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Recall group shells out $6,500 to support Lewis (access required)

The group that spearheaded the recall drive against Senate President Russell Pearce spent $6,500 to help Jerry Lewis, according to the latest campaign finance reports.

As an independent expenditure group, Citizens for a Better Arizona spent the money reaching out to voters about the recall election.

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Lewis gets Mesa councilwoman’s endorsement (access required)

Mesa City Councilwoman Dina Higgins today endorsed Jerry Lewis, who is seeking to unseat Senate President Russell Pearce in the Nov. 8 recall.

The development is notable because Higgins’ endorsement means that two Mesa council members have officially declared their support for Lewis, and a third has donated to Lewis’ campaign.

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Mesa’s Watergate: Cortes’ campaign conspirators should come clean

The Arizona Constitution, Article 7 section 12, charges the Legislature with the duty to “maintain the purity of elections.” Arizona case law has held that attempting to place a “diversionary candidate” on the ballot is illegal. A “diversionary candidate” is one who is in the race solely to divert votes from a particular candidate so as to give an advantage to another candidate. The recent lawsuit to have Olivia Cortes removed from the race was filed to honor the rule of law.

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