Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Recall Campaign Targets Russell Pearce

Paul Davenport writes for the Associated Press

Critics of an Arizona legislator who sponsored the state's controversial immigration law filed petitions Tuesday to force a recall election for the Mesa Republican.

The requirement to do so is 7,756 voter signatures from Senate President Russell Pearce's legislative district.

Recall proponents say they filed petitions bearing 18,315 signatures. But campaign chairman Chad Snow acknowledged thousands of those might be duplicates or signatures of people who live outside Pearce's district.

"We want those extra petition signatures to send a message," Snow said. "We want to send a message to Sen. Pearce, to every legislator down here at the Arizona Legislature that this kind of extreme, ideologically driven policies will no longer be tolerated in our state."

Officials say it could take until August to determine whether the petitions meet requirements.

Pearce is best known for sponsoring immigration measures including the 2010 enforcement law known as SB1070. A judge has placed key provisions of that measure on hold while they're challenged in court.

Pearce also sponsored Arizona's 2007 employer sanctions law, which was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court last week.

Critics contend Pearce has focused too much on undocumented immigration while giving short shrift to education, health care and other concerns of Arizonans. Read more...



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