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Cortes bows out to avoid court hearing (access required)

Olivia Cortes, who faced a lawsuit claiming she was a sham candidate, withdrew today from the recall election targeting Senate President Russell Pearce.

Her withdrawal from the high-profile race was part of a deal she made to avoid having to face another court hearing on Friday in which more witnesses were expected to link her candidacy with Pearce supporters.

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Pearce officially faces recall election

It’s official: Senate President Russell Pearce is the first sitting elected legislator who will face a recall election in Arizona history.

The Secretary of State today confirmed that the group seeking Pearce’s recall has submitted more than enough signatures for the special election to take place.

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Birthright-law foes want Pearce tossed from office

Critics of the birthright legislation, which aims to challenge the interpretation that children of undocumented aliens are American citizens, upped the ante this week by starting an effort to remove from office the state’s most ardent foe of illegal immigration.

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