Russell Pearce Recall, Part Two, Drops Monday

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Pearce is being slapped silly with recall bids: Couldn't happen to a nicer guy

More bad news for state Senate President Russell Pearce.

There's another group that's going to file paperwork to recall Pearce on Monday: Citizens for a Better Arizona, led in part by former Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate and pro-immigrant firebrand Randy Parraz.

According to CBA's Facebook page, the group claims to have gotten close to $10K in the bank (though the effort just registered its recall fund as of today), and is already able to offer canvassers $10 per hour to obtain the 7,756 valid signatures of qualified electors necessary to force Pearce to either resign or face a recall election.

I've been hearing about this effort, and spoke with one of it's leaders last night. But I was told it was all on background, not for publication till Monday. However, today, a notice appeared in the Desert Free Press inviting folks to take part in the recall, with a link to the Facebook page, touting the effort. So I reckon the feline's fallen out of the sack.

I called Assistant Arizona Secretary of State Jim Drake about the new effort, and to ask how the recall drive filed yesterday by DeeDee Blase's group Arizonans for Better Government  would impact it and vice versa.

Interestingly, Drake informed me that there can be more than one recall campaign underway for the same official, at the same time

Even better, there's nothing to stop qualified electors in Legislative District 18 from signing both recall petitions. Hypothetically, both drives could be successful, Drake told me.

And if this occurs, and Pearce refuses to resign, the Secretary of State will probably try to get a judicial order combining the two elections.

It may be wishful thinking on my part, but maybe Parraz and Blase could get their groups to work together on ridding the legislature of Russell Pearce.

But if not, the good news is that the two efforts will not cancel each other out in any way. So if they don't combine forces, let the best recall effort win.

Either way, you know Pearce's blood is boiling right now, which, of course, is a beautiful thing.

Here is the statement from CBA just posted to Desert Free Press:

Citizens for a Better Arizona urges you to join with us to recall Russell Pearce!

Over the past couple of months people have been meeting in Mesa and other parts of Arizona to develop a strategy to recall Senator Russell Pearce. Out of those discussions came the idea of creating Citizens for a Better Arizona to bring together people from all walks of life with the same committed goal of removing State Senate President Russell Pearce from office. Our numbers are growing rapidly as word spreads about this important movement.

Join our Delegation to File a Recall Petition Against Russell Pearce, 12pm Monday, January 31st

Strategies have been planned and implemented with our "Hold Russell Pearce Accountable" campaign , including our January 10th event at the capitol, our January 15th District 18 Door-to-door canvass and our January 22nd town hall meeting in District 18. These efforts also include fundraising, community outreach to other supporters throughout Maricopa, and as of this morning the official formation our newly formed political committee - Citizens for a Better Arizona.

We are a well-established group that has what it takes to raise the necessary funds both across the state and across the nation and we're rapidly closing on $10,000 already raised to help us achieve our goals!

It takes courage to undertake this important effort. And while anyone can draft a petition to start a recall, it is good organizational skills and dogged determination that will actually get the job done. While other groups are welcome to undergo their own efforts, the results cannot be combined (signatures from one group can't be added to those of another). We urge everyone who has a true commitment to removing Russell Pearce from office to be part of our diverse and non-partisan coalition. Together we can succeed!

We will be meeting at the Mesa Utilities building on January 29 to begin a canvassing walk to meet the people in LD18 and discuss how Russell Pearce's actions are affecting them and we urge you to join us there.

Finally, as planned, we are moving forward on Monday, January 31, 2011 at 12:00 noon to file our recall petition at the Arizona State Capitol, and because of our successful efforts at fundraising, we are launching our paid canvassing operation to collect signatures in District 18 on Monday afternoon. Now is not the time to hold potlucks to plan strategy. Now is the time to implement the plan. We hope you will join us to show your support!

Sincerely,

Citizens for a Better Arizona

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Nogibebe
Nogibebe

Go for it  REMOVE  RUSSELL PEARCE  !!!  He is a Biggot!!!!!!Not good for Arizona!!!!He 's  got to go...B. Rio Rico, Az

flazatty
flazatty

Pearce lives in a part of the state dominated by a religious cult, of which he is a member, and they tend to stick together. Occasionally, however, those in charge of the cult recognize what is bad for business and their image and take action.

Ashamed to live in AZ
Ashamed to live in AZ

Russell Pierce is a racist.... would have made a great Nazi. This guy gives citizens of Arizona real reason to be ashamed.

arnold
arnold

I'm glad to see people working to recall Pearce. HB 1070 and the proposed legislation are thinly disguised attempts to kick Mexicans out of Arizona. First you call them names and make them feel unwelcome; then introduce laws to give the political aspirations the weight of law. These are repressive policies, meant to remove people that Pearce doesn't like or want as his neighbors.

It is time we remove Russell Pierce from a political office which allows him to promote this brand of politics and fear. It's also time that we stand up to the bully's who call people degrading names and are happy when other people are afraid.

XSoldier
XSoldier

Pearce has Governor Jan Brewer deep in his pocket. We already know that she is a pushover for all of Pearce's legislation, even if it's a do-nothing statute.

Also, we should be wary of Pearce. Even if he is successfully recalled, he has friends, like the MCSO shurf, in high places that will help him stay in office.

I personally detest Pearce becuase he represents the city of Mesa in the Legislature. Unfortunately, I don't live in LD18. I would be glad to sign the recall petitions if they come to my neck of the woods.

Cajungman
Cajungman

where do i sign cajungman@gmail.com

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

I keep hearing that this recall has gone statewide. A statewide vote won't recall Pearce. It has to be in his own district. However, could a drive to every state senator for a vote in the Senate to dethrone Pearce from his position of power? Can such a no confidence vote have any effect? Is it possible to have such a vote while the Senate is in session?

XSoldier
XSoldier

This is the same Senate President Pearce that keeps a gun strapped to his side so he can bust a cap in an illegal's ass while he mows his lawn.....

GoodNight:Pearce lives off of Stapley Dr. in Mesa, in a heavily Hispanic neighborhood. Apparently the Latinos there don't want to get rid of his ass, given the fact that he is in the pocket of the Flaccid Fool of MCSO.

I sure as hell hope Pearce goes away. I hope he gets indicted with his buddies the Old Balloon Head, Hendy, Candy Ass Thomas, Aubuchon, Alexander, Fox, and Black..... That would TRULY be going away....

USAdefender1
USAdefender1

If he wanted to cap an illegal he could have done it HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS of times over the years and.yet he hasn't. Making your comment super MORONIC!

USAdefender1

XSoldier
XSoldier

He's too old and dimwitted to tell which one of the thousands of brown-skinned people who live in his neighborhood are illegal. Interesting, given he was, at one time, an MCSO Chief Deputy (Hendy, anyone?)

Lik2bplyd
Lik2bplyd

all i want to know is...where do i sign.

RPforPres
RPforPres

It will be a cold day in hell before Peirce is removed from office in this manner. AZ voters love this guy, and they love what he stands for. Everyone sees the underlying motive of those that want him removed......and thats for illegal aliens to roam free in AZ. Aint gonna happen!

Thank you Russell for sb1070....and for stepping forward to smack down anchor babies of the future. True leadership, true patriotism.

Adrian Cruz
Adrian Cruz

RPforPres says "Thank you Russell for sb1070....and for stepping forward to smack down anchor babies of the future"

Smacking down babies. That's what the Pearce family is known for. Well, that and smacking down their women.

Chad Snow
Chad Snow

RP, actually, AZ voters DON'T love what he stands for. 55% of Arizona voters cited jobs and the economy as their #1 concern. Less than 10% cited illegal immigration. None cited relaxing gun laws. And yet what have we seen from Russell Pearce with regard to job creation and the $2 billion hole in our budget? NOTHING. Pearce's energies have been where they've always been - gun laws, immigration, and attacking the 14th Amendment. Regardless of where you stand on those issues, they aren't and shouldn't be Arizona's #1 priority right now.

Coz
Coz

Right, just what Arizona needs for it's image, more Racist Bigots running around in white hoods and robes burning crosses.

Pearce for President, ROFLOL, you must be drunk.

Anon
Anon

These are courageous people who represent a better future for the state of Arizona. We thank you for standing up and speaking out!

Tina
Tina

Some more District 18 fact checking reveals that compared to 2008 voter turnout, 12,000 MORE votes were cast for a Dist. 18 state senator in 2008 than in 2010. (In 2008 it was Pearce 24,232, Nativio 18,889 -- total 43,121.) Whereas in 2010, votes cast for state senate candidates Sherwood, Pearce and Garcia totaled only 31,023.

The assumption can be made that with 12,000 fewer District 18 voters who went to the polls in 2010 than in 2008, petition circulators will be faced with many qualified District 18 electors who stayed home in 2010 and likely don't know what legislative district they live in. Although I find it unlikely that by now most people living in this area don't have an opinion about Russell Pearce. They just don't know what district they live in and what the boundaries are that qualifies them to sign a recall petition.

For this reason I think it advisable that every petition circulator be provided with a map of District 18 to avoid invalid signatures.

Generally, the boundaries are Gilbert Road on the east, the Mesa city limits on the north, and the Tempe city limits on the west. But the southern boundary dips and dives a bit between Broadway and Baseline, EXCLUDES Dobson Ranch, and even runs east of Gilbert Road a short ways on the southern boundary.

Tina
Tina

The only difficulty I see in the two groups not joining together is that a prospective signer who already signed one of the group's petitions is likely to respond, "Oh, I already signed a recall Pearce petition." Maybe petitioners for both groups can carry the other group's petitions as well. By reading each group's purpose, required by law to be attached to the signature sheet, a prospective signer will have no problem in signing both.

I hope the groups inform the public where petitioners will be. Outside Mesa's public libraries in a designated place have been standard places for petitioners in the past. With a lot of hustle and organization, the needed valid signatures of 7,756 registered voters in Mesa's District 18 can be accomplished. 10,000 should be sought to account for errors and invalid signatures.

In this past election for District 18 senator, Dem. Andrew Sherwood alone received 10,633 votes and Lib. Andrea Garcia received 2,808 votes of qualified electors, and both were virtual unknowns. Since the election, Pearce (who received 17,522 votes) has become even more controversial than he was then.

To assure their petitions won't be thrown out, I trust that both groups have thoroughly checked out all the legal requirements, which I believe entail, size of paper, size of type, number of signatures per petition, and that each circulator is himself/herself a qualified elector.

I do hope they are successful. It IS possible.

elbeso
elbeso

So where can I send money to support these efforts? Are people who live outside of Pearce's district allowed to sign recall petitions?

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

I think the rule of thumb is thus: If you weren't allowed to vote in his election, you can't vote to recall him. I would LOVE to sign the petition, but I don't live in his senatorial district.

MariaGarcia
MariaGarcia

While I hate Russell Pearce as much as many people do in Arizona, we have to be honest about history.

1. Signatures for recalls are rarely successful. You have many signatures to collect in such short amount of time all the while verifying their statuses as a voter. 2. If you received the required amount of signatures, you have to petition the courts who have historically been anti-recall elections. 3. If you are able to make it through the courts, you have to get an election going! Incumbents are rarely kicked out of their positions, because the opposing candidates are not as prepared and, frankly, voters don't feel comfortable with new blood over experience. 4. If you are able to kick Pearce out successfully, the Republican party can kiss their seat to the Democrats, because this means that neither Pearce or affiliated party are to be trusted for a while. As a Republican, you have to ask yourself if the seat is worth losing to a Democrat and possibly hurting your reputation with your own party.

XSoldier
XSoldier

MariaGarcia:The MCSO shurf is a RepublicanCandy Ass Thomas is a Republican

These "men", in conjuction with Pearce, are real embarrassments to the Republinuts. There was, at one time, great Republicans, like Presidents Lincoln and Grant.

JW
JW

Pearce is a nationwide embarrassment to the Republican Party. Republicans joining in getting rid of him can only reflect well on the party. Besides, GOP have a super majority in State House, loosing Pearce will be a win-win.

Birdwatcher
Birdwatcher

These groups should work together. I'm not sure where the hostility comes from but it seems like the recall will be pretty tough going in the best of circumstances. Why make it harder with this kind of thing?

JT Ready
JT Ready

Along the Like Father, Like Son theme:

http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/...

http://www.splcenter.org/blog/...

http://phoenix.fbi.gov/dojpres...

Russell and Josh Pearce are not too far off from the domestic terrorist Harbin duo. Jeff stole anti-rifle body armor among other accoutrements from me as well, and was kicked off of Border Guard www.flickr.com/USBorderGuard desert operations due to his strange behavior and Loughner-like comments. Jeff Harbin has a War Eagle tattoo like Josh Pearce as well. What they heck are they putting in that darn ink!? Ban tattoos now!

DeeDee
DeeDee

With the additional filing of a recall; this definitely adds credence to the belief that there are some serious, radical and biased proponents of our political system. While we at Somos Republicans do applaud the actions of Mr Randy Parraz, we would ask. What Took So Long. We as a recognized organization, would welcome the opportunity to work with him and any others who can and are willing to put Political affiliation, Political and personal agenda aside for the betterment of Human rights and do what is right.

StephenLemons
StephenLemons

I'm glad you and Randy met. And I would encourage everyone in LD18 to sign both petitions, if they can. Even if the two groups are on different paths, we seek the same goal. I'm not trying to be freaking Buddha here, but the enemy is not Randy's group, or DeeDee's group, it's Russell Pearce. Stay focused on getting sigs in LD18, and all will be well.

As to Maria Garcia's comments, the success of the recall will be if either or both groups garner enough sigs to force a recall election. At that point, I could care less if Pearce wins. He probably will. But in the meantime, you've forced him to campaign, spend money, defend himself, when he'd rather be looking for something else to run for.

I've never met a politician who liked a recall hanging over his or her head, even if the effort was unlikely to be successful. But in this case, the sigs can be gotten. A recall election can be forced. And it will peck away at Pearce's sanity. If he wins the recall election itself, the effort will still have wounded him politically. That's a noble goal, I think.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

I'd be really careful about making the assumption that the Secretary of State will accept petition signatures which appear on multiple petitions filed by separate entities. Even then you won't be able to trust those people! I've seen quite a bit of partisan crap out of the SOS regarding petition signatures and know that that part of the law is not spelled out clearly. An interpretation could be made in favor of Pearce by the SOS that signatures on both are invalid.

Get it in WRITING from the SOS that they will accept these signatures. Even then, it's not a guarantee - depending on what kind of pull Pearce has with the SOS and the governor.

J Curwen
J Curwen

If they are really serious it's time to get expert legal help for the petition (singular). That's what it took to draft Prop 203. If you want to have a chance to succeed, you'd better co-ordinate the effort.

USAdefender1
USAdefender1

Dee Dee,

I saw your video “Hispanic Republicans and Conservatives for the DREAM Act”. I’m sorry to say that I don’t agree with your stance that legalization should come with “mandatory” military service or “mandatory” higher education. I think your group would do better if its stance cited “No legalization for qualified persons if they have a serious juvenile or an adult criminal record”. I would also ad “that temporary legalization will be granted while a background checks are made and citizenship will not come prior to the age of thirty and proficiency in English is accomplished”.

Our Military is a voluntary force and should remain so and if we require higher education as a prerequisite and folks are unable to pay would that put the tax payer on the hook? I say if they want to join then join and if they want to go to school then go but if you don’t want to do either then that is just as American as apple pie!

As for joining up with anyone on this one stand to meet a goal to me is a bad idea. Stick with like minded people and keep the anarchist, socialist and open border types close but not to close so that they will no tarnish any future efforts you may embark on.

USAdefender1

P.S. While I understand both sides of the argument I believe Americans would look at this in a more favorable light if they knew that criminals and gang affiliated youths were not qualified and that those who would qualify are now adults thirty plus who will most likely not engage in criminal activity if they have not done so prior to thirty.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

If this poster is actually USAD I think it's the first time I've seen him actually present cogent thoughts without name calling. Nicely done. Let's see if you can do it again.

The Lou Show
The Lou Show

I see how you tried to compliment him, Tommy . . . but look what it got you: more insults.

USAdefender1
USAdefender1

The problem with you all Tommy is that you'll don't like the pet name MORON I have given you guys. If you only knew it comes from the heart!

USAdefender1

N7ujj
N7ujj

"and proficiency in English is accomplished”.DREAM Act requires a high school diploma (og GED). In AZ that means passing the AIMS English reading, English writing, and the math test (in English). Thus, anyone eligable for the DREAM Act already has demonstrated proficiency in English

Josh Driggs
Josh Driggs

Is AZ State Senate Pres. Russell Pearce from Mesa a Republican?

Johnny White Man
Johnny White Man

I'd be glad to sign both recall petitions. Its time to knock off that traitorous neo-Nazi associator and an avid enemy of Freedom--Russell Pearce. Lets fight back for a better Arizona and for the American people!

Heil Freedom!

DeeDee
DeeDee

Hello, Stephen! Randy showed up to our press conference and I shook hands with him and invited him to join our group. He declined. We told media today that we have invited Parraz to join our group, and our invite still stands. We are glad there are more recall efforts, and this is good news to us. We have folks who are volunteering and coming to help us speak to Churches, Mormons from Tucson and Flagstaff. We are not paying money, and they are coming on their own merit.

GoodNight
GoodNight

If every brown person that is allowed to vote would vote against Russell Pearce, he would not stand a chance. His best bet is to pass a law that preventes Latinos from voting without 4 pieces of ID. I supposed he could deport them all..

Az_geo
Az_geo

Goodnight...The legal Americans of Hispanic descent are the ones who elected him...and will continue to support him ...They don't want to be lumped in with the Illegal Alien scum or with their open border communist liberals.

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