerry Lewis, R-Mesa, finally found a resident who was willing to step outside his door and talk about politics one Saturday morning in September. Armed with a voter list and a pocket full of flyers, Lewis, who is running for the state Senate against Democratic Rep. Ed Ableser of Tempe, had been knocking on several doors in a working class neighborhood in Tempe.

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Pearce, Latino Republican group members tied to sham candidate Olivia Cortes (access required)

Last year a spokesman for the Arizona Latino Republican Association recorded a robo call implying Mesa residents could vote for a woman accused of being a sham candidate in the recall election of state Sen. Russell Pearce.

Earlier the association’s vice president, collected signatures for the woman, Olivia Cortes, who dropped out of the race after a judge found she had been recruited to draw votes away from Pearce’s opponent.

Now, the association is playing a key role on behalf of Pearce in his primary campaign against Republican Bob Worsley.

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Brewer: ‘I’m not inclined’ to endorse Pearce

A year ago, Gov. Jan Brewer was the most high-profile defender of Russell Pearce during his recall.

But today, as Pearce faces a tough GOP primary battle, the governor appears to be backing away from the ousted Senate president, and said she has no plans to endorse him.

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Arizona Legislative campaign finance round-up (access required)

Mesa businessman Bob Worsley has far outraised his primary opponent, former Senate President Russell Pearce, taking in about $67,000 in contributions during the first five months of the year. Pearce, meanwhile, collected a mere $2,800 during the same period, according to the latest campaign finance reports. The deadline to file the reports was July 2, and they reflect campaign finances through May 31.

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