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Pearce tries to intervene in gaming legislation

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Saying he has a “unique duty” to protect the interests of Arizona residents, state Sen. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, wants to intervene in the legal fight over a planned tribal casino on the edge of Glendale. In legal papers filed in U.S. District Court, Pearce said the city of Glendale and the Gila River Indian Community are addressing their own “unique and individual concerns” about plans by the Tohono O'odham to build a $550 million complex, including a casino. But he said neither may adequately represent his interests, either as a state legislator or “as one particularly concerned with protecting state interests.”