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Mesa businessman to run in Pearce’s legislative district (access required)

A businessman has emerged to run for a seat in a newly drawn East Valley legislative district, a move that sets up a potential showdown with former Sen. Russell Pearce, the author of Arizona’s SB1070. Bob Worsley, founder of the in-flight catalog company SkyMall, declared today he will be seeking the Senate seat in new Legislative District 25.

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Ron Paul to headline state GOP meeting

At least one presidential candidate will be on hand for the Arizona Republican Party’s straw poll.

Libertarian-leaning, GOP orthodoxy-bashing U.S. Rep. Ron Paul will be a guest speaker at the state party’s meeting on Jan. 28, where he’ll look for a straw poll win in anticipation of Arizona’s presidential preference primary in late February.

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Brewer pushing major presidential role for Grand Canyon State (access required)

In a state that has so often been an afterthought in presidential campaigns, Gov. Jan Brewer wants Arizona to have a role befitting its newfound national prominence in 2012.

Arizona has dominated the national discourse on illegal immigration and border security for the past two years, and it's one of the epicenters of the nationwide housing crisis.

Now Brewer wants to parlay that influence into a louder voice for Arizona in choosing the Republican Party’s nominee to face President Barack Obama.

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Wealthy candidates might aid Brewer in primary (access required)

Robert Graham and Owen "Buz" Mills lack the electoral résumés, name identification and deep-rooted political ties that most gubernatorial candidates rely on. They are hoping their experience in the private sector, and the deep pockets that have come with it, will make up for it.

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