AZ State Senator Russell Pearce to be subject of recall election

In Arizona, signatures will be turned in today to launch a recall of Senate President Russell Pearce, the architect of SB 1070, Arizona’s signature immigration bill. If successful, it will be the first time in Arizona history that a state senator lost a recall election. It would also mark the first time in U.S. history that a state senate president was recalled.

Getting the signatures turned in, however, is just the beginning as Pearce represents a solid Republican district. Pearce says he takes the recall seriously, but also notes the recall seems like more of a referendum on the statewide issue of immigration than it does on him personally.

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Scot Kersgaard

Scot Kersgaard has been managing editor of a political newspaper, editor and co-owner of a ski town newspaper, executive editor of eight high-tech magazines (where he worked with current Apple CEO Tim Cook), deputy press secretary to a U.S. Senator, and an outdoors columnist at the Rocky Mountain News. He has an English degree from the University of Washington. He was awarded a fellowship to study internet journalism at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. He was student body president in college. He spends his free time hiking and skiing.

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