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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Russell Pearce, the once-powerful Arizona legislator best known for sponsoring the state's harsh immigration law, announced Monday night he plans to mount a comeback for elected office despite being thrown out of his seat by voters in a recall last fall.
Early last year, a young neo-Nazi called his girlfriend from a jail cell in Phoenix. She was upset. She was confused. She wanted to know why FBI agents were in her living room saying they caught him making pipe bombs and stockpiling other explosives.
"Why were you guys making that stuff?" she asked. "Why did you have it in your truck?"
"Because," he told her, "we wanted to make those things for the border."
A federal judge threw out parts of Illinois' campaign finance law on Tuesday, prompting a warning by one watchdog group that huge amounts of unregulated cash will soon begin arriving into the state's political system.
Among the parts tossed by US District Judge Marvin Aspen, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, was the state's limit on how much money individuals could give to political action committees.
An official with Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, a group that originally helped establish the law, told the newspaper the decision will essentially create an environment ripe for the types of Super PACs that are currently pumping loads of money into presidential politics.
The same populist anger that has led to political victories nationwide in recent years has also fueled an incredible rise of anti-government fanaticism, one of the leading watchdogs of American extremism said on Thursday.
The man who outed Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu as gay last month now says he wants $1 million for the trouble he experienced in the fallout from their romance.
Jose Orozco filed paperwork on Monday with the Pinal County government, where Babeu is sheriff, saying he plans to sue unless the county first gives him the seven-figure settlement, according to the Arizona Republic.
Orozco, a Mexican immigrant, went public last month with allegations that the conservative border hawk threatened him with deportation if their relationship ever became public. Babeu has denied the allegations.
By his own account, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio's investigation into the president's birth certificate is far from over. But already, the supposedly volunteer investigator leading the sheriff's probe is raking in a profit from it.