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Nick R. Martin

Nick Martin is an associate editor at TPM in New York City. He came to the site in 2011 as a reporter for TPMMuckraker. Previously, he worked in Arizona, first as a staff reporter for a local newspaper and later as a freelance journalist. He also ran the news blog Heat City. Contact him at nick@talkingpointsmemo.com

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The executive director of the Arizona Democratic Party on Wednesday called on presidential candidate Mitt Romney to toss Secretary of State Ken Bennett off his campaign as the state co-chairman.

The call came after Bennett was caught on video telling a crowd of local Republicans his new conspiracy theory that he believes President Obama lied about where he was born in order to get into college and then spent millions of dollars to cover it up.

Here's a portion of Arizona Democratic director Luis Heredia's statement:

Arizona Secretary of State and Romney Arizona campaign co-chair, Ken "Birther" Bennett continues to embarrass himself and our state...This episode proves once again that Mitt Romney continues to surround himself with members of the most extreme and out-of-touch wing of the GOP. It is time for Romney to finally stand up, show some leadership and denounce these ridiculous claims from Tea Party extremists and his Arizona co-chair.

The top election official in Arizona, fresh off his flirtation with birtherism, has moved on to a strange new conspiracy theory involving President Barack Obama.

Secretary of State Ken Bennett says he's convinced Obama was born in Hawaii, but he now believes the president fraudulently claimed to be born in Kenya so he could get into college. He also believes the president has spent millions of dollars since then to cover it up.

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Raghuveer Nayak, a former fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), was arrested on Wednesday morning, according to a report by the Chicago Sun-Times. The newspaper, citing anonymous sources, said he was arrested at his home.

Nayak figured prominently in the pay-to-play scandal that sent former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to prison for 14 years. Nayak allegedly offered to raise $1 million for the governor if Blagojevich would appoint Jackson to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Obama.

It didn't take an expert cryptographer or even a secret decoder ring to figure out George Zimmerman really wasn't talking about Peter Pan during jailhouse phone calls with his wife in April.

In hushed conversations from a Seminole County, Fla., jail, the man charged with second-degree murder in the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin was instructing his wife how to transfer huge amounts of money between bank accounts and allegedly out of the gaze of local authorities.

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Prosecutors on Monday morning released audio recordings of six jailhouse phone calls between George Zimmerman and his wife that allegedly prove the couple lied to authorities earlier this year.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. His wife, Shellie Zimmerman, was charged with perjury earlier this month for allegedly lying to the judge when she took the witness stand at a bond hearing in her husband's case in April.

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Florida prosecutors on Monday morning released 34 pages of records detailing large transfers of money that were made to and from George Zimmerman's bank accounts about the time he was charged with murder in the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.

These records are among the things that led prosecutors to charge Zimmerman's wife with perjury for allegedly lying to the judge in her husband's case. Florida authorities said Shellie Zimmerman lied on the witness stand about how much money was available to pay for her husband's bond. The bank records show George Zimmerman had raised far more money for his defense than he or his family ever let on.

George Zimmerman's Bank Records

Florida prosecutors are scheduled at 10 a.m. ET today to release audio recordings of six jailhouse phone calls that led to a perjury charge earlier this month against George Zimmerman's wife.

Zimmerman is accused of second-degree murder in the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. His wife, Shellie Zimmerman, was charged with perjury after prosecutors said they uncovered phone calls proving she lied to the judge about how much money she and her husband had available to pay for a bond.

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