While the state is still reeling from the historic recall of outgoing Senate President Russell Pearce, the group that launched the recall campaign is already looking toward its next big fight.Read More »
Seeing one of Arizona’s most prolific and powerful political figures toppled in a recall election has some Republicans wondering who might be next.
Whereas previously, a recall petition being pulled could be dismissed as a joke, there was now a solid model for running a recall campaign and winning.
After the unprecedented recall and defeat of Senate President Russell Pearce, political pundits have had a heyday analyzing the causes of his decisive upset. Immigration policy? Abrasive personality? Campaign blunders? These and many other factors contributed to the Pearce defeat.Read More »
Republicans who oppose Senate President Russell Pearce’s strict enforcement to confronting illegal immigration are quick to paint Jerry Lewis’s victory last Tuesday as a turning point in the debate in favor of a more nuanced solution to this complex problem. Eager to seize the momentum, they are creating a narrative for the whole nation. While they acknowledged that Pearce’s defeat to Lewis won’t necessarily roll back laws like Arizona’s SB1070, they believe it sends a signal to other Republicans that they can offer more pragmatic solutions without fearing a backlash.Read More »
The Arizona Supreme Court today said recall laws should be construed “liberally” because they’re written to protect the public’s right to remove an official — not for a politician’s benefit.Read More »
Even after the last ballot has been counted, the Legislature may still be getting one more request from outgoing Sen. Russell Pearce: a check for campaign expenses.
A little-known provision in the state Constitution says that an elected official subject to a recall may be reimbursed for “reasonable special election campaign expenses.”
The Arizona Supreme Court on Monday issues an opinion explaining its ruling that cleared the way for last week's recall election for state Sen. Russell Pearce to be held.Read More »
Senate pages began boxing up items from Pearce’s office yesterday, leaving one Senate GOP source with mixed emotions on the recall, the rough treatment of Lewis and the departed Pearce.Read More »
As more votes are being counted, Sen.-elect Jerry Lewis is widening his lead over former Senate President Russell Pearce.Read More »
Senate President Russell Pearce’s defeat on Nov. 8 was a colossal political victory for critics of his strict-enforcement approach to confronting illegal immigration.
And many immediately saw it as a cautionary tale for politicians here and elsewhere who share his views.