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Self preservation: Lawmakers lament recall process, want to make it more difficult (access required)

Still shaken from the successful recall of Senate President Russell Pearce, some lawmakers are seeking to make it more difficult for voters to oust politicians from office.

One Pearce ally plans to sponsor legislation that would require recall organizers to obtain signatures from a majority of registered voters in a district — an unprecedented proposal that would far exceed signature requirements in all other states that allow recalls.

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ALEC’s influence looms large at Capitol (access required)

The American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative organization whose corporate largesse and influence over policy have become a flashpoint for liberal criticism, has a deep reach into the Arizona Legislature.

When the group kicked off its 2011 summer conference in New Orleans on Aug. 3, 29 of Arizona’s 61 Republican lawmakers were in attendance.

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Six senators, one legislative district: Eastern states wrestle with moving away from multi-member districts

In September 2010, Channel 17 in Burlington, Vt., held a multi-candidate debate among aspirants for the state Senate in the local district. Then it held another one. And another. And another. But here’s the interesting part: No candidate appeared more than once. There were 16 different people running for the Senate in the Chittenden County district. If six Democrats, six Republicans and an assortment of third-party candidates had tried to crowd onto one stage, the result would have been chaos.

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Recall looms large in Arizona history (access required)

Recall elections played a pivotal role in Arizona statehood. President William Howard Taft, a former judge who was later appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, actually vetoed the enabling act that would have granted Arizona statehood in 1911 because the proposed state Constitution included a recall provision for judges.

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