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Pearce: I will not retreat

I’d be lying if I said I was not extremely disappointed by being voted out in a recall election. It has been an honor to serve the people of Arizona in the legislature for the last decade and I am sad to go under these circumstances.

There is still much to be done, even though we lead the nation in many areas, such as economic recovery, safer neighborhoods, job creation, quality education, 2nd Amendment freedom, lower taxes, less regulation, defense of the unborn, protection of property rights, and yes, a return to the principles laid down by our Founding Fathers.

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Three senators jockey for Senate presidency (access required)

The toppling of Senate President Russell Pearce will trigger a shakeup in Senate leadership that will see Republicans choosing a new president.

And depending on who replaces him, that shakeup could also mean changes in the makeup and chairmanships of committees.

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Some GOP senators expected to give Lewis cold shoulder (access required)

Jerry Lewis gained political enemies when he took on Senate President Russell Pearce in a historic recall election on Nov. 8.

Starting next year, the political neophyte will be sharing a parking lot with some of them.

Actually, some even suggested setting up Lewis’ office just several steps from the parking lot.

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Grassroots ‘Mormon Fall’ aided Lewis victory (access required)

Though Jerry Lewis was cautious about saying exactly how important the Mormon church was to his campaign, the political newcomer’s upset win over Senate President Russell Pearce largely relied on a quiet, grassroots effort among Mesa’s faithful.

As the final results of the Nov. 8 recall election became clear, campaign insiders for Lewis revealed how vital early support was among members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Pearce’s final vote?

With a Lewis victory assured, all eyes are now on the race to replace Pearce as president. Senate Republicans will meet in closed caucus tomorrow at 10 a.m. to vote on a new leader – but that’s about all that there’s consensus on.

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