Justiceline: August 29, 2012


Former Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce (R)

Former Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce (R)

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  • In Arizona, recalled former state Senate President Russell Pearce (R) — author of the state’s largely unconstitutional anti-immigrant bill — lost his comeback bid Tuesday, 56 percent to 44. Pearce was previously a chief deputy sheriff under birther Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
  • Also defeated in the Arizona primary: freshman Rep. Ben Quayle (R), who proposed a constitutional amendment to require all taxes passed by Congress to be identified as such. He lost, 53 percent to 47 percent, to Rep. David Schweikert (R), who once told a birther that he may “ultimately be right” that President Obama’s birth certificate was fake.
  • Though Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) says Tuesday’s U.S. District Court ruling striking down Texas’s redistricting will not affect this year’s elections map, election lawyer Michael Li on his Texas Redistricting blog notes that it might. Abbott has vowed to appeal the defeat to the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • DC Mayor Vincent Gray (D) is proposing a campaign finance reform law that would ban registered lobbyists from bundling contributions to city candidates.
  • And finally, two attendees at the Republican National Convention in Tampa Tuesday exhibited what a convention spokesman called “deplorable behavior.” Reports indicate at least one threw nuts at an African American camerawoman, allegedly saying it was “how we feed animals.”