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Updated Oct 29, 2013 - 2:41 pm

Arizona Senate Dems oust Landrum Taylor as leader

PHOENIX — Arizona Senate Democrats have ousted their leader during a
closed-door vote that revealed fractures in the minority party’s ranks.

The Arizona Capitol Times reports Minority Leader Landrum Taylor of Phoenix was
removed Tuesday on an 8-5 vote. Sen. Anna Tovar replaced her as minority leader.

Landrum Taylor told the Capitol Times the move was racist and disrespectful.
Four other Democrats in the 13-member caucus walked out with her after she was
removed.

Tovar represents Tolleson and says as a Latina woman it is clear the move was
neither racist nor sexist.

Landrum Taylor is running for Secretary of State. She said members told her she
couldn’t be an effective leader while running for statewide office.

Lynne Pancrazi of Yuma was named assistant minority leader and Steve Gallardo
minority whip.

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Information from: Arizona Capitol Times, http://www.arizonacapitoltimes.com

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