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Bundgaard wants to avoid criminal trial (access required)

State Sen. Scott Bundgaard and his lawyer are trying to strike a deal with Phoenix prosecutors that would allow the lawmaker to avoid a criminal trial.

Bundgaard, who faces misdemeanor assault and reckless endangerment charges following a fight with his ex-girlfriend alongside a Valley freeway, had his lawyer today ask for more time before the case goes to trial.

Municipal Court Judge Louis Frank Dominguez granted the request and gave the two sides until Wednesday to work out a deal.

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Little-known Pearce foe drops out, backs Lewis in recall (access required)

Unable to raise money or endorsements, independent candidate Tommey Cattey today decided to drop out of the recall race and throw his support behind Mesa Republican Jerry Lewis.

Lewis is considered to be the frontrunner among those who are challenging Senate President Russell Pearce, the first sitting legislator in Arizona history to face a recall election.

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Brewer calls for special election while Pearce says he’s staying to fight

Pearce officially becomes the first sitting Arizona legislator to face a recall after the group that spearheaded the drive submitted more than enough signatures to Secretary of State for the special election to take place. Last week, Secretary of State Ken Bennett certified the recall and passed it on to Brewer, who is tasked by state law with formally calling the election.

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UpClose with Russell Pearce: Recognizes he’s not ‘a party of one,’ can’t do whatever he wants

If you’re looking for proof of how much more conservative the Senate emerged after last year’s election, look no further than the selection of Sen. Russell Pearce, a Republican from Mesa, as the chamber’s leader.

Pearce is often perceived as unmovable, uncompromising, even single-minded — traits that may be good or bad, depending on which side of the aisle you’re sitting. Many wondered what his presidency would look like and some speculated whether he would rule with a hammer.

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